CAMS Neutrals

Michael A. Levy

CAMS’ founder and CEO is Michael A. Levy, Esq.  He is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and holds a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Mr. Levy has created business entities for clients, assisted them in public offerings of securities, represented them in mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations and transactions, drafted complex corporate, partnership and LLC governance agreements, and has acted as legal counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants in a myriad of business litigations.  HIs practice as an attorney also includes a background in taxation, retirement and estate planning and a host of other personal, corporate and business legal matters.  He is also an experienced trusts and estates litigator.

Mr. Levy’s experience as a neutral began in the late 1980s, first as an arbitrator on the panel of neutrals of the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) where he served as a sole arbitrator and chair of arbitration panels hearing securities arbitration cases.  In the early 1990s, he became a member of the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) Commercial Panel of Arbitrators.  He continues to serve on the AAA’s Large, Complex Case Panel.

As an arbitrator, Mr. Levy has served on both domestic and international cases in a wide range of matters that have included strip mining activities, communications satellite transponder leases, hazardous substance claims, professional and business partnership and shareholder disputes, franchise agreements, retirement plan benefit claims and more.

In his mediation practice, Mr. Levy has helped resolve a broad spectrum of legal contests, including among them shareholder and partnership disputes, environmental contamination claims, breach of contract actions, wrongful arrest claims asserted against both private and municipal defendants, and numerous other cases.

In addition to being admitted to practice in the Courts of the State of New York, Mr. Levy is admitted to practice before the:

  • United State Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Mr. Levy’s alternative dispute resolution practice includes memberships with various ADR facilities, including:

  • American Arbitration Association roster of commercial arbitrators (currently listed on Large, Complex Commercial Case Panel)
  • Mediation Panel, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)
  • Mediation Panel, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • Mediation Panel, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Mediation Panel, Nassau County Supreme Court Commercial Division and ADR/Mediation Programs
  • Mediation Panel, Queens County Supreme Court Commercial Division Mediation Program
  • Mediation Panel, Suffolk County Supreme Court Commercial Division Mediation Program
  • Mediation Panel, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
  • Mediation and Arbitration Panel, Comprehensive Arbitration & Mediation Arbitration Services, Inc. (CAMS)

mlevy@camsadr.com

Patrick Michael McKenna

Patrick (Mike) McKenna is an attorney in private practice and a member of the New York and Florida Bars. Mike serves on numerous labor and commercial mediation and arbitration panels in New York and Florida.

Since 1999, Mike has mediated numerous federal cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.  In addition to private contractual mediations, he has mediated court cases in the U.S. District Court for Colorado, the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the New York State Supreme Court, Nassau and Queens Commercial Divisions, the Circuit Courts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties in Florida, and cases under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association.  He has served as a Rule 53 Special Master in the Eastern District of New York, and was an inaugural member of both  the Mediation Advisory Committee for the Southern District of New York, the ADR Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of New York, and the ADR Advisory Council of the Nassau County Bar Association.  Mike has more than 375 hours of ADR training, and frequently serves as a presenter on ADR issues at CLE programs.

Prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Mike was an active litigator having represented hundreds of employees in FLSA, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, Section 1983, and ERISA actions in federal court.  Mike has also represented both public and private sector employers and unions in arbitration proceedings involving contract interpretation and disciplinary matters.

For more than 20 years, Mike served as corporation counsel to various municipalities, including the Nassau County Bridge Authority, and the Villages of Valley Stream and Malverne, where he was the lead labor negotiator in more than 25 collective bargaining agreements and the principal advocate in grievance, arbitration, and Section 75 proceedings.

Mike is a graduate of Buffalo Law School (1976), and holds a M.A. degree in American Government and Politics from George Washington University (1975), and a B.A. degree in Government from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1970).

pmckenna@camsadr.com

Beth Polner Abrahams

Beth Polner Abrahams, a 1981 graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H (now, the University of New Hampshire School of Law), is an elder law, guardianship, special needs, and estate planning attorney.   Prior to opening her own law practice in 2002, she worked for elder law and estate planning firms on Long Island, in bank regulatory practice for the FDIC, and as an attorney and counselor for several Long Island nonprofits.

Beth is certified as a mediator under the Office of Court Administration Part 146 standards and criteria.  Her training includes The Peace Institute (May 2013), Brooklyn, New York; Elder Decisions (based in Massachusetts) (June 2014) with training in Westchester, New York; and the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediation Program (September 2014), New York, New York, as well as ongoing courses in ethics in mediation and specialty programs.  She is qualified to mediate:

  • Elder Care and Elder Law family disputes
  • Article 81 and 17A guardianship contests (pre-court and post-court filings)
  • Surrogate estate disputes
  • Special needs planning and family disputes (pre-court and post-court filings).

Beth is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Trusts & Estates, and Elder Law Committees.  She is current co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Mediation for the Elder Law and Special Needs Section; and is a member of the New York State Bar Dispute Resolution Section and the American Bar Association and its Dispute Resolution Committee.

She is the author of numerous articles on elder law, guardianship, and supplemental needs trusts.

bpabrahams@camsadr.com

Elizabeth Pollina Donlon

Elizabeth (“Betty”) Pollina Donlon has more than 35 years’ experience in trusts and estates law, having concentrated in estate planning for individuals and small business owners – focusing on estate and gift tax analysis, and drafting  documents designed to carry out her clients’ intentions (e.g., wills, trusts, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, and buy-sell agreements of all kinds).  Betty enjoys an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubble. She has also served as both an advocate for clients and as a court-appointed guardian ad litem in many Surrogate’s Court proceedings, both uncontested and contested, involving probate, SCPA Art.17 & 17-A guardianships, administration, accounting, and miscellaneous proceedings. She has also advocated on behalf of petitioners and defended respondents in various in MHL Art.81 guardianship proceedings in Supreme Court, and has served as court-appointed counsel and as court evaluator. As an advocate, Betty gained first-hand knowledge of the benefits of resolving family and business conflicts through the mediation process.

Betty is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA) Mediation Panel, and served as the immediate past Chair of the NCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee and as a coordinator/mediator with the NCBA Court-Referred Guardianship Mediation Pilot Project. As ADR Committee Chair, she coordinated (and sometimes acted as the scriptwriter) for NCBA CLE programs, including: What Transactional Attorneys and Litigators Need to Know About Arbitration Clauses; Family Business Divorce: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Mediation; Mediation in the Guardianship Part: A Demonstration of How It Works; Dean’s Hour: Resolving an Estate-Related Commercial Dispute; Family Business Divorce: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Mediation; and The Role of the Lawyer-Advocate in the Mediation Process. She also coordinated a community outreach program, entitled: Keeping Family Feuds (and Other Fights) Out of Court. She has authored several articles, the most recent of which is entitled: “Using Mediation to Resolve Title VII Disputes: Changing the Meaning of Winning,” Employment Relations Today, John Wiley & Sons.

Among her professional associations are the following: NCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (Chair, 2013-2015);NCBA ADR Advisory Council (2014-2016); NCBA ADR Promotional Council (2014-2016); NCBA Surrogate’s Court, Trusts & Estates (Chair, 1998-2000); NCBA Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy Committee; NCBA Grievance Committee; NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section (Committee on Mediation, Subcommittee on Mediation for Estates & Trusts, Elder Law, Special Needs & Guardianship); NYSBA Trusts & Estates Section; NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Section, Committee on Mediation; ABA Dispute Resolution Section, Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Committee; ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section; Nassau-Suffolk Law Services Advisory Council, 2002- present. She received her BA magna cum laude from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and her JD from New York Law School.

epdonlon@camsadr.com

Harriette M. Steinberg

Harriette M. Steinberg is a practicing attorney who specializes in the fields of matrimonial and elder law.  She has been a matrimonial mediator for more than 18 years.  In 2013, Harriette turned her mediation skills to conflicts involving aging, guardianship and estate matters.  In 2015, she was appointed to act as a mediator in the Matrimonial Special Masters Panel of the New York State Supreme Court for Nassau County.  Harriette has extensive expertise and experience in collaborative law practice, preferring resolution of legal issues through negotiation in lieu of litigation.

Before becoming an attorney, Harriette provided fiduciary accounting services to the law firms of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Reid & Priest, and Mudge, Rose, Guthrie and Alexander.  This experience led her to pursue an education, and subsequently, a career in the law.  From 1993 to 1995, she was an adjunct Professor at Hofstra University where she taught graduate students a course in Aging, Public Policy and the Law.

Harriette is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Women’s Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  She is a past Director of the Nassau County Bar Association as well as a past Board Member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals.  She has lectured extensively on matrimonial and contested guardianship issues at the Nassau County Bar Association, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, the Mercy League, the National Business Institute, the New York Institute of Technology, the National Organization for Women and the New York State Bar Association.  Harriette has received numerous professional acknowledgements and awards, including recognition by Distinction Magazine of Long Island’s Most Influential Women, the Long Island Center for Business’ Achievers Award.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law.

hmsteinberg@camsadr.com