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Employment DiscriminationLacy Katzen clients who own and operate Finger Lakes area restaurants recently prevailed in federal litigation on which a former employee, represented by a New York City firm, alleged multiple claims of employment discrimination under both state... Read More
Real Estate LitigationLeon was adjunct professor of Real Estate Law at St. John Fisher College, teaching brokers and salespersons to qualify for license.
Construction LitigationJohn Refermat is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice includes complex civil and commercial litigation, real property tax certiorari/condemnation/eminent domain, zoning and municipal/land use litigation, environmental matters, securities arbitration and construction litigation. An experienced appellate advocate, John has successfully prepared and argued appeals before various departments of the New York State Appellate Division and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Real Estate TransactionsThe way we look at it, every real estate transaction is about buildingâ€”whether it involves vacant land or existing structures. Itâ€™s about building trust, building relationships and building success. At Lacy Katzen, our real estate attorneys build successful, trustworthy relationships with our clients. Because we know how important those building blocks are to any relationship, we are passionate about our role in real estate transactions. Our real estate attorneys counsel and advocate on behalf of our clients to ensure a successful project or transaction. For more than 60 years, Lacy Katzen and its real estate attorneys have represented buyers, sellers, builders, developers and lenders in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. We understand that every real estate transaction is both unique and complex, with deadlines always looming. We excel at successfully navigating the real estate transaction from contract execution to closing. And we pride ourselves on building high expectations with every clientâ€”and then always exceeding them.
Eminent DomainCommercial and Civil Litigation; Real Property Tax Certiorari/Eminent Domain; Municipal/Land Use Litigation; Environmental Law; Labor and Employment Law
Land Use and ZoningMunicipalities encounter a variety of complex legal issues every day, including planning and zoning, land use, taxation, real estate, water and sewer districting, financing and liability. At Lacy Katzen, we understand the legal issues involved, are passionate about the practice of Municipal Law, and strive to provide smart and efficient solutions.
Landlord-Tenant DisputesMark has lectured extensively to various organizations, including judicial school, educating judges and other attorneys on collections and the enforcement of money judgments and landlord-tenant law. He is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, the Commercial Law League of America and the Debt Buyers Association of America. Mark presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council, Inc.
Criminal DefenseBefore joining Lacy Katzen LLP, Rachelle spent two years as an Appellate Court Attorney with the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, where she handled both civil and criminal appeals.
Wrongful DeathOur litigation attorneys have broad experience, including personal injury matters, criminal charges, estate contests, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, employment law disputes, hospital, surgical and nursing home malpractice; and insurance disputes. Lacy Katzen attorneys are knowledgeable, passionate, team-oriented and driven to bring justice to our clientsâ€™ cases. We utilize our collective knowledge to achieve positive results for each of our clients.
ForeclosureRobert Vigdor practices in the area of residential and commercial real estate including the sale, purchase, financing, development and leasing of properties. He has represented clients in numerous zoning and planning matters, including requests for variances from zoning board of appeals, requests for special use permits, site plan and subdivision approvals from planning boards and other municipal bodies having jurisdiction. He has represented lenders in financing transactions and has conducted commercial foreclosures in workouts on behalf of lenders. Rob also has experience in mortgage banking and brokering matters including issues relating to licensing and regulatory compliance.
Tax LawIn equal measure, our attorneys consider not only the business itself, the financial security of the owners, and the potential successors, but the future success of the business and all its stakeholders in a continuously changing marketplace. Our expertise in areas such as estate and income tax planning, and our experience in dealing with emotionally sensitive challenges such as children with varying degrees of talent and interest in the business, spouses, second spouses and other family concerns, helps us take passion-filled situations and turn them into plans for long-term success.
Debt CollectionOur knowledgeable creditorsâ€™ rights attorneys excel in representing creditors in all workout, collection and enforcement matters, including, but not limited to, bankruptcy proceedings, commercial and residential foreclosure, enforcing surety agreements and guarantees, avoiding fraudulent conveyances, collecting retail accounts, evictions, breach of fiduciary duty claims agianst directors of liquidating entities, and defense of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims.
Child SupportLarry maintains a general legal practice, providing professional services and counsel on a wide variety of legal matters. He is the firmâ€™s primary attorney for all domestic and family law matters, including divorce and separation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, paternity, custody, visitation and child support matters, PINS petitions, guardianships and adoptions. Larry also represents clients in residential real estate transactions, business and contractual matters, estate matters and the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies and similar life-planning documents, and maintains an active Municipal Law practice as attorney for the Village of Hilton.
Child Custody and Visitation
Premarital AgreementKaren Schaefer represents clients in developing a comprehensive estate plan, which balances financial and tax implications with family and business objectives and realities. She counsels her clients on all aspects of trusts and estate matters including estate, gift and income tax planning; administering trusts and estates; preparation of wills, trusts (including revocable living trusts and a variety of irrevocable trusts), durable powers of attorney, health care proxies and beneficiary designations; restructuring and coordination of assets. Karen also aids clients in matters regarding prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, estate plan design, elder law issues, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies.
GuardianshipLisa represents clients with disabilities or families with disabled children to implement planning strategies to access public benefits and maximize preservation of the individualâ€™s or familyâ€™s assets. She advises clients on self-settled supplemental needs trusts, third party supplemental needs trusts, and testamentary supplemental needs trusts, as well as pooled community supplemental needs trusts. She also assists client with Article 17A guardianships for disabled children or family members.
Trusts and Estates
Estate PlanningAt Lacy Katzen, estate planning is more than just drafting a will and other documents, or identifying and restructuring assets. Itâ€™s about making sure your family, friends and charities are provided for in a way that is meaningful for you and for them when you are gone or incapacitated. Itâ€™s the process of making sure there is a comprehensive plan in place. And itâ€™s the security that comes from knowing you have done all that you can to take care of those you care about.
WillsThe estate planning attorneys at Lacy Katzen are experienced at helping to guide you through the estate planning and administration process.Â Â No matter how simple or complex your estate plan is we will work with you to establish Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Wills and Trusts.Â Â Â At Lacy Katzen, we make it our mission to carry out your estate plan in a sensitive and respectful mannerâ€”all the while keeping in mind that you worked a lifetime to build a legacy to leave behind when you are gone.
TrustsJoanne Constantino joined the firm in 1996. She practices in the areas of probate, estate and trust administration, and taxes.
Power of AttorneyLisa represents seniors who need long-term care, and works with their families and other medical professionals to develop an appropriate care plan, whether that includes home care, independent living facility, assisted living or skilled nursing home. Lisa then implements strategies to protect assets while accessing public benefits, including Chronic Care Medicaid for nursing home care and Community Medicaid for home care. She uses a variety of strategies available for clients depending on their particular circumstances, including outright transfers, irrevocable Medicaid trusts, annuities, loans, pooled trusts to shelter excess income, and transfers of real property. Lisa also helps clients access available Veteran's benefits.Â For clients seeking planning prior to illness, Lisa prepares the necessary documents, including wills, durable powers of attorney and gift riders, and health care proxies to ensure the clientsâ€™ wishes will be carried out.
Personal InjuryOur personal injury attorneys use every possible legal avenue to get the settlement you need to pay your mounting bills, get the treatment or therapy you need and get your life back in order. For more than 60 years, we have been helping injured people and their families get results.
Medical MalpracticeWe are recognized as a leading law firm in Medical Malpractice. Named a Tier 1 Best Law firm in plaintiffâ€™s medical malpractice by Best Lawyers in America, our team includes a consulting physician, nurse, an economist and the Best Lawyerâ€™s â€œLawyer of the Year in Plaintiffâ€™s Medical Malpracticeâ€ in Rochester for 2013. Our team has successfully represented clients injured by medical and surgical errors, failure to diagnose, poor obstetrical or labor and delivery care, nursing home neglect, and emergency room mistakes. For more than 60 years, our passion is the fight for those who have been harmed by poor medical care. As the healthcare system grows larger and more complex, our team will provide you with a team with up to date knowledge and thorough understanding of all aspects of medical malpractice.
Social Security DisabilityBefore joining Lacy Katzen LLP, John worked for a civil litigation firm focused on medical malpractice, personal injury, workers' compensation and Social Security disability actions.
Medicaid PlanningWe are all passionate about ensuring that our loved ones will be well cared for and knowing that the future our families worked so hard to achieve is secure. That, in essence, is why we are so passionate about Elder Law & Medicaid Planning at Lacy Katzen.
Dog BitesMs. Thomas is a Partner in our Litigation Group and is Chair of the firm's Litigation Department. She has been a trial attorney for over 20 years. Her practice is focused upon civil litigation including personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, construction site accidents, dog bites, commercial and estate litigation. Ms. Thomas is knowledgable in the area of insurance coverage litigation and represents insurance policy holders in coverage dispute litigation against their insurance companies.Â She has also represented policy holders as "excess counsel" in cases where clients do not have adequate insurance coverage. She is the Chair of our Risk Management Committee and has a detailed understanding of contingency planning issues.
Business and Corporate Law
Corporate LawEstate and Trust Planning; Business Succession Planning; Trust and Estate Administration; Business and Corporate Law; Trust and Estate Litigation.
Mergers and AcquisitionsJennifer Chadwick counsels businesses and their owners in matters involving general corporate, employment, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, financing matters and shareholder and member disputes. Jennifer also counsels financial institutions in commercial loan transactions, creditorsâ€™ rights and compliance and regulatory matters. Her goal is to provide clients with enthusiastic, efficient and skilled representation.
Business DisputesJohn handles numerous diverse matters in Federal and State court, including, e.g.: the Lanham Act, Truth In Lending Act, Credit Repair Organizations Act, Credit Services Business Law, Deceptive Practices Act, Fair Housing Act, Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), New York Labor Law, Navigation Law, and proceedings before the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He also has experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Examples of illustrative cases include...
Limited Liability CompaniesTim counsels business owners in addressing the myriad legal issues facing a business, including succession planning, financing transactions, mergers and acquisition, minimizing liabilities and the formation and structuring of business entities, including corporations and limited liability companies.Â Tim works with business owners to develop owner agreements such as shareholdersâ€™, operating and buy-sell agreements which achieve business and personal objectives while addressing taxation concerns.
Unfair CompetitionJohnâ€™s commercial litigation practice includes a wide variety of shareholder/partner/limited liability entity disputes, contested dissolutions, trademark, licensing, unfair competition, warranty and Uniform Commercial Code issues, and restrictive covenants/non-compete/solicitation agreements; he also has experience with international trade/commerce. John has an expansive practice representing property owners, school districts and municipalities in a wide range of real property assessment matters, including energy generation and emissions credits, and issues involving tax exemptions and unique properties. He previously served as General Counsel to the Binghamton Housing Authority, Counsel to the Broome County Republican Committee, Special Counsel to New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous, and Treasurer of the Monroe County Republican Committee.
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