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Phillips Nizer Press Release

March 29, 2010

Stacy S. Salmon
(212) 977-9700


New York, NY – Phillips Nizer LLP is pleased to announce the election of seven attorneys to the position of counsel.  The attorneys are Elizabeth A. Adinolfi, Jeffrey L. Shore and Chryssa V. Valletta of the Litigation Department; Steven J. Rabinowitz of the Real Estate Department; and Ira C. Olshin, Rachel E. Small and Stacey B. Weinberg of the Trusts & Estates and Tax Departments.  All are residents in the firm’s New York City office.


Elizabeth A. Adinolfi practices in general litigation, and has developed significant experience in the use of technology to facilitate litigation and with the legal and technological issues particular to e-discovery.  In 2006, Ms. Adinolfi co-authored, "'E' is Key!  Don't view e-discovery as a complicated, expensive burden but as part of an efficient litigation system that everyone can now use," an article published by the New York Law Journal.  Ms. Adinolfi is a summa cum laude graduate of Hamline University School of Law, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College.

Jeffrey L. Shore practices all aspects of commercial disputes, including, but not limited to, contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, construction and other property-related disputes, and commercial loan-related disputes.  Mr. Shore also represents persons and businesses in tort-related disputes.  He earned his law degree from Fordham University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany.

Chryssa V. Valletta focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation and litigation and arbitration on behalf of international clients.  She has represented clients in all phases of litigation and arbitration, including appeals.  Ms. Valletta graduated from the Columbia University School of Law , where she was a Production Editor of the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law and the Arts and Director of the Jerome Michael Jury Trials moot court program.  She was a triple major graduate of the University of Scranton.

Real Estate

Steven J. Rabinowitz is a real estate transactional attorney whose practice encompasses the purchase and sale of commercial and residential properties, loan transactions and the negotiation of complex commercial leases representing luxury brand retailers and high net worth individuals.  Mr. Rabinowitz earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Trusts & Estates/Tax

Ira C. Olshin practices in estate and succession planning for high net worth families and closely-held businesses.  He is a Certified Public Accountant whose employment history includes several large public accounting firms.  Mr. Olshin’s experience includes advising clients in corporate and commercial transactions, as well as taxation.  He has authored several articles in The Tax Adviser, a journal of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, including “Make Sure that a Durable Power of Attorney is Truly Durable,” “Right to Be Free of Estate Tax Liability May Be Disclaimed,” “Section 2036 and FLPs,” and “IRS Curbs Use of Crummey Powers.”  Mr. Olshin is a magna cum laude graduate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a summa cum laude graduate from Yeshiva University.  Mr. Olshin also earned an LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Rachel E. Small practices in estate planning for high net worth individuals and is experienced in estate administration, asset protection planning and the creation and representation of private foundations.  She has co-authored two notable cross-border, international trusts and estates-related articles in recent years, both of which appeared in the New York Law Journal—“The New Expatriation Tax Regime: Individuals who sever ties to the United States pay a price,” in January 2010, and “Ties to the U.S. and Canada: Differences in taxation of transfers affect bequests and gifts,” in September 2007.  Ms. Small earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with class honors from the University of Michigan.

Stacey B. Weinberg focuses her practice in estate planning for high net worth individuals.  Ms. Weinberg received an A.B. with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she served as a Senior Articles Editor of the Annual Survey of American Law.  Ms. Weinberg also earned an LL.M in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.

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