A founding partner of Davis & Ferber, David heads our Labor Relations and Employment Law Group. Since 1993, David has represented individual clients and labor organizations in every facet of the employment relationship. David devotes a majority of his time to union contract negotiations, serving as chief negotiator in collective bargaining. Thanks to his tireless work our clients are industry leaders in their respective fields. David often speaks at union events, lecturing on negotiation strategies, duty of fair representation, and contract interpretation.
A founding partner of Davis & Ferber, Steven leads our Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Group. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on his clients’ behalf. Unlike attorneys who settle cases at a lower value to avoid trial, Steven has taken over 200 cases to verdict, making him well known for only settling cases for their true value. Steven served on the Judicial Screening Committee, screening candidates for Judgeship. He holds the highest possible rating of “AV” from Martindale Hubbell, and was co-chair of the Supreme Court committee of the Suffolk Bar as well as Boss of the Year, Suffolk County Legal Secretaries Association.
Partner Allison Davis, heads our General Practice Group where she is involved in all aspects of Divorce and Family Law. To further aid her clients, Allison became a certified divorce mediator, brokering agreements that meet the needs of the parties and their children. Allison also assists clients with estate planning, elder law, real estate transactions, surrogate court proceedings, civil litigation, and more. Allison takes pride in the fact that her clients return, and recommend her to their friends and family.
Partner Christopher Rothemich practices in our Labor Relations and Employment Law Group. He represents public and private sector unions on all labor relations matters including contract negotiations, mediation, interest arbitration and fact finding. Chris has also litigated hundreds of grievance arbitrations, disciplinary hearings, unfair labor practices, improper practice charges and more. Chris also oversees our firm’s Disability Retirement and Social Security applications and appeals. Formerly a criminal defense attorney, Chris now devotes all his time to representing unions and union membership.
Cary joined the firm in 2005. He currently acts as managing attorney in the Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice Group. Since his graduation from law school and admission to the Bar, he has concentrated his practice on all phases of litigation.
Before joining Davis & Ferber, Cary served as a managing attorney for some of the top litigation firms in New York City. He is a member of the New York Trial Lawyers Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Cary handles a variety of complex cases including personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, civil rights, and commercial cases on both State and Federal Levels from inception through trial. Several of his cases were landmark cases involving liability of bars and restaurants under the “Dram Shop Law”, and lawsuits on behalf of police officers pursuant to General Municipal Law §205(e).
Cary also prepared and argued numerous Appeals at the Appellate Division level. He has obtained hundreds of sizable awards for his clients, either by means of negotiated settlements or verdicts after trial. Many of these verdicts have been reported in the industry-wide verdict reporters.
Mark C Kujawski practices in the areas of labor law, medical malpractice, product liability, negligence, veterans’ benefits, and insurance litigation in both federal and state courts.
His notable results include Ruge v. Heavens Heating & Cooling, ($2.25 million dollars – Reported in The New York Law Journal – Decision of Interest, New York Jury Verdict Reporter – Decision of Interest); Deutch v. Davis, 298 A.D.2d 487, 750 N.Y.S.2d 84 (2nd Dept. 2002); Second Department reversed dismissal of brain-injured infant’s case. Reported in Decisions 2002, cited in 25 Causes of Action 807 (2004), 15 New York Practice Series 12:9 (2004); Kollbeck v. 417 FS Realty, 4 A.D.3d 314, 772 N.Y.S.2d 688 (1st Dept. 2004) (Handled both the lower court action and appeal in First Department. Significant change in the Labor Law regarding worker protection under 204(1). Reported in Decision 2003, cited in New York State Pattern Jury Instruction – Civil 2:217).
Mr. Kujawski earned his B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Catholic University and his J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.
Melissa has been an associate in the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Group since 2005. She regularly initiates and opposes motions involving complex issues in the personal injury and medical malpractice arenas. In addition to extensive motion practice, Melissa is responsible for the department’s litigation functions which include court appearances, hearings, mediations/arbitrations, and depositions at both the Supreme Court and the Appellate Division. She is also responsible for the preparation of pleadings, discovery, appeals, motions, and the review of the validity of liens. Melissa is also actively engaged in settlement negotiations and provides interoffice case management over all open personal injury files.
Prior to Melissa’s association with Davis & Ferber, she was an associate with Steven B. Ferber, P.C., where she not only practiced in the fields of Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice, but also in Commercial Litigation, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Wills, Trusts and Estates. Before becoming an attorney Melissa was a paralegal for five years, concentrating on personal injury and medical malpractice.
Alex is an associate in the Labor Relations and Employment Law Group representing public and private sector unions. Alex works closely with the firm’s union clients providing advice and representation on a wide-variety of labor issues including disciplinary matters, employee benefits, labor practices, and grievances. Alex also works on the firm’s Employment Discrimination matters, as well as New York State Disability Retirement, MTA Disability Retirement, Long Term Disability, and Social Security Disability Retirement applications. Prior to joining the firm, both during law school (as a Law Clerk) and since his graduation and admission to the Bar, Alex has concentrated in Labor and Employment Law.
Alex has handled a wide-variety of Labor and Employment matters including Employment Discrimination claims (Title VII, § 1983, ADEA, ADA, and New York State Anti-Discrimination Law) before the EEOC, NYS Division of Human Rights, and both NY State and Federal Courts, Wage & Hour Class and Collective Actions, FLSA matters, and matters before the NLRB. Alex has also appeared before numerous federal agencies on behalf of federal employees, including Federal Disability Retirement applications/appeals and numerous disciplinary matters.
Michael J. Montgomery
BA, University of California, San Diego, 1987
JD, Florida State University, College of Law, 1993
Michael J. Montgomery is an attorney with over 25 years of experience. He has handled thousands of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents, falls, construction injuries and dog bites. He also has experience in real estate closings, wills and estates, and business law matters.
Mr. Montgomery is a North Babylon native, who later graduated as the valedictorian of Mattituck-Cutchogue High School. He then graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, where he served as a judicial board member and a resident advisor. He thereafter graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University, College of Law, where he was selected as a member of The Law Review and was honored with admission to the Order of the Coif.
Mr. Montgomery is admitted to practice in New York and Florida, and in the Eastern and Southern Federal Districts of New York, and is also a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
Mr. Montgomery was a name partner in the law firm of Wolinsky, Parnell & Montgomery, LLP in Lake Ronkonkoma for 13 years prior to joining Davis & Ferber, LLP in December of 2020. He practices out of our main office in Islandia, New York, and in our Mattituck office for the convenience of our East End clients.
Mr. Montgomery is married and has three adult children.
Barbara O’Malley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned her Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law. She is admitted to the New York State Bar, and to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Ms. O’Malley has practiced in the field of Real Estate, specializing in Transactional Real Estate and Lender Representation, for more than 25 years. In addition, she has extensive experience in all aspects of Title Clearance essential for expedience in closing Bank Loans, Real Estate Transactions and Foreclosure actions. She has also practiced in the areas of Wills and Estates, Business Entity Formation and representation of Cooperative Corporations. In 2010 she was elected as one of the first Village Trustees of the new Incorporated Village of Mastic Beach and was appointed the First Village Justice in 2011. She established the Justice Court for the new village from the ground up, was reelected twice and served as Village Justice for 7 years until 2018.
Edward L. Freer is an associate in the Labor Relations and Employment Law Group. Mr. Freer retired as a Detective Lieutenant from the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department in 2013 with 26 years of service. He served in many ways, including assignments in uniform patrol, emergency services, crime-scene, community policing, training, and criminal investigations. Mr. Freer graduated magna cum laude from Marist College and cum laude from Pace University School of Law while working as a police officer. He was admitted to the NYS Bar in 2003. Upon retirement from the PD, he served as Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Marist College where he handled discrimination complaints by employees and students. Prior to joining Davis & Ferber, LLP, he ran his own private practice in the Dutchess County, New York, and served as an adjunct instructor at Dutchess Community College. Mr. Freer continues to teach, and now works out of the firm’s LaGrangeville office assisting clients from NYC up through the Hudson Valley.
Jennifer A. Spellman
Nassau County Bar Association
BA, Tulane University
JD, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Jennifer is an associate in the law firm Davis & Ferber, where she practices in the areas of personal injury and negligence litigation in state courts. She is also a member of the Nassau County Bar Association. She earned her B.A. degree from Tulane University and her J.D. degree from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. While attending law school, Jennifer served on Hofstra’s Labor and Employment Journal and had her co-authored Student Note published. (Jennifer Spellman and Jeannea Varrichio, BAD REPUTATION?: THE POTENTIAL NEGATIVE IMPACT OF OUTSOURCING ON THE LEGAL PROFESSION, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Spring 2012).
BA, SUNY Brockport 1983
JD, Brooklyn Law School 1988
Admitted, New York Bar 1989
Admitted, EDNY and SDNY 2005
Admitted, US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit 2009
Brian is an associate in the Labor Relations and Employment Law Group representing public and private sector unions. Brian provides advice and representation to the firm’s union clients on a wide variety of labor issues, including disciplinary matters, employee benefits, labor practices, and grievances.
Prior to joining the firm, Brian worked for the Suffolk County Law Department for eighteen years defending the Suffolk County Police and Sheriff’s Departments in Federal Civil Rights lawsuits. He has extensive trial experience in both the Federal and New York State Court systems. Brian has also briefed and argued appeals before the New York State Appellate Division and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before working for the County Brian served as a Principal Legal Advisor to a Suffolk County Court Judge and was an Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney for ten years. Brian started his legal career as a Trial Preparation Assistant in the office Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau.
Brian is admitted to practice in the state of New York, the Eastern and Southern Federal Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the EDNY Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Brian is active in his community and has served as the attorney advisor for the East Islip High School Mock Trial Program for the last twenty-two years. He is married with three adult children.