Mediation & Arbitration

Gebhardt, Boggio & Pennessi - McCarthy Fingar Lawyers

The McCarthy Fingar Team

McCarthy Fingar has some of the best mediators and arbitrators in Westchester County and throughout the New York metro region. The lawyers in our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group use Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes (ADR), to help clients resolve their disputes without resorting to litigation. Settling a legal dispute through ADR avoids the expense, publicity, delay and uncertainty of a decision by a judge or a jury. These processes can also preserve business and family relationships.

Our Mediators & Arbitrators use a variety of ADR techniques to help the people resolve matters in a neutral, efficient and controlled manner. In mediation, the mediator, acting as a neutral, helps people who disagree try to reach a mutually acceptable resolution. The mediator does not decide the case but facilitates the discussions. In arbitration, the arbitrator renders a binding decision. Arbitration is a private and less costly alternative to the public and more formal nature of court proceedings. For some clients and circumstances, Med/Arb is also an option. In Med/Arb, the parties first work towards a mutually acceptable outcome. If they are not able to agree, then the neutral issues a final binding decision.

The McCarthy Fingar Team

McCarthy Fingar’s Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group provides responsive, skilled, and compassionate services to our clients as to matters in Westchester County and throughout the New York region. Our well-rounded team, all of whom are attorneys, comprises seasoned professionals with diverse backgrounds and experience. We are committed to expeditious and amicable resolutions through an alternative dispute resolution process (mediation, arbitration, or Med/Arb). We can help resolve specific issues or an entire dispute.

Representative Matters

A sampling of the areas in which our team’s mediation & arbitration practice can assist you includes:

  • Mediating family or matrimonial disputes leading to separation or divorce;
  • Mediating commercial disputes between business partners;
  • Mediating family disputes involving trust and estates issues;
  • Arbitrating commercial disputes.

Contact Us

If you think you may require the assistance of McCarthy Fingar in Mediation or Arbitration, please contact:

Hon. Sondra M. Miller by email (smiller@mccarthyfingar.com) or by phone (914-385-1015).

Gail M. Boggio by email (gboggio@mccarthyfingar.com) or phone (914-385-1026).

02/25/2020

Borrelli Lectures on Ethics & Diversity Training

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, lectured on “Ethics” and “Diversity Training” at a program sponsored by the Yonkers Lawyers Association.

02/17/2020

Borrelli Lectures on Judicial Ethics

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Guardianship Practice, Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, lectured in Manhattan on “Judicial Ethics Update – 2020”, at the Annual Convention for the New York State Association of Towns, as part of its Town and Village Justices Program.

01/07/2020

Borrelli Lectures to New Judges on Judicial Ethics

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our  Guardianship Practice, Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups,  lectured at the NYS Judicial Institute in White Plains, New York on “Judicial Ethics”, for the Unified Court System Certification Program for Newly-elected Town and Village Justices.

12/06/2019

Borrelli Lectures on Judicial Ethics for New Judges

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Guardianship Practice, Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, lectured in Albany, New York on “Assuming the Bench – Judicial Ethics”, for the Unified Court System Certification Program for Newly-elected Town and Village Justices.

11/26/2019

Borrelli Lectures to Law Students on Judicial Ethics

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Guardianship Practice, Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups,  was a guest lecturer in White Plains, New York at a Professional Responsibility class at Pace Law School (Elisabeth Haub School of Law), speaking on “How Judicial Ethics Issues impact your Law Practice”.

09/18/2019

Borrelli Lectures on Judicial Ethics

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, lectured at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York on “Judicial Ethics”, at the Annual Meeting for the NYS Association of Supreme Court Justices.

09/17/2019

Borrelli Lectures on Judicial Ethics

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Guardianship Practice, Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, lectured in Lake Placid, New York on “Judicial Ethics Update – 2019”, at the Annual Convention of the NYS Magistrates’ Association, as part of its Justices’ Advanced Certification Program.

09/11/2019

Borrelli is Dinner Speaker for Association of Supreme Court Justices

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Guardianship Practice, Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, was a dinner speaker for the Association of Supreme Court Justices of the City of New York in Queens, New York.

05/29/2019

Judge Borelli Speaks to Judges and Judge Candidates on Campaign Ethics

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family Law, Appellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, chairs the Judicial Campaign Ethics Subcommittee of the NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics. In that capacity, Judge Borrelli served on a panel at the NYS Judicial Institute in the taping of the “2019 Judicial Campaign Ethics Online Training Video.” All candidates for election to Judicial Office this year, including incumbent judges running for re-election (except Town and Village Justices), are required to timely complete this program during his/her candidacy.

03/26/2019

Borrelli Speaks at Dinner of Association of Supreme Court Justices

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our  Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, was a speaker in Staten Island at a dinner of the Association of Supreme Court Justices of the City of New York.

04/13/2018

Judge Borrelli Speaks to Judges on Judicial Ethics

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, lectured on “Judicial Ethics” at a program of the New York State Unified Court System entitled “Taking the Bench – Spring, 2018” for newly-elected and recently appointed Town and Village Justices from around the state. The program was held in Albany, New York.

02/19/2018

Judge Borrelli Presents for Unified Court System on Ethics Issues

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, served on the faculty of the New York State Judicial Institute and New York State Unified Court System, Office of Justice Court Support sponsored Continuing Judicial Education Program at the NYS Association of Towns Annual Convention in New York City. Judge Borrelli presented on two topics: 1) 2018 Judicial Ethics Updates and 2) Ethics: Civic Participation Limitations

01/25/2018

Judge Borelli Joins Firm

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

We are please to announce that Judge Edward P. Borrelli has joined the firm as Counsel in our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups. Judge Borrelli joins the firm following an illustrious 40 year career in the New York State Unified Court System, where he has presided over a very wide variety of proceedings, including Civil and Criminal jury trials and non-jury trials, high exposure Supreme Court Civil litigation, matrimonial, parental and grandparental child custody, visitation, child relocation, child support, domestic violence, elder law, adult guardianship and guardianship compliance enforcement proceedings.

01/09/2018

Judge Borrelli Part of Panel Discussion on Rules Governing Judicial Conduct

Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, was part of a panel presentation by the New York State Judicial Institute entitled, “Rules Governing Judicial Conduct”, as part of a seminar for new judges.

02/16/2017

Miller and Rosmarin Speak on Support Services for Parents in Conflict

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Judge Miller and Abby Rosmarin, lawyers in our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, jointly spoke on “Early Intervention: Support Services for Parents in Conflict.” This presentation was co-sponsored by Westchester Women’s Bar Association and Family Kind.

02/24/2016

Rosmarin & Miller Part of Panel Discussion on Mediation/Arbitration

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Judge Miller and Abby Rosmarin, lawyers in our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, was part of a panel discussion entitled “MED-ARB: Getting Past the Impasse.” The program, which was co-sponsored by Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association, Westchester Black Bar Association and White Plains Bar Association, explored how mediation and arbitration can be incorporated in matrimonial and family matters.

10/01/2014

Boggio, Bramson, Brophy, Donelli, Gebhardt, Miller & Streng Selected as Super Lawyers

Frank W. Streng Gail M. Boggio Howell Bramson Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Seven of our lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Gail M. Boggio has again been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation/Estate Planning & Probate/Elder Law. Howell Bramson has again been selected in the fields of Estate Planning/Tax and Corporate Business. Joseph Brophy has again been selected in the fields of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice, General, Estate & Trust Litigation. Kathleen Donelli has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Dolores Gebhardt has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Judge Sondra Miller has again been selected in the fields of Appellate/Family Law. Frank W. Streng has been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation and Estate Planning & Probate. 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.

06/04/2014

Miller Authors Article on Prenuptial Agreements for New York Law Journal

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who has a national reputation on family law issues and leads our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group and Appellate Practice group, authored an article for the New York Law Journal on Prenuptial Agreements entitled, “Come Live With Me and Be my Love…But Sign This Prenup!

10/01/2013

Boggio, Bramson, Brophy, Donelli, Gebhardt & Miller Selected as Super Lawyers

Gail M. Boggio Howell Bramson Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Six of our lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Gail M. Boggio has been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation/Estate Planning & Probate/Elder Law. Howell Bramson has again been selected in the fields of Estate Planning/Tax and Corporate Business. Joseph Brophy has again been selected in the fields of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice, General, Estate & Trust Litigation. Kathleen Donelli has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Dolores Gebhardt has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Judge Sondra Miller has again been selected in the fields of Appellate/Family Law. 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.

04/15/2013

Miller & Rosmarin Lecture on Family Law Mediation

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Judge Miller and Abby Rosmarin, lawyers in our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, lectured at Pace Law School on April 15, 2013 in White Plains, New York at a CLE program entitled “Essential Family Law/Matrimonial Law: Fundamentals.”

01/22/2013

Judge Miller Receives Kay Crawford Murray Award

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

We are pleased to announce that Judge Sondra M. Miller, who leads our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group and Appellate Practice group, received the Kay Crawford Murray Award on January 22, 2013. The award is given by the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Women in the Law to celebrate “an individual who, in the spirit of Ms. Murray, recognizes the value of diversity in the legal profession and has committed to advancing the professional development of women attorneys.”

10/01/2012

Bramson, Brophy, Donelli, Gebhardt & Miller Selected as Super Lawyers

Howell Bramson Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Five of our lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Howell Bramson has been selected in the fields of Estate Planning/Tax and Corporate Business. Joseph Brophy has again been selected in the fields of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice, General, Estate & Trust Litigation. Kathleen Donelli has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Dolores Gebhardt has been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Judge Sondra Miller has been selected in the fields of Appellate/Family Law. Joe Brophy has also been selected as one of Westchester’s top 25 lawyers. 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.

08/22/2012

Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group Introduces Video

Kristen Mackay Pennessi Hon. Sondra M. Miller

As part of the recent expansion of our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, we have put a video on our web site. In the video, viewers can get to know better the members of our Mediation & Arbitration team: Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who leads the group, Adam J. Krim, Kristen Mackay Pennessi and Abby P. Rosmarin. The video is set forth below.

08/08/2012

Judge Miller Co-Chairs Judicial Seminar on Social Media & Criminal & Family Law Cases

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who leads our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group and Appellate Practice group, and Co-Chairs the New York State Family Violence Task Force, co-chaired a judicial seminar entitled: “’Friend’ or Foe: Social Media and the New Cyber-Landscape of Criminal and Family Law.” The seminar was part of a summer series of web casts offered by the New York State Judicial Institute for judges and non-judicial staff. The program was presented live at the Judicial Institute in White Plains, at group-viewing sites in each of the New York City counties, and on-line.

03/12/2012

Judge Miller Interviewed by Wall Street Journal on Impact of New Divorce Law

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who leads our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group and Appellate Practice groups, was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the impact of the new divorce law. Judge Miller, who has been a long-time proponent of reforms in divorce law, discussed how the new divorce law, passed in 2010, has had unintended consequences on temporary alimony for some affluent New Yorkers. See video below for that interview. Footage provided by Wall Street Journal.

12/01/2011

Judge Miller is Recipient of 2011 Judge Learned Hand Award

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

On December 1, 2011 Hon. Sondra M. Miller was the recipient of the 2011 Judge Learned Hand Award by the Westchester Region of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). This was the first time that the Judge Learned Hand Award was presented by AJC’s Westchester Region. The award ceremony took place at Chappaqua Crossing (the former Reader’s Digest site), in Chappaqua, New York. AJC is the oldest and most respected human relations organization in the United States. AJC builds bridges, advances security, promotes human rights, supports Israel and strengthens Jewish life. For over fifty years, AJC has taken great pride in publicly acknowledging the accomplishments of outstanding members of the legal community who excel in their field and give generously of themselves to the larger community.

02/04/2011

Judge Miller Interviewed by New York Law Journal on Court Ruling on New No-Fault Divorce Legislation

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who has been a long-time proponent of “no fault” divorce and helped bring upon its passage in law last year, was interviewed by the New York Law Journal (2/4/2011) to comment on a recent ruling on the new law by Essex County Justice Robert J. Muller. Justice Muller is  the second judge to rule that a trial is required if a party disputes whether, under the new law, a marriage has “broken down irretrievably.” The article went on to say:

 

“Sondra Miller, the former Second Department justice who headed a commission appointed by former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to examine the state’s matrimonial laws, disagreed with Justice Muller’s conclusion stating that the ‘irretrievably broken’ language must be read in the context within which it was written. . . . ‘It is quite clear,’ Ms. Miller said, that the ‘purpose’ of the language referring to an oath provided by ‘one party’ was to ‘avoid litigation.’  ‘It was not the intent of the Legislature and the bill’s sponsors to avoid litigation on fault grounds only to substitute litigation upon the ground of irretrievable breakdown,’ added Ms. Miller who is now chief counsel at McCarthy Fingar in White Plains. ‘The statute was designed to avoid the expense and delay of full trials.'”

01/19/2011

Judge Miller Speaks at Induction Ceremony of Justice Linda J. Christopher

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller spoke at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City at the induction ceremony of newly elected Justice Linda J. Christopher.

06/17/2008

Judge Miller Interviewed by New York Law Journal on “No Fault” Divorce

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller was interviewed by the New York Law Journal as a spokesperson for various state and local bar groups who lobbied Albany legislators for an amendment of divorce law to permit “no fault” divorce. Judge Miller, who is also the Director of the Office of Family Services for the Office of Court Administration, organized the event in Albany, to remind legislators of the need to change the divorce laws and to highlight the near-unanimous support that the no-fault option has among bar groups. In her interview, Judge Miller also spoke of the difficulties the no-fault option faced in the current legislative session, since no-fault divorce is just one of a myriad of items vying for attention. In the interview, Judge Miller said: “They are not focused on this issue. And we, as a group, are at a disadvantage because we are not lobbyists.”

11/08/2007

Judge Miller is Keynote Speaker for The Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller was a keynote speaker on November 8, 2007 for The Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York (FDMCGNY) at its 25th anniversary gala celbration in New York, New York. FDMCGNY is a not-for-profit group dedicated to the constructive resolution of traditional and non-traditional family disputes.

11/01/2007

Gebhardt and Judge Miller Author Article on Divorce Law and Abandonment

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Dolores Gebhardt and Hon. Sonda M. Miller authored an article in the Pace Law Review, Justice Abandoned: Forty Years of Stalemate in Actions for Divorce on the Ground of Abandonment, 27 Pace Law Review 605 (2007). Click on Article to see this publication.

10/11/2007

Gebhardt & Judge Miller Lecture in Manhattan on No-Fault Divorce

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Dolores Gebhardt and Hon. Sondra M. Miller spoke at a forum in New York City at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on October 11, 2007, entitled “The Need for No-Fault Divorce.”

04/01/2007

Miller Interviewed on Recommendations of Matrimonial Commission

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller  In the aftermath of the recent bribery conviction of former state Supreme Court Justice Gerald P. Garson, there has been substantial media coverage of the manner in which matrimonial and family law cases are litigated in the court system. Judge Miller, who headed the Matrimonial Commission formed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, was interviewed by The Institute for Judicial Studies for both her observations on the case and efforts to implement the recommendations of the Matrimonial Commission. For excerpts of that interview, click at Interview. Click at Report to see the recommendations of the Matrimonial Commission.

10/24/2006

Judge Miller Lectures on Ethical Considerations and Attorney Fees

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller lectured on Ethical Considerations and Attorney Fees as part of an all-day program in Tarrytown, New York on October 24, 2006 entitled “Probate and Administration of Estates” for the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

01/01/2006

Judge Sondra Miller Joins Firm and Leads the Firm’s Appellate and Mediation and Arbitration Practice Groups

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

We are pleased to announce that Judge Sondra M. Miller, retired from the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, as of January 1, 2006, has joined our Firm as Chief Counsel. Judge Miller is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation and Matrimonial & Family Law groups and will lead the Firm’s appellate practice.

Presenter Description Organization Date
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

“Ethics” and “Diversity Training”

Yonkers Lawyers Association

02/25/2020
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judicial Ethics Update – 2020

New York State Association of Towns

02/17/2020
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judicial Ethics

NYS Judicial InstituteUnified Court System Certification Program for Newly-elected Town and Village Justices.

01/07/2020
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Assuming the Bench – Judicial Ethics

Unified Court System Certification Program for Newly-elected Town and Village Justices

12/06/2019
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

How Judicial Ethics Issues impact your Law Practice

Pace Law School (Elisabeth Haub School of Law)

11/26/2019
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judicial Ethics

NYS Association of Supreme Court Justices

09/18/2019
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judicial Ethics Update – 2019

NYS Magistrates’ Association

09/17/2019
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Dinner Speaker

Association of Supreme Court Justices of the City of New York

09/11/2019
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

2019 Judicial Campaign Ethics Online Training Video

NYS Judicial Institute

05/29/2019
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

Judicial Ethics

New York State Unified Court System

04/13/2018
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli
Hon. Edward P. Borrelli

“Judicial Ethics Updates” “Ethics: Civic Participation Limitations”

New York State Judicial Institute

02/19/2018
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Early Intervention: Support Services for Parents in Conflict

Westchester Women’s Bar Association and Family Kind

02/16/2017
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

MED-ARB: Getting Past the Impasse

Westchester Women’s Bar AssociationWestchester County Bar AssociationWestchester Black Bar AssociationWhite Plains Bar Association

02/24/2016
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Essential Family Law/Matrimonial Law: Fundamentals

Pace Law School

04/15/2013
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Induction Ceremony of Newly Elected Supreme Court Justice, Linda J. Christopher

Rockland County Courthouse, New City, New York

01/19/2011
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

“Who Owns Your DNA: Property, Privacy and the Cancer Battle”

Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan

11/10/2010
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Keynote Speaker

New York, New York, The Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York

11/08/2007