Partners

Stephen R. Angel

Managing Partner

Steve Angel has been with the firm since 1974.  During those 40 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 lectured to lawyers, engineers, and surveyors on easements, boundary disputes, water rights, erosion control, and wetlands.  Steve speaks Hungarian and served as a guest lecturer in Hungary, at the Universities of Miskolc, Szeged, Debrecen, and Pecs.

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, Carmela Di Talia has devoted her legal career to practicing law on the east end of Long Island. Over the years, Ms. Di Talia has assisted clients in all areas of the firm’s practice. Drawing on this experience and knowledge, 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.  Additionally, Ms. Di Talia counsels clients on the formation and operation of various types of business entities, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and not-for-profit corporations, as well as in sales and acquisitions of businesses, including succession planning.  Ms. Di Talia also prepares estate planning documents to assist clients in passing on and preserving their assets, minimizing estate taxes, making lifetime gifts, and planning for their spouses, minor children and other family members. In the area of estate administration, Ms. DiTalia probates wills, administers intestate estates, advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries, and litigates disputes on behalf of her clients, including contested wills, accountings, and other matters 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 individuals, businesses, landowners, and municipalities in such areas as zoning, environmental, and municipal law, contested real estate transactions, and title disputes.  Through “Article 78” proceedings, which are special proceedings used to challenge governmental decisions, Anthony has helped overturn more than two dozen decisions from different town, village, and state agencies, and at the same time, he is often called upon to defend his clients’ permits, working with the respective Town, Village, and State attorneys to coordinate a defense.  Anthony’s administrative land use practice is benefitted from his dual perspective of sitting on both sides of the table:  on the public side, as special counsel to the Shelter Island Town Planning Board and as a Village Attorney for Westhampton Beach, and on the private side, as 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 contractual, title, zoning, and environmental issues that can often arise in the Hamptons’ unique markets. Originally from Long Island, Anthony attended Cornell University before returning to study law on a full-tuition academic grant at Hofstra University School of Law, where he also served on the Hofstra Law Review.  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.”