Merlino & Gonzalez - March 2020

March 2020





Unfortunately, there were a few hiccups in the process that made it far more difficult. I won’t go into all the details, but John and I worked together to make sure my client and New York State got what they needed with as little collateral damage as possible. In fact, when the dust finally settled and we realized both parties were happy, John and I recognized that we were kindred spirits, and we have worked together and been friends since.

Ed is a litigation attorney to whom we often refer our clients. He’s an excellent attorney who will fight hard for clients in a reasonable and convincing way while making sure that their needs are met. Above all, Ed is a great person. He’s incredibly patient and treats all his clients with the same respect, no matter how “big” or “small” their case may be. We really value his association with our office.

Being an attorney is all about helping people and problem-solving. No matter what kind of law you practice, whether in a courtroom litigating, providing advice in an office, or helping close a business deal or the sale of a home, you are helping people solve serious problems or achieve milestone events in their lives. Every situation presents its own unique set of facts. But if you pay attention to the facts and the needs of the clients, you will really be able help people improve their lives. I graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. I worked for many years with several large and midsize law firms in New York City. In 2012, I founded the law firm of Finkelstein Filler, LLP. I met John Merlino Jr. in late 2012 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated many parts of New York City and Long Island. Many homes on Staten Island that were near the ocean were completely destroyed. In order to prevent people from rebuilding homes in unsafe areas, New York State created a program under which it bought the destroyed properties. One of my clients was an owner of a destroyed home, and John was representing New York State during the purchases of the destroyed properties. The purchase from my client should have been simple.

I think that Finkelstein Filler, LLP and Merlino & Gonzalez work so well together because we are both driven by the goal of helping our clients and making a difference in their lives. We have a well-earned, mutual respect for the work that we do.. I also try to make time for life outside of work and have developed several outside interests. Over the past few years, I have been honing my photography skills. One of my great pleasures is walking through a city and taking photos. I recently realized that I approach photography the same way I approach practicing law. I’ve discovered that the best pictures come from capturing the subject from an unusual or unexplored angle. Doing this allows me to see the subject in many different ways. My hope is that my photography will expand horizons and give other people the ability to see things from a different perspective. You could say I am helping people in work and in recreation. –Edward Finkelstein



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