Ficara & Associates, P.C.

Ficara & Associates, P.C.

Ficara & Associates, PC is a general practice law firm located in Melville, New York. Our goal is to provide practical legal solutions for our clients challenging and often complex issues. We are here for our clients every step of the way.

Firm Overview

Ficara & Associates, PC is a general practice law firm with a focus on Condominium, Cooperative & Home Owners Association Law, Real Estate Transactions & Finance, Litigation, Construction Law, Corporate & Business Entity Matters, Labor and Employment Law, Divorce and Family Law, Divorce Mediation, Bankruptcy Law and Wills Trusts & Estates Counseling.

We pride ourselves on giving each of our clients the personal attention that can only be found in a small firm setting, while drawing our experience & knowledge from our large firm backgrounds.

Our attorneys have counseled both large national corporations and small businesses alike, assisting them in their legal needs every step of the way. Our goal is to provide efficient and practical legal solutions for our clients challenging and often complex issues.
Main Office
Main Office
155 Pinelawn Road, Ste. 220S
Melville  NY  11747
  • 631-237-4917
  • 631-237-4776

Anthony Ficara

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 association boards in the New York area.

Prior to forming Ficara & Associates, P.C., Mr. Ficara practiced in the Condo/Coop practice group of a well known Long Island firm where he was responsible for originating, preparing and filing numerous offering plans for developers in the New York metropolitan area and beyond, and in the firms 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 Faculte 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 ("QBBA"), a member of the Associate Board of the Association for a Better Long Island ("ABLI"), a member of the Long Island Real Estate Group ("LIREG") 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.

Thomas Bizzaro

Thomas A. Bizzaro, Jr., Partner

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

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, Mr. Bizzaro has been employed by some of Long Island's largest law firms.

In 1995, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Hofstra University and, in 1999, he graduated from St. John's University School of Law.

Mr. Bizzaro 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.

Joseph O'Shea

Joseph J. O'Shea, Partner

Joseph J. O'Shea has been practicing Law in the State of New York for the past fifteen years. As a Partner at Ficara & Associates, P.C., Mr. O'Shea focuses his practice on Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Mortgage Lending and Financial Services. Mr. O'Shea received a Bachelors of Science in Economics from St. John's University and later graduated from St. John's University School of Law in 1995.

Upon graduation Mr. O'Shea was employed by State Senator Serf Maltese, while on the Senator's staff he served as both Counsel and later as Chief of Staff. Mr. O'Shea went on to serve for five years as Governor George Pataki's Regional Representative for the County of Queens. As a Regional Representative he acted as the liaison between the New York State Department of State and the county Elected Officials in addition to working with Queens county civic groups. After serving five years on behalf of the Department of State, Mr. O'Shea entered the private sector and accepted a position as General Counsel to Coastal Capital Corporation, a national mortgage lender. As General Counsel at Coastal Capital Corporation he assisted the growth of the organization from a licensed lender in 14 states to licensed lender in all 50 states. Subsequently, Mr. O'Shea was appointed President and CEO of First Performance Corporation, a fully licensed collation agency and mortgage servicer. In that capacity Mr. O'Shea expanded the client roster from 4 to 16 active clients. The operation was centered on a fully licensed national mortgage servicing platform with over 150 employees in four states. During the term of Mr. O'Shea's supervision the mortgage servicing operation passed all national and state regulator audits and received A+ rating from all reviewing entities. After his tenure at First Performance, Mr. O'Shea was offered the position of National Managing Attorney at Eltman, Eltman and Cooper, P.C. where Mr. O'Shea was assigned the task of completing a system conversion, integration and implementation of a Six Sigma based performance system.

Norman Alvy

Norman D. Alvy, Partner

Norman D. Alvy, Esq., a graduate of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, received his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law in 1970. He is a partner and head of the Construction Law and Commercial Litigation practice group of Ficara & Associates, P.C. Mr. Alvy brings with him more than twenty-five years of experience in the areas of government contracts, construction claim litigation, surety law, prevailing wages Article 3-A trust fund litigation, labor arbitration, Sections 240-241 Labor Law litigation and insurance coverage issues.

Formerly a partner at Alvy & Tablante, LLP, Buckley, Treacy, Schaffel, Mackey & Abbate in New York City and Goldberg & Connolly of Rockville Centre, Mr. Alvy has represented general and heavy construction firms, sureties, industrial builders, consulting engineers and architects, specialty contractors in complex legal matters involving federal, state and local authorities, as well as private commercial entities.

Mr. Alvy is experienced in the preparation of construction contracts, related agreements and AIA documents. He has successfully pursued construction and government contract claims on behalf of contractors and subcontractors, including claims for extra work, delay, differing site conditions, and terminations. He has litigated bid protests and pre-qualification issues before numerous federal, state and municipal government agencies. He has also successfully challenged a portion of the new NYC Building Code, which became law in 2009. In particular, he represented a group of licensed crane operators and successfully challenged a government ban of two cab mobile cranes following a hearing and an appeal by the City to the First Department.

Mr. Alvy is also co-author of the "Mechanic's Liens" chapters of the New York Lawyer's Formbook and New York Lawyer's Deskbook, both published by the New York State Bar Association. He has contributed to many publications on construction law topics including Federal Publications, Inc., Construction Briefings, 2nd Ed. 1993, No. 93-9 -"Certification of Federal Contract Claims"; The Construction Company Strategist (May 1996); The Journal of Construction Accounting and Taxation (Spring 1994); The Nassau Lawyer and The American Bar Association Contract Newsletter. He has also spoken before various groups on topical issues related to the construction field, provided advice to various contractors' trade organizations and previously participated in an editorial capacity for The University of Michigan Industrial Relations Law Digest.

Thomas Ognibene

Thomas V. Ognibene, Of Counsel

Thomas V. Ognibene has been a practicing attorney for over thirty-five years with an emphasis on Real Estate Law, including the purchase and sale of residential homes and commercial property in New York City and Long Island. His areas of expertise extend to probate and administration of estates trusts and wills. Mr. Ognibene was the honor graduate of his U.S. Army Armor Corp Officer class and served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 1975. He is also admitted to practice in the Federal Courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Ognibene served as a New York City Council Member from 1991 to 2001 and was the Minority Leader of that legislative body. He was instrumental in passing legislation that secured homeowner rights and prevented overdevelopment in our residential communities. Mr. Ognibene served on the New York State Housing and Buildings Codes Council where he helped develop a statewide housing and buildings safety and construction code. He resides in Middle Village, Queens County. Mr. Ognibene has often donated his services pro bono on issues of concern to his community.

Helene Stetch

Helene Stetch, Senior Associate

Helene Stetch is an experienced transactional real estate attorney whose background includes work in all areas of residential real estate transactions. These areas include mortgage banking, title insurance, purchase and sale of real property, cooperatives and condominiums, negotiation and closing of short sale transactions, mortgage loan modifications and foreclosure settlement conferences. Ms. Stetch has worked for several large lender representation firms and has represented over 45 conventional lenders.

Ms. Stetch graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts and earned her Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law.
Ms. Stetch has volunteered for and participated in fundraising for several charities in the past including St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Hale House. Currently Ms. Stetch is involved in organizing a community association to educate, inform and assist homeowners on the South Shore of Long Island in obtaining hurricane relief required due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Carrie Herz

Carrie Herz, Associate

Carrie is an associate attorney in the firm's real estate practice group. Carrie graduated from Emory University, Atlanta, GA (BA English) in 2001; Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York in 2004 and was admitted to the practice law in the State of New York in 2005. Upon graduation, Carrie was hired by the Beechwood Organization, a New York regional homebuilder, where she worked on various projects on Long Island and in the boroughs of New York City. Carrie is an experienced transactional attorney, having closed a multitude of condominium units, single family and multi family homes, as well as other types of residential and commercial properties. Ms. Herz is also experienced in the preparation of insurance indemnification letters, Condominium and Homeowners Associations Board representation and has represented Beechwood at Environmental Control Board hearings and in small claims court. Furthermore, Carrie worked very closely with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development on Arverne by the Sea, New York City's largest urban reclamation project.

Ms. Herz has worked for several real estate law firms representing purchasers, sellers, and as transfer agent for various cooperatives in New York City. She has also represented developers of condominiums, cooperative conversions and timeshares. Specifically, she has assisted in preparing Offering Plans and amendments, negotiated contracts on individual units and worked closely with managing agents and clients to assist in declaring the Offering Plans effective. Most recently, at O'Shea & Associates, PC, she represented purchasers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, lessors and lessees in both residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Michael Wickersham

Michael Wickersham, Of Counsel

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

Laura Shockley

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.
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

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