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Thomas Stagg

Thomas Stagg Recognized as a Long Island Top Ten Legal Eagle

Garden City, NY (March 17, 2016) – Stagg Wabnik Law Group is proud to congratulate managing partner Thomas Stagg on being recognized as one of Long Island Pulse Magazine’s 2016 “Top Ten Legal Eagles” for Litigation. Stagg and the other Legal Eagles of 2016 will be feted at a gala Awards Dinner on March 29, 2016.

Stagg represents clients in federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey, as well as in Connecticut federal court, and has argued before New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals, on behalf of international banking clients. In addition to this latest honor, Stagg has been selected as a “New York Super Lawyer” every year since 2012; earned “AV Preeminent” ratings by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviews annually; was named by the New York State Bar Association as an Empire State Counsel® for his pro-bono work; and has received many other accolades for professionalism and ethics.

“We are all very proud of Tom being named a Legal Eagle” said Ronald Terenzi. “His passion for the law and for the courtroom is matched by his intelligence and morality; and he inspires the same enthusiasm from everyone at the firm.”

A full service law firm serving Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, municipalities, financial institutions and individuals, Stagg Wabnik Law Group practices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Practice areas include commercial and general liability litigation, appeals, creditors’ rights, banking and consumer credit litigation, labor and employment, securities law, municipal law and real estate. The firm has achieved the highest peer review rating by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, which rates legal ability and ethical standards; certain partners have earned “AV” Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and have been included in New York Magazine's annual list of Top Rated Lawyers.

Please contact Thomas Stagg at (516) 812-4500 or tstagg@stcwlaw.com, or visit www.stcwlaw.com for further information.


Stagg and Wabnik Selected as 2015 Super Lawyers, Lacoff, Fontana, Jr. and Waldman, Named Rising Stars


Thomas Stagg

Debra Wabnik

Garden City, NY (December 18, 2015) - Thomas Stagg, managing partner, and Debra Wabnik, partner, of Stagg Wabnik Law Group have been named New York Metro Super Lawyers for 2015. Super Lawyers are selected once a year from a diverse list of top attorneys, of which only five percent receive this prestigious honor.

Both Mr. Stagg and Ms. Wabnik have received Super Lawyer ratings prior to 2015. "I'm proud to announce that this is the fourth consecutive Super Lawyer rating for Tom and the third consecutive rating for Debra," says partner Ronald Terenzi. "Tom and Debra are honored time and time again, because they possess the experience and expertise that truly make a difference for clients, and these qualities are part of what makes Stagg Wabnik Law Group one of the highest rated firms in the New York metropolitan area." Mr. Stagg and Ms. Wabnik have also both received AV Peer Review Ratings from Martindale-Hubbell®, along with several other top honors.


Brian A. Lacoff

George C. Fontana Jr.

Eric Waldman

Joining Mr. Stagg and Ms. Wabnik this awards season are Stagg Wabnik Law Group associates Brian Lacoff, George Fontana, Jr., and Eric Waldman, all of whom have been selected for the New York Metro Rising Stars list. The Rising Stars list recognizes attorneys 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less. "Stagg Wabnik Law Group continues to evolve with the ever changing landscape of law and technology," notes Lisa Confusione. "The fact that three of our associates have been selected as Rising Stars speaks to the enormous potential of our firm."

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes a statewide survey, an independent research evaluation, and peer evaluations. The 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New York Metro Rising Stars lists were published in a supplement to The New York Times, as well as the stand-alone New York Super Lawyers Magazine.

A full-service law firm serving Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, municipalities, financial institutions and individuals, Stagg Wabnik Law Group practices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Practice areas include commercial and general liability litigation, labor and employment, appeals, creditors' rights, banking and consumer credit litigation, securities law, municipal law and real estate. The firm has achieved the highest peer review rating by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, which rates legal ability and ethical standards; certain partners have earned "AV" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and have been included in New York Magazine's annual list of Top Rated Lawyers.

Please contact Thomas Stagg at (516) 812-4500 or tstagg@stcwlaw.com, or visit www.stcwlaw.com for further information.



Thomas Stagg

Debra Wabnik

Owen Kloter

Stagg and Wabnik Selected as 2014 Super Lawyers, Kloter Named a Rising Star

Garden City, NY (October 31, 2014) - Thomas Stagg, managing partner, and Debra Wabnik, partner, of Stagg Wabnik Law Group have been named New York Metro Super Lawyers for 2014. Each year, less than five percent of all attorneys in the state are selected for this prestigious honor.

    "This is the third consecutive Super Lawyers rating for Tom and the second consecutive rating for Debra," notes Ronald Terenzi. "Their achievements are a testament to our firm's experience and expertise." Earlier this year, Tom received Corporate INTL's Global Award for Commercial Lawyer of the Year in New York and Debra was named one of Long Island Pulse Magazine's 2014 "Top Legal Eagles."

    Also rated by Super Lawyers this year was Stagg Wabnik Law Group associate Owen Kloter, who was selected for the Rising Stars list. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less. "Owen's recognition as a Rising Star is a tribute to his dedication, talent and extraordinary work ethic, all of which help to strengthen us as a firm," said partner Lisa Confusione. "Owen's achievement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to maintaining the excellent legal reputation for which Stagg Wabnik Law Group is known."

    Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes a statewide survey, an independent research evaluation, and peer evaluations. The 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New York Metro Rising Stars lists were published in a supplement to The New York Times, as well as the stand-alone New York Super Lawyers Magazine.

    A full-service law firm serving Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, municipalities, financial institutions and individuals, Stagg Wabnik Law Group practices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Practice areas include commercial and general liability litigation, appeals, creditors' rights, banking and consumer credit litigation, labor and employment, securities law, municipal law and real estate. The firm has achieved the highest peer review rating by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, which rates legal ability and ethical standards; certain partners have earned "AV" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and have been included in New York Magazine's annual list of Top Rated Lawyers.

    Please contact Thomas Stagg at (516) 812-4500 or tstagg@stcwlaw.com, or visit www.stcwlaw.com for further information.



Debra Wabnik Named a Long Island Top Legal Eagle

Garden City, NY (March 12, 2014) - Stagg Wabnik Law Group is proud to congratulate partner Debra Wabnik on being named one of Long Island Pulse Magazine's 2014 "Top Legal Eagles." Debra earned the recognition in the category of Labor, Employment, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, and was honored at an Awards Dinner on March 11, 2014.

    This award comes on the heels of Debra being named a New York Metro "Super Lawyer" in 2013. Representing clients in federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey, as well as federal courts in Connecticut and administrative forums such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the State Division of Human Rights, and the State Education Department, Debra has established herself as one of the tri-state area's most valued and dependable civil litigators. Says Stagg Wabnik Law Group Managing Partner Thomas E. Stagg: "I can think of no attorney on Long Island or anywhere in the region more deserving of 'Legal Eagles' recognition than Debra. Simply put, she is one of the most knowledgeable and talented attorneys I have ever met, and it is a great honor to work alongside her."

    Besides labor and employment law, Debra's practice includes general litigation and banking and credit card litigation. She is also a certified mediator in federal and state court.

    A full service law firm serving Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, municipalities, financial institutions and individuals, Stagg Wabnik Law Group practices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Practice areas include commercial and general liability litigation, appeals, creditors' rights, banking and consumer credit litigation, labor and employment, securities law, municipal law and real estate. The firm has achieved the highest peer review rating by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, which rates legal ability and ethical standards; certain partners have earned "AV" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and have been included in New York Magazine's annual list of Top Rated Lawyers.

    Please contact Debra Wabnik at (516) 812-4504 or dwabnik@stcwlaw.com , or visit www.stcwlaw.com for further information.



Thomas Stagg and Debra Wabnik Named 2013 Super Lawyers

Garden City, NY (October 1, 2013) -Thomas Stagg, managing partner, and Debra Wabnik, partner, of Stagg Wabnik Law Group have been named New York Metro Super Lawyers for 2013. This elite annual award honors fewer than five percent of lawyers in the state.

    "We are pleased that both Tom and Debra have earned this honor," said partner Lisa Confusione. "As Stagg Wabnik Law Group continues to expand, this recognition further acknowledges our unwavering commitment to our clients."

    Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer evaluations.

    The Super Lawyers list will be published in The New York Times Magazine, on October 6, 2013, and the stand-alone magazines, New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition, in October 2013, and Super Lawyers Business Edition, in November 2013.

    A full service law firm serving Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, municipalities, financial institutions and individuals, Stagg Wabnik Law Group practices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Practice areas include commercial and general liability litigation, appeals, creditors' rights, banking and consumer credit litigation, labor and employment, securities law, municipal law and real estate. The firm has achieved the highest peer review rating by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, which rates legal ability and ethical standards; certain partners have earned "AV" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and have been included in New York Magazine's annual list of Top Rated Lawyers.

    Please contact Thomas Stagg at (516) 812-4500 or tstagg@stcwlaw.com, or visit www.stcwlaw.com for further information.


 


THOMAS STAGG NAMED "EMPIRE STATE COUNSEL®" BY THE NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

    Garden City, NY (April 30, 2013) —Thomas Stagg has been named "Empire State Counsel" by the New York State Bar Association. The honorific is awarded to attorneys who have provided 50 or more hours of free legal services to low-income individuals during the calendar year 2012.

    According to the Bar Association, "pro bono service by qualified lawyers can change the lives of those unable to afford counsel and can help them achieve justice." The Empire State Counsel recognizes attorneys who provided free legal services to individuals or volunteered their legal services to not-for-profit, governmental or public services organizations whose services are designed primarily to address the legal and other basic needs of persons of limited financial means.

    A full service law firm serving Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, municipalities, financial institutions and individuals, Stagg Wabnik Law Group practices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Practice areas include commercial and general liability litigation, appeals, creditors' rights, banking and consumer credit litigation, labor and employment, securities law, municipal law and real estate. The firm has achieved the highest peer review rating by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, which rates legal ability and ethical standards.



ATTORNEY ANDREW KAZIN HAS ACHIEVED THE AV PREEMINENT® RATING — THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE RATING FROM MARTINDALE-HUBBELL®.    

Garden City, NY (March 8, 2013) —Andrew Kazin, a lawyer based in Garden City and Manhattan, NYwhose primary area of practice is Litigation and Appeals, has earned the AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

    Martindale-Hubbell, a division of LexisNexis®, has confirmed that attorney Andrew Kazin still maintains the AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability, even after first achieving this rating in 2003.

    For more than 130 years, lawyers have relied on the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now anyone can make use of this trusted rating by looking up a lawyer's rating on Lawyers.com or martindale.com. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary. Congratulations go to Andrew Kazin who has achieved the AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

    Andrew Kazin commented on the recognition: "The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating is a credential highly valued and sought after in the legal world. It used to be a sort of secret among attorneys who used the rating as a first screen when they needed to hire a lawyer they did not personally know. Now, thanks to the Internet, the Rating is a great way for anyone — lawyers or lay people - to use to screen lawyers. I am thankful to my peers who nominated me for this distinction, and proud to have earned this, the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating."

    As a result of this honor, American Registry LLC, has added Andrew Kazin to The Registry™ of Business and Professional Excellence. For more information, search The Registry™ at http://www.americanregistry.com.

 



ATTORNEY THOMAS E. STAGG HAS ACHIEVED THE AV PREEMINENT® RATING — THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE RATING FROM MARTINDALE-HUBBELL®.    

Garden City, NY (March 8, 2013) —Thomas E. Stagg, a lawyer based in Garden City and Manhattan, NY whose primary area of practice is Litigation and Appeals, has earned the AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

    Martindale-Hubbell, a division of LexisNexis®, has confirmed that attorney Thomas E. Stagg still maintains the AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability, even after first achieving this rating in 2003.

    For more than 130 years, lawyers have relied on the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now anyone can make use of this trusted rating by looking up a lawyer's rating on Lawyers.com or martindale.com. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary. Congratulations go to Thomas E. Stagg who has achieved the AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

    Thomas E. Stagg commented on the recognition: "The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating is a credential highly valued and sought after in the legal world. It used to be a sort of secret among attorneys who used the rating as a first screen when they needed to hire a lawyer they did not personally know. Now, thanks to the Internet, the Rating is a great way for anyone — lawyers or lay people - to use to screen lawyers. I am thankful to my peers who nominated me for this distinction, and proud to have earned this, the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating."

    Thomas is the managing partner at Stagg Wabnik Law Group and has achieved an AV Preeminent Rating for ten consecutive years. He focuses his practice on commercial, general and appellate litigation and represents clients in federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey, as well as in Connecticut federal court. He has argued before New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals, on behalf of international banking clients and has been selected as a New York Metro Super Lawyer. Thomas has completed advanced commercial mediation training and is a member of federal and state mediation panels.

    As a result of this honor, American Registry LLC, has added Thomas E. Stagg to The Registry™ of Business and Professional Excellence. For more information, search The Registry™ at http://www.americanregistry.com.



ATTORNEY DEBRA LYNNE WABNIK HAS ACHIEVED THE AV PREEMINENT® RATING — THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE RATING FROM MARTINDALE-HUBBELL®.

Garden City, NY (March 8, 2013) —Debra Lynne Wabnik, a lawyer based in Garden City and Manhattan, NY whose primary area of practice is Litigation and Appeals, has earned the AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

    Martindale-Hubbell, a division of LexisNexis®, has confirmed that attorney Debra Lynne Wabnik still maintains the AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability, even after first achieving this rating in 2007.

    For more than 130 years, lawyers have relied on the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now anyone can make use of this trusted rating by looking up a lawyer's rating on Lawyers.com or martindale.com. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary. Congratulations go to Debra Lynne Wabnik who has achieved the AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

    Debra Lynne Wabnik commented on the recognition: "The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating is a credential highly valued and sought after in the legal world. It used to be a sort of secret among attorneys who used the rating as a first screen when they needed to hire a lawyer they did not personally know. Now, thanks to the Internet, the Rating is a great way for anyone — lawyers or lay people - to use to screen lawyers. I am thankful to my peers who nominated me for this distinction, and proud to have earned this, the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating."

    Debra is a partner at Stagg Wabnik Law Group. She represents clients in federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey, as well as federal courts in Connecticut. She also represents clients in administrative forums such as the EEOC and the Division of Human Rights. Debra's practice areas include commercial, employment and appellate litigation. She completed advanced commercial mediation training and serves on various federal and state mediation panels. She also sits on the Board of Directors of various nonprofit agencies.

    As a result of this honor, American Registry LLC, has added Debra Lynne Wabnik to The Registry™ of Business and Professional Excellence. For more information, search The Registry™ at http://www.americanregistry.com.



DEBRA WABNIK NAMED TO BOARDS OF DIRECTORS FOR TWO NOT-FOR-PROFITS

    Garden City, NY (February 4, 2013) — Debra Wabnik was recently voted onto the Boards of Directors for BiasHELP, Inc. and the Long Island Network of Community Services, Inc. Since 1997, BiasHELP has been providing programs and services dedicated to the prevention of bias crimes, hate-related harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying and discrimination. "I am honored to be selected to the board of an organization dedicated to such important causes" said Wabnik. "I look forward to using my experience and skills as a litigator and an employment and non-profit lawyer to further the missions of the agency." The Long Island Network of Community Services supports the infrastructure, fundraising and programming of not-for-profit community- and faith-based organizations like BiasHELP in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Wabnik also provides pro bono services related to adoption and surrogacy issues, and was recently included in the Long Island Business News' "Who's Who in Professional Women."



THOMAS STAGG NAMED 2012 SUPER LAWYER

Garden City, NY (October 5, 2012) — Managing partner Thomas Stagg has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer for 2012. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

    Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

    The Super Lawyers list will be published in a special supplement in The New York Times Magazine on October 7, 2012 and in a stand-alone magazine, New York Super Lawyers — Metro Edition.