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Taroff & Taitz, LLP Partners

New York Attorneys

Steven Taitz, Founding Partner

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Steven Taitz, one of the founders of the firm, is Managing Partner. Although raised on Long Island, Steve left the area to attend Johns Hopkins University, followed by University of Miami School of Law.


Steve caught the trial bug early on in law school. He started his career as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami and had worked his way up to Felony Division Chief before being lured back to New York by family in 1989. Here, he concentrates his practice in state and federal litigation, commercial litigation, criminal court matters, commercial transactions and maritime law. While a trial lawyer at heart, Steve knows that the best way to serve his clients is to listen hard and give wise counsel as to when to litigate and when to compromise. Steve prefers working with his clients rather than just for them.


He also works hard to give back to the community. He is the President of the Rotary Club of Patchogue, a Director at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, a Director of the MacArthur Business Alliance, a member of the Board of Directors of the Bayport-Blue Point SEED Foundation, a former Trustee of the Bayport-Blue Point Library, a participant in the BrookhavenYouth Court, a volunteer for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck special needs camp, and legal advisor to B’nai Israel Temple in Oakdale.


Professionally, Steve holds an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbel Peer Review Ratings and has been designated a Super Lawyer in business litigation by the New York Law Journal. He is a member of the American Bar Association, a former Director of the Suffolk County Bar Association where he previously chaired the Criminal Court Committee and the Multi-Disciplinary Task Force, and was a member of the Federal Court Committee and the Judicial Screening Committee. He is a past Director of the Suffolk Academy of Law and a member to the Commercial Law League of America.


All of the foregoing responsibilities notwithstanding, Steve still manages to get out on his boat and enjoy some of the simple and special pleasures of life on Long Island.




  • John Hopkins University (B.S., 1978)
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1982)


Bar Admissions:


  • Florida (1982)
  • New York (1989)
  • Second, Seventh and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. United States District Courts for  the Eastern, Southern, Western and Northern Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut and the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.


Practice Areas:


  • Litigation in State, Federal and Bankruptcy Courts
  • Criminal Defense in State and Federal Courts.


Affiliations, Achievements and Honors:


  • Director, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center
  • American Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association (Director, 1998-2001); Past Chair of Criminal Court Committee,
  • Federal Court Committee; Chair Multi-Disciplinary Task Force; Judicial Screening Committee
  • Former Director of Suffolk County Academy of Law; Commercial Law League of America, Federal Bar Council; American Trial Lawyers Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Rotary Club of Patchogue
  • Long Island Mid-Suffolk Business Association
  • Brookhaven Youth Court
  • Trustee for Bayport-Blue Point Library (1998-2001)


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Les Taroff, Partner

Les Taroff, New York Attorney
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Lester P. Taroff has dedicated his career to serving creditors. As a young lawyer, he struck up a conversation with an attorney who did collections work, it piqued his interest, and the rest is history. Lester has now been a member of the Commercial Law League of America for 41 years and has sat on various of its committees, as well as the Eastern District Executive Counsel, of which he was Chair from 2014 to 2015.


He served on the League’s Board of Governors from 2015 to 2017. For ten years Lester held the position of Vice President of the Commercial Lawyers Conference of New York. He is the consummate lawyer’s lawyer.


Lester heads up the firm’s Collections department. His practice includes commercial debt collection, litigation, and judgment enforcement for creditors from around the country (and occasionally abroad) who are owed monies by New York defendants. Les works with New York creditors who are owed debts by out-of-state debtors through his wide network of colleagues in the Commercial Law League of America. As the founder and former Chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Creditors’ Rights Law Committee, Les is a frequent lecturer on creditors’ rights issues.


Les is a graduate of Long Island University and Brooklyn Law School and was admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York in1972. He is also admitted to practice before the New York Federal District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the Untied States.




  • Long Island University (B.A., 1968)
  • Brooklyn Law School (J.D.,1971)


Bar Admissions:


  • New York State (1972)
  • United States Supreme Court;
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit;
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Southern, Northern and Western Districts of New York.


Practice Areas:


  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Commercial and Retail Debt Collection
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Judgment Enforcement


Affiliations, Achievements and Honors:


  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Commercial Law League of America; (Member Committees on the Federal Fair Debt
  • Collection Practices Act; Forwarders and Receivers and Laws and Legislation)
  • Commercial Lawyers Conference of New York (former Vice President)
  • Founder and past Chair of the Creditors’ Rights Law Committee of the Suffolk County Bar
    Association (1996 to 1998, 2005 to 2007)
  • Co-Chair and Founder of Bank-Attorney-Government-Agency Interface Committee
  • Frequent lecturer on creditors’ rights matters.


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Linda D. Calder, Counsel

Linda Calder, Counsel
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Linda D. Calder is of counsel to the firm and concentrates her practice in commercial litigation and general civil practice. She joined the firm in 2003 following six years of general practice in Riverhead and fifteen years of litigation practice in Manhattan.

In addition to her general practice skills, Ms. Calder brings to the firm her considerable background in pretrial discovery, motion practice and appellate work. She was senior law clerk to the Honorable Constance Baker Motley during Judge Motley’s tenure as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Calder has represented individuals, small businesses and giant corporations in everything from residential real estate closings to multi-defendant tort cases.

Ms. Calder was born in Alberta, Canada and became a U.S. citizen in 1998.

She resides in Westhampton.


  • Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism (B.S., 1971)
  • New York Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1981) Law Review

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State (1982)
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the
  • Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • General Practice
  • Real Estate

Affiliations, Achievements and Honors:

  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
  • National Board of Advisors, The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, PA

Reported Cases:

  • Center Great Neck LLC v. Rite Aid Corp., 292 A.D.2d 484 (2d Dep’t 2002)
  • Ray v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 282 A.D.2d 464 (2d Dep’t 2001)
  • Centre Great Neck Co. v. Penn encore, Inc., 276 A.D.2d 735 (2d Dep’t 2000)


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Christine R. Shiebler, Counsel

Christine R. Shiebler, Counsel
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Christine R. Shiebler is counsel to the firm and head up the trusts and estates practice area in the office. Christine learned early in her legal career that Trust and Estates work is where her professional passion lies. Christine is passionate about educating herself and her clients in estate planning. She frequently lectures to attorneys for their continuing education requirements through the Suffolk County Academy of Law and other organizations and is a former chairperson of the Suffolk County Bar Association Surrogates Court Committee.


Besides teaching attorneys, Christine also speaks before civic associations and other groups about the general principals of estate planning and has been a lecturer at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue for courses in St. Joseph’s Gerontology Certificate Program. She counsels her own clients as to their specific needs and educates her clients that one size does not fit all.


Aside from her estate planning expertise, Christine also represents clients in Surrogates Court proceedings in both contested and uncontested proceedings. She has frequently assisted the Surrogates Court by acting as a Guardian ad Litem in Guardianship proceedings on a pro bono basis and was appointed by the Suffolk County Executive to the Suffolk County Senior Citizens Advisory Board in 2006.


Christine also sits on the Board of Directors of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and is a former Vestry Member of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Sayville.


Christine is a life long resident of Suffolk County, having been born and raised in Sayville where she attended high school.  From there, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University in 1990 and then her Juris Doctor from Boston University in 1993.


Christine is just as passionate about her family and her gardening as she is about her law practice. She currently resides in Blue Point, with her husband, two children and her beautiful gardens.




  • Colgate University (B.A., 1990)
  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1993)


Bar Admissions:


  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York


Practice Areas:


  • Estate Planning
  • Trust and Estate administration
  • Elder Law
  • Real Estate




  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Senior Citizens Advisory Board (2006 – present)
  • Vestry Member, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Sayville (2008 – 2010)


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Campion Lally, Of Counsel

Campion Lally, Of Counsel
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In addition to his association with Taroff & Taitz, LLP, Brother Campion serves as In-House Counsel and Business Manager of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn. He has served in many capacities for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, including Executive Director of the Office of Health Ministry and as a member of the Medical Ethics and Public Policy Committees.

Brother Campion has been an Assistant Principal and teacher at The St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, NY, earning the honor of Catholic Teachers Educator of the Year in 1985 and 1990.

He is a member of the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations.


  • Yeshiva University (M.S., Mathematics Education, 1967)
  • St. Francis College (B.S., Mathematics, 1964)
  • St. John’s University School of Law (J.D., 1991)

Bar Admissions:

  • New York (1991)
  • Florida (1992)

Practice Areas:

  • Trusts and Estates
  • Wills
  • Elder Law
  • Real Property


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David Welch, Associate

Les Taroff, New York Attorney
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David Welch is an associate in the firm and practices in the areas of civil litigation, commercial collections, real estate and foreign asset reporting. David is passionate about representing his clients both through pre-suit negotiations and the Courts. He is zealous in his advocacy, both in and out of the courtroom, making him a valuable partner to his clients.

Outside of the courtroom, David is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association. He also serves as an Officer of the Bar Association’s Academy of Law where he is active in the development of continuing legal education programs presented to members of the Bar. David has previously lectured before the Nassau County Bar Association on the topic of foreign income reporting and the Suffolk County Bar Association on the topic of collections for lawyers. Through his involvement with the Suffolk County Bar, David has served as a judge in the New York State High School Mock Trial Program. He enjoys fostering the enthusiasm and developing the skills of young high school advocates. In addition, David is also a member of the Commercial Law League of America.

David is a native Long Islander, born and raised. He attended Hamilton College and graduated with a BA in Asian Studies with an emphasis in Chinese (Mandarin) language. David relocated to the west coast after graduation and worked for a large electronics manufacturer in both California and New York for twelve years. When an opportunity presented itself, he decided to make the law his new career and attended the University of Richmond School of Law. David finished second in his class and achieved summa cum laude honors. In addition, he was a Walter McNeill Honors Scholar, Order of the Coif recipient and earned several other honors through his coursework. David was as an Articles & Comments Editor of the law review and was awarded the Janet D. Steiger American Bar Association Fellowship which enabled him to spend a summer working in the Virginia Attorney General’s Anti-Trust and Consumer Protection section.

David is a devoted husband and father, living in Huntington with his wife and three children.


  • Hamilton College (B.A.)
  • University of Richmond (J.D.)
  • New York State
  • Untied States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Creditor’s Rights
  • Commercial Collections
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate- Litigation and Transactional
  • Foreign Income and Foreign Asset Reporting Compliance
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Officer, Suffolk County Bar Association Academy of Law
  • Commercial Law League of America


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