Counsel

Marcia Z. Hefter

Senior Counsel

Marcia Hefter has been practicing with the firm since 1967, when she joined William Esseks upon graduating from New York University Law School. She has since represented banks, buyers, and sellers on thousands of real estate transactions and has prepared or administered numerous estate and business plans, including the drafting and probating of hundreds of wills. Mrs. Hefter is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Bridgehampton National Bank and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Central Suffolk Hospital. Her practice areas include real estate, estate and business planning, and tax planning.

James Spiess, McNulty-Spiess, PC

Of Counsel

After graduating from the St. John’s University School of Law in 1981, James Spiess began practicing law in New York City at a firm that concentrated in trust and estate litigation.  In 1983, he relocated to the East End of Long Island and joined the predecessor to the firm of McNulty-Spiess, P.C.  As of February, 2021, Jim and McNulty-Spiess, P.C. joined EHADP as “of counsel” to the firm, bringing to the firm almost 40 years of estate, commercial and real estate litigation experience, at both trial and appellate levels.  As a seasoned Surrogate’s Court practitioner, Jim is regularly asked to represent clients of firms throughout the metropolitan area in matters before the Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court.  He is a member of both the New York State and Suffolk County Bar Association.

Lisa J. Ross

Counsel

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.

Kim A. Smith

Counsel

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.