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Welcome! The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC, located in Garden City, NY, is at your service, offering sound advice and representation in a variety of legal matters.

 

 

Years of experience, in-depth knowledge, and the ability to think "outside the box" lead to tailor-made, targeted solutions to legal problems, obstacles, and challenges.  These creative solutions, in turn, lead to positive reviews from many happy clients

 

You are most cordially invited to learn more about the firm, enjoy a video overview of it, and explore its practice areas.

 

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Firm Announcements

September 22, 2022 - The holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), and Shemini Atzeret/Simhat Torah (Feast of Rejoicing with the Law) are once again upon us.  In observance of these holidays, The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC will be completely closed on the following dates, and any voice-mail or e-mail messages left will be returned on the day following  them:
 

  • ​​September 26th & 27th (Mon. & Tues.) - Rosh Hashanah
     
  • ​​October 4th & 5th (Tues. & Wed.) - Yom Kippur Eve and Yom Kippur
     
  • ​​October 10th and 11th (Mon. & Tues.) Sukkot
     
  • ​​October 17th and 18th (Mon. & Tues.) - Shemini Atzeret/Simhat Torah

September 1, 2022 - TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, in his capacity as Co-Chair of The New York County Lawyers Association's ("NYCLA") Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") Committee, delivers the following farewell message. 

 

The past three years have been a whirlwind in so many ways.  When [Co-Chair] Chris [Fladgate] and I first took charge of the Committee in October 2019, we had modest aspirations for it, which largely consisted of reviving it from a state of dormancy.  With [Vice-Chair] Nelson [Timken] coming on board in late 2019, we started down that path with an innovative CLE event on faith-based dispute resolution that took place in February 2020.

 

Ironically, one month later, as the pandemic brutally intensified, we quickly came to realizealong with our colleagues, families, and friendsthat we needed our respective faiths more than ever.  In this regard, I will never forget reciting the Hebrew names of 844 people stricken by COVID on Passover Eve 2020 as part of a prayer for the sick and wondering as the recitation stretched on whether that Passover would be my last.  (For those wondering, BTW, how long it took, it was 32 minutes of nonstop reading).

 

But for the Committee to continue to flourish amidst the adversity brought on by COVID, faith alone was not sufficient.  We needed drive and esprit de corps as well to accompany that faith.  Bari Chase, Daler Radjabov, and their NYCLA CLE Department colleagues, capably supported by NYCLA's many officers of all ranks, were there every step of the wayand still are to this dayto provide that drive and esprit de corps (in addition to prodigious CLE materials and technology resources), as evidenced by the THOUSANDS (and this is not an exaggeration by any means) of e-mail messages that Chris, Nelson, and I exchanged with them.

 

All in all, together and in cyberspace, we accomplished a great dealincluding running at least 15 CLE events . . . and 8 ADR trainingsall while overcoming difficult internal and external challenges (with some such as the thorny issue of neutral compensation still yet to be overcome). 

 

Throughout our collective journey, we met people from all over the globe, including but not limited to Barbara Wilson, a highly experienced mediator from the United Kingdom, and Len Hickey, CEO of Litigaze, a decision tree SaaS company, who Zoomed in . . . from Australia just last week.

 

We also "leveled up" in various ways.  I now have ten ADR panel certifications/memberships under my belt, including three AAA designations (Commercial Arbitrator, Commercial Mediator, and Consumer Arbitrator) and an Appellate Division, Second Department Special Master designation, Chris and Nelson both became Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators members after passing rigorous examinations, and Nelsonunquestionably and most impressively as far as ADR accomplishments are concernedearned an LL.M in dispute resolution from Fordham University School of Law.  Dalerunquestionably and most impressively as far as any accomplishment in the world is concernedbecame a father two minutes before the conclusion of the summer 2021 16-hour Advanced Divorce Mediation Training (which is my counter-experience to the recitation of the 844 names discussed above).

 

We further forged and cemented many new connections in the New York Unified Court System from ADR Coordinators to Appellate Division Special Masters to members of the judiciary too numerous to list here. 

 

In addition, we recruitedand still continue to recruit--the best of the best ADR practitioners from around the worldwho are also too numerous to list hereto share their wisdom and insight with us, and we were incredibly fortunate to have the late Chuck Newman, Esq., of blessed memory, join us for several of our programs. 

 

And last but certainly not least, in February, we outbid renowned and respected private ADR providers and bar associations to become [the] designated STATEWIDE Part 137 [Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program] arbitration training provider.

 

In short, we've seen and experienced first-hand the ADR Committee's development and evolutionall with G-d's ever-present assistancefrom virtual non-existence into the powerhouse institution that it is today.  It has been an amazing journey, and while in just over 48 hours, I will no longer be steering the proverbial ship, I know that it is in extremely capable hands and am confidently optimistic that with the continued dedication of the Committee's leadership, NYCLA, and youour esteemed Committee membersthe best is still yet to come.

UPDATE - July 14, 2022 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb has updated all of his AAA arbitrator and mediator resumes to reflect his recent service as an arbitrator or mediator in resolving commercial and consumer disputes, all of which can be downloaded as one combined PDF by clicking here or by visiting the Resources & Articles page.

 

UPDATE - April 8, 2021 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb is confirmed as an active arbitrator on AAA's Consumer Panel.

 

UPDATE - February 18, 2021 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb is now confirmed as holding "active" status on AAA's Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators (General Commercial Panel). 

 

December 8, 2020 - The American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), one of the foremost Alternative Dispute Resolution providers in the world, welcomes Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb to its Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators (General Commercial Panel).  Mr. Weinreb is thrilled to be part of this wonderful organization and looks forward to receiving "active" status on the roster after attending AAA's official training for new neutrals, currently scheduled for February 2021.

UPDATE - May 30, 2022 - On this Memorial Day, it is appropriate to honor not only the memories of our nation's valiant heroes but the memory of Charles "Chuck" M. Newman, Esq., an international ADR giant who passed away earlier this month.  Chuck (pictured to the right) was an exemplary panelist at several New York County Lawyers Association ("NYCLA") ADR Committee CLE programs, including but not limited to the one described below.  In addition to being endowed with an extraordinary IQ, he had an outstanding EIQ (emotional intelligence quotient), practicing altruism, selflessness, and genuine caring throughout his life (and now beyond via his written publications and audiovisual presentations).

 

In honor of Chuck's memory, NYCLA's CLE Department has made the non-CLE version of the January 6th program described belowone of Chuck's lastavailable to the general public.  Click here or head over to TWLF's YouTube channel to view this amazing, groundbreaking program featuring Chuck (among other ADR superstars) in its entirety.  (To purchase the 4-credit CLE version from NYCLA, please click here). 

 

January 6, 2022 - NYCLA's Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") Committee, of which TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb is Co-Chair, holds an educational and entertaining Continuing Legal Education Program, entitled "Breaking the Impasse in Private & Court Mediations."  

 

In addition to Mr. Weinreb, the program's faculty included Simeon BaumAlida CampPierre F. de Ravel d’EsclaponChristopher FladgateDorothy C. KaldiStephen A. HochmanCharles M. NewmanFederica Romanelli, and Nelson E. Timken.  Using different roleplaying scenarios, some of the program faculty acted out how they would handle impasse in both the private and court-annexed mediation settings, and the remainder provided discussion and critique of the methods used after each reenactment. 

 

The full program should be available for on-demand purchase from NYCLA in several weeks after editing of video footage has been completed.  For now, please click here to download the five roleplay scenarios that Mr. Weinreb authored for use at the program and here for Simeon Baum's closing remarks on TWLF's YouTube channel.

May 19, 2022 - In conjunction with a number of judges and esteemed practitioners, Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, along with NYCLA ADR Committee Co-Chair Christopher Fladgate and Vice-Chair (and now newly-minted Fordham LL.M.) Nelson E. Timken serves as an encore panelist at NYCLA's 45th annual Civil Trial Practice Institute on the topic of "Preparing for Trial, Conference, Settlement, or Mediation."  A copy of their PowerPoint presentation, entitled "The Basics of Part 146 Court-Annexed ADR", can be accessed by clicking on the previous link or by going to the Resources & Articles page.

UPDATE - March 28, 2022 - After a March 23rd "open to the public" meeting of the New York County Lawyers Association's ("NYCLA") ADR Committee featuring five staunch supporters of the proposed statewide ADR rulesSteven M. Bierman, Esq., Ross Kartez, Esq., John S. Kiernan, Esq.Daniel F. Kolb, Esq., and Evan J. Spelfogel, Esq.as guest speakers (now available for viewing by clicking here), via an online vote, the ADR Committee's members unanimously support sending the New York State Office of Court Administation ("OCA") an official letter supporting the rules' promulgation and paving the proverbial road for establishing fair and reasonable compensation policies for New York neutrals.  That letter was drafted and subsequently sent to OCA on April 4, 2022.

 

UPDATE - February 8, 2022 - Yesterday, Ross Kartez, Chair of the New York State Bar Association's ("NYSBA") Dispute Resolution Section, announced that OCA has released proposed STATEWIDE ADR RULES, a major development in the NY ADR world and something which many ADR practitioners, including yours truly, have sought to see developed.  The proposed statewide rules address not only neutral compensation but other topics as well.   Comments on same to OCA are open until April 4, 2022 (although Ross apparently is only accepting comments until February 18, 2022). 

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

UPDATE - November 1, 2021 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, and two NYCLA colleagues, Dorothy Kaldi, Esq. and Avvocato Federica Romanellicomplete the Table of State Neutral Compensation Rules and Statutes described below.  

 

UPDATE - May 4, 2021 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb hosts an informative and productive online meeting lasting approimately two hours with bar association leaders from the New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, New York City Bar Association, and other bar associations or ADR organizations throughout the United States on the issues raised by the petition, leading Mr. Weinreb to create an online Table of State Neutral Compensation Rules and Statutes.  When complete, the latter will be a most useful resource for effectuating change.  

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MEETING IN ITS ENTIRETY

 

April 19, 2021 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb starts an online petition on change.org, entitled "Fairly Compensate New York Court Mediators, Neutral Evaluators, and Arbitrators" to remedy the inequity, injustice, and unfairness of mediators, neutral evaluators, arbitrators, and other alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") professionals who work in New York court-annexed ADR programs receiving nothing or, at best, meager compensation for the many hours they spend preparing for mediation and other ADR sessions as well as for conducting portions of those sessions.  Click here to sign the petition, and please promote it!  

February 23, 2022 - The New York County Lawyers Association's ("NYCLA") Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") Committee, of which TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb is Co-Chair, sponsors an all-day, STATEWIDE virtual arbitration training focusing upon attorney-client fee dispute arbitration attended by more than seventy-five (75) prospective attorney and non-attorney arbitrators.  See the program homepage at "Joint Committee On Fee Disputes & Conciliation Part 137 Program: Fee Dispute Arbitration Training - Focus On Part 137 Arbitrations" for a complete listing of all of the judicial districts and counties throughout New York State encompassed by this groundbreaking program.

 

In addition to Mr. Weinreb, the program's faculty included Simeon Baum, Anthe Maria Bova, Theodore Cheng, Bobby Codjoe, Lynn ColeChristopher Fladgate, Martha E. Gifford, Mansi Karol, Amy M. Pontillo, Harold Rubin, Lewis Tesser, Randall TesserNelson E. Timken, and Jeffrey T. Zaino.  

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

January 26, 2022 - TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, in his capacity as Co-Chair of The New York County Lawyers Association's ("NYCLA") Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") Committee, presents "Finding Peace of Mind: Settlement Conference Guidance for Special Masters."  This continuing legal education presentation for NYCLA's Special Masters (a/k/a volunteer judicial assistants) focused on the differences between settlement conferences and mediation and the use of neutral evaluation combined with mediation as a means for conducting judicially-supervised settlement conferences in New York courts.  Click here to download the presentation.

January 16, 2022 - In conjunction with Barry Rosenstock, a friend and congregant of Congregation Anshei Shalom, TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb runs an online trivia tournament fundraiser to benefit the West Hempstead Chamber of Commerce.  Congratulations to Karl Riesterer and the rest of the gang at Riesterer's Bakery and Cake Gallery (image below) on winning the first place prize of a $150 Amazon Gift Certificate and free membership in the West Hempstead Chamber of Commerce for 2022!

January 2, 2022 - Best wishes for a blessed, happy, healthy, productive, prosperous, successful, and wonderful 2021 to all (and let's all hope and pray that the new year will certainly be better than 2020).  As a Jewish New Year greeting goes, "May last year and its curses end as the new year and its blessings begin!"  Stay strong and safe!

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