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Scott J. Limmer has more than 20 years of experience practicing in the area of criminal defense law, representing clients in State and Federal Courts. Scott represents clients throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties for essentially every type of criminal offense.
He received his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 1993. In 1994, he began work as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, where he handled thousands of cases and gained invaluable knowledge in the area of criminal law. In 1998, he left the DA’s office and founded a solo criminal defense practice on Long Island. Not long after, he added an additional office in Queens. Scott has represented countless clients throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties, advocating and guiding them through the criminal justice process.
Scott also represents clients accused of violating their college’s code of conduct, specifically Title IX sexual abuse and harassment issues. He has advised clients throughout schools in the Northeast as well as around the country.
Scott is the co-host of the “Reboot Your Law Practice” podcast. Scott and his co-host talk each week about how attorneys must give value, be authentic, build relationships, adjust, and evolve to be successful in the new legal reality we are practicing in.
Scott enjoys discussing the business aspects of running a law practice, the future of law and how technology is changing the way most lawyers do business.
A solo since passing the bar in 1978, Marc Garfinkle is an attorney whose practice is limited to legal ethics and discipline, judicial conduct and bar admission. He is also the author of several short books for new attorneys, including $olo Contendere: How to Go Directly from Law School into the Practice of Law without Getting a Job (3d ed.,©2010, 2019, Solo Contendere Press).
A nationally-acclaimed speaker, Marc has addressed the Solo Practice and New Lawyers divisions of state bar associations from coast to coast, and regularly offers CLE programs for state bars, bar associations, Inns of Court and others.
A former Ethics Committee investigator and Committee Chair, he is a regular contributor to the New Jersey Law Journal, having published approximately fifty ethics-related columns there. He is also frequently quoted in electronic and print media on matters of legal ethics. Marc also teaches Persuasion and Advocacy at Seton Hall University Law School.
Joey Jackson is a nationally-recognized criminal defense attorney who has for nearly two decades represented individuals and labor unions in state and federal court. After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Mr. Jackson was appointed Assistant District Attorney under Robert Morgenthau in Manhattan. Following a successful career as a Prosecutor where he received the Distinguished Public Service Award, Mr. Jackson joined the firm of Koehler & Isaacs LLP., where he serves as Senior Trial Counsel specializing in Criminal Defense and Labor & Employment. Prior to Law School, he earned his MPA from SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. While earning his Master's Degree, he worked for the N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker as a Legislative Analyst. He also holds a B.A. from SUNY Brockport, where he participated in the honors program, directed the student-run Legal Information Service, served as student body president, and interned with the N.Y.S. Education Department as well as Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. In addition to defending clients criminally and representing them in other related matters, he is also employed by CNN/HLN as a Legal Analyst.
Nora Martins concentrates her practice on New York City zoning and land use, particularly applications for discretionary approvals from the City Planning Commission (such as zoning map amendments, City map changes, zoning text amendments, and special permits) and the Board of Standards and Appeals (including variances and special permits) to maximize development potential and entitlements. Nora also coordinates and reviews the related CEQR applications required in connection with these land use applications.
Nora’s practice ranges from preliminary zoning due diligence to the preparation and management of discretionary land use applications for all types of properties and projects, from small multi-family buildings to complex large-scale mixed-use waterfront developments.
Nora also represents clients before various other New York City agencies and entities, appearing before the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Department of Buildings, local community boards, and elected officials.
Joshua Rinesmith focuses on real estate development, with a concentration in land use and zoning law and related transactional matters. He advises property owners, developers, architects and engineers on New York City zoning compliance and the development potential of property throughout the city. He regularly appears before a variety of agencies having jurisdiction over development in New York City including the Department of Buildings, Board of Standards and Appeals, Department of City Planning and City Planning Commission, the Department of Housing Development and Preservation, and the Environmental Control Board.
Joshua has extensive experience in zoning lot merger and transfer of development rights transactions, including the drafting of purchase and sale agreements, zoning lot development and easement Agreements, and light and air easement agreements. He also assists clients in securing the required approvals under the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program. Joshua also has experience representing clients in obtaining “as of right” tax incentives for residential and commercial development projects under the City’s 421-a and ICIP/ICAP programs.
Ruby handles all aspects of corporate U.S. immigration law, including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, citizenship and immigration support for corporate restructuring. She also assists clients with family-based immigration matters, consular processing, re-entry permits and naturalization. Ruby also has experience in the U.S. EB-5 Investor Category.
Tao practices U.S. immigration and nationality law, concentrating in employment-based immigration. She advises global companies and foreign nationals on nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, PERM labor certification process, employment and family-based adjustment of status petitions and naturalization. She has worked with clients in the technology, finance, arts, athletics and fashion industries. Tao also advises on humanitarian forms of immigration relief such as Asylum, VAWA, DACA, T Visa and SIJS.
Lisa M. Coyle is Counsel in the Business Litigation group at Robins Kaplan LLP. She has over thirteen years of experience representing financial institutions, domestic and international corporations, foreign sovereigns, and individuals in a broad array of complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, including cases arising under the federal securities, bankruptcy, privacy, antitrust, and anti-discrimination laws, as well as fiduciary duty, shareholder derivative, business tort, contract, and employment discrimination and harassment cases arising under state law. Lisa has defended and prosecuted numerous claims in a wide range of jurisdictions, including the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the Delaware Court of Chancery, and multiple federal district courts, bankruptcy courts, and appellate courts. Lisa has been named a “New York Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for six years in a row.
Rayna E. Kessler is a Principal in the New York office of Robins Kaplan LLP. Her practice focuses on representing individuals who are injured by dangerous drugs and medical devices, medical malpractice, and other catastrophic personal injuries. Rayna was recently recognized as one of the Top Women in Law by the New Jersey Law Journal and selected by The Trial Lawyer as one of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers of 2016. Currently, Rayna Kessler serves as liaison counsel in the In Re: Benicar (Olmesartan Medoxomil) New Jersey Multicounty Litigation, In re Taxotere Litigation New Jersey Multicounty Litigation, and In re Abilify Litigation New Jersey Multicounty Litigation. Rayna is also a board member of Public Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers, as well as Collective Liberty, a nonprofit committed to eradicating human trafficking.