LIDIA SZCZEPANOWSKI has more than 30 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney specializing in complex corporate and commercial litigation. She is also a skilled transactional attorney having effectively guided clients through various business and real estate deals. Lidia is a consummate professional and has been recognized by the Long Island Business News on two separate occasions, as one of “Long Island's 50 Most Influential Women” and was nominated four times as “Best Lawyer” in the Long Island Press. Lidia is an accomplished public speaker and advocate having received the Fair Media Counsel's Folio Award for being “Best Corporate Communicator”.
Lidia is a compassionate person that has a passion for helping our community. In 2005, Lidia founded the National Organization for Women's Safety Awareness, Inc., a non-profit corporation that works to protect women and children escape domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other violent crimes. Lidia also conducts women's safety seminars at women's organizations and schools, she is an Advisory Council Member of Nassau Suffolk Law Services, and she volunteers her time for several Long Island charities.
When Lidia is not helping our clients and community, Lidia enjoys training in Pilates and as mixed martial artist holding a black belt in karate. She is also a successful model and beauty pageant winner, holding the prestigious titles of Mrs. New York America 2006, Mrs. New York International 2009, Mrs. Corporate America 2013, Ms. World Elite 2017, and World Top Model Ms. 2022.
St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, New York - Juris Doctor, 1990
Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York - Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business, 1987
New York, 1991, EDNY
Law Office of Lidia Szczepanowski, Esq., (1999-2005, 2012-Present)
Commack, New York
Ms. Szczepanowski represents clients in various corporate and commercial disputes from intake to trial. She also provides legal and business advice to individuals, nonprofits, and corporate clients regarding corporate, real estate and other transactional matters.
SME, INC. (2012-2017)
New York, New York
Ms. Szczepanowski was In-House Counsel for the renowned New York City-based brand development agency serving the sports and entertainment industries, higher education and collegiate athletics industries. As In-House Counsel, Ms. Szczepanowski provided legal and business advice to the company's executes and helped negotiate asset purchase agreements, commercial leases, licensed agreements, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-disclosure agreements and shareholder agreements. SME, Inc. was acquired by Learfield in 2016.
Thaler Gertler LLP (2008-2012)
East Meadow, New York
Ms. Szczepanowski was a Senior Litigation Counsel for the firm. She was involved in all aspects of the firms complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy departments.
Birzon, Szczepanowski, Quinn & Strang (1991-1999)
Smithtown, New York
Ms. Szczepanowski was a partner with the firm. She managed an active commercial litigation practice and participated in all phases of litigation from intake to trial. She regularly appeared in court for oral arguments, trials and appeals. She also helped clients resolve disputes through arbitrations and mediation.
Honorable Arthur D. Spatt (1988-1989)
EDNY and Appellate Division, Second Department (NY)
Ms. Szczepanowski was a judicial intern for Judge Spatt, for whom she conducted legal research, drafted memoranda of law and judicial opinions and decisions under his supervision.