Of Counsel Attorneys
PERSONAL INJURY – Bonnie S. Halbridge
Bonnie S. Halbridge is a graduate of Hofstra University and Hofstra Law School is admitted to practice in the state of New York. From 1986 to 1991, she worked in State Farm’s suit unit where she gained extensive experience in the evaluation and negotiation of bodily injury cases, and rose to became the attorney of record and managing attorney for State Farm. From 1991-1993, she worked for an insurance defense firm. From 1996 on, she has been practicing exclusively in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury representing people who have been injured in automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, dog bites, construction accidents, and cases involving wrongful death.
MATRIMONIAL – Rona Gura
Rona Gura received her Juris Doctorate from Fordham University in 1986, and was admitted to the bar in 1987. She started her legal career in the litigation department of a large firm, and advanced to a position whereby she handled almost all of the firm’s appellate work. After having gone through her own divorce, Rona changed her career path to focus exclusively on family law. As a matrimonial attorney who has been through the process personally, Rona brings a uniquely empathetic ear to her clients’ concerns. She has the distinctive ability to appreciate the often emotionally wrenching experiences of her clients, to be an effective advocate for her clients’ needs, and to successfully guide them through the legal process. As a skilled and highly experienced litigator, she has appeared regularly in the Family Courts and Supreme Courts on behalf of her clients. Rona is a certified family law mediator and an experienced collaborative negotiator. Rona is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT – Randy L. Braun
Randy L. Braun, graduated magna cum laude from Pace University (where he was elected to the prestigious Alpha Chi National Academic Honor Society) and is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law (where he won appointment as a member of the Moot Court Board). He is admitted to practice before all courts of the state of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Braun became a partner in a New York City firm in 1996, and opened his own practice in 2004, after which he became of counsel to the Law Offices of Alan J. Schwartz, P.C.
Mr. Braun has represented employers and individuals in the areas of labor, employment, discrimination, human resource, prevailing wage and construction law matters. His philosophy is one of creativity and pragmatism as he consistently strives to achieve the best possible result for the client, and to make the client’s experience in working with an attorney a positive one.
TRUST & ESTATES & ELDER LAW – Andrew Lamkin
Andrew Lamkin focuses his practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, special needs planning and Estate Administration, including Wills and Trusts, Probate, Medicaid planning and Medicaid applications and estate litigation. Andrew is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association and Suffolk County Bar Association. Andrew is also a member of the Elder Law and Trust and Estate Sections of the New York State Bar, where he is active in the Medicaid and Supplemental Needs Planning committees, is a Certified Court Evaluator and serves as Counsel to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25 in Hicksville, New York. Andrew received his J.D. from Widener School of Law in 2006 and his B.A. in Political Science and History from Syracuse University in 1996.
TRUST & ESTATES & ELDER LAW – Beth Polner Abrahams
For over 22 years, Beth Polner Abrahams has provided quality legal representation to seniors and the disabled, as well as customized estate planning to meet the personal needs of families, their children and other loved ones.
Ms. Polner Abrahams is a member of the New York State, Nassau and Suffolk Bar Associations and has lectured for the N.Y.S. Bar Association. She is past chairperson and a current member of Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau (SUNN), an association of business professionals and advocates involved with seniors, and a member of the Suffolk and Queens County SUNs. She is also co-chair of the Nassau County Bar Association Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy Committee. Ms. Polner Abrahams is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
CIVIL & LAND USE – Charles J. Casolaro
Charles J. Casolaro concentrates in zoning, land use, municipal law, all aspects of real estate and litigation. Mr. Casolaro represents a wide variety of private clients, including some national corporations and municipalities. He is currently the attorney for the Villages of Hewlett Harbor and Brightwaters, as well as special counsel to a number of other municipalities. He serves as counsel to various boards of zoning appeals and planning boards, and is also a recognized experienced practitioner in the area of election law, having represented multiple candidates for various elected offices. Mr. Casolaro has argued before the Appellate Division and New York State Court of Appeals. A 1991 graduate of Adelphi University, (BA) Magna Cum Laude and a 1995 graduate of CUNY Law School, Mr. Casolaro is admitted to practice law in the Courts of New York State, the Eastern and Southern District Federal Courts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
CIVIL & CORPORATE – Frank J. Livoti
Frank Livoti was admitted to practice in 1979 in New York state, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Mr. Livoti is a former Queens County ADA. His practice consists of civil work as well as trials and appeals with emphasis on commercial litigation.
BANKRUPTCY – Richard S. Feinsilver
Richard S. Feinsilver is a graduate of St. Johns University (B.A. 1979) and New York Law School (J.D. 1983), and has been in private practice since 1988. Prior to entering private practice, he was employed in the financial services industry for over 10 years in various capacities focusing in the areas of consumer credit and real estate financing. Over the past 30 years, Rich has represented in excess of 7,500 clients in the prosecution of consumer and business bankruptcy proceedings. Rich has also been a contributor to Fox Business News, the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York Business, the New York Times and Newsday.