Mitchell J. Devack
Mitchell J. Devack is the founder and managing member of the firm.
After attending the University of Pittsburgh (Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude) and Hofstra University School of Law (Juris Doctor Degree, conferred with distinction) he worked as Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. There he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases. In 1978 he joined the Law Offices of Robert B. Shaw, a small New York City firm specializing in matrimonial and entertainment litigation. While there he was involved in numerous litigations in state and federal court. Notable clients were Rip Torn, Robin Moore and others.
He left to become one of the founders of the law firm of Nathanson, Devack & Memmoli, a general practice law firm located in Franklin Square and later East Meadow, New York. He practiced at NDM for approximately twenty-five (25) years as partner and head of the litigation department. In addition to practicing matrimonial and commercial litigation, his work included representing clients in criminal prosecutions, arbitrations and all facets of dispute resolution. He currently represents more than seventy-five (75) diamond and jewelry manufacturers and provides them with a variety of legal services including UCC filings, consignment agreements, creditor’s rights claims, litigation, jeweler’s block policy reviews, and other legal matters. In 2003 he established the Law Offices of Mitchell J. Devack, PLLC where he continues to practice.
Mitchell Devack is admitted to the Courts of the State of New York and Florida, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York, and to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Nicholas P. Otis
Nicholas P. Otis, a graduate of the Hofstra University School of Law, has been practicing law since 1985. He is admitted to practice before the courts of the state of New York and the federal district courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Otis concentrates in the areas of general commercial litigation, matrimonial, and family law. He has been associated with the firm since its inception. Mr. Otis has represented a wide variety of clients in the jewelry, banking, collateralized lending, real estate, and construction fields, both in traditional litigation and alternative dispute resolutions before the American Arbitration Association.
Thomas Yanega is a graduate of St. John’s School of Law and has been practicing since 1985. He is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York and the federal district courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Yanega concentrates in the areas of commercial law, business agreements, secured transactions, banking, corporate, leasing, cooperative apartments, real estate, and creditors’ rights in bankruptcy.
Mr. Yanega works extensively with the firm’s clients in the diamond and jewelry trade, and has served as lead counsel to several lending institutions and loan servicers, as well as the Resolution Trust Corporation and the FDIC with respect to cooperative apartment loan portfolios. He has been associated with the firm since its inception.
Christine A. Chester
Christine A. Chester is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law where she published a co-authored article entitled “Putting a Plug in America’s Brain Drain: A Proposal to Increase U.S. Retention of Foreign Students Post-Graduation” in addition to serving as an Articles Editor of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, Christine received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Purdue University.
Christine joined the firm in April 2010 as a law clerk and has remained with the firm as an associate attorney since her admission to the New York Bar in 2012. Christine is involved in all facets of the firm’s practice and has experience in the areas of matrimonial & family law, commercial law, employment & labor law, contract review & drafting, traffic law, and trademarks.