Anthony J. Ficara, Managing Partner

Anthony J. Ficara is the founding member of Ficara & Associates, P.C. and focuses his practice in the firm’s Condominium and Cooperative Law Department, where he represents sponsors of condominium, cooperative and homeowner association developments and conversions throughout the United States. He also serves as counsel to condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations boards in the New York area.

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Prior to forming Ficara & Associates, P.C., Mr. Ficara practiced in Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman’s Condo/Coop practice group, where he was responsible for originating, preparing and filing numerous offering plans for developers in the New York metropolitan area and beyond, and Certilman Balin’s Real Estate practice group where he concentrated in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Previously, Mr. Ficara served as an attorney with Sidley Austin LLP’s New York Global Real Estate Group. His practice area focused on capital markets transactions with an emphasis on structured real estate finance matters as well as commercial real estate transactions, providing a unique breadth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of real estate finance.

Mr. Ficara earned his Bachelor of Science in business and economics with a minor in history from Lehigh University and his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.  Additionally, he has undertaken foreign legal studies at La Faculté de Deroit des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion (University of Nice School of Economics and Management) in Nice, France.  

Active in his community, he volunteers his time to the American Cancer Society as the founder and chairman of the board of Sail to a Cure, an annual charity sailing event on Long Island. 

Mr. Ficara is a member of the Board of Directors of the Queens and Bronx Builders Association and a Member of the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations. Mr. Ficara also serves on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Condominiums and Cooperatives.  He has given numerous CLE lectures to his peers on the topic of affordable housing. He is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York.



 

Todd J. Manister, Partner

Todd J. Manister is a seasoned litigation and transactional attorney who focuses his practice on all types of complex commercial, business, employment, matrimonial and family law, personal injury and real estate matters. These matters include business disputes, including contract claims; disputes over employment agreements and restrictive and non-compete covenants; corporate and partnership dissolutions; joint ventures; mechanics liens; trade secrets; divorce actions; insurance claims; real estate claims; lease disputes; automobile accidents; slip and falls; medical and dental malpractice; product liability; and commercial and residential landlord/tenant matters in which Mr. Manister represents both landlords and tenants.

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Representing clients in both New York federal and state courts at trial and appellate levels, he has successfully argued numerous appeals.

Over the course of his diversified legal career, Todd has served in the role of Deputy County Attorney for Nassau County and acted as managing partner of O’Brien & Manister, a successful litigation and transactional practice on Long Island.

In 1980, he earned his BA in Political Science from Syracuse University and, in 1983 he graduated from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Todd is admitted to practice in the State of New York, as well as the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Supreme Court of the United States.


 

Laura L. Shockley, Partner

Laura L. Shockley is an accomplished litigation attorney specializing in employment and labor law as well as commercial matters.  Ms. Shockley handles all aspects of commercial and employment litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative bodies.  In her practice Ms. Shockley has represented corporations, municipalities, small businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals.

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Ms. Shockley has successfully represented management in connection with employment matters involving claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, workplace violence, breach of contract and non-compete agreements, wrongful termination and wage and hour violations.  She also represents clients in complex commercial litigations involving partnership disputes and housing discrimination actions and lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

Ms. Shockley regularly appears before state, federal and local agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights in connection with claims relating to employment and housing discrimination.  Ms. Shockley also has extensive experience representing clients in Alternate Dispute Resolution proceedings.

In addition to representing management in connection with employment and labor claims, Ms. Shockley regularly counsels employers with respect to employment policies, practices and procedures designed to prevent workplace issues and limit exposure.  She also drafts employee handbooks and policies along with employment, non-compete and separation agreements on behalf of employers.  

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Shockley was a partner at Rivkin Radler LLP in the Employment & Labor and Litigation & Appeals practice groups.  Ms Shockley began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office where she successfully prosecuted domestic violence crimes.  Prior to her admission to the New York State Bar, Ms. Shockley interned with the Honorable Denny Chin in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  

Ms. Shockley earned her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York, Stony Brook with a major in Political Science.  Ms. Shockley is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

For the past five years Ms. Shockley has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Long Island Women’s Agenda, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to issues, policies and programs affecting women living and working on Long Island, where she currently holds the position of Executive Vice President.  Ms. Shockley is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, one of the largest providers of free civil legal assistance in New York, and is an active member of the Huntington Chapter of the League of Women Voters.  

Ms. Shockley was named among the 50 Most Influential Women in Business for 2012 by Long Island Business News.  

 

Michael Wickersham, Of Counsel

Michael Wickersham concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law, intellectual property, commercial transactions and real estate law.

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Mr. Wickersham advises and assists entrepreneurs and all manner of business entities with issues ranging from securing trademarks and other intellectual property rights, fund raising, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and the preparation of agreements necessary for the successful operation of their business. Michael is also experienced in commercial and residential real estate matters and has represented lending institutions in the financing of both commercial and residential properties.

Mr. Wickersham received his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1999 and is admitted to practice in the State of New York as well as the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Mr. Wickersham has served on the Board of the Brooklyn Philharmonic (2005-2009). Michael is also proficient in Spanish.

 

Jodi B. Zimmerman, Of Counsel

Jodi B. Zimmerman focuses her practice on Elder Law and Estate Planning matters including the preparation of Wills, Trusts, Probate petitions, Administrations, and Guardianships. Ms. Zimmerman brings over 20 years of counseling and business experience to her clients and understands the practice of law is about more than just statutes and rules, it's about the people who need quality representation.

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In 1984, she earned his BA in Humanities from Florida Atlantic University and, in 2005 she graduated from the Hofstra University School of Law.

Jodi is admitted to practice in the State of New York, as well as the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Supreme Court of the United States. Jodi is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association, State of New York. Ms. Zimmerman was acknowledged with the Doris S. Hoffman Outstanding New Lawyer Award, in June 2013 by the Women's Bar Association, State of New York. Ms. Zimmerman was also the recipient of the Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. Memorial Award, June 2010 for Outstanding Newly Admitted Attorney.

Jodi volunteers with the pro bono legal clinic of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association at the Mary Brennan INN, a Soup Kitchen, in Hempstead, New York. In addition, Jodi continues her community efforts as Team Captain, for the past 8 years, for “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” a charity walk which takes place every October at Jones Beach.

From 2008 to 2012 Ms. Zimmerman was co-chair of the Nassau County Women's Bar Foundation Annual Golf Outing where the proceeds benefited breast cancer research and from 2010 through 2015, Jodi volunteered as a mentor for the Nassau County Bar Association Mentoring Program.


 

 


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