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Long Island real estate law firms merge

Uniondale-based Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP has merged with rival real estate law firm Koeppel Martone & Leistman, LLC in a deal that brings their combined list of attorneys to 70.

Following the merger, Koeppel Martone and his team of seven attorneys will move from his Mineola offices to the expanded offices of Forchelli Deegan on the top floor of The Omni office building in Uniondale, John V. Terrana, co-partner director at Forchelli Deegan, said in an email.

Koeppel’s 39 employees, including lawyers and support staff, will join the 112 total employees of Forchelli Deegan, founded in 1976.

“There will be no downsizing as both companies had vacancies, which will now be filled,” Terrana said.

The combined company will operate under the name Forchelli Deegan Terrana.

Koeppel Martone’s senior partner, Donald F. Leistman, will retain that title at Forchelli Deegan and co-chair the combined firm’s tax certiorari practice with Terrana.

Koeppel Martone, 59, specializes in property tax certiorari – the process by which property taxes are contested – and has won more than $1 billion in tax refunds for office buildings, industrial parks , shopping centers and the apartments of its customers. complex,” said Forchelli Deegan.

“I’ve worked with and against KML members,” Terrana said. “I have always been impressed by their professionalism and the quality of their work.”

Leistman said the merger will allow Koeppel Martone to “enhance our services by collaborating with” Forchelli Deegan lawyers in all practice areas.

Koeppel Martone’s commercial real estate clients include CVS, Sears and JCPenney, while Forchelli Deegan represents Walgreens, Target and Kohl’s.

Merger negotiations began last summer over lunch at a restaurant, Terrana said.

“The agreement was reached quickly given the mutual knowledge and respect of the lawyers and the work of our firms,” he said.

Forchelli Deegan’s practice groups include: land use and zoning; industrial development agency benefits and government incentives; environment and litigation.