Firm News


Boggio, Bramson & Kutzin Named in List of Westchester’s Top Lawyers

Gail M. Boggio Howell Bramson Michael S. Kutzin

McCarthy Fingar is pleased to announce that 914INC. has named Gail M. BoggioHowell Bramson and Michael S. Kutzin to their list of Top Lawyers in Westchester. Each year 914INC. publishes their list of Westchester’s Leading Lawyers, excerpted from BL Rankings LLC list of Best Lawyers in America, the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States.


McCleod Joins McCarthy Fingar as Associate Attorney

Ryan J. McLeod

We are pleased to announce that Ryan J. McLeod has joined McCarthy Fingar and is a member of our Trusts and Estates, Guardianship Practice, Surrogate’s Court Litigation, Taxation and Municipal Law & Land Use groups. Ryan joins McCarthy Fingar following a career in public service and in private law practice. Most recently, Ryan was the Supervisor of Legislative Assistance and Services in the New York State Senate, in which, among other things, he worked to ensure that all bills were properly filed and all Senate office requests were filled. Prior to that, he was a Senior Counsel responsible for advising elected officials on the ramifications of legislation before the Insurance, Energy and Telecommunications, and Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business committees. Prior to his work for the New York State Senate, Ryan was a Deputy Regional Director for Empire State Development, where his duties included counseling for-profit, not-for-profit and municipal corporations on how to obtain state and federal financial incentives for their economic development or workforce development projects. He also managed relationships with municipal officials and local economic development partners throughout the lower Hudson Valley. During this entire period of time, Ryan was also a lawyer in private practice where he handled real estate litigation, as well as trusts and estates issues.


Nimetz & Streng Speak on “Ethical Issues: How to Avoid Becoming a Target in Will and Trust Contests”

Frank W. Streng Irma K. Nimetz

Irma K. Nimetz and Frank W. Streng, both members of our Appellate PracticeSurrogate’s Court Litigation and Trusts & Estates groups, spoke at the Spring Section Meeting for the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association on “Ethical Issues: How to Avoid Becoming a Target in Will and Trust Contests”.


Nimetz Speaks on Will Contests on Senior Law Day

Irma K. Nimetz

Irma K. Nimetz, a member of our Appellate PracticeCommercial LitigationSurrogate’s Court Litigation and Trusts & Estates groups, spoke on “How To Contest A Will Or Trust And How To Prevent Your Family From Contesting Yours” for Senior Law Day Collaborative. Senior Law Day Collaborative offers free legal and financial advice for Westchester County seniors and their families.


Kutzin Wins Appeal on Guardianship Matter Involving Efforts to Reduce a Personal Needs Guardian’s Powers and to Reinstate a Health Care Proxy

Michael S. Kutzin

Lawyers at McCarthy Fingar are often sought out by courts or other attorneys to handle the most difficult guardianship cases. In Matter of AMH, 2022 N.Y. Slip Op. 00968 (1st Dep’t 2022), Michael S. Kutzin, a partner of the firm whose areas of concentration include guardianship and trusts & estates, was appointed as litigation counsel by the lower court to spearhead AMH’s efforts to reduce her Personal Needs Guardian’s powers and to reinstate the health care proxy that AMH had given in 2015 to her daughter (a physician). The disgruntled son of nonagenarian AMH, who had not seen his mother for more than 4 years, opposed the relief sought by Mr. Kutzin. After multiple motions and a four-day hearing, Mr. Kutzin and his co-counsel obtained the requested relief for AMH; and the lower court denied everything requested by the son. The son’s litigious efforts continued in the Appellate Division, First Department, where he filed three separate appeals and multiple motions, but to no avail. Mr. Kutzin, leading the efforts in the Appellate Division, persuaded the Appellate Division to uphold the lower court’s decision.


Nimetz is a New McCarthy Fingar Partner

Irma K. Nimetz

We are pleased to announce that Irma K. Nimetz has been elected as a new partner of the firm. Irma, who has wide experience in litigation in trusts and estates and other matters, is a member of our Appellate PracticeCommercial LitigationSurrogate’s Court Litigation and Trusts & Estates groups.


Subin Joins Firm as Counsel

Joshua B. Subin

We are pleased to announce that Joshua B. Subin has joined our firm as counsel. Joshua is a former Assistant Town Attorney with the Town of Cortlandt and is a member of our Municipal Law & Land Use and Commercial Litigation groups. Joshua practices in the areas of New York municipal law, zoning, planning, litigation and environmental law. He counsels municipal entities in Westchester County, including Boards of Trustees, Planning Boards, Zoning Boards of Appeal. Joshua also represents private clients on zoning and planning approvals on real estate development throughout Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties. He is also a respected commercial litigator and represents private clients in litigation matters, including, but not limited to, commercial, contract, land use and zoning and real property disputes.


McCarthy Fingar’s “Super Lawyers”

Gail M. Boggio James K. Landau Michael S. Kutzin Frank W. Streng Douglas S. Trokie Susan Taxin Baer

Six of McCarthy Fingar’s lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Susan Taxin Baer has again been selected in the fields of Estate Planning & Probate. Gail M. Boggio has again been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation/Estate Planning & Probate/Elder Law.  Michael S. Kutzin has again been selected in the fields of Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation and Elder Law. James K. Landau has again been selected in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Appellate. Frank W. Streng has again been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation and Estate Planning & Probate. Douglas S. Trokie has again been selected in the fields of Business/Corporate, Closely Held Business, Real Estate, Business and Civil Litigation. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have been recognized by their colleagues as having the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.


Kutzin Speaks on Remote Notarization and Witnessing

Michael S. Kutzin

Michael S. Kutzin, a member of various practice groups, including our Guardianship Practice,  Taxation and Trusts & Estates groups, spoke on “Remote Notarization and Witnessing: Update on Legislation and Best Practices”, at a program sponsored by the Elder Law & Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association.


Borrelli Lectures on Judicial Ethics for New Judges

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Guardianship PracticeTrusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, served on a panel that taped the 2021/2022 Judicial Campaign Ethics Seminar for the NYS Judicial Institute. Completion of the seminar is mandated for all candidates for state judicial office.