ATTORNEYS & STAFF
Fred G. Daniels
Fred G. Daniels was admitted to practice in New York in 1976. Mr. Daniels has a practice with an emphasis on commercial and real estate law. His practice involves plaintiff and defense litigation with respect to real estate developers, owners, operators, management companies and corporate clients on all issues arising out of rentals and leasing, as well as cooperatives and condominiums. The matters involve all types of eviction proceedings, ADA discrimination, warranty of habitability claims, fraud, tortious interference with contract, assault, wrongful termination and errors and omissions claims as well as environmental issues involving lead paint pollution and/or building violations.
George H. Norelli
George H. Norelli, Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 1983; Admitted to New York State Bar and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. While Mr. Norelli’s practice emphasizes the representation of Real Estate owners and developers, such as the Lefrak Organization, his practice areas also includes complex Commercial and Residential Real Estate Litigation, Real Estate Transactions and Closings, Commercial Leasing, Landlord and Tenant litigation, Cooperative and Condominium Law and Administrative Law. Mr. Norelli is a member of the Queens County Bar Association and Nassau County Bar Association.
James P. Scully
James P. Scully was admitted to practice law in 2005. A graduate of Hofstra University, BBA ’90 and J.D. ’04, Mr. Scully has been in the debt collection business since 1986. Originally serving as the firm’s general manager, Mr. Scully later went back to school to obtain his Juris Doctorate after which he was named partner to the firm. Mr. Scully possesses extensive experience in consumer, commercial, medical and real estate collections, with advance knowledge in skip tracing, asset location and the enforcement of judgments. Mr. Scully is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey as well as before the Eastern, Southern, Western and Northern District Federal Courts Of New York.
Robert J. Cecere
Robert J. Cecere, New York Law School, J.D. 1992. Admitted to New York State Bar as well as New Jersey Bar and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Mr. Cecere’s practice emphasizes the representation of Cooperatives and Condominiums in matters involving plaintiffs and defense cases involving Landlord and Tenant matters, discrimination and financing. His practice areas also include complex Commercial and Residential Real Estate Litigation, Real Estate Transactions and Closings. Mr. Cecere maintains his Real Estate Broker’s license and Life Insurance license and is Counsel to Children’s Happy Faces Foundation, a non-profit organization benefitting the Ronald McDonald House created to assist the families of sick children during their difficult and challenging times. Mr. Cecere is a member of the Queens Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.
Eric T. Tavel
Eric T. Tavel, New York Law School, J.D. 1996 and Baruch College, Master of Business Administration, 1996. Admitted to New York State Bar and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Mr. Tavel’s practice area focuses on Commercial and Residential Landlord and Tenant litigation. Mr. Tavel is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Kings County Housing Court Bar Association and Queens County Bar Association.
Denise M. May
Denise M. May, St. John’s University School of Law, J.D. 1997; Admitted to New York State Bar as well as New Jersey Bar, United States Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Ms. May’s areas of practice include Real Estate Litigation, Appellate practice and complex Commercial and Residential Landlord and Tenant litigation. Ms. May is a member of the Queens County Bar Association and has conducted trials in the State’s Civil Courts, Supreme Court and the Federal District Courts. Ms. May has also argued appeals at the Appellate Term, Appellate Division and New York State Court of Appeals.
Michael R. Margolis
Michael R. Margolis, University of Baltimore, J.D. 2006; Admitted to New York State Bar as well as New Jersey State Bar and New Jersey Federal Court for the Eastern District. Mr. Margolis’ areas of practice include Commercial and Residential Real Estate and Landlord and Tenant Litigation including Mitchell-Lama proceedings at HPD. Mr. Margolis is a participant of the Kings County Housing Court Bar Association.
Allison M. Heilbraun
Albert F. Pennisi
Albert F. Pennisi was admitted to practice law in New York in 1967. He has represented the Superintendent of Insurance, Liquidation Bureau in personal injury matters involving Empire Mutual, All City, Ideal Mutual, Union Indemnity, Nassau, Horizon and Cosmopolitan Insurance, among others. He has also represented Allstate Insurance Company, Royal Insurance Company, and the Lefrak Organization on self insured matters. In addition, in the last five years he has represented clients in defense cases involving lead paint poisoning. He has lectured extensively on lead poisoning since 1995. As a plaintiff and defense attorney he has represented the Lefrak Organization since 1977 and numerous real estate companies, with respect to housing matters involving evictions, warranty of habitability claims, fraud, tortious interference with contract, assault, wrongful termination and errors and omissions claims as well as environmental issues involving lead paint poisoning and/or building violations. Trusts and Estates: Mr. Pennisi was counsel to the NY State Dept of taxation and finance for estate & gift tax matters. He has extensive experience in Will contests and contested Kinship matters.
Sherrie A. Taylor
Sherrie A. Taylor received her J.D. degree in 1988 from St. John’s University School of Law. Ms. Taylor was a partner in a mid-sized renowned Manhattan Real Estate Law Firm where her areas of concentration were commercial litigation and appellate practice, and she joined the firm as Of Counsel in 2002. Ms. Taylor has represented clients in diverse areas of the law including corporate and partnership issues, Civil RICO and Civil rights section 1983 litigation, real estate brokerage issues, mortgage foreclosure, as well as general contract and property disputes. Ms. Taylor also coordinates with clients’ insurance carriers to, where applicable, retain Daniels Norelli Cecere &Tavel, PC as defense counsel thereby ensuring that clients continue to benefit from the firm’s quality representation. She brings to the firm a level of litigation expertise. and more than 30 years’ experience, that allows the firm to uniquely strategize and handle client’s varied interests in contentious litigation. Ms. Taylor’s broad experience in litigation, coupled with her expansive experience in many aspects of Real Estate issues, provides her with a unique perspective which she brings to each case. As a litigator, Ms. Taylor is aware of the technical rules of law facing clients; as an attorney attempting to negotiate a settlement agreement for clients, Ms. Taylor is adept at avoiding potential pitfalls and creating avenues for successful litigation if disputes arise post settlement agreement. As a result of Ms. Taylor’s extensive background in appellate practice, which includes appeals through the Court of Appeals of the State of New York as well as motion practice to the Supreme Court of the United States, unlike many small Real Estate Firms, clients of Daniels Norelli Cecere & Tavel, PC need not resolve themselves to accepting trial court holdings as their destiny.
Isaac N. Tuchman
Isaac N. Tuchman, a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, was admitted to practice in New York State in 1975. Mr. Tuchman’s practice concentrates on the collection of balances due under contracts for the purchase of automobiles, automobile leases, credit card accounts, amounts owed to residential and commercial landlords and other consumer and business debts. A significant portion of Mr. Tuchman’s caseload relates to the collection of tuition owed to private schools and camps. Mr. Tuchman is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Bar Association, and he has served on several of its committees, including the Civil Court of the City of New York Committee, the Continuing Legal Education Committee, and the Part 137 Mandatory Attorney Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.
Meredith E. Unger
Meredith E. Unger, Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. 2001; Admitted to New York State Bar and the United States District Court of the State of New York, Eastern District. Mrs. Unger’s areas of practice include Retail and Commercial Collections and Real Estate Law.
Ira R. Sitzer
Ira R. Sitzer was admitted to practice law in New York in 1978. He has extensive experience in both consumer and commercial debt collection cases, including claims for post-possession rent. With regard to these matters, he has handled appellate practice in both the Appellate Term and the Appellate Division. He has also litigated claims made pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in Federal Court. Mr. Sitzer is admitted to the US District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.