CURTIS, VASILE HISTORY
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Reid Curtis moved to Long Island in the late 1940's, settling in the then-bucolic hamlet of
In 1971, Munro left the firm to become the first of several alumni to accept a judicial appointment. He served with distinction as a Suffolk County District Court Judge until his untimely and tragic death in 1972.
Reid Curtis and Ed Hart decided to invite one of the firm’s associates into the partnership, starting the firm’s enduring tradition of “promoting from within,” in recognition of the values of loyalty and dedication. Self-effacing Francis E. Zaklukiewicz, or “Zak” as he was affectionately called, became a partner in 1971, and soon distinguished himself as the firm’s principal voice in
Reid’s prowess as a trial lawyer reached well beyond courtroom walls; many a lawyer measured his own success by comparison to the “Bald Eagle,” so-nicknamed for his raptorial trial skills. One judge described Curtis in a New York Law Journal article as “dogged, persistent, challenging and provocative. A deadly opponent with the heart of a mountain lion.”
Ed Hart, a renowned and tenacious trial lawyer in his own right, brought his singular finesse to the firm’s trial repertoire. A superb strategist, Ed would beguile his opponents with charm and wit. Hart also helped grow the firm’s client base through an incredibly extensive network of friendships and alliances stemming back to the roots of his youth. Corporations, municipalities and state agencies were added to the growing list of clients of the firm. Hart left the firm in 1984 and eventually went on to become a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of
Roy Vasile, another partner promoted from within, joined the firm in 1978 upon his graduation from
Michael Mehary joined the firm in 1983, and was invited to join the partnership in 1996. Another
Dominick Piccininni typifies the fundamental reason why clients love the firm. Joining in 1988 and becoming a partner in 1999, Dom’s work ethic allows for nothing less than Herculean effort in the preparation of his cases. An avid trial attorney and negotiator, Dom’s charming humor masks an intense concern for the protection of his clients.
Michael Dorry is the firm's current managing attorney. Mike's rise from associate to management chief stands testament not only to his professional skills as a trial attorney , but to his capacity for inspiring others as well. Under Mike's guidance, the firm recently unveiled plans to expand the scope of legal services available to its non-corporate clients.
No discussion of the history of this firm would be complete without recognition of the contributions of its alumni. Former associates Peter Fox Cohalan, Joseph Spinola and Randy Sue Marber have gone on to become New York State Supreme Court Justices. James J. Morris, now departed, rose to the top of the corporate world with Union Carbide, retired, went to law school in his sixties and became a Village Justice, in addition to being a skilled trial lawyer – he was our “secret weapon” as one Judge referred to him.
Former associate, Timothy McNamara, is an esteemed arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Another alumnus, William Lewis, founded a highly respected insurance defense firm on