ASSAF & SIEGAL PLLC began operating as a merged law firm in November, 2010 and is the merger of the law practices of two of the most distinguished attorneys in New York State – David M. Siegal and Michael D. Assaf. With their merger, they bring together a collective 65 years of proudly serving clients in New York, Massachusetts and Florida.
Mr. Siegal and Mr. Assaf, along with the associates and staff of the firm, have devoted themselves to creating a full service law firm dedicated to meeting the needs, requirements and expectations of their clients across a broad variety of disciplines and legal specialties. Though Mr. Siegal and Mr. Assaf are perhaps best known to the public for their outstanding work in the field of matrimonial and family law, they offer representation and experienced counsel in the fields of general civil litigation (both commercial and personal injury), corporate law and business organization, health care and employment law, criminal law, estate planning, estate and probate litigation, real estate (from residential and commercial closings, commercial leases, landlord-tenant to sophisticated real estate development, land use, zoning and permitting), bankruptcy, workouts and foreclosures, municipal bond work as both bond counsel and issuer’s counsel, and defense of physician discipline.
Within the last several years, Mr. Assaf began an alternative dispute resolution practice focusing on the employment of the collaborative method to resolve disputes. Currently this practice is focused on matrimonial and family court matters but Mr. Assaf is committed to bringing alternative dispute resolution techniques to all of the firm’s legal disciplines. Mr. Assaf handled the first collaborative divorce case in the Capital District and has used this alternative dispute resolution method to conclude many matrimonial matters successfully without intervention by any Court. So far, this method has yielded enormous cost savings for clients as well as minimizing post-resolution conflict between participants.
Mr. Siegal and Mr. Assaf share a fundamental philosophy of providing personal, exceptional, and cost-effective representation to their clients that consistently exceeds the expectations of clients by providing them with experienced, highly qualified personnel to resolve their individual matters at the lowest possible price. Together, Mr. Siegal and Mr. Assaf oversee the firm’s direction and ensure that the firm’s mission and goals are achieved and that clients are, as a result, pleased with their choice of the firm to represent them.
Mr. Assaf and Mr. Siegal have committed themselves to a reasonable expansion, development and enhancement of their practice. The firm’s main office is in Albany, New York, but the firm has satellite offices in Goshen, New York and Plattsburgh, New York. The firm is presently investigating strategic alliances in Plattsburgh, New York and in the mid-Hudson valley. The importance and emphasis of this approach is to insure that the firm continues to provide unparalleled personal service and attention on a local basis, no matter where the client resides or does business.
Personal service and attention have always been trademarks of Mr. Siegal and Mr. Assaf. Our legal representation and advice are unsurpassed in the industry. Our attorneys and staff are viewed as an extension of the firm; therefore, each provides the highest level of personal service to the firm’s clients. In providing this level of service, we consistently exceed the expectations of our clients.
With respect to the corporate and commercial portion of the law practice, the firm is committed to providing the most innovative, effective, efficient and cost-conscious representation in the industry, consistently and appropriately mindful of the budget needs of our business clients. Mr. Assaf holds an MBA in Finance and Mr. Siegal has broad experience operating retail establishments and commercial real estate and they bring a broad range of practical experience and advice to the business concerns of our clients.
With respect to the litigation portion of the law practice, although Assaf & Siegal cannot guarantee the outcome of any legal issue, it can, however, guarantee that each of its clients will receive the most experienced, innovative, cost-effective legal representation, with personal service and attention unmatched in the industry. Our firm recognizes that litigation is not always in the client’s best interest. However, we remain prepared to fight aggressively in the courtroom when that is the best option available for the client. We also remain versatile enough to work within our client’s litigation guidelines and philosophy and we embrace the theories and methods of alternative dispute resolution, and provide that service to clients when and where appropriate.
Experience & Teamwork
The firms’ attorneys are skilled and trained in the areas in which the firm practices. All of our attorneys are trained and skilled in litigation and trial practice, but remain mindful of all avenues of dispute resolution. We remain acutely aware of the expense of litigation and endeavor to ensure the most efficient handling assignments and that each step in litigation is undertaken only after an informed decision is made as to its necessity and cost.
Our attorneys are selected for their experience, skill, legal education and interests, and are encouraged to become involved in various legal forums. Additionally, our attorneys are innovators and leaders in their areas of practice.
The firm takes pride in racial, ethnic and religious diversity reflected by its attorneys and staff.
In meeting our goals of unsurpassed service and cost-effective service, at the inception of every engagement, the firm’s attorneys give the client a prompt and thorough analysis of the client’s matter, with a description of the tasks required to resolve the client’s matter and an estimated cost of representation. The attorney and the client work together as a team to decide the strategy and direction of the resolution of the client’s matter. The firm believes that the avoidance of the protraction of the resolution of the client’s matter is largely the result of experienced, informed teamwork and outstanding communication between the client and the firm.
To further our goal of providing the most cost-effective and exceptional representation possible, our firm gives its attorneys a strong support staff, including trained paralegals, law clerks and secretaries. The firm is also equipped with a state-of-the-art, fully networked computer system that enables its attorneys to have both local and remote, immediate access to email communications and legal research for the most current court decisions and statutory revisions, as well as the ability to work at the client’s business site and perform tasks in real time. Our attorneys have the latest in smart communication devices so that clients have immediate and unfettered access to counsel at all times.
It is our distinct pleasure to serve each and every one of our clients. Our clients’ loyalty has helped make this firm a full service law firm capable of handling any legal issues for its clients. We thank you for the confidence you have shown in us and pledge to continue to earn your trust and business.
Learn more about how our firm can help you by contacting us. Assaf & Siegal PLLC PLLC, located in the Capital District of Albany, NY (and satellite offices in Goshen, NY and Sarasota, FL) represents clients throughout the State of New York (including the counties of Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates), all of the counties in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and in the State of Florida.