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Katerina Grinko

Ms. Grinko has a general practice with a focus on immigration, real estate, land use, zoning and general business matters.  In addition, Ms. Grinko represents children picked  up at the border on a pro bono basis through her work with the KIND organization.  She speaks fluent Spanish, Russian and Latvian.

Ms. Grinko received her Juris Doctor degree from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center of Touro College in 2016, where she earned an award for academic excellence in Immigration Law. She served as an editor of the Race, Gender and Ethnicity Journal and as a member of the Central American Refugee Center and Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. During her last semester of law school, Ms. Grinko completed an internship in immigration law with a prominent New York City firm focusing on business immigration.

Ms. Grinko received a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in International Relations from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also completed an undergraduate program in Political Science at the Riga Stradiņš University in Latvia.

Ms. Grinko is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Professional and Civic Associations:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association

Bernadette E. Tuthill

Ms. Tuthill’s practice focuses on the areas of estate administration, estate planning and taxation, corporate law and elder law.

Her estate administration and estate tax experience includes estates in excess of $30 million which have included closely held businesses, in- and out-of-state real estate holdings, life insurance, securities and retirement holdings, and trusts. Her estate planning experience included handling plans with multi-tiered entities, real estate holdings, securities and multiple trusts with gifting in excess of $20 million.

Ms. Tuthill graduated summa cum laude from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2010, where she was Note & Comment Editor of the Touro Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Ithaca College in 1996.

Ms. Tuthill is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Professional Associations:

Alexandra Halsey-Storch

Ms. Halsey-Storch has a general practice with a concentration in all aspects of matrimonial and family law including divorce, child custody, support and family offense proceedings, as well as the preparation and negotiation of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

Ms. Halsey-Storch’s other areas of practice include real estate transactions, land use and zoning matters, and civil and estate litigation.

Ms. Halsey-Storch is dedicated to providing pro-bono representation, and works with, among other organizations, the Retreat, Inc., a not-for-profit domestic violence center in East Hampton, providing representation to victims of domestic violence in matrimonial and family law matters.

Ms. Halsey-Storch received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster and her Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law. While attending law school, Ms. Halsey-Storch was a participant in the Children’s Rights and Family Law Clinic and a member of the Impunity Watch Law Journal.

Ms. Halsey-Storch is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

Pro-Bono Representation:

  • Retreat, Inc., representation of victims of domestic violence in matrimonial and family law matters.
  • Town of Southampton Community Housing and Development Corp., representation of purchasers of affordable housing in Southampton.

Professional and Civic Associations:

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, 2015-present
  • Member of the Board of Directors of New Hope Rising, 2014-present
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Matrimonial Bar Association of Suffolk County

Craig H. Handler

Craig H. Handler is an experienced attorney with a broad commercial practice focusing primarily on matters involving construction, real estate, insurance and technology.  Mr. Handler represents a wide range of clients including individuals, municipalities and businesses varying in size from sole proprietorships to large national corporations. Some of Mr. Handler’s clients include general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, property owners and developers, and local government agencies.

Mr. Handler’s successful litigation practice involves complex commercial and civil matters in State and Federal courts at all levels, including appellate courts and at mediations and arbitrations. Mr. Handler frequently litigates construction disputes involving defective construction, delay, scope of work disputes, mechanic’s lien foreclosure and defense, OSHA violations, ECB violations, and Labor Law claims. In addition, Mr. Handler’s real estate litigation practice often involves disputes over residential and commercial sales and leases, environmental issues, boundary disputes and adverse possession claims. Mr. Handler also possesses years of experience working with the insurance industry, and frequently handles disputes involving insurance coverage issues, including tenders, denials, bad faith claims and wrongful cancellations.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Handler regularly represents clients in transactional matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, and providing general advice to clients for their day-to-day legal needs. Through careful and considered counsel, Mr. Handler thinks outside the box helping to guide his clients toward cost savings and limiting their risks and exposure.

Recently, Mr. Handler has been recognized as one of the few attorneys on Long Island with expertise in local, state and new federal legislation regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicle systems for use in non-hobbyist and commercial applications. In this cutting-edge area of his practice, Mr. Handler assists clients such as contractors, surveyors, farmers, photographers and real estate industry professionals with navigating the certification, registration and operational guidelines imposed by Part 107 of the United States Code, as well as with flight compliance guidelines enacted by Towns and Villages across New York State.

As a certified firearms safety instructor,  Mr. Handler also enjoys assisting clients with firearms and concealed carry weapon licensing and permitting issues in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, and has been successful in expediting the approval of permit applications.  Similarly, Mr. Handler helps clients in understanding and complying with the complex and always evolving firearms laws in the State, including the provisions of the New York State SAFE Act.

Finally, Mr. Handler is a Judge Advocate assigned to the 7th Legal Support Detachment, 88th Brigade, New York Army Guard. In addition to his service as a JAG, Mr. Handler is also a staff officer in charge of recruitment and retention. Mr. Handler presently holds the rank of Captain, and is honored to assist active duty, reserve, retired and veteran soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines with all of their legal needs.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals

Military:

  • Captain
  • Judge Advocate, Assistant S-1
  • 7th LSD, 88th BDE, NYAG

Professional and Civic Associations:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Marine Corps League
  • Marine Corps Association
  • The American Legion
  • The Judge Advocates Association