Alan J. Schwartz, Principal / Attorney
Paul Magel, Associate
Randy L. Braun, Of Counsel
Beth Polner Abrahams, Of Counsel
Adam B. Bayroff, Of Counsel
Bonnie S. Halbridge, Of Counsel
Mark I. Plaine, Of Counsel
Joshua R. Katz, Of Counsel
Mitchell L. Kaufman, Of Counsel
Riva Gaft Schwartz, Office Manager
Alex Karambelas, Legal Assistant
Jessica Craft, Senior Legal Assistant
Mr. Schwartz, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Hofstra University
with High Honors in English and a graduate of the St. John's
University School of Law, is admitted to practice before all Courts
of the State of New York, the United States District Courts of the
Eastern and Southern Districts of New York State, and the Supreme
Court of the United States. He serves as a member of the Board of
Directors and an officer of the Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau
County, and Co-Chairs the Gotham Suffolk Networking Group, and his professional affiliations include the Nassau
Lawyers’ Association of Long Island, the Former Assistant District
Attorneys Association, the American Judges Association, the Nassau
and Suffolk County Bar Associations, the Criminal Courts Bar
Association of Nassau County, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce,
the Network of Allied Professionals, Inc. (to which the Firm serves
as counsel), the Long Island Business Associates, the Long Island
Business Resource Association, the Attorney-Accountant Professional
Roundtable,the Gotham Long
Island Legal Networking Group, the Attorney Round Table, the Lawyer’s Round Table, the Professional Roundtable, the Garden City Business Club and the Accountant/Attorney Networking Group Inc. Mr. Schwartz has served on the faculties of St. John's University and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, lectured in the Trial Techniques Program of the Hofstra University School of Law served as a judge on the Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute, the St. John's University Law Invitational Mock Trial Tournament, and Nassau County Bar Association National Civil Rights Trial Competition, as well as the New York University Downtown Invitational Classic with the American Mock Trial Association, and serves as a Nassau County Arbitrator.
Mr. Schwartz has served as a member of the Long Island
Association and its Small Business Council, is licensed as a Real
Estate Broker in the State of New York and serves on the Advisory
Board of the First American Title Insurance Company of New York.
Mr. Schwartz offers his experience to other attorneys as a
mentor, in the "Of Counsel Mentor Program" of the Nassau County Bar
Association, and currently serves as a member of its Criminal Court
Law and Procedure, Real Property Law, District Court,
General/Solo/Small Firm Practice and Technology and Practice
Management Committees, having previously served on its General
Practice, Plaintiff's Round Table, Professional Ethics (and the
Executive Sub-Committee thereof), Community Relations and Public
Education’s Senior Citizens Forum Sub-Committee, Corporation Law and
Law Practice Management Committees. He also currently serves as a
member of the Criminal Law, District Court, Real Property and Solo
& Small Firm Practitioners Committees of the Suffolk County Bar
Association, having previously served on its Law Office Management,
Banking, Commercial and Corporate Law Committees.
In the five years he spent as an Assistant District Attorney in
Nassau County, Mr. Schwartz practiced in the District Court Trial
Bureau, the Grand Jury Bureau and the County Court Trial Bureau. He
was also a member of the specialized Sex Crimes Unit of the District
Attorney's Office, and served as a member of a select Criminal
Justice Task Force with the New York State Division of Criminal
Justice Services, studying and providing recommendations concerning
Systems Improvements for Enhanced Community Safety in the State of
Mr. Schwartz serves as the New York Representative of the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, LLC.
Mr. Schwartz resides on Long Island with his wife. In their leisure time, the Schwartz family spends their summers enjoying golf, bicycling and boating, and are former members of the Huntington Yacht Club. Mr. Schwartz plays golf regularly, and is member at the Hamlet Golf & Country Club.
is an avid car enthusiast and motorcyclist, served as a member of
the Long Island Corvette Owners Association (to which the Firm
served as counsel) and a charter member of Long Island Vettes. Mr.
Schwartz is also a member of the American Motorcyclist Association
and the Harley Owners Group, and served as a member, Road Captain,
Activities Director and Assistant Director of the Long Island
Chapter, as well as a member of the Woodstock Chapter. The Schwartz
family spend their winters skiing at Windham Mountain, where Mr.
Schwartz was a founding member of the Ski Windham Commerce Club, and
his son actively competed for years as a member of the Windham
Mountain Alpine Racing Team, later racing as a captain of the Brandeis
Ski Team and the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard
In his little “spare time”, Mr. Schwartz is an active supporter
of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Arthritis Foundation.
PAUL MAGEL, associate, is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. While at St. John’s, he interned in the Sex Crimes Bureau in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, and later represented misdemeanor clients as a clinical student with Queens Legal Aid. He also was an active participant in the Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute, competing in trial advocacy competitions across the country. He currently serves as a coach for the Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute.
RANDY L. BRAUN, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pace University
[where he was elected to the prestigious Alpha Chi National Academic
Honor Society] and a graduate of the Fordham University School of
Law [where he won appointment as a member of the Moot Court Board],
is admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of New York,
the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern
Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the
Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Braun became a partner in a New York City firm in 1996, and
opened his own practice in 2004, after which he became of counsel to
the Law Offices of Alan J. Schwartz.
Mr. Braun has represented employers and individuals in the areas
of labor, employment, discrimination, human resource, prevailing
wage and construction law matters. His philosophy is one of
creativity and pragmatism as he consistently strives to achieve the
best possible result for the client, and to make the client's
experience in working with an attorney a positive one.
Fax" blog by Randy L. Braun
For over 22 years, Beth Polner Abrahams has provided quality
legal representation to seniors and the disabled, as well as
customized estate planning to meet the personal needs of families,
their children and other loved ones.
Ms. Polner Abrahams is a member of the New York State, Nassau and
Suffolk Bar Associations and has lectured for the N.Y.S. Bar
Association. She is past chairperson and a current member of Senior
Umbrella Network of Nassau (SUNN), an association of business
professionals and advocates involved with seniors, and a member of
the Suffolk and Queens County SUNs. She is also co-chair of the
Nassau County Bar Association Elder Law, Social Services and Health
Advocacy Committee. Ms. Polner Abrahams is a member of the National
Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Ms. Polner Abrahams has published articles on planning for the
disabled and supplemental needs trusts, guardianship proceedings and
estate and elder law planning for dignified aging.
ADAM B. BAYROFF, Of Counsel, practices in all areas (i.e. purchase and sale, leasing, financing) of commercial
and residential real estate. A 1986 graduate of New York University Law School, Mr. Bayroff was a partner in
the New York City offices of national law firms Greenberg Traurig and Swidler Berlin. His clients range from
buyers/sellers of single family homes to owners/developers in transactions involving the sale, acquisition,
leasing and financing of office buildings, retail sites, multi-family apartment complexes, cooperatives,
condominiums, shopping centers and land development. Mr. Bayroff specializes in the areas of retail leasing
and finance having represented owners in negotiations of leases and loan documents with many regional and
national tenants (e.g. FedEx/Kinkos, Gamestop, Radio Shack, T-Mobile, Dunkin Donuts) and lending institutions
(e.g. M&T Bank, Signature Bank, New York Community Bank, HSBC).
BONNIE S. HALBRIDGE is a graduate of Hofstra University and Hofstra Law School is admitted to practice
in the State of New York. From 1986 to 1991, she worked in State Farm's suit unit where she gained
extensive experience in the evaluation and negotiation of bodily injury cases, and rose to became the
attorney of record and managing attorney for State Farm. From 1991-1993, she worked for an insurance
defense firm. From 1996 on, she has been practicing exclusively in the area of Plaintiff's personal
injury representing people who have been injured in automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip
and fall accidents, dog bites, construction accidents, and cases involving wrongful death.
MARK I. PLAINE has been practicing matrimonial law for 25 years, and regularly appears before courts in
New York City and Long Island. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Queens County Bar
Association, New York County Lawyer's Association and Nassau County Bar Association (and is a committee
member for the matrimonial and/or family law sections for each of these organizations). He is a Fellow
of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as amongst
the top matrimonial lawyers in the New York Metro region. He has conducted numerous trials, hearings and
appeals in the field of divorce litigation over financial and custodial matters.
JOSHUA R. KATZ regularly appears before matrimonial courts in New York City and Long Island. He has been practicing
matrimonial and family law in New York State for 20 years, handling complex matrimonial cases and trials. Mr.
Katz is an active a member of the Queens County Bar Association Family Law section, and of the New York State Bar
Association. He was appointed by the Appellate Division-Second Department to the Queens County Attorneys for
Children/Assigned Counsel Trial and Appellate Panels.
MITCHELL L. KAUFMAN, Of Counsel, recently retired after thirty one years in the New York State Court System,
where he served as Principal Law Clerk to an Associate Justice of the Appellate Term in the Second Department.
Throughout his varied career in the New York State Court system he has handled a wide a variety of cases and as a Law
Secretary in the Appellate Term, he has drafted numerous dissents in matters involving complex litigation. Mr. Kaufman
has also done updates and revisions for Matthew Bender Legal Publications. His expertise in research and writing has
been well recognized, having many of the decisions he drafted published in the Law Journal as well as receiving recognition
and praise from fellow attorneys and colleagues.
Riva Gaft Schwartz serves as the Firm’s Office Manager, IT
Manager and is also trained as a paralegal specializing in
residential real estate transactions, representing sellers,
purchasers and lenders. Ms. Schwartz brings a marketing and
financial management background to the Law Offices of Alan J.
Schwartz, having retired as Vice President/General Manager of
Robertson-Shipmate, Inc., an international marine electronics
conglomerate. During that time, she was responsible for all phases
of operation with particular concentration in marketing, and managed
three locations in the United States and was a member of the Board
of Directors. Ms Schwartz has also lectured internationally and
published numerous articles a variety of trade publications.
Subsequently, Ms. Schwartz was extremely active with the Half Hollow
Hills PTA and REACH/CYA, having coordinated parenting programs for
the Half Hollow Hills School District, lobbied legislators on behalf
of the district. Ms. Schwartz also serves as Park Steward for the
Otsego Park in Dix Hills. Ms. Schwartz attended Syracuse University
and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in
ALEX KARAMBELAS joins our office as a Legal Assistant after receiving her MA in History specializing in the history of international human rights law from the New School for Social Research. She graduated from Tufts University Summa cum Laude with a BA in Classical Studies.
JESSICA D. CRAFT has rejoined the Law Offices of Alan J. Schwartz, P.C. after a short hiatus. Jessica has worked with the firm since January, 2003, on and off, and brings us her sharp wit, paralegal skills and pleasant personality and we are all excited that she is back on Team Schwartz.