Staff

Michael D. Assaf, Esq.

Michael D. Assaf, Esq.

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Practice Areas
  • Matrimonial & Family Law & Litigation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Civil Litigation/Personal Injury/Appeals
  • Business Law
  • Bankruptcy Law/Workouts & Foreclosures
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law & Development

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, June 16, 1961; admitted to the New York State Bar in 1986; admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1987; admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in 1987; admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2010; admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in 2010; admitted to the U.S. Tax Court.

  • Education – University of Michigan (B.A., with high honors and distinction 1983); Boston University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1986), Winner: American Jurisprudence Award, Property Law, Tauro Scholar; State University of New York (MBA, cum laude, 1992).
  • Member – New York Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Albany County Bar Association; Westchester County Bar Association, International Association of Collaborative Professionals , Collaborative Association of the Capital District
  • Practice Areas – Matrimonial and Family Law; Civil Litigation; Personal Injury; Business Law; Real Property Law, Real Estate Development, Land Use, Zoning, Planning and Permitting; Estate Planning and Estate Litigation; Bankruptcy, Workouts and Foreclosures; Municipal Finance (General Obligation and Revenue Bond Issues); Health Care and Employment Law; Criminal Law, Defense of Physician Discipline; Collaborative Law, Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution.

David M. Siegal, Esq.

David M. Siegal, Esq.

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Practice Areas
  • Matrimonial & Family Law & Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law & Development

Born in Albany, New York, admitted to the New York State Bar; admitted to the Florida State Bar; admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar; admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York; admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court; admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; admitted to the U.S. Tax Court; admitted to the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

  • Education – University of Rochester; State University of New York; Albany Law School of Union University (J.D., cum laude). Member, Justinian Society; member and associate editor, Albany Law Review.
  • Member – Committee on Character and Fitness, Third Judicial District of New York, Albany County Bar Association; Florida Bar Association; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Practice Areas – Matrimonial and Family Law; Civil Litigation; Business Law; Real Estate Law; Appeals; Estate Planning.

Mr. Siegal has real estate experience in developing, managing and marketing various projects including office buildings, strip malls, historic homes, historic office buildings, subdivisions, and currently is involved in a Florida beachside tennis resort project venture.  Mr. Siegal was also a participant in a formerly family-owned large retail establishment specializing in discount fashion apparel, footwear and accessories.  Additionally, Mr. Siegal is a recent past owner of a dry cleaning and laundromat chain.

Mr. Siegal is a pilot holding a FAA pilot certificate for multi-engine aircraft with instrument rating and is a pilot for Angel Flights, a non-profit organization.

Marissa C. McDonald, Esq.

Marissa C. McDonald, Esq.

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Practice Areas
  • Matrimonial & Family Law & Litigation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Civil Litigation/Personal Injury/Appeals
  • Bankruptcy Law/Workouts & Foreclosures
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law

Marissa McDonald joined Assaf & Siegal in November 2010 after having worked with Michael D. Assaf at his prior firm since October 2007. Ms. McDonald is a senior associate with the firm having received her Juris Doctor in 2005 from Albany Law School of Union University. Prior to attending law school, she received her Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 2002, cum laude.

Ms. McDonald is admitted to practice in New York State, the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern District of New York, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She practices in the following areas: Matrimonial and Family, Collaborative Divorce, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, Appeals, Real Estate, and Estate Planning.

Ms. McDonald is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Capital District Women's Bar Association, International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Association of the Capital District and the Albany County Bar Association.

Katarina M. Wexler, Esq.

Katarina M. Wexler, Esq.

Phone: (518) 431-1000
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Practice Areas
  • Matrimonial & Family Law & Litigation
  • Civil Litigation/Personal Injury/Appeals
  • Bankruptcy Law/Workouts & Foreclosures
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law and Development

Katarina Wexler joined Assaf & Siegal in November of 2010 as a Law Clerk while attending Albany Law School. She has since been awarded a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School of Union University and is now a junior associate with the firm. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Wexler received a Master’s of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from Buffalo State, The State University of New York in 2008, and received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York in 2007.

Ms. Wexler is admitted to practice in New York State and in the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern District of New York. She practices in the following areas: Matrimonial and Family, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, Appeals, Real Estate, and Estate Planning.

Ms. Wexler served as the Research & Writing and Business Manager for the Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology while attending Albany Law School.

Ms. Wexler is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Capital District Women's Bar Association, and the Albany County Bar Association.

Kimberly M. Chase

Kimberly M. McHugh

Phone: (518) 431-1000
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Paralegal

Ms. McHugh is a paralegal at Assaf & Siegal providing legal support to all attorneys. Ms. McHugh has been a paralegal since 2009 having obtained her Bachelor's degree in Law and Society from Sage College of Albany, New York and joined Assaf & Siegal PLLC in December 2011.

Assistant in Practice Areas: Criminal Law; Matrimonial, Family Law; Estate Planning; Real Estate; Litigation and Collections.

Rene M. Giambona

Rene M. Giambona

Phone: (518) 431-1000
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Legal Assistant

Ms. Giambona provides legal and administrative support for the attorneys in our firm. Ms. Giambona joined the firm in August 2010 after working as a claims analyst for Halsted Communications, a provider of satellite communications, reviewing property damage claims, completion of pre-litigation work-ups, customer service and escalation reconciliation, and managing finance for damage claims.

Assistant in Practice Areas: Criminal Law; Matrimonial, Family Law; Estate Planning; Traffic Tickets and Litigation

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