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. She assists clients with purchases and sales of existing and new homes, leasing of homes, including Hamptons summer rentals,  purchasing or leasing property for the start-up or expansion of their businesses, leasing property to farmers, cellular telephone companies, and other businesses, negotiation of construction contracts, option agreements, easements, tax-free or like-kind exchanges, and financing for purchases, from both the purchaser’s side and the farm lending side. Ms. Di Talia handles sales of subdivisions for development, including both undeveloped lots and properties with new homes constructed thereon.  Her real estate practice also include  transfers of farm and other properties for conservation and charitable purposes through outright sales of fee title to local municipalities, sales of development rights, and the imposition of conservation easements and enhanced conservation easements.

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. Recently, she has advised her business clients on issues that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  She assists her clients in sales and acquisitions of businesses, including succession planning. She represents associations of homeowners and seasonal communities on the east end of Long Island, as well as golf courses in the operation of their business, financing matters, and sales of memberships.

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.  She has also litigated 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” as well as its Platinum Client Champion Award.  Martindale Hubbell also selected her as one of its “Top Rated Lawyers in Real Estate.”  In addition, she has authored a chapter titled “Preliminary Will Contest Issues” in the publication of Inside the Minds: Strategies for Trust and Estates in New York, 2014 edition.

Ms. Di Talia was a Director of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association from 2012 to 2015. From 2011 through 2013, she also served on the Board of Directors of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce and, in 2012 and 2103, she held the office of Secretary of the Chamber. In recognition of her contribution to the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Di Talia was honored as its 2012 Director of the Year.


Carmela M. Di Talia

New York Bar – 1996
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Hofstra University (B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa Society, 1992)
St. John’s University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995)