Law firm's growth, many services are punctuated by its relocation

Corash & Hollender's new Bloomfield office helps to solidify the partnership's prestigious image

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

The full-service law firm of Corash & Hollender wrapped up 2003 on the heels of having celebrated the opening of its new 5,000-square-foot office facility at 1200 South Ave., Bloomfield, in the Corporate Park of Staten Island.

The move, designed to punctuate the firm's growth and wide-ranging legal services, also has helped to solidify the partnership's prestigious image.

The new workplace provides a "modern, broad, open space," that easily can embrace additional staff members and attorneys, said Paul Hollender, who established his partnership with Richard Corash in 1977. "We now have more lawyers in one space, so we can meet the full spectrum of our clients' legal needs."

Initially situated in St. George, the legal practice moved to West Brighton in 1995, where it remained until its latest relocation.

"We were outgrowing our space and we wanted to be a firm that provided premier legal services," Hollender said. "We couldn't achieve this from the confines of a small house on Forest Avenue."

The new environs are "fully Internet-equipped," said Hollender, noting he has been doing a lot of work online, serving as local counsel for out-of-town law firms and their clients who need bankruptcy counsel in New York.

Some of Hollender's work has involved the much publicized Enron case, in which he recovered $2.5 million for one of his clients.

A board-certified bankruptcy lawyer, Hollender assists businesses and individuals with financial difficulties. His relationship with clients, however, is nurturing, often continuing well beyond the experience of bankruptcy court.

"We meet people when they are in financial difficulty," Hollender said, "but we like to stay with them and help them for the rest of their lives in more positive-looking issues."

RE-ESTABLISHING CREDIT

With this goal in mind, Corash & Hollender develops programs for individuals who have filed for bankruptcy, assisting them in re-establishing their credit.

In addition to increased space, high-tech advantages and room for growth, the firm's relocation to Bloomfield was spurred on by the reputation of the Staten Island Corporate Park's leadership.

The law partners saw an advantage in having their firm associated "with such forward-thinking individuals" as Richard and Lois Nicotra, Corash said. Nicotra is president and Mrs. Nicotra is co-chairwoman of the Nicotra Group, builder and operator of the Hilton Garden Inn complex and the Staten Island Corporate Park.

Corash has practiced law on Staten Island since the 1960s. Much of his caseload focuses on complex real estate matters and diverse legal issues pertaining to business owners. He has served on a voluntary basis as chairman of the Richmond County Bar Association Grievance Committee, assisting to maintain the integrity of the legal profession on Staten Island. He was honored by the Bar Association in 2003 for his service.

Before forming the partnership, Hollender worked for the late Arthur Klapper, Esq., handling personal injury cases. His last stint before teaming with Corash was with the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.

OTHER ATTORNEYS

Other attorneys working with the firm of Corash and Hollender include Marylou Martin, bankruptcy specialist; George McVay, wills, estates and elder law; Pamela Tillman, commercial litigation and matrimonial law, and new associate Marc Lederer, who assists the others in matters of real estate, legal research and document drafting.

Consistent with the firm's objective of meeting all legal needs of Staten Island clients, it has established a Web site, silawfirm.com, detailing the credentials of each lawyer and the firm's areas of practice.

Corash & Hollender maybe reached at 718-442-4424.

Barton Horowitz is the Advance consumer editor and writer of the Island Business Upclose column. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

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