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Joseph R. Bjarnson is a Partner with the Firm and a member of the Firm's Litigation Group and Energy, Environment, and Resources Practice Group. Since joining the Firm in 2012, Mr. Bjarnson has earned a reputation as a hardworking attorney, with an ability to work on a variety of complex matters in different practice areas. Joe has also made significant contributions to his community and devoted countless hours to pro bono causes.


Labor and Employment Practice Update

Beware of Unduly Restrictive Employment Agreements - The Courts Will Not Enforce All Non-Competition Agreements Made by Employers and Employees

In an August 2018 decision, Long Is. Minimally Invasive Surgery, P.C. v. St John's Episcopal Hosp., 164 A.D.3d 575 (2d Dep't 2018), the Second Department had the occasion to revisit and apply some of the key holdings in New York employment law regarding restrictive covenants/non-competition agreements from the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Divisions and the New York Court of Appeals over the last 40-plus years.



Firm Successfully Protects Commercial Property Owner's Due Process Rights in Tax Lien Foreclosure Case
Decision Allows Owner to Redeem Property, Thereby Avoiding Eviction and Loss of Business

Adam H. Koblenz, Andrew Roth, and Joseph Bjarnson, Partners with the Firm, have obtained summary judgment from the Nassau County Supreme Court on behalf of their client in the case of Forest Glen Realty LLC v. T11 Funding et. al. The Court's decision protects Nassau County commercial property owners in real-property tax enforcement proceedings by holding that, in the event the tax deed owner seeks to enforce its tax deed by quieting title or a summary proceeding, they provide the former owner with the right to redeem the tax liens and their property.


Kyle M. Lawrence Guides Company in Getting a New Drone Rental Venture off the Ground

Kyle M. Lawrence, head of the Firm's Corporate and Securities practice group, assisted a construction firm in launching a commercial and consumer drone rental company to be based in California. Mr. Lawrence's client renders land surveying services, among other things, for large-scale construction projects and, at times, utilizes drones for the purpose of taking aerial photographs in connection with said projects.


Moving and Self-Storage Company Receives Site Plan Approval to Expand Its Headquarters

John Farrell, a Partner with the Firm, recently represented Men on the Move before the Oyster Bay Town Board, which granted site plan approval for a 90,000-square-foot addition to the company's headquarters and self-storage facility located at 150 Crossways Park West in Woodbury. The company's expansion was made possible by an earlier Industrial Development Agency (IDA) benefit approval secured by the Firm and will allow for more self-storage space and warehousing at its Woodbury location. Men on the Move operates a moving company and several self-storage facilities on Long Island.



Michael H. Sahn Served as Panelist at Land Use Training Program

Michael H. Sahn, the Firm's Managing Partner, was a panelist at the Hofstra University Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies Land Use Training Program for Municipal Planning and Zoning Officials, which took place on October 29 at Hofstra University. Mr. Sahn discussed the topic "Defense and Indemnification of Land Use Board Members."

John Christopher Named as One of Long Island Business News' "Ones to Watch"

John Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, was named as one of the "Ones to Watch" in Real Estate, Architecture, Engineering & Construction in the October 19-25, 2018 issue of Long Island Business News. "Ones to Watch" is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

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Joshua D. Brookstein to Receive Leadership in Law Award

Joshua D. Brookstein, an Associate with the Firm, will receive the Leadership in Law Award from Long Island Business News at a special ceremony that will take place on Thursday, November 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.


Elaine Colavito Joins in Honoring Local Judges at Nassau County Women's Bar Association's Annual Membership Cocktail Party and Salute to the Judiciary

Elaine Colavito, a Partner with the Firm and President of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association (NCWBA), took part in the NCWBA's Annual Membership Cocktail Party and Salute to the Judiciary, which was held on October 1 at the Nassau County Bar Association's headquarters in Mineola. The event honored the organization's new and current members and Nassau County judges.


Elaine Colavito Receives Top 50 Women in Business Award from LIBN

Elaine Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, was honored by Long Island Business News as one of the Top 50 Women in Business at a special ceremony that was held on October 18 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. This is the second year in a row that Ms. Colavito has received this award.


Matthew C. McCann Selected to New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List for Fourth Consecutive Year
New Hyde Park Resident Named as One of Top Employment Law Attorneys

Matthew C. McCann, an Associate with the Firm, was selected to the New York Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list for the fourth year in a row. This was the first year Mr. McCann was selected in the category of Employment Law. From 2015 to 2017, he was selected to Super Lawyers' "Rising Stars" in the category of Criminal Defense: White Collar.


New Developments in the Law

Elaine Colavito's "Bench Briefs" Appears In Suffolk Lawyer

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the October 2018 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.

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Out and About

Elaine Colavito Speaks on the Topic of "Women in the Courtroom" at The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County

Elaine Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, was one of the speakers at The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County's official opening of the Cecelia Goetz Exhibit titled "Cecelia Goetz: The Aggressive War Chief of Nuremberg," which took place on September 30. The topic of Ms. Colavito's speech was "Women in the Courtroom."



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