Our Attorneys


 
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Nathan C. Gaudio, Partner

Nathan C. Gaudio is a partner in the firm’s Washington DC Metro office. His practice is focused in maritime transactions, business and corporate matters, and asset-based lending.  In addition, he assists clients in negotiating and structuring maritime and non-maritime transactions under U.S. and foreign laws, especially in respect of Liberian and Marshall Islands maritime and corporate law.  He also counsels clients in connection with real estate law and estate planning and administration.

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Bar Admissions:
Virginia
District of Columbia
New York State and Federal Courts
New Jersey
Republic of the Marshall Islands
U.S. Tax Court

Education:
Siena College (B.A.)
New England Law/Boston (J.D.)
Villanova University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation)

Memberships:
American Bar Association
 Fairfax Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
New York State Bar Association

Languages: 
English


Rodrigo A. Gonzalez, Partner

Rodrigo Gonzalez is a partner in the firm’s New York office.  His practice is focused on commercial and residential real estate transactions, including sales and purchase, leasing and financing.  He also advises individuals and corporations in respect of corporate law and general commercial disputes.

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Bar Admissions: 
New York State and Federal Courts
New Jersey State and
     Federal Courts
U.S. Supreme Court

Education:
Georgetown University (A.B.)
Fordham University (J.D.)

Memberships:
American Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
      (Real Estate Practice Group)
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
Hispanic National Bar Association
North American-Chilean Chamber of Commerce
Chilean American Foundation

Languages:
English and Spanish


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John G. Poles, Partner

John Poles is the senior partner and one of the founders of the firm.  His practice is concentrated in advising individuals and shipping companies in respect of complex commercial litigation and arbitration.

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Bar Admissions:
New York State and Federal Courts
U.S. Supreme Court

Education:
Ohio University (B.S.)
University of Michigan (LL.B) 

Memberships:
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Maritime Law Association of the United States
      (Former Chairman, Arbitration Committee)
International lecturer on Maritime Arbitration
     and U.S. Oil Pollution Act
World Trade Institute

Languages:
English and Greek


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John C. Stratakis, Partner

John Stratakis is a partner in the firm’s New York office.  His practice is concentrated in the transactional area, with a focus on international vessel sales and purchases and financing, and company formation in various jurisdictions.  He counsels companies and financial institutions on the maritime and corporate laws of Liberia and the Marshall Islands.  He also advises international investors in the sale, purchase and finance of New York real estate.

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Bar Admissions:
New York State and Federal Courts

Education:
Trinity College (B.A.)
American University, Washington College of Law (J.D.)

Memberships:  
Maritime Law Association of the United States
New York City Bar Association
New York Maritime Inc. (Board member)
Connecticut Maritime Association
 Hellenic Lawyers Association
Center for Corporate Governance, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University
      (Advisory Board Member)
Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce
      (president, 2007-09)
 Hellenic American Cultural Foundation
      (president, 2012-present)

Languages:
English and Greek


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Scott R. Johnston, Associate

Scott Johnston is the senior associate based in the firm’s New York office.  His practice is focused on commercial litigation and general commercial disputes.  He also advises clients in connection with commercial and residential real estate transactions, including sales and purchase, leasing and financing.

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Bar Admissions: 
New York State and Federal Courts
New Jersey
U.S. Supreme Court

Education:
Gettysburg College (B.A.)
Ohio Northern University (J.D.)
Boston University (LL.M., Taxation)

Memberships:
New York County Lawyers Assoc.

Languages:
English


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Alexander T. Maimis, Associate

Alexander Maimis is an associate in the firm’s New York office.  His practice is focused in maritime transactions, corporate matters, and asset-based lending.  He counsels companies and financial institutions on the maritime and corporate laws of Liberia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

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Bar Admissions:
New York

Education: 
Hobart and William Smith
     Colleges (B.A.)
American University Washington
     College of Law (J.D.)

Memberships:
American Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Hellenic Lawyers Association

Languages:
English


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Michael J. Paolucci, Associate

Michael Paolucci is an associate in the firm’s New York office.  His practice is focused on commercial and residential real estate transactions, including sales and purchase, leasing and financing.  He also advises individuals and corporations in respect of corporate law, wills, estates, trusts, and probate matters.

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Bar Admissions: 
New York

Education: 
Queens College (B.A.)
Brooklyn College (M.A.)
Western Michigan University
     Cooley Law School (J.D.)

Memberships:
New York City Bar Association

Languages:
English


Michael Patestides, Retired Partner

Education: Columbia College (BA); New York Law School (JD)


Katerina Shaw, Retired of Counsel

Education: Athens University, New York University School of Law


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Christ Stratakis, retired Partner

Education: Drexel University (BA), New York University School of Law (JD)


Melvin J. Tublin, Retired Partner

Education: US Merchant Marine Academy (BS), Georgetown Law (JD)