Welcome to The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC

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.

 

CONTINUING INTO 2021: Book a virtual and safe appointment!

Firm Announcements

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 as best as possible.  With some luck and divine assistance, New York may soon have a neutral compensation statute similar in nature to the federal statute (28 U.S.C. Section 658) already in existence. 

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.

April 1, 2021 - The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution ("CPR"), a renowned international Alternative Dispute Resolution provider, welcomes Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb to its Panels of Distinguished Neutrals as an arbitrator and mediator (New York City ADR Panel).  Mr. Weinreb is thrilled to be part of this wonderful organization!

UPDATE - March 23, 2021 - The CLE roundtable discussion following presentation of the awards described below, which includes an interesting response from New York State Unified Court System personnel on mediator compensation for New York mediators serving in court-annexed mediation programs, is now available for purchase from NYCLA.  If you are interested in lobbying for a New York mediator compensation enabling statute, please visit the "Contact Us" page and use the form there to send TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq. a message indicating your interest.

 

March 4, 2021 - The New York County Lawyers Association's ADR and Supreme Court Committees Honor New York Unified Court System Personnel - On a memorable Thursday evening, March 4, 2021, members of the New York Unified Court System were honored at an award ceremony and program for their invaluable service in promoting and otherwise making ADR and Online Dispute Resolution ("ODR") initiatives, options and services accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The awards--in a not-too-subtle nod to The Oscars--were called the ODRs (pronounced "Odders") in recognition of the tremendous expansion of Online Dispute Resolution occasioned by the pandemic.

 

The event was sponsored by NYCLA’s ADR Committee, Supreme Court Committee and the American Arbitration Association.  ADR Committee Co-Chair and TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq., Co-Chair Christopher Fladgate, Esq., and Vice-Chair Nelson E. Timken, Esq. served as moderators of the event along with Supreme Court Committee Co-Chairs Alyssa Goldrich, Esq. and Russell D. Morris, Esq.  Clara Gross, a student member of the ADR Committee, also served as a moderator.

                                            
The Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan, J.S.C. received the Group Excellence Award for her remarkable leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.  Members of her team receiving individual Excellence awards were Simone Abrams, Deborah Edelman, Kevin Egan, Michele Kern-Rappy, Joan Levenson, Jean Norton, Denis Reo, Vincent Riccobene, Loren Schwartz, Peter Sorrento, Miles Vigilante and Sam Wilkenfeld.

 

In addition, several Office of Court Administration officials received ODRs.  Lisa Courtney received the Education Award, Lisa Denig received the Pioneer Award, Amy Pontillo was the recipient of the Leadership Award, Carol Swidler was recognized with the Resilience Award, and Daniel Weitz received the Visionary Award.

 

Following the ceremony, Jeffrey T. Zaino, Esq., Vice President, Commercial Division American Arbitration Association and several of the honorees, including but not limited to Justice Kaplan, Dan Weitz, and Lisa Courtney, participated in a panel discussion on how they and other Unified Court System personnel kept things running during the pandemic.  The panelists also discussed the future of ADR and ODR in the post COVID-19 era.

February 19, 2021 - "Of Pandemic and Perseverance: NYCLA’s ADR Committee Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons in 2020" -
In an inspiring article published on mediate.com (printer-friendly version available here), the New York County Lawyers Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee's Co-Chair, TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq., Co-Chair, Christopher Fladgate, Esq., and Vice-Chair, Nelson E. Timken, Esq., recount the Committee's many activities, events, and programs run throughout 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 4, 2021 - 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 be safe! 

December 15, 2020 - Exciting news!  Capping off a blockbuster set of Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") events for November and the first-half of December 2020 for TWLF, Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, along with many other renowned ADR practitioners, the New York County Lawyer Association's ("NYCLA") ADR Committee, and NYCLA's incredible CLE staff, organizes and conducts a 15-CLE-credit inaugural combined arbitration and mediation training for NYCLA's Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program ("FDRP").  Please see the recently-updated Resources and Articles page for Mr. Weinreb's comprehensive PowerPoint presentation, "The Basics of Post-Pandemic Part 137 Mediation", and "Perpetual Motions", an innovative combined master class and group roleplay exercise, which are both available for download there.  Mr. Weinreb and his NYCLA ADR Committee colleagues, Christopher Fladgate, Esq. and Nelson Timken, Esq., very much look forward to working with NYCLA's General Counsel, Anthe Maria Bova, Esq., and the rest of the NYCLA Part 137 FDRP staff in continuing to revitalize and revamp NYCLA's FDRP to adapt to the "new normal" of post-pandemic Part 137 ADR/ODR (Online Dispute Resolution).

December 7, 2020 -  Expert panelists Joseph Bambara, Esq., Jess Bunshaft, Esq., Theo Cheng, Esq., Greg Cooke, the Hon. Marilyn K. Genoa, Esq., Jennifer Lupo, Esq., Charles M. Newman, Esq., and Michael Starr, Esq., conclude "Starting and Maintaining a Successful ADR Practice in the Age of COVID-19 . . . and Beyond", a phenomenal two-part CLE series sponsored by NYCLA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.  Part 1 of this series, which "aired" on October 28, 2020, and which can be purchased here, focused on starting a post-pandemic ADR practice and covered, among other topics, qualifications/certification programs, incorporation, networking, mentoring, shadowing, accounting, and gaining experience.  Part 2 of the series, which "aired" on December 7, 2020, and which will be available for purchase from NYCLA in 2021, focused on maintaining an ADR practice and covered, among other topics, how COVID has changed ADR practice, confidentiality, cybersecurity, data security, insurance, and risk management.  The CLE materials for Parts 1 and 2 of this program can be downloaded here and here, respectively.

November 23, 2020 - In conjunction with other counsel, TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb settles a long-running civil litigation on behalf of a happy client involving parties physically located throughout the world and reaches for the first time in his life the Adobe Sign "ten signature" limit in preparing the various settlement documents.

November 12, 2020 - At an online/virtual meeting of NYCLA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee led by Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, the Committee members and invited guests—approximately 40 people—had the honor of hearing three prestigious speakers from NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation)—Jacqueline Silvey, Esq., General Counsel, the Hon. John P. DiBlasi, J.S.C. (Ret.), Justice of the Supreme Court, Presiding Justice of the Commercial Division, and Richard P. Byrne, Esq., Commercial Law Specialist—discuss NAM's New York and national operations in the age of COVID and more generally, ADR in the age of COVID-19, including a trip inside "the mind of the mediator."  The speakers' presentations were not only informative but entertaining, timely, and well-received by all.  Click here to view a videorecording of the meeting.

November 10, 2020 - NYCLA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committeeled by Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, puts on yet another groundbreaking CLE event: "Entrenchment Mediation Training: For Mediators in Court-Annexed Mediation Programs."   Introduced by Carol Swidler, Esq., Assistant Deputy Chief Appellate Court Attorney for the Appellate Division, Second Department, and Director of its Mandatory Mediation Program, an expert panel of six Appellate Division Special Masters--Mitchell Baker, Esq., Pierre F. de Ravel d'Esclapon, Esq., David A. Gallo, Esq., Philip Goldstein, Esq.Barbara M. Lerman, Esq., and Robyn D. Weisman, Esq.--discussed tips and techniques for handling entrenchment of parties and counsel in court-annexed mediation programs such as the Second Department's Mandatory Mediation Program, getting parties to invest in mediation from the beginning of the process and stay at the table, breaking the "90 minute barrier" to compensation established by some court-annexed programs, and getting past impasse to reach settlement.  The CLE materials for this program can be downloaded here.

October 15, 2020 - At an online/virtual meeting of NYCLA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee led by Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, the Committee members and invited guests—over 100 people—had the honor of hearing Jeffrey T. Zaino, Esq., Vice President of the Commercial Division of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") discuss AAA operations in the age of COVID, arbitration and mediation opportunities in the New York metropolitan area, and what the AAA is looking for in prospective arbitrators and mediators seeking admission to its panels/rosters of neutrals.  His presentation was not only informative but entertaining and well-received.  Click here to view a videorecording of the meeting.

September 17, 2020 - Congratulations to Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb on having completed his first hybrid, online/virtual-in-person mediation out of upstate Goshen, New York.  Here's what one of the attorneys for the twelve parties involved in this complicated matter had to say about his experience:

It was a pleasure working with you in making this mediation happen.  We all realize it was a very difficult set of circumstances with the pandemic and the number of participants, as well as the necessity to resort to a virtual mediation environment.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated, and we thank you for your time and assistance.  I look forward to working with you in the future on other potential mediation matters.

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