MEET THE FIRM
GERALD K. GEIST
Mr. Geist was admitted to the Bar in July, 1980, having been admitted to the New York State and United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Geist graduated from Syracuse University in 1976 and received his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law in 1979. Mr. Geist has worked since 1982 in Westchester County specializing in real estate, corporate, trusts and estates, guardianship, estate planning and trust administration, taxation, municipal and litigation matters. Mr. Geist has been recognized for his services in the field of Trusts and Estates by having been appointed a conservator and a guardian by various Surrogates of the State of New York. Mr. Geist has also served as counsel for the Westchester County Administrator. Mr. Geist has been very active in civic and charitable affairs, having served as a member and President of the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc., an advocacy group for children in Westchester County, as well as a board member and past President of the American Lung Association of Hudson Valley, Inc. Mr. Geist was elected six times to the position of Councilman for the Town of North Castle. His record as a municipal official has been recognized on a statewide basis, and he also serves as Executive Director of the Association of Towns of the State of New York. Mr. Geist is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and Westchester County Bar Association.
MATTHEW D. SCHWARZ
Mr. Schwarz earned his Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1998. Mr. Schwarz serves as counsel to Condominium and Cooperative corporations in connection with shareholder/ owner matters and in litigation with contractors, vendors, owners and tenants. Mr. Schwarz represents landlords and tenants in all aspects of transactional as well as litigation matters. Mr. Schwarz also represents purchasers and sellers of residential and commercial property and acts as counsel to corporations regarding business matters. Mr Schwarz has also served as General Counsel to a privately held food service franchisor with locations throughout the United States and several international countries. Mr Schwarz is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and Connecticut.
RUSS F. JELLINEK
Mr. Jellinek provides counsel to individuals on estate and trust administration and planning issues and has extensive experience in Surrogate’s Court practice in litigated and non-litigated matters. Mr. Jellinek also represents individuals, businesses, commercial institutions and cooperatives in real estate transactions and daily operations. Mr. Jellinek has written several articles for the Westchester Bar Journal on diverse business-related topics and later served as Managing Editor of that publication. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, a former Board Member of the Westchester County Bar Association and past President of the Mamaroneck Harrison Larchmont Bar Association. Mr. Jellinek earned his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Vermont. Mr. Jellinek is admitted to the New York and Connecticut State Bars, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
JONATHAN DI BARI
Mr. Di Bari graduated from Pace University Lubin School of Business in 2014 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and later earned his Juris Doctor in 2018 from St. John’s University School of Law. During his time at St. John’s University, Mr. Di Bari served as an Executive Board Member and President of the St. John’s University Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of New York Chapter. While attending law school, Mr. Di Bari worked as a legal intern for several law firms gaining exposure to practices focused on personal injury, real estate transactions, municipal, tax certiorari, and wills and trusts. Mr. Di Bari was admitted to practice law in New York in 2018 and subsequently in Connecticut in 2019. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Di Bari was employed by a law firm that specialized in residential and commercial real estate foreclosure and consumer debt collection. Mr. Di Bari presently focuses on representation of cooperative condominium and homeowners’ associations as well as real estate litigation and residential real estate transactions.