Associate Attorneys

Nicole Licata-McCord

Nicole Licata-McCord was admitted to the New York bar on 2003 and to the Federal Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts in 2005.  She has previously worked as a litigation associate for an insurance defense firm, where she represented various insurance carriers, retail corporations and municipal entities.  Her areas of specialty include premises liability, motor vehicle liability, governmental/municipal liability, New York Labor Law, property damage claims and appellate advocacy.  She graduated cum laude from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and political Science.  She received her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.

nlicata@sobelpevzner.com

 

 

Sophia A. Perna-Plank

Sophia A. Perna-Plank focuses her practice on the defense of commercial properties against premises liability and general liability claims. Prior to joining Sobel Pevzner LLC, she gained experience in the areas of automobile liability, premises liability, and employment practices liability defense as a litigation associate at a mid-size insurance defense firm. She also has experience in commercial real estate and bankruptcy.

 

Mrs. Perna-Plank is a 2008 graduate of St. Joseph’s College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences summa cum laude. She also graduated as class valedictorian. In 2009, she received a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Suffolk County Community College. In 2014, she earned her Juris Doctor from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (Night Division). While in law school, Mrs. Perna-Plank worked full-time as a paralegal for a commercial law firm, focusing her efforts in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

 

She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2015. In 2015, she was also admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

 

Mrs. Perna-Plank is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

spernaplank@sobelpevzner.com

 

Elaine Dawson-Burden

Elaine Dawson-Burden was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1997.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.  Ms. Dawson-Burden attended Pace University School of Law where she graduated Cum Laude in 1996.  She has worked as both in-house counsel and outside counsel for insurance defense firms.  Her areas of practice include general liability, motor vehicle liability, premises liability and property damage liability. l of Law.

eburden@sobelpevzner.com

 

Randee H. Arem

Randee H. Arem concentrates her practice on the defense of commercial and residential properties, sports and recreational facilities, organizations and venues against premises liability claims and the defense of actions against bars and restaurants involving claims of negligent security.  Her practice also involves litigating commercial disputes, property damage claims and appeals.

Ms. Arem received her Bachelor of Arts in American History from Binghamton University in 1998, where she was on the Dean’s List.  She received her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001.  She is a member of the Harpur College National Law Advisory Council, where she has served as a mentor to undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in the law.  She is also represents Binghamton University at college fairs throughout the New York Metropolitan area.

rarem@sobelpevzner.com

 

Joseph S. Fritzson

Joseph S. Fritzson graduated from the State University of New York University at Buffalo in 2012, where he majored in and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.  Mr. Fritzson went on to attended Touro Law School Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center where he graduated Cum Laude in 2014.  While at Touro, Mr. Fritzson attended the Business College of Management School at Long Island University Post, allowing him to obtain a Master of Business Administration Degree in 2014, along with his Juris Doctor from Touro.  During his time obtaining a joint J.D./M.B.A. degree Mr. Fritzson’s studies focused on Business Law.

While in law school, Mr. Fritzson worked with the Unemployment Action Center under a student order, where he represented various individuals whom were wrongfully denied their Unemployment Benefits by the State of New York.  As well, Mr. Fritzson had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Judge Leonard D. Wexler in Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Fritzson handles matters involving general liability, premises liability, product liability, automobile liability, condominium/community association liability, dram shop/liquor liability, employment law, contract law, and general negligence for insurance carriers, retail corporations and municipal entities, in New York and New Jersey, State and Federal Courts.  As a young attorney he also has experience in all aspects of litigation including conducting depositions, discovery, motions, appeals, court conferences, mediations, arbitrations, as well as small claims trials in New York State Courts.  Prior to joining Sobel Pevzner, LLC, Mr. Fritzson was an associate attorney on Long Island at Bruno, Gerbino, & Soriano, LLP., where he primarily handled all aspects of No-Fault litigation including mediations, arbitrations, oral argument, and bench trials.
Mr. Fritzson was admitted to the Bar of the States of New York and New Jersey in 2015.  He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern District of New York and Federal District Court in New Jersey.  Mr. Fritzson is also a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Bar Association, as well as the New York and New Jersey State Bar Association.

Dustin S. Delp

Dustin S. Delp is a 2008 graduate of Brooklyn College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies.  Mr. Delp attended Albany Law School and obtained his Juris Doctor in 2012.  While in law school, Mr. Delp worked with victims of domestic violence on child support and child custody matters at the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center.

 

Mr. Delp has litigated matters involving insurance defense, personal injury, employment law and workers’ compensation matters in New York and New Jersey State Courts.  Prior to joining Sobel Pevzner, LLC, Mr. Delp was an attorney at a law firm in upstate New York practicing in the areas Elder Law, Trusts and Estates, Residential Real Estate, and Criminal Defense.

 

Mr. Delp was admitted to the Bar of the States of New York and New Jersey in 2013.  He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Delp is also a member of the New York State Bar Association.

ddelp@sobelpevzner.com

 

 

Paul A. Lefebvre

Paul A. Lefebvre focuses his practice on civil litigation defending clients in matters including general liability, premises liability, product liability, automobile liability, condominium/community association liability, dram shop/liquor liability as well as defending physicians, nurse, hospitals, and health care systems in medical malpractice matters. He has experience in all aspects of litigation from discovery and depositions through jury selection and trial.

Mr. Lefebvre earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University in 1992. He subsequently earned his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law in 1995. Mr. Lefebvre has spent his entire legal career practicing civil defense litigation. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

plefebvre@sobelpevzner.com

Paul X. Lima

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College in 1986, Paul Lima was admitted to the New York bar in 1990 after receiving his Juris Doctorate from Pace University. In addition to New York State, he is also admitted to the Federal Courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts.

After two years as a law clerk for the Law Office of Samuel Simone (in house counsel for Travelers Insurance Company), Mr. Lima was an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County for five (5) years where he prosecuted matters from intake to trial involving various levels of criminality. Mr. Lima was then hired by James J. Killerlane, Esq. where he worked for eight (8) years, the last two (2) years as Managing Attorney. Mr. Lima served as trial counsel to both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Lima has defended clients insured by Travelers, National Car Rental, American Hardware Insurance Group, American Express, and Zurich Insurance. From 2002 to 2016, Mr. Lima partnered with Lara Baresich to continue to represent insureds from various carriers. Mr. Lima handles matters involving premises liability, motor vehicle, and New York Labor Law, as well as criminal defense and real estate matters.

Mr. Lima has been rated “Distinguished” by Martindale-Hubbell for 15 years with very high peer review ratings in legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Lima is fluent in Spanish.

 

plima@sobelpevzner.com

Judy Meisel

Judy Meisel was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 2011 and the New York bar in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland-College Park in 2008. She received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 2011. She has previously worked as a litigation associate in all aspects of personal injury and medical malpractice defense.  Her areas of specialty include general liability, premises liability, motor vehicle liability, property damage claims and New York Labor Law. .

 

jmeisel@sobelpevzner.com

Brandon Justin Maharajh

Brandon Justin Maharajh is admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bar and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association and the Nassau Suffolk Trial Lawyers’ Association. Mr. Maharajh previously worked as a litigation associate for an insurance defense firm, where he represented various insurance carriers and cases involving civil litigation, general negligence, premise liability, torts and personal injury. As a young attorney he also has experience in all aspects of litigation including conducting depositions, discovery, motions, appeals, court conferences, mediations, arbitrations, as well as small claims trials in New York State Courts.

Mr. Maharajh obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at Boston College in 2012 while enrolled in the Pre-Law Program with a dual major in Economics and Communications. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2015, where he was the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Moot Court Honors Board and won the Nassau County Moot Court Competition. While in law school, he interned for the Honorable Judge Dorothy Eisenberg in the Eastern District of New York at the Alfonse M. D’Amato Federal Courthouse located in Central Islip, New York. He also interned for the United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York.

Mr Maharajh’s interests include community service, movies, sports, traveling, friends and family time.

 

bmaharajh@sobelpevzner.com

Harshal Y. Jani

Harshal Y. Jani obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Syracuse University.  Mr. Jani received his Juris Doctorate degree from Touro Law School Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.  While at Touro Law School, he was actively involved in many student organizations and the legal externship programs.  Mr. Jani worked with the Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic, under a student practice order, where he represented individuals impacted by the housing crisis.  While at law school, Mr. Jani interned for Honorable Cheryl Gonzales in New York Civil Court.  During and following law school, Mr. Jani also had the privilege of working for Honorable Tanya R. Kennedy of the New York Supreme Court.  Prior to joining Sobel Pevzner, LCC, Mr. Jani was an associate attorney at a distinguished general liability and medical malpractice law firm on Long Island, New York.  Mr. Jani handles various civil litigation matters including general liability, premises liability, products liability, contacts and automobile liability in New York State.

 

Mr. Jani is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.  He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Bar Association, and Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association.

HJANI@SOBELPEVZNER.COM

Nicole
Licata-McCord

Associate

Sophia A. Perna-Plank

Associate

Elaine Dawson-Burden

Associate

Randee H. Arem

Associate

Joseph S. Fritzson

Associate

Dustin S. Delp

Associate

Paul A. Lefebvre

Associate

Paul X. Lima

Associate

Judy Meisel

Associate

Brandon Justin Maharajh

Associate

Harshal Y. Jani

Associate