In Uniondale, a law firm expands

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By Dan Sears

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A law firm with offices in Uniondale has announced its expansion.

Cullen and Dykman – which also has seven offices, including in Manhattan and Albany, as well as in New Jersey and Washington, DC – has announced a strategic expansion, adding four new partners, one of counsel and the elevation of one attorney to partner.

With the expansion, the law firm is growing its corporate, environmental, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practices.

“As we embark on a new year filled with opportunities, we are delighted to welcome these talented attorneys to our team at Cullen and Dykman,” Christopher Palmer, managing partner of the law firm, said in a written statement to Long Island Business News.

Palmer said that the firm is “driven by two things: unwavering commitment to our clients and a constant pursuit of excellence.”

The growth of the firm, which was founded in 1850, “reflects this dedication, and these strategic additions ensure our clients have access to the very best legal talent,” Palmer added. “Their proven track record will contribute to our continued success and strengthen our commitment to delivering exceptional legal services.”

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At the firm’s Uniondale office, Andrew Thaler is now a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Department. The former founding partner of Thaler Law Firm in Westbury, Thaler’s expertise includes serving as a panel trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court and for representing creditors and debtors in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 cases. His focus includes various facets of bankruptcy law, encompassing fraudulent conveyance and preference litigation, objections to discharge, and claims objections.

At the Uniondale office, Kevin Clyne now serves as a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. He brings more than 24 years of property tax expertise. He advises institutional and non-institutional real estate participants, offering insights in property tax due diligence matters.

In both Uniondale and Manhattan, Joseph Spina is now a partner at the firm’s Corporate/Banking Department. Spina specializes in private equity mergers and acquisitions as well as distressed debt restructuring. His clients include global corporations, family and founder owned businesses, investment firms and other blue-chip institutions. Advising on over $50 billion in aggregate deal volume throughout his career, Spina further expands the firm’s transactional capabilities in the deal market.

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Also in Uniondale, Nicholas Connolly is now of counsel of the Corporate Department. Connolly brings expertise in providing strategic representation for commercial property owners throughout New York State, focusing on taxation, real property valuation, and real estate tax assessment proceedings. His track record includes navigating complex issues related to valuation, tax exemptions, Article 78 proceedings, and selective reassessment.

In Manhattan, Daivd Wilkes now serves as a partner in the Corporate Department. He has developed  global perspective and expertise in complex commercial property taxation disputes, valuation law, and related litigation. He advises clients on crucial decisions in real estate investment and management, placing a specific focus on understanding the local tax implications of transactions and construction, and negotiating with local government to achieve his clients’ objectives.

And in Princeton, NJ, Amie Kalac has been elevated to partner in the firm’s Environmental Department. Kalac brings more than 25 years of expertise in environmental, land use, toxic tort, and products liability matters. She guides clients through the complexities of federal and state environmental statutes, environmental and land use permitting, regulatory compliance, enforcement matters, real estate transactions and professional negligence.

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