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As Managing Partner of the firm, Mr. Morici has extensive experience and expertise in corporate law and all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions, as well as corporate and individual estate planning. He has handled real estate and corporate matters in New York, including bank refinances and purchases, residential and commercial closings, business planning, contract preparation and negotiations, and corporate transactions. Mr. Morici maintains an active status with clients and lenders by providing personalized, tailored services.

As founding partner of the firm, Mr. Morici handles all administrative operations for all three offices and oversees all day to day operations of the firm. In addition, Mr. Morici is also responsible for recruitment, professional development, and business and client development.

Areas of Practice:  

Real Estate Law, including:

  • Purchases, Sales and Leasing
  • Residential and Commercial closings
  • Bank Refinances and Purchases
  • Financing and development
  • Contract negotiation, drafting and due diligence

Corporate Law, including:

  • Small business formation, planning, and development
  • Contract preparation and negotiation
  • All business transactions including purchase and sales, mergers, and leveraged buyouts

Estate Planning & Administration, including:

  • Preparation of wills, trust instruments and related documents
  • Estate and tax planning
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Taxation of trusts and estates
  • Representation of clients in Surrogate’s Court

Bar Admissions: 
New York, 1974
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1974

Brooklyn Law School, 1973, J.D.

CCNY – Baruch College, 1969, B.A.

Michael D. Morici

Michael D. Morici

Managing Partner

Mr. Morici is the head of the firm’s Litigation Group, which represents both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and wrongful death actions. Having worked in litigation for the majority of his career, Mr. Morici is dedicated to achieving the best possible recovery for the firm’s personal injury clients. Mr. Morici is experienced in handling a wide range of legal claims, including, but not limited to, medical malpractice, nursing home/nursing care abuse, premises liability /slip and falls, products liability, and work place, construction, and motor vehicle accidents.  In addition, Mr. Morici also oversees the firm’s defense department which represents insurance and governmental agencies.

Mr. Morici also serves as the Associate Village Justice, Village of New Hyde Park, New York, having previously served as elected Village Justice.

Areas of Practice:

Personal Injury/ Wrongful Death, including:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Surgical errors
  • Nursing home/nursing care abuse
  • Premises liability/slip & falls
  • Defective products/ products liability
  • Workplace accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Prescription drug product liability
  • Lead paint exposure

Bar Admissions: 
New York, 1985
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey
New Jersey, 1987
Pennsylvania, 1985

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1984, J.D.

Rob Morici

Robert Morici

Partner, Chair of Litigation Group

Michael D. Morici, Jr. is the Managing Partner of the Manhattan office and a member of the firm’s Real Estate and General Business/Corporate Groups. Mr. Morici oversees all commercial and residential real estate transactions for developers, commercial clients, and high-net worth individuals, while assisting and advising clients with their business needs. Mr. Morici has an extensive background in corporate and securities law, having worked on multi-billion dollar transactions in the commercial real estate, biomedical, communications, banking and optical technology industries while at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Mr. Morici also provided general corporate legal advice to several Fortune 500 companies as well as private companies preparing for their IPOs.

Areas of Practice:  

Real Estate Law, including:

  • Commercial Purchases, Sales, Restructuring and Financing
  • Bank Refinances and Purchases
  • High End Residential Sales, Purchases, and Financing
  • Joint Ventures between Developers and Private Equity Funds
  • Contract negotiation, drafting and due diligence

Corporate Law, including:

  • Small business formation, planning, and development
  • Contract preparation and negotiation
  • All business transactions including purchase and sales, mergers, and leveraged buyouts
  • Corporate transactions
  • Shareholder and Operating Agreements

Bar Admissions: 
New York, 1999


Columbia Law School, 1999, J.D.

Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Duke University, 1996, B.A. cum laude

Mike morici jr

Michael D. Morici, Jr.

Partner, Chair of the Real Estate and Corporate Groups, Manhattan


Ms. Allegretti joins our firm from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she worked since 2000 and was most recently the head of the Private Client Real Estate Department where she advised high net worth clients on the purchase and sale of personal residential and commercial real estate holdings, with a total value in excess of $1,000,000,000.  Ms. Allegretti has also advised private clients on construction and development matters. Prior to that, Ms. Allegretti focused on commercial real estate transactions and advised leading financial institutions on the acquisition, sale, financing, development and leasing of commercial real estate assets and companies.

Ms. Allegretti graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 2000 where she was a member of the Fordham Law Review. Ms. Allegretti represents clients in commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Areas of Practice:

  • Residential Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions
  • Construction and Development
  • Commercial Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Leasing
  • Joint Ventures


Bar Admission:

New York, 2001


Fordham University School of Law, 2000, J.D.

  • Honors: Fordham Law Review

Colgate University, 1997, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa






Jill McClure Allegretti

Senior Counsel, Real Estate Group, Manhattan

Christine Falco represents corporate and individual clients in a broad range of real estate transactions, including the acquisition, sale, financing, and leasing of both commercial and residential properties throughout New York.

Areas of Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Residential Closings
  • Bank Refinances and Purchases
  • Commercial Closings
  • Corporate Transactions
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions: 
New York, 2011


St. John’s University School of Law, 2010, J.D.

Honors: American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review

St. John’s University, 2008, B.A. summa cum laude

Christine Falco lawyer

Christine Falco

Associate, Manhattan

Mia-Laine Martinez is an Associate in the Litigation Group focusing primarily on civil litigation, including cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, labor law, and contract issues. Ms. Martinez is also experienced in handling probate and trusts and estates matters, including the drafting of wills and trusts.

Ms. Martinez is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Martinez had two of her Premises Liability cases recognized in the Volume 30, Issue 1 January 2013 New York Jury Verdict Review & Analysis.

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Labor Law
  • Employment Law
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Criminal Law

Bar Admission:

New York, 2012


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2011, J.D.

College of the Holy Cross, 2008, B.A.

Honors: Markham Memorial Scholar

Mia-Laine Martinez lawyer

Mia-Laine Martinez

Associate, Garden City

Paul Pepper is an associate in the Litigation Group, handling a wide range of cases including Personal Injury matters, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Residential Real Estate & Business Transactions.

Paul Pepper is a graduate of Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and performed his undergraduate work, in Political Science and History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  While in Law School, Paul Pepper was the recipient of numerous awards, including 4 CALI Awards for Academic Achievement in the fields of International Criminal Law, Products Liability, International Human Rights and Creditor’s Rights.  Paul was also the recipient of the prestigious American Bankruptcy Institute’s Medal of Excellence for 2004.

Mr. Pepper has a strong and diverse of background in the legal profession, including both public and private service over the course of his career and is a proud member in good standing of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Bar Admission:     New York, 2005

Education:             Touro Law School, 2004, J.D.


American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2004 Medal of Excellence

CALI Award for Academic Excellence: International Human Rights (2002)

                                    International Criminal Law (2002)

                                    Products Liability (2003)

                                    Creditor’s Rights (2004)

State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1999, B.A.

Paul Pepper

Paul Pepper


Sunny, a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Corporate Groups, advises clients in a broad scope of matters including high-end residential and commercial transactions, financing, leasing, corporate governance and strategic counsel.

He has managed deals and negotiated purchase-sale & asset agreements, mortgage modifications, settlement stipulations, employee/consulting contracts, as well as shareholder, operating and confidentiality agreements. Sunny also has experience in municipal and private investment strategies, including 1031 like-kind exchanges.

Areas of Practice:

  • Residential & Commercial Closings
  • Business Acquisitions & Sales
  • Leases & Contract Negotiations
  • 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges
  • Hard Money Loans
  • Tax Lien Investments
  • Quiet Title/Foreclosure Actions
  • Landlord/Tenant Matters
  • Corporate Counsel & Entity Formation
  • Civil Litigation/Appeals
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Mortgage Modifications & Short Sales
  • Advance Directives, Proxies, Powers & Transfers

Bar Admissions:

New York State Appellate Division, 2nd Dept.
United States District Court, Eastern & Southern Districts of New York
Supreme Court of New Jersey
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
The District of Columbia, Court of Appeals (pending)


Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA 2008
JD: Intellectual Property

The George Washington University, Washington, DC 2004
BBA: Business, Economics and Public Policy

sunny kakwani

Sunny S. Kakwani