Need an attorney? The LGBT community faces a unique set of challenges. Whether you’re looking for an attorney to handle estate planning, litigation, discrimination against gay renters, adoption for gay & lesbian couples or guardianship, legal assistance in obtaining green cards, or need someone specializing in technology, media, and design industries, you need an attorney that understands LGBT issues. Metrosource wants to help you find a great LGBT-friendly Lawyer.
Metrosource’s Picks for Outstanding LGBT Friendly Attorneys in the New York City Area
Brown, Anthony M.
122 E 42nd Street, Ste 3900
Chianese & Reilly Law, P.C. is a full service, Long Island based law firm with over 25 years of experience and dedication to the tri-state area. Practice areas include matrimonial and family law, malpractice and personal injury litigation, real estate, trusts and estates and LGBT family and estates law.
Anthony M. Brown, Esq. – Anthony currently is a senior associate with the law firm of Chianese & Reilly Law, P.C., heading their LGBT Family and Estates Law division serving married and unmarried individuals, couples and families in Manhattan and on Long Island. Anthony is the Board Chairman of Men Having Babies, a non-profit organization created to assist gay men looking to create families through surrogacy with educational and financial assistance. Anthony was the Executive Director of The Wedding Party and was a Board member since its inception in 1999. The Wedding Party was a non-profit educational organization that educated the public about marriage and its importance to all citizens through outreach programs and strategic media placement. Anthony is the founder of TimeForFamilies.com, a web environment dedicated to assisting gay and lesbian couples create their own families. Anthony is also a legal consultant for Family By Design, a co-parenting information and matching website.
Anthony worked as a legal intern for Lambda Legal in the summer of 2002. While there he helped to prepare briefing for the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas and his research was quoted specifically in Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s concurring opinion. Anthony also worked as a law guardian at The Children’s Law Center, representing the legal needs of children in Brooklyn Family Court. Anthony graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where he served as research assistant to Nan Hunter, the founder of The Gay and Lesbian Project at the ACLU. Anthony is a member of The Family Law Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association and the committee for assisted reproduction of the American Bar Association. Anthony and his husband were the subjects of CNN’s, “In America, Gary and Tony Have a Baby,” a 2010 documentary about their journey of having a child through surrogacy.
Chou, Luna, Esq.
136-40 39th Avenue Ste 602
Born and raised in New York, Luna Chou is the youngest in a family with first generation parents who immigrated to the United States from Shanghai, China. She attended New York University College of Arts and Science and obtained a bachelor in arts degree with dual majors in Politics and Philosophy. She then went on to study law and received her Juris Doctorate from Yeshiva University – Cardozo School of Law in 1998. Ms. Chou continued to study at the University of Hong Kong and received her LL.M. degree in International Law. Ms. Chou practiced in the area of matrimonial law for two years and then in 2001, proceeded to specialize and work extensively in all aspects of immigration law.
Law Offices of Thomas Sciacca, PLLC
44 Wall Street, 12th Fl
New York, NY
Tom Sciacca founded our firm in May 2007. We are pleased to focus our practice on:
(1) Estate planning
(ranging from simple to complex estate planning, estate tax planning, and business succession planning).
(2) Estate and Trust administration.
(3) Surrogate’s Court proceedings, including litigation in the Surrogate’s Court.
(4) Guardianship proceedings in the Supreme and Surrogate’s Courts
(routine and contested).
(5) Planning for parents with minor or adult disabled children.
We represent clients from all walks of life, and of various wealth statuses.We believe that the most essential component of any attorney-client relationship is communication. Does the idea of your attorney returning your telephone calls, sending status e-mails, and keeping you fully informed on your matter surprise you? We don’t think it should. We look forward to changing the way you think about attorneys.
Long & Associates
135 West 27th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY
To make legal matters as easy, cost effective, and pleasurable as possible to deal with. Our laid back but quietly effective attorneys have been partnering with clients for over 10 years to craft original and yet potent solutions to legal problems. As a result, we are a trusted advisor to the technology, media, and design industries.
At Long & Associates, we prioritize classic advising and problem solving over billable hours. We believe quickly solving a client’s problem with powerful remedies at workable rates, or by encouraging collaborative problem solving with their adversaries, is the best way to develop not only a sustainable relationship with the client, but also a long lasting reputation. In addition, we provide clients with holistic advising which takes into account the short and long-term non-legal consequences of their actions. These have included the risk of a foreign government’s extrajudicial retribution, leaks to the press, credit rating problems, and armed conflict.
As a result, our services are regularly sought out by the vanguard in technology, media, and design industries, including: Chinese hardware manufacturer LegendSky Tech Company LTD; best new iTunes app Kanvas; Mr. Ramble Jon Krohn (“RJD2”), composer of the theme music to AMC’s award winning Mad Men series; Northern Lights Post, a New York based post-production concern; Adam Reid of Bodega Studios, producer of the award winning film, Hello Lonesome; Web Liquid, a digital marketing agency based in New York, London, and Lagos; and Mr. Richard Chai, Council of Fashion Designers of America member and winner of the Swarovski Designer of the Year in 2010.
In order to best serve our East and West Coast clients, our offices are conveniently located in New York and Los Angeles. Our New York office is in the city’s famed Flat Iron district, which is often referred to as “Silicon Alley.” Similarly, our Los Angeles office is nestled between in between downtown’s high rises.
Ron L. Meyers & Associates, PLLC Ron L. Meyers, Esq., PLLC
475 Park Avenue South
New York, NY
A Practice That Focuses on People
Everyone needs a power of attorney, a health care proxy and a living will. Most people need a will. Some also need trusts, or have particular concerns, such as literary property, philanthropic planning, valuable collections, prenuptial agreements, or loved ones with special needs. The estate tax and gift tax laws have also changed dramatically in recent years, and we can develop a strategy that is appropriate to your situation. Whether a client’s needs are simple or unusual, we conduct a highly individual process to craft a customized solution.
Probate and Estate Settlement
When someone close to you dies, it’s important to settle the estate efficiently, to navigate a complex structure of state and federal laws, to make vital technical decisions, and to maintain good relations among all the parties involved. Our experience with complex estates and our continual development of best practices help to ensure the smoothest and most economical process possible. We have particular experience handling estates for families outside the local area, keeping everyone involved and informed as we pull everything into order. We are in the New York probate courts every day and know how to get it all done.
Ron spent the first seven years of his career working on big-scale real estate deals, including the Times Square redevelopment and the creation of the High Line. And while the scale of your condo, coop or home transaction may be smaller, the complexity is the same, and the stakes, for you, are just as high. We know what problems can arise in the process, and we’ve developed a range of contract provisions that will protect you against them. We will not only advocate for you, we will guide you through a complicated process so that you know what’s coming at each stage, and so that all the pieces will fall into place. And we still do commercial work, on business leases and multi-family homes.
Metrosource has been a fixture of the gay community for over 20 years, and one of things we’re best known for in our LGBT friendly resources section, which both help our readers find excellent LGBT friendly businesses and services, as well as giving businesses a platform to let the LGBT community know that there are businesses that support and serve the community.
Last modified: May 15, 2018