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Mauro Viskovic is Counsel to the firm’s Corporate Law practice group, where he focuses on providing high quality and cost-effective solutions to clients’ legal matters.
Since commencing his legal career in 2000, Mauro has been practicing law primarily in the areas of corporate and securities law. He represents entrepreneurs through all stages of their ventures’ development, including advice on structure, initial company formation and organization, private financings, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions and liquidity events. In addition, Mauro represents investors in all aspects of corporate finance transactions.
Mauro’s life as an attorney began with Morrison Cohen LLP, where he largely represented venture capital and private equity firms in their investment activities. After accumulating many years of experience at handling a wide variety of transactional matters, Mauro became one of the founding partners of Kranjac Manuali & Viskovic LLP. There, he continued to handle corporate and securities matters, including securities offerings, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. In 2013, Mauro started his corporate boutique practice, Viskovic LLC, where he continued to represent clients on complex corporate and securities matters, often on transactions where counterparties are represented by AmLaw100 firms or by in-house counsel at major global banks, investment firms and other financial services firms.
Mauro’s practice focuses also on the representation of private investment fund advisers and portfolio managers. His services include: (1) Facilitating the transition of moving to a new advisory firm or starting a new firm, while addressing non-compete and other restrictive covenants; (2) Review and negotiation of seed investment agreements; (3) Review and negotiation of vendor and counterparty agreements, including prime broker and ISDA agreements, electronic trading agreements, fund administration agreements and market data licenses; and (4) Preparation, review and negotiation of employment agreements and restrictive covenant agreements.
Mauro graduated from Fordham University School of Law and earned his BBA degree in Accounting from Baruch College. Having passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam and having earned years of valuable experience at KPMG prior to law school, Mauro is able to read, review and understand financial statements and tax returns on a detailed and sophisticated level that is uncommon among most attorneys. His understanding of important accounting concepts has enabled him to negotiate substantial value for his clients in connection with their business transactions.
In addition to practicing law, Mauro serves as the President of the Croatian American Bar Association and serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Croatian American Professionals. He has had speaking engagements and authored numerous articles on matters related to corporate and securities law, including business acquisitions and choice of entities for start-up ventures.
Mauro lives in North Flushing with his wife and their three children and enjoys traveling with his family.
Danielle J. Marlow
Danielle Marlow is Counsel in Meltzer Lippe’s Litigation Group. Dani is an accomplished litigator, with over 20 years of experience, who focuses on complex commercial cases. Dani is well versed in all aspects of litigation, from initial pleadings through discovery, trial and appeal, and litigates in state and federal courts and before the American Arbitration Association.
Dani’s particular areas of expertise include financial services litigation, securities litigation derivative litigation, class action litigation, employment litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and antitrust. Dani has frequently represented numerous banks and financial institutions, including in claims arising out of securities offerings, Ponzi schemes, bankruptcies, loan defaults, and restructurings. Dani has also has litigated numerous claims arising out of investments in securities, hedge funds and other investment vehicles, particularly with cases arising out of the subprime mortgage crisis. In addition, Dani has repeatedly litigated shareholder derivative claims, claims of shareholder oppression, partnership disputes, and similar claims, with a particular emphasis on claims arising under the Delaware Corporation Law.
With respect to class actions, Dani repeatedly defends class actions, including securities class actions, consumer class actions, and antitrust class actions. Dani is well versed in the Class Action Fairness Act, the requirements of class certification, and fact and expert discovery related to class actions. Dani has also negotiated the settlement of several class actions, and has taken such settlements through the court approval and administration process. Regarding employment litigation, Dani has litigated multiple actions involving claims for breach of non-compete clauses, non-solicitation clauses, confidentiality provisions, and other restrictive covenants.
Dani also has substantial experience litigating bankruptcy-related claims, including preference and avoidance claims, fraudulent conveyance claims, and claims by and against bankruptcy liquidators and trustees. Finally, Dani is well-versed in the antitrust laws, and has defended multiple clients against antitrust claims. She also provides clients with antitrust advice, including regarding best practices with an eye to the antitrust laws.
Dani received her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School with honors, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College with highest honors. Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Dani worked at Kaye Scholer, Anderson, Kill & Olick, and Reed Smith.
Danielle is admitted to practice in New York (specifically in the state courts and the Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts), and is also admitted to practice in New Jersey.
Danielle lives in Syosset with her husband and daughter. When not practicing law, Dani enjoys running, cycling, cooking, wine, reading, and spending time with her family.
Brandon Lisogorsky is an associate in the Corporate Law Group of Meltzer Lippe.
Brandon’s practice is focused on representing public and private company clients in connection with corporate transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions, mergers and consolidations, recapitalizations, and other business reorganizations. Brandon also advises corporate clients with respect to their corporate governance matters, securities matters and financing arrangements.
Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Brandon worked as a consultant, preparing tax returns for Real Estate Investment Trusts. During law school, Brandon interned in the legal department of an international trade and customs law firm, as well as in the tax department of a multi-focused law firm.
Brandon received his J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, his M.S. in accounting from C.W. Post – Long Island University, and his B.S. in accounting from the University at Buffalo.
While at Hofstra Law, Brandon was a member of The American College and Estate Counsel Law Journal and served as a Senior Articles Editor. He was also a teaching assistant and a member of the Hofstra Tax Law Society where he participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. During his time at Hofstra Law, Brandon participated in both the Community & Economic Development Clinic and the Health & Policy Law Clinic.
Brandon is an avid fan of the New York Islanders and New York Giants. He resides in Great Neck, NY with his wife, Erika.
Elliot Buckman is an associate in Meltzer Lippe’s Litigation Practice Group. His practice focuses on cases involving shareholder disputes as well as contract, fiduciary duty and related complex commercial litigation matters.
Before joining the firm in 2016, Elliot served as law clerk to the Honorable Viktor V. Pohorelsky of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and to the Honorable David H. Hennessy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. His clerkships followed several years of litigation practice with a New York-based firm.
Elliot received his J.D. in 2011 from Fordham University School of Law. He was Notes and Articles Editor for the Fordham Law Review, for which he authored and published a Note, Just a Soul Whose Intentions are Good? The Relevance of a Defendant’s Subjective Intent in Defining a “Destructive Device” Under the National Firearms Act, 79 Fordham L. Rev. 563 (2010). Prior to law school, Elliot graduated cum laude from Yeshiva University in 2006. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
An avid musician and once a member of several bands, Elliot now plays guitar, drums and bass in his home recording studio on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Marianna Schwartsman is an Associate in the Firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Marianna practiced law at the New York City law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where she focused her practice on estates and trusts administration and domestic estate planning for high net worth individuals.
Marianna continues to practice in all aspects of personal representation of individuals and families, as well as representation of fiduciaries. She successfully administers estates of significant volume and complexity, including probate and post-mortem tax elections and allocations. Marianna specializes in advising fiduciaries and families through all the stages of estates and trusts administration.
As a planner, Marianna works with families and individuals who own a great variety of assets such as art, intellectual property and significant real estate and business holdings in the United States and abroad. Marianna serves as personal and family adviser in connection with business, management, philanthropic and related personal issues for her clients. Marianna counsels clients on estate planning opportunities that arise in connection with both the formation and sale of closely held businesses. Marianna’s practice successfully balances intra-generational dynamics in families with efficient tax, business and charitable/philanthropic planning. She has particular experience advising clients in business and family disputes. Marianna advises clients on cross-border planning, including gifting, income and estate planning, and other issues for cross-border families and multi-jurisdictional citizens and trusts. Marianna helped many clients to come forward and become compliant under the offshore voluntary disclosure program with the Internal Revenue Service.
In her practice, Marianna works with nonprofit entities, advises such entities on tax compliance and has obtained tax-exempt status for them. Marianna also advises founders and managers of not-for-profit entities regarding formation, administration, compliance, and dissolution with a particular focus on private foundation issues.
Marianna is a 2007 graduate of Fordham University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York.
Marianna is fluent in Russian. She is active in Brooklyn community affairs, especially with respect to raising funds and awareness for the arts programs, enrichment and education for children in public schools in Brooklyn.
Stephanie Suarez is an associate in the firm’s Litigation and Labor & Employment Practice Groups. She represents clients in a wide array of complex commercial litigation matters, and has experience with discovery disputes, motions, oral arguments, depositions, hearings, and trials in local, state, and federal courts.
From 2012 to 2013, Stephanie was a law clerk to the Honorable E. Thomas Boyle, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York in Central Islip. Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Stephanie practiced commercial litigation, banking litigation, and intellectual property litigation as an associate with several firms in the greater New York City area.
Stephanie earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School, where she was awarded a Dean’s Scholar Prize for her work as a legal intern with the Essex County District Attorney’s Office in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She also holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Philosophy and a B.S. summa cum laude in Communication from Boston University.
Stephanie is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, and in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Stephanie lives on Long Island with her husband Ralph. She is a runner and a triathlete, and coaches high school mock trial in her spare time.
Maria Criscuolo is an Associate in the Firm’s Construction Law Practice Group. Maria counsels various clients in the construction industry, including subcontractors, general contractors, material suppliers, and owners, on issues ranging from contract review to lien actions. Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Maria served as a legal intern in the corporate office of Turner Construction Company. At Turner, Maria assisted in various legal aspects and compliance issues in support of Turner’s operations, such as contract review, filing bond applications to discharge mechanic’s liens, and sending notices regarding labor and delays.
Maria received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she served as an Associate Editor on the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and participated in the New York State Pro Bono Scholar’s Program where she completed over five hundred hours of pro bono work in Queens County Civil Court during her last semester of law school. Maria also served as a legal intern for the Mediation Unit at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Maria earned her B.A. in political Science from Adelphi University.
In her spare time, Maria enjoys traveling and playing tennis. She is fluent in Polish and conversational in Italian. Maria is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the Construction Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Mark counsels various clients in the construction industry, including subcontractors, general contractors, material suppliers, and owners, on issues ranging from contract review to lien actions.
Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Mark worked as an Associate with a national appellate counsel, as well as in the legal department of a corporation that markets and distributes vehicles to military personnel in the United States and internationally. During law school, Mark interned with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York and was a Summer Intern with The NASDAQ-OMX Group, Inc.
Mark received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where he earned Dean’s List Business Law Honors and served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the American College of Trust and Estate (ACTEC) Law Journal. Mark earned his B.A. in Political Science and History and Minor in Economics from The Ohio State University.
Mark was also a professional actor and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He most notably played the role of “Young Tony Soprano” in HBO’s The Sopranos, “Daniel Lowry” in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street, and also appeared in various sketches for Saturday Night Live and the Conan O’Brien Show, among others. In his spare time Mark enjoys golf.
Mark is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.
Seong-Mi Oh is an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Group. She specializes in real estate financing, leasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate properties. Seong-Mi has represented institutional lenders as well as borrowers in the origination of mortgage, mezzanine and construction loans. She also has experience representing both landlords and tenants in negotiating leases and subleases for retail and commercial properties.
Prior to joining the firm, Seong-Mi was an associate in the Real Estate Group of Sidley Austin LLP in New York City and served as a volunteer attorney with Nassau-Suffolk Law Services representing low-income tenants in landlord-tenant court in Nassau County.
Seong-Mi received her Juris Doctor from New York University and her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Harvard University. She lives in Albertson with her husband and three daughters. She enjoys reading, baking and camping. An avid fan of historical fiction, she highly recommends the Genghis Khan series by Conn Iggulden.
Christopher P. Hampton
Chris is an associate with Meltzer Lippe’s Labor and Employment Practice group who dedicates his practice to representing employers and management in variety of labor and employment matters.
Chris concentrates his practice on employment discrimination litigation, wage and hour compliance and litigation, and other traditional labor and employment law matters. He practices at the federal and state levels, where he has gained a plethora of experience handling employment and public discrimination matters, wage and hour litigation matters, and employment regulatory and compliance matters. He also has a breadth of experience handling general commercial litigation suits, including breach of contract actions, claims of fraud, and other business tort actions. This dual experience has led Chris to have a unique understanding of how a client’s business outlook and “bottom line” can potentially impact its litigation and compliance needs.
Prior to coming on board with Meltzer Lippe, Chris worked at Nixon Peabody LLP. He also served as a summer judicial intern with the Honorable Sandra J. Feuerstein, District Judge, Eastern District of New York while attending the Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University. Chris earned his law degree from Hofstra University, where he graduated cum laude with a GPA of 3.7. Chris received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.
Chris is admitted to practice in the State of New York, as well as the Eastern District of New York and Southern District of New York.
He lives in Mineola with his wife Cascille, children Jack and Lana, and dog Corey. He is an avid softball player, voracious reader, and loves the Mets.