Chief Financial Officer
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Jim Abbatemarco serves as Peckar & Abramson's Chief Financial Officer. With over 25 years of experience in the finance area within the legal industries, Mr. Abbatemarco provides leadership in the development of the firm’s short and long-term strategic financial planning and objectives. He maintains a strong relationship with the firm's Chairman and Executive Committee to ensure compliance and credibility of the finance group by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial trends and forecasts. Evaluates and advises on the impact of long range planning, while introducing new programs/strategies to meet the firm's ongoing needs and seek full range of business solutions. Also, provides executive management with advice on the financial implications of current and future business activities.
Over the course of his career with P&A, Mr. Abbatemarco has provided the support for the firm to almost double its attorney levels, while seamlessly integrating several new offices when the opportunity arises to expand the firm's client base in strategic locations. Mr. Abbatemarco earned his B.A. from Glassboro State College (Rowan University) and is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).
Director of Information Technology
Luis E. Alvarez serves as the Director of Information Technology at Peckar & Abramson. Mr. Alvarez joined the firm in 2005 as an IT professional focusing on a variety of support, security and testing functions. In the intervening years, Mr. Alvarez has worked closely with the firm's leadership to provide quality operational, strategic and security guidance on all aspects of Peckar & Abramson's Information Technology. He was promoted to IT Director in 2016. Mr. Alvarez was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, where he currently resides. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Branch Office Manager – Washington, DC
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Ariel Casey serves as Peckar & Abramson's Branch Office Manager for the DC location. Ms. Casey joined the firm as a receptionist in 2007. Over the past ten years she has grown into her role with P&A, learning more about the importance of excellent service and how she can apply her background in the theatrical arts to overseeing the many facets of her position.
Ms. Casey's responsibilities cover the gamut of legal administration from managing attorneys' bar dues to ensuring the office is a safe and productive environment. Her experience in stage managing gives her the ability to see the larger picture regarding the many personalities in the work place and how to resolve conflict smoothly. It is her primary purpose within the firm to ensure the office runs efficiently day by day and if an issue arises, be it building related or supplies, etc., see that said issue is attended to promptly. She organizes incoming resumes and schedules interviews regarding potential new attorneys and support staff members. Over the course of her time with Peckar & Abramson she has overseen two office moves, assisted in combining with another firm, and spearheaded the upgrade to rising desks.
Ms. Casey is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and makes use of their informative seminars and volunteer opportunities. She represents the DC office on the firm's Green Team and is open to suggestions from all employees regarding team building events.
Litigation Support Manager
Salvatore DiNardo serves as the Litigation Support Manager at Peckar & Abramson. Mr. DiNardo joined the firm in 2004 as a paralegal focusing on a variety of cases and supporting arbitrations and trials. He was promoted to Litigation Support Manager in 2009 to manage the paralegal team for the NJ office and also provides support to our satellite offices. Mr. DiNardo has also been trained electronic processing and productions and also manages those functions for the firm. Mr. DiNardo was born and raised in Jersey City.
Branch Office Manager – New York and New Jersey
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Donna Mahabir is the Office Manager for Peckar and Abramson's New York and New Jersey offices. She coordinates all functions of the office ensuring that workplace needs are effectively and efficiently fulfilled. With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Mahabir applies her organizational skills to oversee records management, maintain supplies, monitor expenses, and works with numerous vendors and building personnel to keep the offices running smoothly.
Ms. Mahabir's responsibilities encompass many aspects of our business including recruiting, training and mentoring personnel. She serves as a liaison between firm management, other departments and staff. Recognizing our firm's commitment to excellence in service to our clients, Ms. Mahabir leads, directs and supports the administrative staff in the completion of their duties. With a BA from New York University and a JD from New York Law School, Ms. Mahabir utilizes her communication and leadership skills to manage staff relations, resolve disputes and enforces the adherence to office policies and procedures. She encourages teamwork and collaboration among employees and maintains morale by creating a positive atmosphere that breeds productivity.
Ms. Mahabir strives to keep employees motivated, recognizing their dedication and contributions to the firm. Her team building efforts include a co-leadership role on the firm's Green Team through which a group of environmentally conscious employees channel their creativity to promote green initiatives. Ms. Mahabir also coordinates continuing legal education for the attorneys throughout the firm ensuring their compliance with state licensing requirements and regulations on a national basis.
Chief Client Service Officer
Jennifer Papantonio serves as Peckar & Abramson's Chief Client Service Officer. With well over a decade of experience in client relations, business development and marketing, Ms. Papantonio provides strategic direction and support in connection with the firm's key client satisfaction initiatives and myriad business development and marketing efforts, including practice development, internal and external communications, and market research. Ms. Papantonio works closely with the firm's clients in order to ensure extraordinary, seamless service across P&A's ten offices. She is dedicated to the firm's core principles of client service excellence, and delivers individual coaching and internal training to lawyers and staff at all levels to ensure clients have the best possible experience when they choose Peckar & Abramson to handle their legal needs.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Papantonio has helped several leading law firms launch new practice groups, expand client research and targeting, and implement effective social media campaigns. She has delivered programs and training in her areas of expertise throughout her professional life. Ms. Papantonio earned her B.A. from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and her M.A. from New Jersey City University.
Personnel & Benefits Administrator
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Kathleen Rabe-Futterman serves as Peckar & Abramson's Personnel & Benefits Administrator. With over twenty-five years of experience in human resources, office management and payroll administration, Ms. Futterman maintains all firm benefits, payroll and personnel matters for all employees and provides guidance and support to all employees. She administers the firm's 401k Plan and yearly 401k audits, handles all disability and FMLA issues, employment verifications, and provides numerous benefits and overtime reports to the firm's Executive Committee. Ms. Futterman also works closely with all of the firm's branch managing partners and office managers in order to ensure exceptional, uniform service across P&A's eleven offices. As Team Leader of the firm's Green Team (our environmental awareness group), she encourages teambuilding with employees from all locations. She is devoted to the firm's core principles and maintains the highest standards of business ethics and professional conduct.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Futterman has managed several law firms and has implemented many wellness programs for our employees. Ms. Futterman earned her A.A.S. degree from Bergen Community College and her B.S. degree from Rutgers University.
Claims Consultant & Litigation Support Manager
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Sloka Sippy, Peckar & Abramson’s lead internal construction claims consultant, brings more than a decade of experience to the firm’s clients asserting or defending against delay, impact and change order disputes. Ms. Sippy’s areas of expertise include:
• CPM Scheduling
• Analysis of Delays to Support Time Extension Requests
• Loss of Productivity Analysis
• Cost Estimating
• Technical Analysis of Construction Claims
• Analysis of Construction and Design Defects & Associated Repairs
• Project Management
Ms. Sippy regularly collaborates with P&A attorneys, paralegals, client teams and testifying experts, assisting in strategic claim evaluations, which involves identifying, gathering, organizing and analyzing project records and interviewing witnesses. She
effectively identifies areas of claim strength and weakness and assists in developing effective evidentiary claim support. Ms. Sippy’s expertise includes the development of schedule and cost presentations, assembly of comprehensive and organized claims back-up submissions and supports attorneys and witnesses during presentations and hearings.
Ms. Sippy has supported matters involving the resolution of many significant construction disputes throughout the United States and has provided services to all sectors of the construction industry, including contractors, owners, design professionals and insurance adjusters. Projects include school construction, courthouses, transit systems, building renovations, water and waste water treatments plants, highways, high-rise buildings, hospitals, commercial developments and military installations.
Ms. Sippy earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science where she specialized in Construction Management and Construction Administration.
Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Ms. Sippy was a Senior Project Manager for a well-known construction consulting firm in New York, and was Chief Cost Engineer at an A/E firm in South Korea, which provides services exclusively in support of the Far East District Corps of Engineers serving the U.S. Department of Defense installations and facilities.
Ms. Sippy is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) and is a past Treasurer of the organization. She is also a past member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).