Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, LLP, the long-time Great Neck, Long Island-based law firm, announced today that its partners, together with the firm’s other personnel, have joined McLaughlin & Stern, LLP. In doing so, Ackerman Levine combines its experience in business and commercial law, litigation, real estate, trusts and estates, and municipal law with the 100-year-old, Manhattan-based McLaughlin & Stern, in a move that is expected to strengthen personnel and resources, widen the range of legal services provided, and expand the geographic range of services provided by each firm.
“We will be practicing under a new name, but our responsiveness and the personal attention given to each of our clients will remain unchanged,” said Todd Harris Hesekiel, formerly the co-managing partner at Ackerman Levine and now the administrative partner of the Great Neck office of McLaughlin & Stern.
Hesekiel says the decision will broaden the scope of the firm, buttress the resources behind the organization to handle more large-scale transactions, and add another level of sophistication to its practice in areas such as tax, labor and employment, business reorganization, matrimonial and family law, white collar criminal defense and investigations, and healthcare.
“We will maintain our offices in Great Neck, but taking this step will help us to grow and expand beyond Long Island to better serve New York City clients,” says Hesekiel. “Likewise, with McLaughlin & Stern offices in Naples and West Palm Beach, Florida, we gain a vital presence in that region which will help us serve our snowbird clients all year long.”
In addition to Mr. Hesekiel (who practices in the firm’s litigation and real estate groups), Ackerman Levine partners moving to McLaughlin & Stern include Eileen Breslin, who practices corporate and communications law; John M. Brickman, head of Ackerman Levine’s litigation group, who concentrates in commercial and trusts and estates litigation and arbitration; Stephen G. Limmer, who has decades of experience in municipal and local government law; Andrew J. Luskin, who practices commercial and municipal litigation; Christopher J. Prior, who divides his practice between municipal and local government law and business and corporate matters; and Hollis F. Russell, head of the firm’s trusts and estates practice.