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Five Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP Attorneys Named to the 2013 New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars® List

Uniondale, September 20, 2013 —Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP (the Firm) is pleased to announce five firm attorneys to the 2013 New York Rising Stars® SuperLawyers list.

SuperLawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and a peer reviews by practice area.

Douglas W. Atkins concentrates his practice in the areas of tax certiorari, real estate and condemnation. He has experience in tax reduction proceedings for all types of commercial real estate throughout Long Island's counties, towns and villages. Mr. Atkins also has obtained substantial tax refunds for owners of specialty properties such as cellular phone tower sites, sand processing plants and tidal wetlands. Mr. Atkins is admitted to the bars of New York and Connecticut. He is a member of the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations, where he serves on the Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Law Committee for each. He is also an active member of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. He is a frequent lecturer and writer on the topics of commercial property tax and valuation. He has been published in the New York Real Estate Journal, the New York Law Journal, the Suffolk County Lawyer and various other local publications.

Andrea Tsoukalas concentrates her practice in zoning, land use, environmental and municipal law matters. Ms. Tsoukalas represents a wide variety of clients including national corporate chains, local developers and small business owners in the development of commercial and residential properties. Ms. Tsoukalas also has substantial experience in appellate practice and civil litigation. She litigates contract and real estate claims, corporate and partnership disputes, and regulatory claims arising out of building and zoning code violations. Ms. Tsoukalas is general counsel to the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association, a nationally recognized non-profit trade association with over 600 members. Andrea Tsoukalas was honored by the Long Island Business News with its 40 Under 40 Award (2012). Most recently, she was listed by the same publication as a ‘Who’s Who in Women in Professional Service.’ In 2012, she was honored by the John J. Byrne Community Center with its Long Island Outstanding Advocate for Children and Youth Award.

Stephanie M. Alberts concentrates her practice in estate administration, estate planning, estate litigation, guardianships and civil tax matters. Ms. Alberts represents clients in New York State Surrogate’s Court in probate and administration proceedings, probate contests, judicial accountings, and other miscellaneous proceedings. Her practice includes the preparation of probate and administration documents, conducting pre-trial discovery and legal research, drafting estate planning and estate litigation documents and preparing estate tax returns. Ms. Alberts also represents clients in guardianship proceedings in both the Surrogate’s Court and the Supreme Court. Ms. Alberts has co-authored articles on various trusts and estate issues that have been published in the New York Law Journal, including “Draft Once, Proofread Twice, Take Extreme Care in Drafting Personal Property Bequests” (N.Y.L.J. January 30, 2012) and “Substituted Judgment: Looking Out for an Elderly Person Who Becomes Incapacitated” (N.Y.L.J. January 26, 2009). She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County.

Kathryn Sammon Burns concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate and banking litigation, residential and commercial foreclosures, workouts, debtor and creditor rights, bankruptcy and corporate law. Ms. Burns primarily counsels institutional and private lenders, mortgage loan servicers, and individuals in the various aspects of foreclosure and collection law, and represents clients in real estate and banking litigation, including foreclosures, lender liability claims, lien priority disputes, title issues, mortgage contract disputes, usury claims, surplus money proceedings, and settlement negotiations. Ms. Burns was the featured LI columnist in the February 2010 edition of New York Real Estate Journal with her article “How New Residential Foreclosure Laws Affect Commercial Lending.” Ms. Burns has also been published in the Nassau Lawyer, July/August 2010 issue, with her article “The Slow Road to Economic Recovery,” co-authored with James C. Ricca, and in The Suffolk Lawyer, September 2010 issue, with her article “Amended Foreclosure Procedures: How to Comply with Changing Rules.” In addition, she was featured in the New York Real Estate Journal’s annual “Women in Real Estate,” 2010 and 2012 editions.

Eli Elbaum concentrates his practice in all aspects of municipal law, including zoning, land use, environmental, transactional and related litigation matters.  Mr. Elbaum regularly appears before numerous municipal boards and agencies throughout Long Island. In addition, he frequently appears in District Court for property-related violation matters. Mr. Elbaum previously practiced in New York City and often appeared before New York City's Board of Standards and Appeals, Environmental Control Board, and Landmarks Preservation Commission. Mr. Elbaum represents a wide variety of clients, including national corporate chains, local developers, and small business owners in the development of commercial and residential properties. Mr. Elbaum is a member of the New York State Bar Association and The Retail Network trade association. His co-authored article, “Zoning Boards Give New Meaning to What Constitutes a Detriment to the Character of a Neighborhood,” was published in the New York Real Estate Journal.

Founded in 1976, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP is one of Long Island's most acclaimed and distinguished law firms. Headquartered in Uniondale, NY, the Firm is conveniently located for clients in Nassau and Suffolk. The Firm employs nearly 50 attorneys who provide counsel to a broad range of clients, including national, regional and local businesses, major real estate developers and organizations, banks, insurance companies, municipalities, educational institutions, and individuals. Personal attention and quality representation that is both practical and cost-effective are hallmarks of the Firm's policy towards clients.

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