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January 29, 2010

BROOKLYN ATTORNEY MARK A. LONGO WINS STATE BAR'S 2010 ATTORNEY PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

Longo cited for extraordinary dedication to clients, personal integrity, skillful advocacy

NEW YORK-Mark A. Longo of Brooklyn (Longo & D'Apice) received the 2010 Attorney Professionalism Award from the New York State Bar Association during the House of Delegates Dinner on January 28. Sponsored by the Committee on Attorney Professionalism, the award honors a Bar member who displays the highest standards of professionalism, including extraordinary dedication to clients, unwavering commitment to promoting respect for the legal system, exemplary ethical conduct, as well as being a role model in the areas of competence, good judgment, integrity and civility.

The committee singled out Longo for his integrity and professionalism. Letters from colleagues in support of his nomination called Longo a master of trial technique, a skillful advocate and cross-examiner, who zealously represents his clients, yet never succumbs to unprofessional or unethical trial practices or strategies. Colleagues have referred to him as a "gentleman practitioner" who is always respectful to the court, the litigants, the jury and opposing counsel - and "whose word is gold and whose handshake could always be trusted."

"There are many in our profession with distinguished records of service and contributions to the greater good, but there are few who can match Mark Longo's reputation for dedication to the legal craft. Mark Longo comports himself with civility and decorum; mentors many young lawyers and applicants to the Bar; and through his example, promotes the highest standards of integrity, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law," said President Michael E. Getnick (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP of Utica and of counsel to Getnick & Getnick of New York City). "I congratulate him for winning this prestigious award and thank him for reminding us of our obligation as lawyers to serve our clients zealously, ethically and with the utmost integrity."

Longo is a trial lawyer and a principal in the firm of Longo & D'Apice, concentrating his practice in personal injury, tort, insurance and other civil litigation, as well as attorney grievance matters. He is a past president of the Brooklyn Bar Association and the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award; past president of the New York City Trial Lawyers Association; past president of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn; past president of the Nathan R. Sobel Inns of Court; past chair of the Grievance Committee for the 2nd and 11th Judicial Districts.

"In his more than 35 years of law practice, Mark Longo has always exhibited integrity and fairness within our profession. He represents the very best in legal practice and is a model of civility and professionalism," said Committee Chair RoseAnn C. Branda of New York (Caruso, Caruso & Branda, PC). "I am delighted to present this award to Mark in recognition of his exemplary legal practice and even greater record of service."

Within the State Bar, Longo is a member of the House of Delegates and a past chair of the Special Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline. He received the President's Pro Bono Service Award in 2000. He also is a member of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section and the Trial Lawyers Section. He received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University and earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law.

Previous award winners are: Jill M. Cicero of Rochester (Jill M. Cicero & Associates); Peter V. Coffey (Englert, Coffey, McHugh and Fantauzzi, LLP); Frank E. Yannelli of Rockville Centre (Yannelli & Zevin); Hon. Barry Kamins of Brooklyn (Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Second Judicial District); Lucille A. Fontana of White Plains (Clark, Gagliardi & Miller, P.C.); Carlton F. Thompson of Binghamton (Levene, Gouldin & Thompson LLP); Anne Reynolds Copps of Albany (Law Office of Anne Reynolds Copps); James M. Conboy of Menands (Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, P.C.); George J. Nashak, Jr. (Ramo Nashak & Brown) of Glendale; and Terrence M. Connors of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo, LLP).

Founded in 1876, the 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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