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Our Partners

John G. Poles

jpoles@polestublin.com

212-943-0110 ext. 232

John Poles is a founding member of the firm.  With more than 50 years of practice in maritime law, his expertise spans maritime corporations, contracts, torts, charter parties, arbitration and litigation.  He has lectured on maritime law at the World Trade Institute, on maritime arbitration and the U.S. Oil Pollution Act, and served as an adjunct professor of admiralty law at New York University Law School.

Mr. Poles graduated from Ohio University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and in 1953 he received an L.L.B. from the University of Michigan.  He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1954 and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1970.  He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and is a former chairman of the Arbitration Committee.  In addition to English, he speaks, reads, and writes fluently in Greek. 

Christ Stratakis

cstratakis@polestublin.com

212-943-0110, ext. 234

Christ Stratakis joined the firm in 1960, having served for several years as Secretary and General Counsel for a New York shipping firm. His practice areas include commercial and maritime arbitration and litigation, ship registrations and finance, and commercial real estate sales and acquisitions. He is named among “Who’s Who in American Law,” and has authored several articles, including “Vessel as a Maritime Concept” in the New York University Intramural Law Review, “Sovereign Immunity, Enforceability of Judgments and Related Matters,” and “Business Transactions with the USSR” for the American Bar Association.

Mr. Stratakis received a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in 1951, and earned his J.D. from New York University in 1955. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Board of Governors of Drexel University (“Emeritus”). He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1956, to the United States Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1970. He has taken leadership positions and is still active in various educational, philanthropic and religious organizations in New York. In addition to English, he speaks, reads and writes fluently in Greek.

John C. Stratakis

jstratakis@polestublin.com

212-943-0110, ext.225

John Stratakis is the managing partner of Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez, LLP. He specializes in commercial transactions, real estate transactions and financing, maritime transactions and financing, trusts and estates. Prior to joining Poles Tublin, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Nicholas Tsoucalas at the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Mr. Stratakis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in1986 from Trinity College, and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 1989. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and is a director of New York Maritime, Inc. His civic activities include serving as President of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce and a term as President of the Board of Trustees at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1990 and to the U.S. District Court’s Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1994. In addition to English, he speaks, reads and writes in Greek.

Rodrigo A. Gonzalez

rgonzalez@polestublin.com

212-943-0110, ext. 226 or 973-992-3555

Rodrigo A. Gonzalez joined the firm as a partner in 2003 upon the merger of Poles, Tublin, Patestides, & Stratakis, LLP and Gonzalez & Weichert, P.C. His practice concentrates on commercial transactions, real estate transactions and financing, as well as civil and commercial litigation. Since joining the firm, he has also become an important member of the maritime practice group. While in law school, Mr. Gonzalez was a contributor to the Fordham University Law School Environmental Law Journal.

Mr. Gonzalez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1986 and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1990. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the National Hispanic Bar Association as well as the North American Chilean Chamber of Commerce in New York City, The Chilean American Chamber of Commerce located in Santiago, Chile and the Chilean American Foundation in Washington, D.C. In 1994, he was admitted to the New York State Bar, the U.S. District Court’s Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. He was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and the U.S. District Court’s New Jersey District in 1996, and the US Supreme Court in 1997.  In addition to English, he speaks, reads and writes in Spanish.

Our Attorneys

Scott R. Johnston

sjohnston@polestublin.com

212-943-0110, ext. 240

Scott Johnston practice includes the areas of real estate, taxation, and litigation. He has successfully represented clients in commercial and residential purchases, sales, and refinances, sale of commercial air rights, commercial lease agreements, and property management agreements. In addition, Mr. Johnston has represented businesses and individuals involved in commercial litigation, in New York State Supreme Court, Surrogate’s Court and Federal courts.

Mr. Johnston earned a Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College in 1973, a J.D. from Ohio Northern University in 1981, and an LL.M. from Boston University in 1983. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey state courts, to the U.S. District Courts of the District of New Jersey, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Supreme Court.

Katerina Shaw

kshaw@polestublin.com

212-943-0110

Katerina Shaw’s practice includes representation in connection with the sale, purchase, commercial employment and financing of real estate and other assets including ships, heavy equipment, barges and the corporate and ship and mortgage registration laws of Liberia and the Marshall Islands. In addition to broad experience in all areas of real estate, ship finance and corporate law, she has represented clients in the acquisition and financing of fleets of barges and push boats and cranes and other port heavy equipment.

Katerina received her law degree from Athens University and a master's in international law from New York University School of Law. She is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.

Nathan C. Gaudio

ngaudio@polestublin.com

703-925-5959

Nathan C. Gaudio joined the firm in 2009 and manages the firm's Washington DC Metro office. His practice is focused in the areas of business and corporate matters, as well as real estate law and estate planning and administration.  He counsels clients in connection with maritime transactions, corporate governance, and financing matters.  In addition, he assists clients in negotiating and structuring maritime and non-maritime transactions under U.S. and foreign laws.

Nathan is a graduate of Siena College and New England Law/Boston (formerly New England School of Law) where he served as an editor of the New England  Journal of International and Comparative Law.  In addition, he recieved an LL.M. in taxation from Villanova University School of Law.  He is admitted to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, New York and New Jersey.  He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Fairfax Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Michael J. Paolucci

mpaolucci@polestublin.com

212-943-0110, ext.239

Alexander T. Maimis

amaimis@polestublin.com

212-943-0110, ext.233

Retired Partners

Melvin J. Tublin

meltublin@aol.com

Melvin Tublin is a founding member of the firm. In more than 50 years of practice in maritime and admiralty law, he has concentrated experience in maritime casualties, foreign and domestic corporations, vessel registrations, vessel finance, international and marine contracts, insurance, and salvage.

Mr. Tublin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1949 and a J.D. from Georgetown Law School in 1953. He taught business, admiralty and international law at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy from 1960-61. He has lectured on maritime law at the World Trade Institute in New York City, and authored “Danger Signal Authorized in the International Rules of the Road,” in the Georgetown Law Journal in 1953. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the U.S. and a retired Naval Reserve officer. He was admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 1953, the New York state bar in 1954, and the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Military Court of Appeals in 1959.

Michael Patestides

Michael Patestides is a founding member of the firm.  He has a broad range of experience in business law, immigration, estates and trusts, real estate sales, acquisitions and leases, and matrimonial disputes.

Mr. Patestides earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in 1948 and an LL.B. from New York Law School in 1951.  He is a member of Phi Delta Phi, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  In addition to English, he is fluent in French and Greek.