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Sophie A. Bergman

Special Counsel

700 Security Mutual Building
80 Exchange Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

Phone: 607-231-6761

Fax: 607-723-6605

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Education

J.D., Albany Law School, 2007
B.A., Union College (cum laude), 2004

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About Sophie A. Bergman

Sophie A. Bergman is a member of Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s Domestic Relations, Matrimonial and Family Law, and Criminal Law Practice Groups. She represents clients in a variety of divorce and family matters in both Supreme and Family Courts. In addition, she handles felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in Broome County Court as well as local courts throughout the county.

Prior to joining Hinman, Howard & Kattell, Ms. Bergman was employed as an Assistant District Attorney for almost ten years, most recently serving in the Broome County District Attorney’s Office as the Bureau Chief of the Special Victims Bureau where she handled and supervised all felony cases of domestic violence and sexual assault in Broome County. During her career as a prosecutor, she handled homicides, violent crimes, sexual assaults, cases of domestic violence, and drug crimes, including taking cases through grand jury to trial, resulting in guilty verdicts which, in a number of cases, resulted in life sentences for the defendants she was prosecuting.

Ms. Bergman is active in the Broome County community and is a past member of the Board of RISE (formerly SOS Shelter), having served as the Chair of the Nominating Committee. Ms. Bergman is admitted to practice in New York State, as well as the United States District Court, Northern District of New York.

She received her J.D. from Albany Law School in 2007 and her B.A. (cum laude) in 2004 from Union College.

Albert J. Millus Jr.

Partner

700 Security Mutual Building
80 Exchange Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

Phone:  607-231-6724

Fax: 607-723-6605

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Education

J.D., Cornell University (Magna Cum Laude) (Member, Law Review; Member, Moot Court Board; Member, Order of the Coif), 1982
B.S., Cornell University (New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations), 1979

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About Albert J. Millus Jr.

Albert J. Millus, Jr. has been a partner at Hinman, Howard & Kattell since 1990 and is the Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department. Prior to joining HH&K, Albert completed a judicial clerkship with the Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia.

Albert has extensive experience in general civil litigation in federal and state courts. His current emphasis is in the area of commercial litigation, but he has handled a wide variety of civil matters in his three decades of practice. Albert also represents federal criminal defendants on a regular basis.

Representative legal matters include:

  • Obtained $7.4 million judgment against asset management firm in favor of charitable foundation after non-jury trial in New Jersey federal court.
  • Obtained $6.5 million judgment against three municipalities in favor of County Self-Insurance Workers Compensation Plan after jury trial in New York State Supreme Court.
  • Was appointed by the Court as lead counsel in federal drug conspiracy prosecution in the Northern District of New York against 82 defendants.
  • Was appointed as co-counsel in 1994 to represent defendant in death penalty prosecution in the Northern District of New York. The matter was tried to jury in 1995 and 1996, resulting in a conviction after approximately five months of trial. The defendant was spared the death penalty, however, when one juror held out against the other 11. The matter was only the third federal death penalty to be tried in New York State since the federal government adopted the death penalty in 1988.

His published legal decisions include:

United States v. Applins, 637 F.3d 59 (2nd Cir. 2011); Orezzoli v. Syvertsen, 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 20638 (2nd Cir. 1998); W.R. Huff Asset Mgmt. Co, L.L.C. v. William Soroka 1989 Trust, 398 Fed. Appx. 806 (3rd Cir. 2010), affirming W.R. Huff Asset Mgmt. Co., L.L.C. v. William Soroka 1989 Trust, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68807 (D.N.J., Aug. 6, 2009) and W.R. Huff Asset Mgmt. Co., L.L.C. v. William Soroka 1989, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17940 (D.N.J., Mar. 9, 2009) (While the reported District Court decisions reference only his local counsel, Albert was lead counsel at both the trial and appellate levels); NCR Corp. v. Sac-Co., 43 F.3d 1076 (6th Cir. 1995); Roy v. Teachers Ins. & Annuity Asso., 878 F.2d 47 (2nd Cir.1989); Fahs Constr. Group, Inc. v. Gray, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7822 (N.D.N.Y 2011); New Cingular Wireless Pcs v. Town of Fenton, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 437 (N.D.N.Y Jan. 4, 2012); Member Servs. v. Sec. Mut. Life Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103776 (N.D.N.Y 2010); Am. Mfg. Servs., Inc. v. Official Comm. of Unsecured Creditors of the Match Elecs. Group, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22987 (N.D.N.Y 2006); Fed. Ins. Co. v. United States Distrib., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27775 (N.D.N.Y 2004); Palmer v. City of Saratoga Springs, 180 F. Supp. 2d 379 (N.D.N.Y 2001);
Hotaling v. Teachers Ins. & Annuity Ass’n of Am., 62 F. Supp. 2d 731 (N.D.N.Y 1999); Walker v. Reno, 925 F. Supp. 124 (N.D.N.Y 1995); United States v. Walker, 912 F. Supp. 646 (N.D.N.Y 1996); Benjamin v. Town of Fenton, 892 F. Supp. 64 (N.D.N.Y 1995); St. Onge v. Donovan, 71 N.Y.2d 507 (1988); Binghamton Precast & Supply v. A. Servidone Inc./B. Anthony Const. Corp., 257 A.D.2d 731 (3rd Dep’t 1999); Binghamton Masonic Temple v. City of Binghamton, 158 Misc. 2d 916 (Sup. Ct. Broome Co. 1993); Albert has been continually representing the Town of Fenton in Broome County, New York in 1984, and has been Town Attorney since 1992.

Albert has had an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell since 1997.

Ronald L. Greene

Partner

700 Security Mutual Building
80 Exchange Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

Phone: 607-231-6718

Fax: 607-723-6605

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Education

B.A., 1989 Hobart College
J.D., 1992 Western Michigan University Cooley Law School (cum laude, Law Review)

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About Ronald L. Greene

Ronald L. Greene is a partner in Hinman, Howard and Kattell’s Commercial Litigation and Construction Law practice groups. Ron concentrates his practice in commercial and construction litigation, mediation, arbitration, contract dispute resolution, creditors’ rights, commercial transactions, and landlord/tenant litigation. He also represents lenders and other creditors in bankruptcy; and represents small and large businesses in contract negotiations and a variety of commercial disputes.

In addition to his litigation practice, Ron represents clients in transactions relating to project development, entity formation, financing, leasing and construction. He represents owners, contractors, and design professionals in a wide range of construction projects including negotiating and drafting project-manager contracts, design/build agreements, and contractor/owner professional services agreements. Ron has previously served as a certified Mediator for the United States District Court, Northern District of New York.

Ron has lectured at various seminars on ethics, construction litigation, and creditors’ rights issues. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and Associate Attorney Recruitment Committee.

Ron currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Broome County YMCA. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Broome Library Foundation, Inc. and was a member of the Broome County Conditional Release Board (Commissioner 1998-2000). He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Broome County Zoological Society Inc., Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park (2003-2010); Maine Endwell Baseball, Inc., (2007-2010); and was the Past President of the Binghamton Country Club Board of Governors and also the Past President of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Live Wire Club.

Jon S. Blechman

Special Counsel

700 Security Mutual Building
80 Exchange Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

Phone: 607-231-6834

Fax: 607-723-6605

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Education

J.D., 1970 Brooklyn Law School
B.A., 1967 Washington University in St. Louis

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About Jon S. Blechman

Jon. S. Blechman, Special Counsel with Hinman, Howard & Kattell since 2002, focuses his practice on criminal law, administrative law and litigation. He has successfully handled numerous criminal matters from the early stages of investigation, through arraignment, trial and appeal. His representation includes those accused of white-collar crimes. He also represents various professionals who have legal problems with their professional license.

In addition to his criminal practice, Jon serves as a hearing officer for school disciplinary hearings, and as an advocate or hearing officer in public employee disciplinary hearings.

Jon has served an instructor at Broome Community College’s criminal justice program and as a lecturer for a number of continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Broome County and New York State Bar Associations.

Jon is a Past President and Board Member of the Handicapped Children’s Association of Southern NY; a past President of Vestal Hills Country Club; and a past Member of Board of Governors of Binghamton Country Club.