Litigation Counsel

Peter Mertz, Esq. The Managing Partner, a qualified attorney & CPA. Mr. Mertz is an accomplished attorney with over 30 years extensive experience in practicing law, focusing on real estate tax legal practice. Mr. Mertz is a Certified Public Accountant with good standing. Mr. Mertz has degrees in both Juris Doctor and Accounting He is recognized as a prestigious local practicing lawyer always with the loyalty to his clients and enthusiasm for his work. He and Mr. Bitelman are leading the following assigned departments:

Criminal Department

Criminal Division 1: Harold J. Pokel, Esq. Mr. Pokel is the Head of Criminal Department. He has strong and diverse litigation practices in the country. He handles a broad range of complex matters in courts in the United States as well as before agencies, administrative bodies and arbitration tribunals worldwide. His expertise over decades includes customs and border investigation, court appearance and appeal, jail bail, DUI, extortion and kidnapping, robbery and theft, white collar defense and corporate, infringe of intellectual property, prostitution, juvenile crimes, murder and smuggling, sexual harassment, personal injuries etc. Working with another seven lawyers in this Division, Mr. Pokel provides services that are tailored specifically to provide creative and cost-effective legal solutions to each client. As reported by local medias, our personalized service and decades of experience in these matters allows us to effectively advocate our clients’ interests in the negotiation and litigation.

Criminal Division 2: Andrew Bersin, Esq. Mr. Bersin is an expert attorney practicing in criminal litigations. He has spent 10 years as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn where he tried more than 60 homicide cases. He has litigated diverse criminal matters in federal and state courts, both in New York and other jurisdictions. He and other five legal counsels in this Division, handle these criminal litigation matters with care and diplomacy and work closely with clients to anticipate, understand and ameliorate the potential collateral consequences of litigation.

Civil Department

Civil Division 1: Fred Sichel, Esq. Mr. Sichel is the US born German lawyer with over 40 years experience in banking, investment, immigration, domestic relationship and real estate area. He is recognized as the seasoned specialist and mentor in legal practicing with wisdom, experience and treasures. He is leading another five lawyers in this Division and successfully helped ChinaTrust Bank and Bank of East Asia to set up branches in North America, and has achieved prominent achievements in real estate, investment and trademark practicing. He was issued the honor from four former U.S. Presidents as follows:

Mr. Sichels practice includes: immigration (H1B/L1/F1/K1 application, B1/B2 visa), C8/C9/A5 application, reentry permit and advance parole application, naturalization, South America and Canada application, etc., power of attorney and authentication, title transfer, Medicaid investigation, IRS investigation, divorce, identification, credit, international trading, bank incorporation and initial public offering, private equity, assisting CPA Mr. Mertz in accounting, auditing, tax filing and book recording, etc. Mr. Sichel graduates from Syracuse University Law School with Juris Doctor degree.

Civil Division 2: Helen Yang, Esq. Ms. Yang, with other seven counsels in her group, is specialized in civil matters, including corporate financing and M&A projects, federal commerce, business dispute, domestic relationships and divorce, shareholders’ matters, IPs, trademark, estate, libel and slander, tax, anti-trust and competition, employment and labor, contractual dispute, debt negotiation and bankruptcy. She has practiced in various corporate financing and M&A projects, including IPOs, acquisitions by listed companies and private companies, and also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolutions for large-scale, complex litigation involving multinational companies.

Local Chinese Community Service Department

This Department will coordinate with other departments and divisions aiming to provide our clients with the most diligent and prudent legal services. This Department includes Lian Xiang, Esq. and other experienced counsels.

Administrative Department

This Department will coordinate with other departments and divisions aiming to provide our clients with the most diligent and prudent legal services. This Department includes Ran Jiang, Esq and other attorneys. Attorneys from this Department specialize in a broad array of legal services, and are reputable for outstanding performance in oversea education and education advancement cases.

Medicaid and Welfare Department

This Department is lead by Yiling Wang, Esq., an attorney with decades experience in medical legal services field, with New York, New Jersey and Registered Nurse licenses. Ferraz, Esq. works with Ms. Wang in this department. Their services include: Medicaid investigation and penalty cases, various penalties imposed by local government offices, social welfare disputes.

Other Practicing Counsels

Elias Gootzeit, Esq. Head of International Trade Department. Mr. Gootzeits practice focuses on business transaction, dispute resolution, commercial litigation, international collection and trade remedy cases.

Litigation Counsel was last modified: January 17th, 2017 by mblaw