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Jay P. Quartararo

Mr. Quartararo is a tax attorney and manages the firm’s tax, trusts, estate planning and estates practice. His practice emphasizes taxation, estate planning and administration, pension and retirement planning, business succession planning, and elder law and long-term care planning. His Masters of Law in Taxation enables him to effectively counsel individuals, businesses, estates and charitable organizations on the implementation of various income and estate tax saving strategies.

Mr. Quartararo has prepared numerous comprehensive wills, trusts and estate plans for clients of significant and modest means in order to minimum estate taxes, effectively manage assets and provide for the orderly succession of property, including closely held and family businesses. Mr. Quartararo administers estates and trusts in Surrogates Court and has represented taxpayers in connection with Internal Revenue Service audits. In addition, he has negotiated and structured various business transactions, and has prepared various pension and deferred compensation plans. He has acted as tax counsel to trust and estate departments of banks and other financial institutions. Mr. Quartararo frequently lectures in his area of practice.

Mr. Quartararo holds a B.S. Degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College (Cum Laude, 1990), a J.D. Degree from Gonzaga University School of Law (Magna Cum Laude, 1993) and a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University School of Law (1995). While at law school, he served as an Editor of the Law Review and was a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award. He is also a member of the Suffolk County Estate Planning Counsel.

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David M. Dubin

Mr. Dubin began practicing law at Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Ferdon in New York City in 1982 in the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice expanded when he joined this firm in 1988 to include frequently representing clients on a broad range of real estate and business transactions. His practice also includes estate planning for individual clients. He has continued to litigate in state and federal courts, including numerous complex commercial cases of national importance. For the past twenty-five years, Mr. Dubin has received the highest rating (AV Preeminent) from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory representing the recognition of the highest level of professional excellence by his peers.  He was also recognized and included in 2015 and 2016 Long Island’s Top AV Rated Lawyers.  Mr. Dubin has been published and he has lectured in his areas of practice. In addition, Mr. Dubin currently serves as a Trustee of the Parrish Art Museum, and on the Board of Directors of Southampton Youth Services, Inc.

Mr. Dubin holds an A.B. degree from Colgate University and a J.D. degree from Tulane University School of Law (cum laude). While at law school, he served as a Member and Associate Editor of the Tulane Law Review. He has also studied at The London School of Economics and the University of Grenoble. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in New York and Louisiana, and the United States Supreme Court.

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Christopher D. Kelley

For over 30 years Mr. Kelley has litigated at both the trial and appellate levels. His experience also includes administrative litigation before the Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County Department of Health Services, and numerous town boards, planning boards, and zoning boards of appeal on Long Island. He has served on the faculty of numerous bar association continuing legal education seminars in the areas of civil procedure, land use and environmental law. Mr. Kelley is a former chairman of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals and served for 19 years as chairman of the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee.

He is a former president of the Springs School Board, having served for 12 years, and he has served on numerous boards of directors for local and Long Island-wide charities and not-for-profits including A Program Planned for Life Enrichment (A.P.P.L.E.), a residential drug treatment facility, and was instrumental in the establishment and construction of the East Hampton branch. He has served on the Vestry and as Junior Warden and Treasurer of St. Luke’s Church in East Hampton and as Treasurer of Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor. He is also a member of the board of directors of East End For Opportunity, Inc., a non-profit provider of legal assistance to the disadvantaged and immigrant community.

Mr. Kelley serves as Pro Bono counsel for the Sag Harbor Partnership in its efforts to build the new Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center on the site of the former Sag Harbor Cinema.  Mr. Kelley also serves as Pro Bono counsel to Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor in the sale of land to be used as a “pocket park” by the Village of Sag Harbor through expenditure of community preservation funds by the Town of East Hampton.

In 2013, Mr. Kelley was named a New York Metropolitan Area “Super Lawyer” in the field of Real Estate Law.  He is a faculty member in the Real Estate Continuing Education school run by Cook Maran & Associates.

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  • Springs School Board, Past President 2005-2011, Member 1999-2012
  • Suffolk County, New York State and American Bar Associations
  • Chairman, East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals 1986
  • Counsel to East Hampton Housing Authority 1987-2002
  • Past Chairman, East Hampton Town Democratic Committee
  • East Hampton Town Recreation Advisory Committee 2000-2003
  • East Hampton Business Alliance Board of Directors 1996-1998
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Vestry; Christ Episcopal Church Vestry
  • Board of Directors, APPLE Residential Drug Treatment Facility
  • Faculty, New York Land Institute, National Business Institute, Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Christ Episcopal Church, Sag Harbor, Treasurer, Vestry and Finance Committee
  • EEFO, Inc., Member, Board of Directors

John F. Shea

Mr. Shea began his practice in 1972 in New York City in the areas of commercial litigation and corporate transactions. He was subsequently appointed an Assistant Attorney General for New York State in the Environmental Protection Bureau, and later was appointed Counsel to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Mr. Shea’s practice involves real estate development and transactions of all kinds, commercial litigation, corporate transactions, environmental law, and estate planning for his individual clients.

Mr. Shea has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for attorneys (AV Preeminent). He has also been selected By Martindale-Hubbell as one of the “Long Island’s Top Rated Lawyers” and one of the “Top Rated Lawyers in Real Estate Law”.

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Stephen B. Latham

Mr. Latham’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate development, as well as in commercial and environmental litigation. He has an extensive background in the applicability of environmental regulations to land use planning. He has also represented many professionals in the negotiation of employment and other practice-related agreements and in the dissolution of professional organizations.

Mr. Latham has a broad background in several areas of environmental law, including the regulation of hazardous and solid wastes and the remediation of Brownfields properties. He has served as special counsel to many Long Island municipalities on a variety of environmental and land use matters and has represented municipalities as well as the private sector in negotiations involving the privatization of municipal services.

Since 1993, he has served as special counsel to the City of Glen Cove on a number of projects, including its redevelopment of the Glen Cove waterfront. He has also served as special counsel to the City of Long Beach in the closure of its MSW incinerator and the remediation of hazardous waste at that site.
As special counsel to the City of Glen Cove, Mr. Latham negotiated a precedent-setting Prospective Purchaser Agreement (PPA) with USEPA for the acquisition of two superfund sites by the City’s Industrial Development Agency. Those sites are now the focal point of Glen Cove’s $500 million waterfront redevelopment.

Mr. Latham has been an adjunct faculty member at Williams College, where he received a B.A. degree in 1971. He received a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University in 1977.
Mr. Latham is a former chairman of the Environmental Law Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

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Tom Twomey (1945 – 2014)

Thomas A. Twomey, Jr. was the founder of the largest law firm on the East End of Long Island. Tom established the law firm in Riverhead in 1973.

A list of some of Tom’s achievements follow.

Tom divided the early years of his legal career between building his private practice, acting as counsel to local municipal boards and spear-heading numerous local, County and Statewide public interest efforts.

Tom organized a civic organization, Halt The Highway, and led the fight to prevent the proposed extension of the Sunrise Highway from Shinnecock Hills to Amagansett.

In 1975, working with County Legislator Joyce Burland and other local activists, Tom convinced the Suffolk County Legislature to pass the landmark Farmland Preservation Program. In later years, as the Chairman of Governor Cuomo’s East End Economic and Environmental Institute, Tom was instrumental in extending farmland preservation through all of New York State with the passage of the New York State Farmland Preservation Program. His other accomplishments on that Commission included increased State support for the local tourist and wine industries as well as the recreational needs of the East End.

In 1977, Tom was retained by a group of local farmers to oppose the Long Island Lighting Company’s proposal to build four nuclear power plants in Jamesport, on the North Fork. Tom built a broad, Statewide coalition of environmental, civic and political groups in opposition to the Jamesport plants and ultimately to the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant, all of which were defeated.

Tom’s leadership role in East Hampton’s 350th Anniversary Celebration resulted in his being named Town Historian. In that capacity, he edited five volumes on the history of East Hampton, all of which were published through private donations.

Tom was a leading supporter of many East Hampton charitable and public institutions. He served numerous terms as the President of the East Hampton Library. In 1997, as Chair of the Library’s Capital Campaign Committee, he helped raise $3.6 million to renovate and restore the Library. Tom chairedthe Library’s Capital Campaign to construct a Children’s wing at the East Hampton Library, which was successfully completed in 2014. Tom served on the Executive Committee of the Guild Hall Cultural Center and was actively involved in raising funds each year for Guild Hall’s annual operating budget.

In collaboration with Tom Clavin, Tom wrote a full-length screenplay about the pirate, Captain Kidd, which garnered two prestigious screenwriting awards.