Firm News


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.


Landau Speaks to Law Department of NYC Council on Cannabis Issues

James K. Landau

James K. Landau, a member of our Cannabis Law, Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice groups, spoke to the Law Department of the New York City Council as part of a panel discussion and a CLE program on Cannabis Law. Jim’s topic was “Litigation Trends in Cannabis Law.”


Landau Elected Assistant Treasurer of Westchester County Bar Association

James K. Landau

James K. Landau, a member of our Cannabis LawCommercial Litigation and Appellate Practice groups, has been elected as Assistant Treasurer of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA) and serves on WCBA’s Executive Committee. 


Kutzin Speaks on Elder Law Issues

Michael S. Kutzin

Michael S. Kutzin, a member of various groups, including our Guardianship Practice,  Taxation and Trusts & Estates groups, spoke on “Preparing for the End – Wills, Estate Planning, and Understanding the Process (Probate and Administration)” at the 33rd Annual Elder Law Institute of the Practising Law Institute.


Nimetz Presents at WWBA Foundation’s Virtual Trivia Quiz Night Honoring Women Justices of the United States Supreme Court

Irma K. Nimetz

Irma K. Nimetz, a member of our Appellate PracticeCommercial LitigationSurrogate’s Court Litigation and Trusts & Estates groups, was a presenter at the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation’s Virtual Quiz Night fundraiser honoring past and present Women Justices of the United States Supreme Court. The game-show style interactive program features the following three contestants: Hon. Federal Magistrate Judge (ret.) Lisa Margaret Smith; Pace Law Constitutional Law Professor Randolph McLaughlin; and Rebecka J. Levitt, JD, the 2020 Justice Sondra Miller Scholarship winner.


Landau Interviewed by Crain’s New York Business on New York’s New Cannabis Law

James K. Landau

The historic passage of New York’s new Cannabis Law (on March 31, 2021) – that legalizes adult-use of cannabis (marijuana) – has made Jim Landau a very popular lawyer at McCarthy Fingar. Jim, who leads the firm’s Cannabis Law group, was recently interviewed by Crain’s New York Business on the new law’s effect on mortgage financing for landlords who lease property to weed dispensaries, in an article entitled, “Small landlords could see big benefits of marijuana legalization.” The interview is excerpted below:

“There’s also a chance that banks may look the other way, said James Landau, a legal expert on cannabis.

‘The landlords that have federally backed mortgages are nervous they may have to list who their tenants are and who their businesses are,’ he said, ‘but the likelihood is that there’s not going to be enforcement here.’

Even if a landlord doesn’t have a federally backed mortgage but is depositing its rent roll from a marijuana tenant into the bank, that could technically be an issue. But it all depends on how much the bank is willing to inquire about who the landlord’s tenants are, Landau said.”