Associates

Amanda Star Frazer

Associate

Amanda Star Frazer is a general commercial and real estate litigator, who has represented individuals, companies, title insurers and landowners in complex commercial litigation, contract and business torts disputes, real estate and title litigation, and civil appeals. Amanda has been retained by national title insurance companies to represent them in matters involving complex mortgage fraud schemes, title agent defalcations, and title insurance coverage determinations, and to represent lenders and property owners caught in title disputes.  Before joining the firm in 2016, Amanda practiced commercial litigation in Florida for nine years, last serving as senior counsel at a state-wide firm. Amanda graduated magna cum laude in 2007 from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholar, Dean’s Fellow in the Academic Achievement Program, a member of the University of Miami Law Review, and an intern for a New York State Supreme Court Justice. She has also served as a CLE lecturer for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.  In 2018, Amanda joined the board of directors of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation.  From 2013 through 2017, she was named as a “Rising Star” in business litigation by Thompson-West’s “Super Lawyers”.

Kevin McGowin

Associate

Kevin received his undergraduate degree from Boston College in 2004 and went on to earn his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2008.  After being admitted to the New York State Bar, he worked as the Deputy General Counsel for the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals, the City’s zoning board. As Deputy General Counsel, Kevin drafted hundreds of decisions relating to variances, special permits and appeals from interpretations of the NYC Department of Buildings.  Kevin also advised the Commissioners of the Board on procedural issues relating to land use and administrative law matters and worked with NYC Corporation Counsel in defending the City in Article 78 proceedings filed against the Board.  In 2013, Kevin left New York City to return to his hometown of Southampton and join the firm as a land use lawyer and litigator. He now uses the knowledge and experience he gained from working on the public side of the administrative land use process to help guide clients seeking approvals from various Village, Town and State agencies. Since joining the firm, Kevin has represented clients in a variety of litigation areas, including zoning, environmental, and municipal law, contested real estate transactions, and construction claims.

Lisa J. Ross

Associate

After raising her four children on the east end of Long Island, Lisa obtained a scholarship to attend Touro Law School in 1999.  While at Touro, Lisa was a research assistant to Professor Marjorie Silver and a senior editor of the Touro Law Review.  Lisa graduated from Touro Law School as the Valedictorian of her class in 2002.  Lisa began her legal career by serving as a law clerk for New York’s highest appellate court, the New York State Court of Appeals, located in Albany.  While clerking at the Court of Appeals, Lisa had the opportunity to work on hundreds of appeals in multiple areas of law. Lisa moved back to Long Island and joined the firm in 2005.  Lisa currently represents clients in connection with a variety of civil litigation matters, including zoning claims, municipal disputes, real property claims, estate and trust disputes, and construction claims.  Lisa is also involved in the firm’s appellate practice, as well as handling landlord/tenant matters in the local justice and district courts.

Christine Perrucci Smith

Associate

Christine has had her hands in over 1,000 real estate closings over the past 10 years. Prior to attending law school, Christine gained real estate closing experience at a busy Long Island law firm where she assisted with residential real estate purchases, sales and refinance transactions. Christine also gained knowledge in the area of compliance at a national mortgage company where she assisted newly hired loan originators throughout the country in satisfying their states’ licensing demands.  Since graduating Hofstra Law School in 2008, Christine has practiced as a real estate attorney, representing buyers and sellers in transactions involving single family homes, condominiums and co-operative units.  A large part of Christine’s practice has also included representation of various lenders in hundreds of residential purchase closings and refinance transactions, and working closely with borrowers throughout the loan process. Having represented clients on all sides of the table, Christine takes a hands-on approach to ensure that all parties understand their roles and obligations in the process, allowing the closings to occur as smoothly and expeditiously as possible.

Kim A. Smith

Associate

Kim A. Smith graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a B.A. in political science. She received her J.D. cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, where she was the Notes and Articles editor of the Urban Law Journal. Kim started her career as an associate with the New York City firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, LLP in 2003 and exclusively represented a major banking institution from 2012 through 2013.  Kim also practiced with other Long Island firms before joining EHA in 2015. Throughout her career, Kim’s practice has covered a broad range of commercial and general litigation matters, including contract, employment, insurance and real property disputes.   She has also led internal investigations arising from alleged violations of various laws and regulations, from employment discrimination to banking.  In 2009, Kim was on the trial team that defended a major financial services company in a five-week jury trial where the plaintiffs alleged violations of the federal securities laws. The jury exonerated the defendants as to the majority of the allegedly false statements and those that remain are the subject of ongoing proceedings. This case is one of only a handful of securities class action litigations to be tried to a jury verdict since the enactment of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act in 1995.

Lisa D. Tymann

Associate

Lisa joined the firm in October 2015 when she re-located from Manhattan, where she had practiced for over 15 years. She is a member of the firm’s transactional practice, with a focus on estate planning, estate administration, general business operations and transactions, and real estate. Lisa counsels individuals regarding estate planning, which, in addition to the preparation of basic estate planning documents, includes the creation of various types of trusts, gifting, transfers and leases of real property and the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and not-for-profit corporations. Lisa also represents and counsels fiduciaries in the probate of wills and administration of intestate estates, and sellers and purchasers in real estate transactions.  As part of her corporate practice, Lisa represents business clients in the formation and ongoing operation of business entities, as well as the purchase and sale of businesses.