Firm History

McCarthy Fingar LLP - Westchester County's Premier Law Firm

Founded in 1946, McCarthy Fingar, with offices in White Plains, New York, serves the legal needs of a diverse group of clients throughout New York, Connecticut, Florida, and beyond. Founded by Robert J. McCarthy and Elmer Lee Fingar (both now deceased), McCarthy Fingar has been a leader in the legal and business communities for over 70 years. Our attorneys come to us from a divergent group of law schools, from other law firms, from government, and from the judiciary. Our lawyers demonstrate a special blend of skills and know-how which helps our clients succeed in their business and personal planning, in transactional matters and in litigation.

Over the years, the firm has drawn on the judiciary for partners and counsel. Former Justice Sondra M. Miller, who retired in 2005 after more than 15 years at the Appellate Division, Second Department, was Chief Counsel to the firm for many years. Judge Edward P. Borrelli, now deceased, had served as a Yonkers City Judge and as a full-time trial Judicial Hearing Officer and Special Referee in Supreme Court and Family Courts in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam and Orange Counties. Past members of the firm include the late judges Frederick P. Close, Gerald Nolan, and Arthur D. Brennan, all former members of the Appellate Division, Second Department, the late Hon. Charles H. Griffiths, Surrogate of Westchester County, and the late Leonard Rubenfeld, a former Supreme Court Justice and Associate Justice of the Appellate Term. Hon. Timothy J. Sullivan, late Justice of the Supreme Court, was a member of the firm before going on the bench.

Today, McCarthy Fingar works with a base of long-standing clients engaged in various industries, including financial, banking, manufacturing, real estate development and lending, insurance, private equity capital, accounting and software development and with many charitable organizations. We also represent municipal entities. We represent clients in many different practice areas.

In transactional matters, our lawyers have been involved in multi-million dollar private placement offerings, sales and acquisitions of corporations, mergers and acquisitions, land acquisition and development and cutting edge financing for important real estate and business projects. Our lawyers are recognized for their ability to negotiate using sophisticated techniques and tax planning, and close complex transactions in a variety of areas.

In our representation of municipalities and zoning hearing boards, we provide our public sector clients with a sophisticated range of legal and practical solutions. 

In litigation matters, our attorneys have been successful in a wide variety of complex trials and appeals, both in the Federal and New York State courts, involving substantial sums of money and novel legal issues.

In estate planning, our attorneys have assisted clients from all walks of life in the development and implementation of their estate and financial plans to achieve significant tax savings and meet personal goals.

In the Surrogate’s Court, our attorneys have, either through litigation and/or negotiated solutions, helped our clients achieve their goals in litigated estates and trusts.

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