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Firm History & Scrapbook

History of the Firm

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Floyd Sarisohn and Bernard "Budd" Sarisohn founded our firm in 1957 when they opened their doors for business in a small two-room office on Jericho Turnpike in Commack. Floyd and Budd were at the forefront of a wave of new, young homeowners who helped convert Commack from a sleepy agricultural community, to the busy and desirable suburban destination that it is today. With only a few other law firms in the area, the Sarisohn brothers helped many families move into the neighborhood and establish new businesses. They became known for being accessible, involved in the community and assisting clients in all areas of the law.

Floyd quickly established a reputation for successfully defending the accused. In 1959, the people of Smithtown acknowledged his considerable skills, and elected him as Justice of the Peace. In 1963 he was elected as one of the first District Court Judges of Suffolk County. Meanwhile, Budd developed a reputation of his own, with his easy going manner and extensive knowledge of real estate law. For many years, if you met someone from Commack, it seemed as though either they were represented by Budd Sarisohn at a closing, or knew of someone who was.

As the reputations of Floyd and Budd Sarisohn grew in the community, so did their practice. Over the years, they relocated to larger offices within Commack, and invited partners to join them. In 1969 Walter G. Steindler, a former Town Attorney for the Town of Babylon, joined the firm. Known as a fierce, no-nonsense litigator, Walter brought legal muscle to the firm's growing litigation practice. The early to mid 1970s brought an increasing awareness of women's rights to the legal community. In Susan LeBow, the firm found a partner who not only was willing to fight for the rights of others, but stood on the front line of that battle herself. Active in the National Organization for Women, and a co-founder of an advocacy group for abused women (VIBS), Susan became one of the earliest women to become a partner in a major law firm, when she took on the task of anchoring her firm's matrimonial practice. Today, male and female clients alike seek Susan's wisdom and skill when they need a tough negotiator to protect them during a divorce.

From the beginning, we have helped clients receive compensation for their injuries negligently caused by others. Continuing our trend of expanding the firm and developing specialized practice areas, Ronald Carner joined us in 1974 to lead the firm's personal injury practice. A testament to Ron's skill and his reputation for success occurred in 1975 when nationally renowned personal injury attorney, Melvin Belli, decided to expand his San Francisco-based practice and establish a New York presence. He sought out Ron Carner and our firm to be partners with him. Today, having learned personal injury law at the side of his uncle, Ron's nephew, Michael Carner, continues his uncle's legacy of aggressive and successful representation of the injured.

In 1984, a second generation Sarisohn joined the firm bridging the practice areas of both his Father, Budd and Uncle, Floyd. Using his background as a former prosecutor, Steven L. Sarisohn continues the tradition of a Sarisohn representing those accused of a crime. Inheriting his Father's legendary patience and easygoing manner, Steven Sarisohn helps clients create families by way of adoption and has established Sarisohn Law Partners, LLP as one of the leading adoption firms in Suffolk County.

The 1960s and 1970s were a period of sustained growth on Long Island. As our firm has done from the beginning, it has changed alongside the communities we serve. The population of Long Island has undergone a change in recent years, as many of those who moved to Long Island then are now growing older. In recognition of this trend, and to better meet the needs of an aging population, we are devoting more of our practice to the preparation of Wills, Trusts and the administration of estates. With precision and compassion, we make sure that our clients have properly planned for the future of their children, minimized the impact of estate taxes and that our firm is available to assist families carry out their loved ones final wishes.

When brothers Floyd and Budd Sarisohn started our firm, it originated as a family practice dedicated to helping the families of those they served. When our clients bought a house, started a business or fulfilled a dream by adopting a child, Floyd and Budd were available for advice and to offer their good wishes. When an arrest, personal injury, divorce or death made life difficult, they were there to help and provide support as well. We are proud of the fact that several generations of our clients' families have turned to us for advice. Commack and Long Island have evolved throughout the years as has our firm. When the needs of our clients and their families grew and changed, we expanded our areas of practice to meet those needs. We are no longer a law firm of just family members. We have changed names and partners and even moved our office several times. However, the one constant that our clients have always been able to count on are the lessons taught by our founding partners and refined by those that followed. Sarisohn Law Partners, LLP still remains a law firm whose partners are always accessible and dedicated to helping clients and their families with all of their legal needs.

Throughout the years of our firm's existence, we have followed the lead of our founding partners by becoming involved in service to our community. Our partners have served as advisors and leaders of the Democratic party, leaders in their religious congregations and in numerous other school and civic groups. Our partners and attorneys associated with our firm have gone on to become Judges in most of the Courts of our county. We encourage you to learn more about Sarisohn Law Partners and its history by viewing our scrapbook of accomplishments in the legal world and community at large.


We are active, contributing members of the communities where we live and work. Learn more about who we are and what we do.


The attorneys at Sarisohn Law Partners represent you with skill, dedication and compassion. We are proud of our accomplishments and the reputation we have earned in the legal community and amongst our clients.


Beginning with Floyd Sarisohn's successful election as Smithtown's Justice of the Peace and later as its' first District Court Judge, and continuing through today with former Babylon Supervisor and current Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaeffer acting as Of Counsel to our firm, members of Sarisohn Law Partners have been actively involved in local and county politics.

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Sarisohn Law Partners LLP
350 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Commack, NY 11725
Phone: (631) 543-7667
Fax: (631) 543-7901

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