Partners

Stephen R. Angel

Managing Partner

Steve Angel has been with the firm since 1974.  During those 45 years, Steve has conducted hundreds of trials and hearings and argued scores of appeals before the Federal and State Courts and various State and municipal agencies.  Steve serves as the firm’s managing partner and supervises its litigation team.  Steve’s litigation practice covers a broad range of areas, including actions against government (zoning, wetlands, beach rights, riparian rights, and regulatory takings), contract disputes (representing both owners and contractors), real estate title matters (ownership, easements, boundary disputes, and adverse possession), and estate litigation (contested probates, contested accountings, and other Surrogate’s Court proceedings).  He has been involved in several actions that have resulted in groundbreaking decisions, including cases on easements, regulatory takings, refunds of municipal fees, and brokerage commissions.  Steve has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating from its peer review process, as well as its selection as a Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning.  He has also been included in Thompson-Reuter’s list of NY Metro Area “SuperLawyers.”

Carmela M. Di Talia

Partner

Carmela Di Talia, a partner in the firm since 2006, heads the firm’s real estate, estate planning, estate administration and corporate areas of practice. Having joined the firm in 1995 upon graduation from law school, Ms. Di Talia has devoted her legal career to practicing law on the east end of Long Island.  Ms. DiTalia brings a multi-faceted approach to her representation of individuals, families, fiduciaries, beneficiaries, landowners, builders, and businesses in connection with all aspects of real estate transactions, business operations and transactions, estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation. Her broad-ranging real estate practice includes both simple and complex residential and commercial transactions, and she also counsels clients on the formation, operation and sale of various types of business entities.  Ms. Di Talia prepares estate planning documents to assist clients in passing on and preserving their assets, and she probates wills, administers intestate estates, advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries, and litigates disputes on behalf of her clients before the Surrogate’s Court.  Ms. Di Talia has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer review rating of “AV” and has been selected as one of its “Top Rated Lawyers in Real Estate.”

Anthony C. Pasca

Partner

Anthony Pasca joined the firm in 1998 and has been a partner since 2006.  He maintains active litigation, land use, and real estate practices.  In his general litigation practice, Anthony represents clients in such areas as zoning, environmental, and municipal law, contested real estate transactions, and title disputes.  Through special “Article 78” proceedings used to challenge governmental decisions, Anthony has helped to overturn more than two dozen decisions from different agencies but also to defend his municipal clients’ decisions and private clients’ permits.  Anthony’s administrative land use practice is benefited from his dual perspective of being both a municipal attorney and private-side counsel to landowners applying for various land use approvals.  In his real estate practice, Anthony represents buyers, sellers, and builders of residential properties, utilizing his experiences from his land use and litigation practices to protect his clients from the unique issues that can often arise in the Hamptons markets.  He has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating from its peer review process, as well as its selection as a Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, Land Use and Zoning, and Appellate Law.  Since 2014, he has been included in Thompson-Reuter’s list of NY Metro Area “SuperLawyers.”

Amanda Star Frazer

Partner

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-Reuter’s “Super Lawyers”.

Christine Perrucci Smith

Partner

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.

Lisa D. Tymann

Partner

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.