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Attorney Profiles

Roy Lester

Principal

Roy Lester is principal at Lester & Associates. He has practiced law for more than 40 years, devoting his career to advocating tenaciously for the rights of people caught in grim financial circumstances, helping them to forge a fresh start.

As principal of the firm, he oversees all operations, reviews all cases, and ensures that every client receives equal opportunity under the law.

After earning his Juris Doctorate at the University of San Diego in 1978 and becoming licensed to practice law in California, Roy went to work to provide his clients with the attention and advocacy needed to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Admitted to practice law in New York State in 1984, Roy established his Long Island-based firm Lester & Associates, poised to develop extensive experience in bankruptcy and foreclosure cases.

Roy was admitted to practice in New York’s Eastern and Southern Districts in 1986 and 1992, respectively, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1992.

When not fighting for clients, Roy spends his spare time with his wife and their three children. Appreciating Long Island’s ocean beaches, he is also an avid swimmer and kayaker, and has participated in several triathlons.

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, University of San Diego (1978)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of California at Santa Barbara (1974)

Bar Admissions

  • California (1978)
  • Southern District of California (1978)
  • New York (1984)
  • Eastern District of New York (1986)
  • Southern District of New York (1992)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2002)

Gabriel R. Korinman

Of Counsel

Gabriel R. Korinman is Counsel to Lester & Associates. Since joining the firm in 2003, Gabriel has worked tirelessly to provide quality service to clients in the areas of bankruptcy, foreclosure and commercial litigation.

At Lester & Associates, Gabriel has been lead counsel of record in countless actions, and has argued before bankruptcy and state courts in the State of New York, both at the trial and appellate levels. He also supervises associates and legal staff. He is fluent in Spanish.

Gabriel started his professional career in Buenos Aires where he received his Law Degree (with honors) from the University of Buenos Aires in 1996. After graduating and being admitted to practice law in Buenos Aires, Gabriel began a busy practice in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, which included providing legal advice to bankruptcy trustees at the Law Office of Horacio Wagner (Buenos Aires, 1998-1999), and representing local and international clients on insolvency matters and business transactions at Dinitz & Associates (Buenos Aires, 1999-2002). He supplemented his bankruptcy work with graduate studies in an Advanced Bankruptcy Program at the University of Buenos Aires in 2001.

In 2003, Gabriel graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in New York, where he earned an LL.M. in Bankruptcy. To pursue his LL.M., Gabriel was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute Scholarship, based on his qualifications, experience and potential for success in the bankruptcy field. In addition, while at St. John’s, Gabriel was a Research Assistant to Professor Robert Zinman, Founder and Director of the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program.

Gabriel’s studies and professional experience of more than 20 years in the United States and overseas have shaped his broad approach to the practice of law. Gabriel derives satisfaction from helping people work through difficult and significant events in their lives.

Gabriel enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Education

  • LL.M. in Bankruptcy, St. John’s University School of Law (2003)
  • Abogado (J.D. equivalent), with honors, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (1998)
  • New York (2005)
  • Eastern District of New York (2011)
  • Southern District of New York (2011)

Peter K. Kamran

Of Counsel

Peter K. Kamran is an experienced litigator and Counsel to Lester & Associates. He is an advocate for taking an early, active defense against legal actions that have been taken against his clients. Peter seeks to have a positive impact on the lives of the clients who walk through the doors of Lester & Associates by protecting the rights of those struggling with financial issues.

Peter primarily handles bankruptcy, foreclosure, and commercial litigation from inception through resolution. He has argued before the Appellate Division, as well as the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest Court in New York State, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also supervises the firm’s associates and legal staff.

Peter received his Associate degree in 1993 from Suffolk County Community College and his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 from Adelphi University. From there, he went on to earn his Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1997 from Dowling College. Peter attended law school at Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, earning his Juris Doctorate in 2004.

Before joining Lester & Associates, Peter was employed in the secondary mortgage loan market. He wanted to become an attorney for a reason much similar to Roy Lester’s, namely because “The practice of law is the one profession where, generally speaking, every participant (attorneys, litigants, and judges) is on an even playing field – governed by and subject to the law.”

When he isn’t vehemently fighting for his clients, in his private life, Peter likes to spend time with his daughter. His hobbies include reading, drawing, and gardening

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College (2004)
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Dowling College (1997)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Adelphi University (1996)
  • Associate degree, Suffolk County Community College (1993)

Bar Admissions

  • New York (2005)
  • Eastern District of New York (2009)
  • Southern District of New York (2011)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2018)

Mark I. Masini

Of Counsel

Mark I. Masini is Counsel to Lester & Associates.

Mark practices primarily in the areas of divorce and family law and commercial litigation, handling cases from inception through trial.

Mark received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University and his Juris Doctorate from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, in 2000. He was admitted to practice law in New Jersey in 2000 and was admitted to practice in New York in 2001.

Prior to attending law school, Mark owned and operated several businesses. After graduating law school, he began his legal career at the predecessor to Lester & Associates, then moved on to two other law firms. Mark operated his own firm, Masini Law Group, P.C. from 2005 through 2017, when he became Counsel to Lester & Associates.

A member of the New York State Bar Association, since 2002 Mark has volunteered as a member, vice-chair and chair of the Mass Disaster Response Committee, where he assists victims and families of victims of tragedies around New York State. Mark has been appointed as an arbitrator by the Administrative Judge of Nassau County to hear fee disputes between attorneys and their clients.

When not advocating for his clients, Mark enjoys camping. He is also the current treasurer and member of the board of directors of his vacation condominium community.

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, Touro Law Center (2000)
  • Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies, St. John’s University (1994)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey (2000)
  • New York (2001)
  • Eastern District of New York (2002)
  • Southern District of New York (2002)

John D. Scherer

Associate

John D. Scherer is an Associate with Lester & Associates.

John broadly concentrates in the area of litigation, particularly including business contract and real property disputes, as well as engaging in transactional law related to property acquisition, estate administration and litigation.

In the area of litigation, John focuses largely on businesses in contract disputes, disputes between owners of real property, between partners or shareholders, between landlords and tenants and among heirs in Surrogate’s Court. He has also represented clients in enforcing substantial judgments through a number of judgment enforcement mechanisms.

John also has considerable transactional experience. He navigates clients through the process of purchasing and selling homes and cooperative apartments. He also assists the heirs of deceased loved ones in guiding estates through the probate and administration process. Prior to joining Lester & Associates, John served with Masini Law Group, P.C.

John is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, where he is a member of the Surrogate’s Court Estates and Trusts, Civil Rights, and Commercial Litigation committees.

John appreciates exploring the great outdoors with his wife, an interest he developed early as a member of Boy Scout Troop 28 of Richmond Hill, where he obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, Pace Law School, cum laude (2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, City University of New York, Queens College, summa cum laude (2009)

Bar Admissions

  • New York (2016)
  • Eastern District of New York (2016)
  • Southern District of New York (2016)

Seung Woo Lee

Associate

Seung Woo Lee is an Associate with Lester & Associates.

Seung Woo concentrates his practice in the field of bankruptcy Law. He is Fluent in Korean.

Seung Woo earned his Juris Doctor degree from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2015. He received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Myongji University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, in 2008.

Seung Woo was admitted to the New York State Bar in July 2016 and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York.

Prior to his association with Lester & Associates, Seung Woo practiced in bankruptcy law, representing secured creditors in consumer and business bankruptcy cases.

In his free time, Seung Woo enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and son.

Education

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (2015)
  • Bachelor of Laws (B.A.), Myongji University, Republic of Korea (2008)

Bar Admissions

  • New York (2016)
  • Eastern District of New York (2016)
  • Southern District of New York (2016)
  • Northern District of New York (2016)
  • Western District of New York (2016)
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