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Moritt Hock Hamroff & Horowitz LLP Adds Not-For-Profit Practice: Stein & Schonfeld LLP Members Join Firm


Garden City, New York; May 8, 2006 — Marc L. Hamroff, managing partner of Moritt Hock Hamroff & Horowtiz LLP is pleased to announce that the members of the law firm of Stein & Schonfeld LLP have joined the firm, adding a new area of practice in the not-for-profit sector.  Seth P. Stein joins the firm as a Partner, Robert L. Schonfeld and Nancy A. Hampton join as Of Counsel and Rachel A. Fernbach joins as an Associate.  The members of the law firm of Stein & Schonfeld bring over 30 years of experience to Moritt Hock Hamroff & Horowitz LLP.

“My partners and I are delighted to welcome Seth Stein and his team to the firm.  Their reputation and extensive experience is a tremendous asset to Moritt Hock Hamroff & Horowitz and we look forward to working with them as we continue to expand and diversity our practice to better service the needs of our growing client base,” stated Marc Hamroff.

Seth P. Stein concentrates his practice in the representation of programs and agencies providing residential, educational, and day services to children and adults with handicapping conditions.  Since 1980, he has acted as legal counsel and since 1988, as Executive Director, of the New York State Psychiatric Association, the professional specialty organization representing the practice of psychiatry in New York State.  Mr. Stein also acts as legal counsel to the Alliance of Long Island Agencies, Inc. an association of not-for-profit agencies providing services to consumers with developmental disabilities and their families in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  A significant portion of Mr. Stein’s practice involves program development which includes providing counsel and assistance in opening new programs through all phases of development, incorporation and establishment; site identification and location; negotiation and acquisition of property; negotiation of state agency capital assistance; community opposition; construction contracts; zoning, land use, and environmental issues; program certification; securing judicial approval under NY Not-For-Profit Corporation Law; and rate setting and agency financing.  In addition, Mr. Stein has also represented voluntary agencies in financing the development of programs including school programs through tax-exempt bonds issued by local county industrial development agencies.  Mr. Stein received his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Robert L. Schonfeld focuses his practice in fair housing discrimination litigation in the state and federal courts to enforce the right of persons with disabilities to live in the community.  Mr. Schonfeld secured a landmark decision from the New York State Court of Appeals in the case of Jennings v. City of Albany, which restricted the ability of localities to object to the establishment of group homes under New York State Selection Law (Mental Hygiene Law Section 41.43).  Mr. Schonfeld has successfully litigated over 100 site selection law cases.  Prior to his private practice, Mr. Schonfeld was a former Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York specializing in representing OMH, OMRDD and other state agencies in litigation involving the development and operation of OMH and OMRDD licensed facilities.  Mr. Schonfeld received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law and is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Rachel A. Fernbach concentrates her practice in the area of not-for-profit and corporate law.  She received her Juris Doctor from George Washington University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.

Nancy A. Hampton focuses her practice in education law and guardianship law.  She received her Juris Doctor from Touro Law School and is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

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