Six New York Attorneys Named Among 2019 New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

September 5, 2019 Press Releases

Armstrong Teasdale proudly announces that six of the firm’s attorneys have been named among the 2019 New York Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. Partners Charles Palella, Howard Schechter, Steven Tolman, Francisco Villegas and Phyllis Weisberg are recognized as Super Lawyers, while Partner Julie Schechter is recognized as a Rising Star.

Super Lawyers is an annual list of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selection for Super Lawyers includes peer nominations, a blue-ribbon panel review process and independent research on candidates.

The Rising Stars list consists of the state’s top young attorneys. The selection process for Rising Stars is the same as Super Lawyers; however, Rising Star candidates must be 40 years old or younger, or have practiced for 10 years or less.

Palella has more than 30 years of experience concentrating his practice in the areas of appellate litigation, commercial litigation and tort litigation. Cases he has handled have had a significant impact on the development of New York law in the areas of insurance coverage, civil procedure and tort liability. He has experience advising engineering and architectural firms, manufacturers, real estate developers on a wide range of issues.

Howard Schechter serves as co-leader of the firm's Cooperative and Condominium Housing practice area. He concentrates his practice on real estate law. He has more than 40 years of experience representing cooperatives, condominiums and other owners of residential and commercial property.

Tolman has more than 40 years of experience focusing on construction law and litigation in both the public construction and private construction sectors of the industry. His litigation practice encompasses construction disputes regarding bid protests, default and termination, delay damages, disputed work, nonperformance and nonpayment, mechanic’s liens, performance and payment bond claims, and administrative alternative dispute proceedings. His broad knowledge of the industry enables him to counsel clients in the preparation and negotiation of construction documents for all parties in the industry.

Villegas is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group representing domestic and international companies in IP litigation and transactional matters involving a wide range of subjects. His patent experience includes litigation assertion and defense, portfolio development, asset valuation, licensing, opinions (validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate clearances) and post grant proceedings including inter partes review, reissues and ex parte reexaminations. In addition, Villegas regularly represents clients in trademark matters. On the transactional side, Villegas advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, deal sourcing, joint ventures, product development, SaaS, IP monetization, privacy and venture capital.

Weisberg is co-leader of the Cooperative and Condominium Housing practice area and has 40 years of experience, primarily focusing on the representation of cooperative apartment buildings and condominiums. Her extensive experience in the industry includes handling legal issues related to landmark properties, reverse mortgages, association dues, termination rights, subletting and disturbances specific to co-op and condo living.

Julie Schechter is a transactional attorney with broad real estate experience. She has advised and represented cooperative and condo boards in various subject matters, including drafting and reviewing proprietary leases, bylaws and house rules, and assisting boards in enforcing such documents. In addition, Schechter has developed innovative approaches to deriving income from common-area spaces and resolved disputes regarding construction defects and defaults by sponsors and other unit owners.