History and Profile

Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, LLP, is a general practice law firm formed in 1995 through the merger of two long-established Long Island law firms, Peirez, Ackerman & Levine, LLP, established in 1941, and Schiffmacher, Cullen, Farrell & Limmer, founded in 1937. While the firm retains strong ties to its historical roots, we have broadened our areas of practice and expanded our geographic scope. The firm has built a reputation for providing the highest standard of legal services at reasonable fees.


Areas of Focus

Our attorneys concentrate in five major areas of law:

▪         Business and Commercial

▪         Litigation

▪         Municipal, local government, and public authorities

▪         Real estate and land use

▪         Trusts and estates


With a broad client base including business enterprises, individuals, and governmental entities in Long Island and the New York metropolitan area, and throughout the United States and overseas, our attorneys represent:

▪         Privately held businesses and corporations

▪         Entrepreneurs, professionals, and high net worth individuals

▪         Small business investment companies

▪         Public companies

▪         Municipal and local government entities and public authorities

▪         Real estate developers, title companies, and investors

▪         Banks and financial services firms


Our attorneys are known for their expertise in transactional work and successful results in trials and appeals. In litigated matters, we represent our clients in state and federal courts, and we use mediation and arbitration, where appropriate, to avoid litigation. In transactional and planning matters, we provide seasoned legal advice and guidance in negotiating complex issues and reaching workable structures and solutions.


We frequently work with out-of-state attorneys whose clients need representation by New York counsel, as well as local attorneys whose clients need our level of sophistication and expertise.


Our attorneys’ range of trial and alternative dispute experience, expertise in transactional and planning matters, and general representation in business and commercial law includes:


▪         Appeals

▪         Arbitration and mediation

▪         Bankruptcy

▪         Civil trials

▪         Commercial and residential real estate

▪         Contested fiduciary proceedings

▪         Corporate and securities law

▪         Creditors’ Rights

▪         Elder law

▪         Estate planning

▪         Estate and trust administration

▪         Financial Restructuring

▪         Franchising

▪         Litigation

▪         Mergers and acquisitions

▪         Municipal law

▪         Not-for-profit law

▪         Secured lending

▪         Succession planning

▪         Tax planning issues

▪         Zoning variances, subdivisions, and land use approvals


Dedicated to the Finest Professional Service at a Reasonable Cost

The size of our firm enables us to staff and complete matters more efficiently than many larger firms, and facilitates consultation and cooperation among our lawyers. We take pride in our flexible and innovative approach to each client’s unique legal needs and on our ability to provide high quality legal services on a basis consistent with the client’s economic expectations and circumstances.