WHO WE ARE.
Cyruli Shanks is staffed with talented, innovative professionals, each possessing an unrelenting sense of purpose. They bring to each matter significant, valuable experience and expertise across the broad spectrum of our practice areas. We are structured in order that our “bold advocacy…dynamic thought…pragmatic counsel”, in combination with our relative size, give the Firm its unique aspect. The Firm is a formidable advocate in pursuit of its clients´ objectives, yet sufficiently nimble in its ability to respond rapidly to evolving facts, events or client objectives.
Jenna Bezoza, an associate of the firm, concentrates her practice in commercial leasing matters, representing both landlords and tenants in the preparation and negotiation of complex office and retail leases, licenses and related agreements.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Bezoza worked in-house at a prominent Manhattan real estate investment trust, with commercial properties throughout Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including one of the world’s most famous trophy office buildings located in midtown Manhattan.
Ms. Bezoza received her Juris Doctor Degree from the Fordham University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in public policy and law from Trinity College, pi gamma mu.
Ms. Bezoza is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association and the Connecticut State Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.
Briana Hart, an associate of the firm, concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, corporate, and business law.
While in law school, Ms. Hart was the Editor-in-Chief of the New York Real Property Law Journal published by the New York State Bar Association. The Journal is a practitioner’s journal that focuses on substantive issues within the focus of Real Property and is the most widely subscribed to journal published by the New York State Bar Association.
Displaying a strong commitment to legal service, Ms. Hart completed 683 hours of pro bono service while attending law school. This included work for New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), an organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers.
Ms. Hart received a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and United States District of Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Andrew C. Pistor
Andrew C. Pistor, an associate of the firm, concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. Mr. Pistor has represented privately-held and publicly-traded commercial entities throughout the litigation process. He has also represented major broker dealers in federal securities litigation and broker-dealer arbitration before the SEC and FINRA, in every aspect of arbitration or litigation, from filing to decision.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Pistor spent ten years working for the City of New York, Borough President of Staten Island, as Associate Director of Contract Oversight and Deputy Press Secretary.
After law school, Mr. Pistor clerked for the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Department, where he evaluated incoming motions, reviewed lower court judgments, notices of appeal, and reviewed decisions and preliminary weekly reports of all orders and decisions issued by the Second Department. Thereafter, Mr. Pistor was associated with the firm of Leahey & Johnson, P.C. in Manhattan.
Mr. Pistor received a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from St. John University.
He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, and before the United States Supreme Court.
Marc A. Rogovin
Marc A. Rogovin, an associate of the firm, concentrates his practice in commercial and real estate litigation. Mr. Rogovin has represented developers, building owners, landlords and tenants in litigation relating to the conveyance, use, management and operation of real properties throughout the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Rogovin has also successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigated matters involving breach of contract and related commercial tort claims, from plenary actions to summary proceedings and mediations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rogovin was associated with the firm of Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. and prior to that was associated with the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and with K&L Gates LLP.
While in law school, Mr. Rogovin served as a judicial intern for Richmond County Supreme Court Justice Philip G. Minardo.
Mr. Rogovin received a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Yale University.
Mr. Rogovin is a member of the New York State Bar Association, and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York as well as in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.