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PATRICK M. MURPHY, JR. (1938-1991)

ERNEST T. BARTOL
ERNEST T. BARTOL received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1970. Admitted to the New York Bar in 1971, Mr. Bartol has served as a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, Estates and Trusts Law Committee from 1977 to date, the Professional Ethics Committee from 1979 to date, and the Tax Certiorari Committee from 1988 to date, and the New York State Bar Association Estates and Trusts Law Committee from 1973 to date.

Mr. Bartol, who has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Fordham University, has concentrated in all phases of Estates, Wills and Trusts and commercial litigation since leaving the employ of a major accounting firm in 1971.

On the Estate planning side, he has been engaged in all phases of Estate asset protection by drafting, inter alia, (1) Wills with Unified Credit Shelter trusts and provisions, (2) Irrevocable and Revocable Trusts, including Life Insurance Trusts, (3) Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, (4) Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies, (5) Private Annuities, (6) GRATS, GRITS and GRUTS and (7) other planning devices for use by individuals, shareholders of family and closely-held businesses and partners of family and closely-held businesses.

On the Estate litigation side, he has been engaged in all types of proceedings in the Surrogate's Courts located in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and upstate Counties, including contested probate proceedings, contested accounting proceedings, discovery proceedings, etc. His estate work also includes the preparation and filing of Federal and New York State Estate tax returns. He also has handled many commercial trials in the New York State Supreme Courts and the United States District Courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts.

A member of the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Law Committee wherein he frequently lectures on estate-related topics, Mr. Bartol also has recently been inducted as a member of the Federal Bar Council, and has become a member in the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of various Who's Who registers, including Who's Who in American Law.

In 2003 Mr. Bartol became a member of the Civil Rules Committee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and in August of 2008 he became a member of the Magistrate Selection Committee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In March of 2008 he became a member of the State of New York Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second, Tenth and Eleventh Judicial Districts. In June of 2008 he became a member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Tenth Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court. In 2004 he became the Presiding Trustee of the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, a charity for whom he has donated substantial time for 30 years.

Mr. Bartol is admitted to practice before all the Courts of the State of New York, a number of United States District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court. While Mr. Bartol is a seasoned litigator, he is also the Managing Attorney of MURPHY, BARTOL & O'BRIEN, LLP.

E-mail address: etbartol@mbolegal.com

KEVIN J. O'BRIEN
KEVIN J. O'BRIEN received his Juris Doctorate Degree from St. John's University in 1984. Since his admission to the Bar in 1984, Mr. O'Brien has been with the firm of MURPHY, BARTOL & O'BRIEN, LLP. He originally worked for the firm as a law clerk, became hired by the firm as an associate, and became a partner in 1992.

Mr. O'Brien has extensive experience in litigation, including commercial, environmental law, employment law litigation, as well as certain municipal and criminal litigation and administrative proceedings. Mr. O'Brien's focus is generally defending small or publicly-traded corporations against proceedings in private litigation or County, State and Federal proceedings through certain agencies including, but not limited to, County and State Human Rights' Commissions and Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions.

Mr. O'Brien's concentration is general practice with an emphasis on land use, environmental, condemnation, zoning, tax certiorari and real estate-related litigation. He appears regularly before various zoning and town boards throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties on zoning-related matters. He has also represented numerous clients in litigated land use, environmental and tax certiorari litigations in the New York State and Federal Courts. He also devotes a substantial amount of time to all phases of loan structuring and closure with many of the firm's corporate and real estate clients.

Mr. O'Brien has practiced extensively in adoption proceedings, representing adoptive parents in interstate and in-state adoptions, as well as representing independently birth parents in adoption proceedings before the Family and Surrogate's Courts.

Mr. O'Brien is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York, certain Federal Courts, and is a member of the Nassau County, New York State and American Bar Associations.

E-mail address: kjobrien@mbolegal.com


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