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William B. Schiller is the managing partner of Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP.  He has been practicing law in New York State since 1988, primarily in the area of creditors’ rights.  He is admitted to practice in all Federal District Courts of New York.   

Mr. Schiller is currently a co-chair of the ALFN Bankruptcy Committee.  He is also a Member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, ABI and NACTT.  Mr. Schiller has served as Chair of the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee for the American Bar Association, President of the Capital District Bankruptcy Bar Association and President of the Upstate New York Creditors Association.   He was also a member of the Local Rules Committee for the Bankruptcy Courts of the Northern District of New York. 

Mr. Schiller is a frequent lecturer on the topics of bankruptcy and foreclosure.  His major areas of practice include litigation, real estate foreclosure, bankruptcy, loss mitigation and collections.

Paul B. Knapp is also one of the firm’s founders. His major areas of practice include transactional real estate (both commercial and residential) and loss mitigation for lenders. Mr. Knapp has spent several years as counsel to banks and lenders, including extensive experience with closings and foreclosures. Mr. Knapp received his BA Magna Cum Laude (1981) from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School (1985). Mr. Knapp was admitted to the New York bar in 1986, as well as the U.S. District Court, and Northern District of New York. Mr. Knapp is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Cohoes Bar Association and the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Gary A. Lefkowitz is active in all areas of litigation.  His major areas of practice include bankruptcy, foreclosure litigation, civil litigation, and real estate.  Mr. Lefkowitz received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, and his Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Union University - Albany Law School.  He was admitted to the New York bar in 1983, and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York, and the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Lefkowitz is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Ryan Hertzel received her Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University and her Juris Doctor from Union University – Albany Law School. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2009 and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Her major areas of practice include foreclosure, loss mitigation and collections.

Daniel N. Young received a B.S. from Hope College and a Juris doctor from Vermont Law School.   He is admitted to practice in New York and Vermont.  He is a member of the New York Bar Association.  His major area of concentration is in foreclosure.

Martin A. Mooney focuses his practice on all aspects of bankruptcy, representing local, regional and national secured lenders in consumer bankruptcies throughout the Northeast. He has also served as a Section 1104 Trustee in the Southern District of New York. He graduated from Siena College (B.A., cum laude, 1986), and Union University - Albany Law School (J.D., 1989).  Mr. Mooney is admitted to federal bankruptcy courts in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Pennsylvania, as well as the state courts of New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He conducts in-house seminars for various clients on emerging issues, assists in the annual creditors meeting for the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, is a frequent moderator and lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, and a past participant in the Legal Project and CARE Program.   Mr. Mooney is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, the Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Albany County Bar Association.

Jaclyn C. Clemmer received a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science cum laude, from The College of Saint Rose (2009) and a J.D. cum laude, from Union University-Albany Law School (2012).  She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2012 and New York State Bar in 2013.  Her major areas of practice include foreclosure, loss mitigation and collections.

Anna Z. Spacone earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from SUNY Geneseo and Juris Doctor from SUNY Buffalo. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and is also admitted ot the U.S. District Court, Western District of New York. Anna is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Erie and Monroe County Bar Associations. Anna focuses on foreclosure matters in the firm's Buffalo office.

Lisa Milas practices primarily in the area of creditor’s rights, representing lenders in all facets of  foreclosure, bankruptcy, loss mitigation and landlord/tenant matters. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Hofstra University in 1991, and graduated from the Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center, Touro College in 1994. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern Districts of New York.  Ms. Milas is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Hudson Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association.

Gregory J. Sanda focuses his practice in creditor representation in foreclosures, loss mitigation and collections, and is admitted to practice in New York State Courts, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (B.B.A. 1999), the George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2003), and the George Washington University School of Business (M.B.A. 2003).  Mr. Sanda is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Joy A. David received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Hartwick College in 2009 with the 3+3 program with Albany Law School.  She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Union University - Albany Law School in 2012, where she was a senior editor for the Albany Government Law Review & Center for Judicial Process.  Joy was admitted to the New York State Bar, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, in 2013.  Her areas of practice include foreclosure, loss mitigation, and collection.

Ian T. Canterbury is experienced in real estate title issues, concentrating his practice on loss mitigation.  He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2006, and earned his Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2009.  Ian is admitted to the New York State bar and the Massachusetts State bar.  His major area of practice is loss mitigation.

Patricia A. Harris focuses on Federal, State and Agency compliance. She is a graduate of Toledo Law School, and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1984.  Ms. Harris is co-chair of the Compliance Committee of the Erie County Bar Association. Prior to joining Schiller & Knapp, she worked for many years in the banking industry in the areas of foreclosure, collection, loss mitigation and compliance. She lectures for the New York State Bar Association and sits on the Town of Amherst Code Committee.

Patricia A. Harris focuses on Federal, State and Agency compliance. She is a graduate of Toledo Law School, and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1984.  Ms. Harris is co-chair of the Compliance Committee of the Erie County Bar Association. Prior to joining Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, she worked for many years in the banking industry in the areas of foreclosure, collection, loss mitigation and compliance. She lectures for the New York State Bar Association and sits on the Town of Amherst Code Committee. 

Kari R. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Buffalo State College in 1997 and her Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law in 2000. Admitted to practice law in New York since 2001, she was a co-chair of the Committee for the Public Interest Law Association.  Ms. Smith concentrates her practice, at the Buffalo office, in foreclosure.

Richard J. Tracy received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Seton Hall University, and his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. Mr. Tracy is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar, and is a member of the Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court. Experienced in real estate law, including foreclosure, landlord-tenant law, debt collection involving real property, and community association law, he focuses on foreclosure and creditor's rights in the firm's Jersey City office.

John M. Dubuc focuses his practice on creditor's rights, bankruptcy, replevin, collection, real property law, personal property law, and all related litigation. John received his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School. He was admitting to the New York State Bar in 2000, and is also admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of New York.

Jason D. Barringer graduated from the State University of New York at Canton in 2011 with a Bachelors of Technology with honors in criminal investigations, as a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma). He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2014, and is admitted to the New York State Bar. Jason's primary area of practice is foreclosure.

Stephen Carney received his Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and his Juris Doctorate from Union University - Albany Law School in 2015. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2016, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Stephen's major area of practice is foreclosure, in the firm's Albany office.

Janelly Landa received a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence and Political Science, magna cum laude, from Montclair State University in 2012. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School in 2015, where she won mediation and negotiation competitions. Janelly is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar. Her primary area of practice is foreclosure, in the firm's Jersey City office.

Nicholas V. Brdar practices primarily in the area of creditor's rights, with a focus on foreclosure.  He received a B.A. in 2010 from the State University of New York at Albany, and a J.D. in 2013 from Syracuse University, where he was a student attorney with the Bankruptcy Clinic, and the recipient of the Pro Bono and Community Service Award.  Mr. Brdar is admitted to practice in the State of New York, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Michael Trajbar received his Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in 2010.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra Law School in 2014, and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2015.  Michael's major area of practice is foreclosure, in the firm's Latham office.

Megan C. Vogt earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, from Syracuse University in 2009, and her Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2012. Megan was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2013, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association. She focuses her practice on foreclosure Sale, co-pp foreclosures, and evictions, in the firm's Buffalo office.

Of Counsel:

Jaime B. Thomas has a broad general practice, with significant emphasis on civil litigation, including construction law and lien law. Mr. Thomas has extensive experience in real estate law – including foreclosure and representation of landlords in landlord and tenant disputes. In addition, he assists clients in estate planning as well as estate administration. Mr. Thomas also practices with regularity in criminal courts, with substantial experience in vehicle related offenses, including DWI. Mr. Thomas is also the Town Justice in the Town of Schaghticoke in Rensselaer County, and has been acting City Court Judge in the following cities: Troy, Albany, Rensselaer, and Hudson. Mr. Thomas received his B.A. from The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The School of Law at Western New England College. He was admitted to practice in New York State and Federal court in 1989. Mr. Thomas is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Rensselaer County Bar Association.

Paul D. Rogan received his Juris Doctor degree from Union University - Albany Law School and his undergraduate degree from Hobart College. He has significant experience in foreclosure, evictions, transactional real estate and bankruptcy. He is admitted to practice in New York and Georgia. Mr. Rogan is a member of the New York State Bar Association. (member: Real Property Law Section)

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