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John McEntee '85 Elected Nassau County Bar Association's 112th President

Alumni in the News
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

From the Nassau County Bar Association Press Release:

Mineola, Long Island, NY - John P. McEntee of Rockville Centre, a commercial litigation partner at Farrell Fritz, P.C., has been installed the 112th president of the Nassau County Bar Association at the Bar's headquarters in Mineola. McEntee replaces Peter Mancuso, whose one-year term ended May 31, 2014. An accomplished trial lawyer, John McEntee represents prominent businesses such as the New York Islanders and CA Technologies in a broad variety of business disputes.  

In addition, the following attorneys were installed as NCBA officers for one-year terms: President-Elect Steven J. Eisman, executive partner, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP, Lake Success; 1st Vice President Martha Krisel, Counsel, Office of Consumer Affairs, and Continuing Legal Education, Externship/Internship and Training Coordinator, Office of the Nassau County Attorney; 2nd Vice President Steven G. Leventhal of Leventhal, Cursio, Mullaney & Sliney, LLP, Roslyn; Treasurer Elena Karabatos, partner, Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, PLLC, Garden City, and Richard D. (Rick) Collins, partner, Collins, McDonald & Gann, P.C., Mineola.

John McEntee has been an active member of NCBA for 24 years, and is a sustaining member. He has served on the Board of Directors for the past eight years, the last five as an officer. In 2011, as Second Vice President and chair of the Pro Bono Committee, he was instrumental in launching the first Pro Bono FAIR (Free Assistance, Information and Referral), providing free legal consulting to Nassau residents, now held annually every October.

During his term of office, McEntee said he will focus on expanding awareness, counseling, and support to attorneys struggling with personal and professional challenges through the NCBA Lawyer Assistance Program. He plans to further promote NCBA's Access to Justice program, which provides free clinics and programs serving the neediest Nassau County residents. In addition, he will work to strengthen the Association's finances, processes, and governance to meet the future challenges of the evolving legal community.

Professional Achievements
In 2003, John McEntee was recognized by the New York Law Journal for having obtained the highest jury verdict in New York State in 2002, $100.4 million, representing the family of a rookie New York City police officer, Edward Byrne, who, while guarding the home of a witness in Jamaica, Queens, was murdered in his patrol car upon the orders of an imprisoned drug gang leader.  In 2011, he was honored as Public Interest Attorney of the Year by Touro Law School for his pro bono representation of a young mother who was the victim of a vicious sexual assault and robbery in upstate New York.

Before joining Farrell Fritz, McEntee served as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County and as an Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the New York State Organized Crime Task Force.

McEntee has been selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers® -Metro Edition (Business Litigation) and in Long Island Business News in its listing of "Who's Who in Law" on Long Island.  He is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys published by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, and is an elected Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

He is a co-author of Commercial Litigation Strategies published by Thomson Reuters, and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Commercial Law WebAdvisor.

Community Service
In addition to his service at NCBA, McEntee is a member of the Board of Trustees of Molloy College, a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association, a Fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association.

A graduate of SUNY Brockport and St. John's University School of Law, John resides in Rockville Centre with his wife, Pamela, and their sons Robert, a recent graduate of Colgate University, and Thomas, a student at American University. 

About the Nassau County Bar Association
Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association consists of private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students who demonstrate their commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, mortgage foreclosure, Sandy Recovery and senior citizen legal clinics, judicial screening, public education programs, and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. The We Care Fund, a part of the NCBA’s charitable arm, assists children, the elderly and others in need, through countless projects and donations.  For more information, call (516) 747-4070 (language translation available), email [email protected], or visit