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  • Jan 11, 2021Krista Halpin

    Krista Halpin primarily focuses her practice on complex commercial real estate transactions and major projects for private, public, governmental, and high-profile individuals. She handles cooperative (“co-op”) and condominium real estate, finance, and corporate matters, issues, agreements and transactions, contract negotiations, and development.

    Additionally, Krista is experienced in general real estate law and finance; commercial transactions; lease and license agreements; corporate law; the formation of corporate entities; governing documents and general agreements; municipal and regulatory matters; project management entitlements, agreements, and easements; tax benefits and conditions; and tax payer agreement plans and negotiations. She manages legal risk and resolves situations with potentially adverse financial repercussions, resulting in favorable outcomes.

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  • Jan 11, 2021David H. Siegel

    David Siegel concentrates his practice on all aspects of intellectual property strategy, maintenance, and enforcement. He represents clients in patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, transactions, and litigation.

    David has significant experience in intellectual property licensing and brand protection. He advises clients on global patent and trademark protection and clearance options and alternatives. David has represented inventors, businesses, and start-ups in patent-related matters such as the drafting, filing, and prosecution of patent applications and non-disclosure and development agreements.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, David was an in-house counsel for a leading multinational costume designer, manufacturer, and distributor, managing licensing, clearance, and brand protection for a global intellectual property portfolio.

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  • Nov 30, 2020Jodi A. Sokol

    With over 20 years of experience, Jodi has been involved in all aspects of commercial real estate finance, acquisition, and sale transactions; with significant experience drafting and negotiating loan documents for single and multiple lender transactions; purchase and sale agreements; and conducting due diligence including analysis of title commitments and surveys; zoning reports, opinion letters; and borrower organizational documents. She focuses primarily on the structuring, negotiating, and closing of financial transactions, such as mortgage loans, secured and unsecured lines of credit, construction loans, and retail and commercial leasing.

    Jodi represents institutional, non-institutional, and private equity lenders to provide permanent and construction financing, leasing, acquisition, and sale of multi-family residential, commercial, hospitality, retail, and mixed-use properties. She represents buyers and sellers of commercial properties in transactional matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, and the refinance of assets, as well as transactions involving I.R.C. Section 1031 Exchanges. Jodi has been involved in substantial transactions, including representing the lead lender and agent in the financing and syndication of a $141 million acquisition and construction financing project in Orange County, New York, and representing the purchaser/borrower in the acquisition and financing of a multi-family portfolio in Jackson, Mississippi.

    Jodi also represents landlords and tenants in commercial and retail lease negotiations, lease assignments, sublease agreements, modifications and extensions, and termination agreements for retail spaces and office buildings.

    Additionally, Jodi consults clients with various business transactions, including the organization of entities; drafting stockholder, partnership, and operating agreements; and employment contracts.

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  • Nov 23, 2020Hugh P. Finnegan

    Hugh Finnegan focuses his practice on commercial real estate financings and construction matters.

    For over 35 years, Hugh has built a special expertise in commercial real estate acquisitions, bridge, construction, project, and mezzanine matters. He represents both local and international landlords and tenants in leasing transactions for offices, warehouses, shopping centers, restaurants, and other retail uses throughout the United States. Hugh also handles sales and acquisitions of undeveloped and developed properties, including “Green” developments.

    In addition, Hugh represents lenders and borrowers on loan restructurings and workouts, and has represented several commercial banks in the sale of distressed loans.

    Hugh was named in “2018 Ones to Watch” by the New York Real Estate Journal. He has been selected for inclusion on the list of New York Metro Super Lawyers from 2009-2020. Only five percent of New York attorneys are given this honor. Additionally, Hugh is included in the Real Estate Law section of the current edition of Best Lawyers®.

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  • Oct 14, 2020Jillian P. Levitt

    Jillian Levitt focuses her practice on litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters in the real estate industry.

    Jillian advises property owners on various types of real estate matters. She handles negotiations and buyouts of residential and commercial buildings. Jillian also litigates commercial and residential matters in New York Supreme and Civil Courts, and matters before the New York State Court of Appeals and the First, Second, and Fourth Appellate Divisions.

    In addition to her real estate litigation practice, Jillian drafts lease agreements for residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments. She prepares applications for developers to obtain various economic incentives.

    Additionally, Jillian conducts due diligence for purchases of large residential and commercial buildings for compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. She also advises clients on federal, state, and city affordable housing rules and regulations, including the Mitchell-Lama program, section eight vouchers, SCRIE, rent control, and rent stabilization.

    While in law school, Jillian was the Managing Editor of Articles for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal.

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  • Aug 31, 2020Alan Tenenbaum

    Alan Tenenbaum concentrates his practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation and counseling. He represents corporate clients throughout the United States and before the International Trade Commission in litigation involving patent, trademark, unfair competition, right of publicity, and commercial claims. His litigation and trial work includes matters involving electronic hardware, software, consumer products, medical devices, chemicals, and both branded and generic pharmaceuticals.

    Alan is a trusted general counsel to a variety of companies. Applying business solutions from a legal perspective, he works with clients to identify, acquire, protect, manage, and monetize products, technology, and intellectual property rights.

    Alan counsels clients who seek to resolve and avoid commercial and intellectual property disputes, with and without recourse to litigation and has litigated and resolved a variety of disputes involving nuisance patents and patent assertion entities. He also negotiates IP and IT agreements and other complex agreements involving technology. Alan has a successful track record in the prosecution of patent applications involving software-implemented applications.

    Alan frequently speaks and writes on the topic of patent litigation, software patents, and intellectual property involving emerging technology. He has been named in New York Super Lawyers® for several years, most recently in 2020. He is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.

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  • Aug 24, 2020Jeffrey K. Cassin

    Jeffrey K. Cassin is a business attorney, concentrating his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), investment transactions, corporate law, and business contracts.

    Jeff represents middle-market, mid-size businesses, funds, start-ups, media and technology companies, and individual investors, among others. He counsels clients concerning complex middle-market M&A transactions, deal negotiations, and management decisions, and has served as the primary attorney on dozens of sell-side and buy-side transactions, across industries.

    Jeff also has extensive transactional experience in negotiating and preparing financing, LLC operating, shareholder, joint venture, and partnership agreements and other corporate formation and organization documents; securities offering memoranda and subscription agreements; employment, consulting, service, and independent contractor agreements; vendor and supply agreements; debt and convertible equity instruments; distribution and marketing agreements; consents and waivers; restrictive covenant agreements; software licenses, SAAS agreements, and assignments; website T&Cs, privacy policies; brand and trademark licensing agreements; HIPAA agreements; corporate governance documents; and various other contracts.

    Jeff represents many start-up companies and founders in initial formation, early operational matters, and friends-and-family, seed, and venture capital rounds of investment. He handles matters ranging from financing rounds, both equity and debt, to negotiating agreements among business owners, investors, executives, and employees. His representation of start-ups, particularly technology companies, has included taking companies from their early stages through sale.

    Jeff also represents non-profit organizations in day-to-day business transactional matters and non-profit governance, including drafting by-laws and articles of organization, attending board meetings, and reviewing conflicts-of-interest issues.

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  • Nov 11, 2019Sarah M. Bouskila

    Sarah M. Bouskila focuses her practice in real estate and complex commercial litigation. Her experience includes representation of individuals and corporate clients in a variety of practice areas, such as breach of contract, business torts, fraud, bankruptcy, employment and restrictive covenant disputes, foreclosure litigation, and an array of real estate-related litigation.

    Prior to entering private practice, Sarah served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

    While in law school, Sarah was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and served as an Articles Editor for the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal.

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  • Sep 03, 2019Joseph A. Farco

    Joseph A. Farco focuses his practice on intellectual property matters including litigation, patent, and trade secret transactions.

    As a trial patent lawyer, Joe represents patent owners, including inventors, and foreign and domestic companies in district court and the International Trade Commission. He drafts complaints, answers, 12(b) motions, discovery, and discovery motions, as well as takes and defends fact, expert, and 30(b)(6) depositions. Joe handles pre-filing due diligence for patent owners on how to best assert their patents; cease-and-desist correspondence to avoid litigation; and all aspects, including oral arguments, of Markman proceedings, summary judgement briefs, pre- and post-trial memoranda, technical and damages expert preparation and discovery, accounting and costs motions, appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States. He also spearheads electronic discovery and strategies for electronically searchable information (ESI).

    Joe makes advance preparation and efficient strategy development his priorities, especially for witnesses who are not native English-speakers and where numerous experts are involved. He has prepared foreign and domestic witnesses and experts for trial.

    As a registered patent attorney, Joe practices before the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he counsels clients from all over the world under America Invents Act (AIA) and pre-AIA rules to obtain patent protection in the form of utility and design patents. He has argued for his clients to obtain patents on their inventions through appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He also has been involved in challenges to patent rights under ex parte reexaminations and inter partes review proceedings.

    Joe uses his litigation and prosecution experience to provide opinions concerning patentability, non-infringement, and invalidity, to assist clients in making well-informed intellectual property decisions for their business or for helping avoid allegations of induced infringement and/or willful infringement of patents.

    Prior to his legal career, Joe was a project engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems, where he led a team of engineers to develop mechanical, electrical, and materials test analyses for the life-critical Extravehicular Mobility Unit worn by astronauts on space missions to and from the International Space Station.

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  • Aug 06, 2019Ameena Ibrahim

    Ameena Ibrahim focuses her practice on immigration law.

    Ameena actively assists individuals and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law including, employee immigrant visas, employee non-immigrant visas, I-9 compliance matters, import/export matters, family immigration, deportation defense, criminal investigation, administrative agency immigration appeals, and federal immigration appeals.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ameena was a Public Service Fellow with the Health Initiatives department of Community Society Services New York, where she was a primary case handler, managing a large volume of cases in Health Law.

    While at Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Ameena participated in several prestigious National Moot Court Competitions. She won the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees National Moot Court and the Best Written Argument Award. Ameena is admitted to practice law in India, where she has represented clients in consumer courts and in the High Court on civil litigation matters.

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