Our Team

Our team of attorneys has a vast range of experience in numerous practice areas, and will strive to meet and exceed your needs along with the help of our dedicated support staff: 

Michael Kohan, Esq.

Principal Attorney

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Michael is a graduate of Queens College with a BA in Political Science while minoring in History and Psychology, where he made Dean's List every semester and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Michael went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyer's Section Statewide Trial Team Champion.

Michael is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and California (voluntarily inactive in CA). He is also admitted in the Federal District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the New Jersey Federal District Court. He has previously worked at one of Long Island's largest litigation firms. Repeatedly named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, Michael has experience in many fields, involving both litigation and transactional matters, which has provided him with outstanding foresight and ability to isolate the primary issues in a matter. These skills have resulted in him being appointed as an arbitrator by the Nassau County Bar Association and him having been asked to serve on a pro bono committee spearheaded by Governor Cuomo that involves the submission of clemency requests on behalf of inmate-clients to the Governor for his review. In addition, Michael is the co-founder of the NYC Legal Referral Network (NYC LRN), which hosts regular events among judges and attorneys in Manhattan and beyond and which has been prominently featured in the New York Law Journal. Michael also has a passion for teaching, having taught to the Queens County Bar Association in the field of real estate litigation.

In his private time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is also an avid reader and traveler. 

Joel M. Schwartz, Esq.

In-house Of Counsel

Mr. Schwartz received his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law and his LLM degree in Taxation from New York University. He is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the Trusts and Estates section of the New York State Bar Association. He has practiced in New York for the past 30 years, concentrating in the areas of estate planning; drafting of wills and trusts; handling estate administrations and disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities.

Joshua Lockamy, Esq.

In-house Of Counsel

Mr. Lockamy is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law, where he excelled in Moot Court as a top 10 finalist. Mr. Lockamy was also on the Hofstra Trial Team, which finished in the New York State quarter finals. During law school, Mr. Lockamy clerked for a major general liability defense firm.

After graduating from Hofstra, Mr. Lockamy moved to North Carolina where he was a contract attorney for the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office. There he conducted multiple criminal bench trials.

In 2010, Mr. Lockamy moved back to New York and worked for several liability defense firms. He then took an associate position with one of the largest plaintiff’s firms in the New York City metro area, where he continued to hone his exceptional trial skills. Since then, Mr. Lockamy has been a trial attorney for multiple New York City area plaintiff’s personal injury firms, winning multiple favorable verdicts year after year.

Mr. Lockamy has obtained multiple six and seven figure verdicts and settlements. He has litigated and/or taken to trial all types of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, construction accident, and medical malpractice cases. Mr. Lockamy is a relentless and compassionate advocate for those that have been seriously injured due to the negligent/careless conduct of others. As a result of his experience on the defense side of such lawsuits, he is in a unique position to provide creative counseling and strategies that most plaintiff’s attorneys would overlook.

Perham Makabi, Esq.

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Mr. Makabi received his BA from Yeshiva University and his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a participant in the Political Asylum Clinic. He primarily focuses on immigration matters, with a passion for deportation defense.

Matin Emouna, Esq.

Of Counsel

Mr. Emouna’s criminal practice includes the defense of corporations and individuals charged with criminal violations in both Federal and State Courts, as well as civil matters. His duties include representation at arraignments, trials, bail applications, motion hearings, grand jury hearings, sentencing and trials.

His powerful deal-making presence, coupled with his trial experience makes him a most formidable adversary and representative for his substantial client base. Mr. Emouna maintains his finely honed negotiating skills by his constant interaction with other attorneys, judges, prosecutors, insurance representatives, real estate operators, bankers, and industry brokers as well as regularly attending and participating in latest topic seminars.

Mr. Emouna is well-respected and known as a consummate deal maker. His zealous representation has led him to be retained on many high profile cases.

Mr. Emouna is multilingual and has studied extensively oversees in France and Spain. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Spanish from SUNY at Albany. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was a member of Moot Court Board. 

Matin Emouna has been admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, United States Court of International Trade and United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Matin Emouna’s professional memberships include; Nassau County Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Society of International Law, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Association of Justice and Nassau Lawyers Association of Long Island.

Peter Papagianakis, Esq.

Of Counsel

Since commencing his legal career in 1997, Mr. Papagianakis has practiced law exclusively in the area of business contracts and transactions.  His experience has been as an attorney for a national law firm and a Manhattan-based law firm and as senior counsel for a NYSE-listed company where he was responsible for SEC reporting and corporate and capital market transactions.  The range of Mr. Papagianakis' experience includes the representation and counseling of public companies, as well as the representation and counseling of private companies from inception to IPO and beyond.

Mr. Papagianakis graduated magna cum laude from his law school alma mater (Florida State University College of Law) and his undergraduate alma mater (CarnegieMellonUniversity).  Mr. Papagianakis is licensed in New York and Florida (where he practiced law for three years).

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Papagianakis (1) serves on the Board of Directors of NYS-based multi-state property and casualty insurance company and (2) has taught the following courses for various graduate and undergraduate university programs in New York: (i) Business Law/Commercial Transactions, (ii) Law of Business Organizations, (iii) Negotiation Skills, (iv) Microeconomics, (v) Macroeconomics, (vi) Investing in Mutual Funds, and (vii) Investing in Stocks and Bonds.

Before law school, Mr. Papagianakis worked for two years as an Assistant Bank Examiner with the Miami Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and for one year as an Assistant Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  In addition, he passed the Level I examination of the Chartered Financial Analyst program.



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