Leadership

Ameer Benno
President
An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Ameer Benno litigates civil rights and personal injury matters for Block, O’Toole & Murphy, LLP. Mr. Benno regularly lectures for bar associations and continuing legal education providers on topics having to do with trial practice, civil rights litigation, Constitutional law, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Benno has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer every year since 2012 in the area of civil rights law.

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Paul F. Oliveri
First Vice President
Paul F. Oliveri, Esq., effective 2012, became Of-Counsel to Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C., a stellar, indeed legendary, New York and New Jersey law firm with an established reputation for Personal Injury; Medical Malpractice; Product Liability; and Complex Litigation cases. A truly premiere law firm with extraordinary resources, SPBMCC regularly achieves record-breaking verdicts and settlements. Additionally, Mr. Oliveri is a founding member of the Oliveri & Schwartz, P.C. law firm, established in

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Scott Wiss
Second Vice President
Scott is an experienced trial attorney focusing exclusively on serious plaintiffs personal injury matters. Scott has been practicing law since 1991. He is a founding partner and managing attorney at Levine and Wiss with offices in West Hempstead and Brooklyn. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook and a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in Manhattan. Scott has worked at one of New York city’s premier plaintiff’s personal injury law firms and had his own law firm for many

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Jayson A. Wolfe
Executive Director
Jayson A. Wolfe is a partner in law firm of Greco and Wolfe, PLLC in Garden City, New York. Mr. Wolfe practices in the area of Elder law, with a particular focus on special needs planning and the specialized area of guardianship law. A large part of his practices also focuses on Medicaid planning and medicaid applications.

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Andrea Phoenix
Corresponding Secretary

Andrea Phoenix is a Nassau County District Court Judge in Hempstead, New York.  She is also an Acting Nassau County Court Judge.  She was re-elected to a third term in 2018.  Judge Phoenix presides over two problem-solving courts.  These include the Drug Treatment Court and the Mental Health Court. 

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Keith's D. Black
Chairman of the Board

Since 2007, Keith D. Black has advised clients on a broad range of Trusts and Estates matters, including estate and trust planning, administration and litigation.  From 2008 through 2019, Mr. Black headed his own law firm and expanded his practice to include guardianships, elder law, planning for persons with special needs, and real estate.

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Past Presidents
  • Hon. William Gitelman
  • Hon. Hilbert R. Johnson
  • Charles P. Buckley, Jr.
  • Charles R. Carroll
  • Tullio A. Tomaselli
  • Raphael P. Russakow
  • Hon. Willis B. Carman
  • Samuel Safronoff
  • William A. Speckels
  • Hon. Samuel S. Schwartz
  • Aaron D. Samuels
  • Henry A. Maccaro
  • Hon. Paul Kelly
  • Hon. William W. Seiffert
  • Hon. Edwin J. Freedman
  • Hon. William J. Deeley, Jr.
  • Robert M. Blakeman
  • Joseph F. Soviero, Jr.
  • Robert L. Mulcahy
  • Nathan Zausmer
  • Gerald Alpert
  • Biagio F. Giaquinto
  • John L. A. Bond
  • Eugene L. Weisbein
  • Robert E. Tate
  • William J. Malone
  • Samuel H. Forman
  • Edwin J. Mulhern
  • Edward Citrynell
  • Charles C Mehrmann
  • Jerome Bauer
  • Juan C. Gutierrez
  • Anthony J. Cincotta
  • George B. McPhillips
  • Anthony J. DiGregorio
  • Stanley Amelkin
  • John H. Daniels
  • Richard H. McGill
  • Jeffrey M. Novick
  • Arnold Cohen
  • Bernard Mirotznik
  • Theodore W. Robinson
  • Hon. Joanna Seybert
  • Donna M. Brady
  • Marc S. Krieg
  • Hon. Joseph Covello
  • Hon. Bruce A. Blakeman
  • Patricia E. Doyle
  • Renee G. Mayer
  • Ernest T. Bartol
  • William B. Saltzman
  • George F. Kehm
  • Michael B. Mirotznik
  • John P. Foster
  • Richard Felix
  • Randi Kreig
  • Merik R. Aaron
  • Brian Heitner
  • Howard Y. Taylor
  • Henry Cernitz
  • Jayson A. Wolfe
  • Leslie Martin
  • Chester H. Greenspan
  • Eric S. Rosenblum
  • Hon. Anthony J. Falanga
  • Hon. Gregory P. Peterson
  • Keith D. Black
  • Michael C. Levine
Officers
Hon. Steven M. Jaeger, President
Garrett L. Gray, Esq., 1st VP
Kenneth S. Litman, Esq., 2nd VP
Maureen M. Heitner, Esq., Recording Secy
Paul Oliveri, Esq., Correspond Secy
Ameer Benno, Esq., Treasurer
Jayson A. Wolfe, Esq., Executive Director
Leslie Martin, Esq., Chairman
3-Year Directors
Robert S. Greco, Esq.
Robert W. Seiffert, Esq.
2-Year Directors
Philip M. Bernstein, Esq.
Michael B. Lione, Esq.
Thomas J. Tyrrell, Esq.
Scott L. Wiss, Esq.
1-Year Directors
Christopher Gioia, Esq.
Robert Nigro, Esq.
Richard Borzouye, Esq.
Kevin Tyrell, Esq.