KARLA R. ALSTON, born Queens, New York. Cornell University (B.A.,1982). Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1985). Admitted to New York bar, 1986; U.S. District Courts (Southern and Eastern Districts), 1986. Prior Experience: Long Island Rail Road (2008-2019), General Attorney; New York City Transit Authority (1990-2008), Attorney, Associate Attorney, and Assistant General Counsel; Jose A. Rivera, P.C. (1985-1988), Associate; Bruce A. Torino, P.C. (1988-1990), Associate.

email: kalston@krezflores.com


WILLIAM J. BLUMENSCHEIN, born Queens, New York. Dartmouth College (B.A. 1963). Georgetown University School of Law (J.D. 1972). Vrije Universiteit – Brussels, Belgium (LL.M. 1974). Admitted to bar 1975 (N.Y.), 2006 (V.T.) U.S. District Courts (Southern and Eastern Districts) 1975. Court of appeals (Second Circuit) 1977. Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit) 1988. Prior Experience: Thomas Costello, P.C. (2005-2011). The Long Island Railroad Co. (1992-2005), Senior Trial Counsel; Halley, Caulkins & Avallone (1988-1991), Trial Counsel ; Walker & Corsa (1985-1988), Trial Counsel; Burlingham, Underwood & Lord (1979-1984), Trial Counsel; Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, New York County (1975-1978). Military: Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve (Active Duty – Vietnam & Washington, D.C. 1964-1968).

email: wblumenschein@krezflores.com


N. JEFFREY BROWN, born Evanston, Ill. Ohio University (B.A., 1979). University Of Toledo Law School (J.D., 1982). Admitted to Ohio bar 1983; New York bar 1984; New Jersey bar 1994. U.S. District Courts (Southern and Eastern Districts Of New York), 1984; District Of New Jersey 1994; U. S. Court Of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1993. Prior Experience: Office Of The Corporation Counsel, Special Federal Litigation Division, City Of New York (2006-2007), Special Asst. Corporation Counsel; Caesar & Napoli, P.C., (1993-2000), Partner; Heller, Jacobs, & Kamlet formerly Thurm & Heller, Associate; Roemer & Featherstonaugh (1988-1989), Associate; New York Property Insurance Underwriting Association (1984-1988), Counsel.

email: jbrown@krezflores.com


KAREN S. DROTZER, born Bronx, New York. S.U.N.Y. StonyBrook (B.A. 1978). Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 1983). Admitted to bar, 1984. U.S. District Courts (Southern and Eastern Districts), 1993. Admitted to U.S. Tax Court 1995. Prior Experience : Partner; Armienti Debellis Guglielmo & Rhoden, LLP, (2007 -2014), Senior Associate; Armienti Debellis Guglielmo & Rhoden, LLP, (2000 – 2007), Senior Associate; Krez & Peisner, (1993-2000), Senior Associate and Office Manager; McKeown & Franz, Inc., (1979 – 1993), Facilities Planning Consultant; Capital Program Management, Inc., (1984 – 1988). Memberships: New York State Bar Association

email: kdrotzer@krezflores.com


EDWARD A. FLORES, born Brooklyn, New York. Yale University (B.A., 1979). Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 1982). Admitted to bar, 1984. U.S. District Courts (Southern and Eastern Districts), 1991. U.S. Supreme Court, 1999. Prior Experience: Krez & Peisner, LLP (1996-2009), Partner and Senior Trial Counsel; Metro-North Commuter Railroad (1993-1996), Associate General Counsel and Senior Trial Attorney; Kopf, Nardelli & Dopf (1992-1993), Senior Associate and Trial Attorney; New York City Transit Authority (1988-1992), Assistant General Counsel; New York City Dept. of Consumer Affairs (1986-1988), Assistant General Counsel; James R. Levien & Associates (1982-1986), Associate Attorney. Memberships: New York State Bar Association; and Puerto Rican Bar Association (Past President). Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). Languages: Fluent in Spanish

email: eflores@krezflores.com


VIRGINIA GILLIKIN, born Providence, Rhode Island. Providence College (B.A., 1974, Dean’s List 1972-1974). Columbia University (M.A., M.ED.,1976). Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1982). Admitted to bar, 1983. U.S. District Courts (Southern and Eastern Districts), 1988. Martindale Hubbell-AV rated attorney. Prior Experience: Andrew L. Weitz & Associates, P.C. (2010 – 2014), Senior Associate; Virginia Gillikin, P.C. (1989-2010) – Of Counsel to Jackson, Krez & Consumano, Jackson & Consumano & New York City Transit Authority; Killarney, Brody & Fabiani (1988-1989), Associate; Berman, Paley, Goldstein & Kanry (1987-1988) Associate; Martin, Clearwater & Bell (1983-1986), Associate; Newman, Tannenbaum, Helpern & Hirschtritt (1982-1983) Associate.

email: vgillikin@krezflores.com


LARISA GIRSH, born Odessa, Ukraine. Temple University (B.A., 1996). Touro Law School (J.D., 1999). Admitted to New York and New Jersey Bars, 2000. Prior Experience: Peisner Girsh Group LLP (2009-2016), Founding Partner; Krez & Peisner, LLP (2001-2009), Associate; Office of the Corporation Counsel (1999-2001), Special Assistant Corporation Counsel. Memberships: New York County Lawyers Association. Languages: Fluent in Russian.

email: lgirsh@krezflores.com


JONATHAN D. GOLDSMITH, born New York, New York. University of Rochester (B.A., 2007). Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 2010). Admitted to New Jersey Bar, 2010; New York Bar, 2011. Prior Experience: Office of The Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, Assistant Corporation Counsel (2012-2016); Goldsmith & Kerzhner (2011-2012). Assistant to Counsel, New York State Executive Chamber, 2010.

email: jgoldsmith@krezflores.com


JOSEPH M. HIRAOKA, Jr., born Los Angeles, California. University of California at Riverside (B.A. & B.S., 1988, Dean’s List 1987 & 1988). New York Law School (J.D., 1991). Admitted to bar, 1992. Prior Experience: Krez & Peisner, LLP (2007-2009), Associate; Office of the Corporation Counsel, City of New York (2006-2007), Special Asst. Corporation Counsel; Ryan & Gulino, P.C. (2001-2006), Of Counsel; Law Offices of Joseph M. Hiraoka, Jr. (1998-2001); Newman, Fitch, Altheim, Myers (1997-1998), Associate; Walker & Bailey (1995-1997), Associate; Kings County District Attorney’s Office (1991-1995), Assistant District Attorney. Memberships: N.Y. County Lawyers Association.

email: jhiraoka@krezflores.com


PAUL AGUSTÍN KREZ, born Queens, New York. Fordham University (B.A., 1972). Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1977). Admitted to bar, 1978. U.S. District Courts (Southern and Eastern Districts), 1979. U.S. District Courts (Northern and Western Districts and District of Connecticut), 1983. U.S. Court of Appeals (Second Circuit) and U.S. Supreme Court, 1984. Martindale Hubbell – AV rated attorney. Author: Insurance Case Book, 1975 (Underwriter Printing & Publishing Co.-1975); Insurance Case Book, 1976 (Underwriter Printing and Publishing Co.-1976); and Weekly Underwriter 1975, 1976 (“Recent Decisions” column). Prior Experience: Krez & Peisner, LLP (1993-2009), Founding Partner and Senior Trial Counsel; Jackson Krez & Consumano (1988-1992), Founding Partner and Senior Trial Counsel; Kanterman, Taub & Breitner (1986-1988), Partner and Senior Trial Counsel; Pegalis & Wachsman, P.C. (1984-1986), Managing Partner and Appellate Counsel; (1979-1984), Associate and Trial Counsel; Taffet & Colwin, P.C. (1977-1979), Associate; Phelps Dodge Int’l Corporation (1976-1977), Intern. Memberships: Federal Bar Council; Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Hispanic National Bar Association; Dominican Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association; and National Assoc. Of Railroad Trial Counsel. Lanuages: Fluent in Spanish

email: pkrez@krezflores.com


MARK ALAN TAUSTINE, born New York, New York. State University of New York at Geneseo (B.A. 1991). New York Law School (Evening Division J.D., 1999). Admitted to N.Y Bar, 2000 U.S. District Courts (Southern and Easter Districts), 2000. Prior experience: Smith Mazure, Member and Senior trial Attorney (2004-2018); Leahey & Johnson, LLC, Trial Attorney 2002-2004, Associate (2000 – 2002).

email: mtaustine@krezflores.com


GREGORY WILSON, born Brooklyn, New York. Siena University (B.A., 1983). Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1993). Admitted to New York Bar, 1994. U.S. District Courts (Southern and Eastern Districts), 1994. Prior Experience: Leahey & Johnson, P.C. (2002-2015), Partner and Senior Trial Counsel; Leahey & Johnson, P.C. (1993-2002), Associate Trial Counsel. Memberships: Bronx County Bar Association.

email: gwilson@krezflores.com