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May 1, 2008, Garden City York, NY


David I. Rosenberg, Senior Partner in the Garden City-based law firm of RosenbergFortuna & Laitman, LLP, has announced that two attorneys, Anthony R. Filosa andSeth L. Berman, have joined the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Transactions Practice Groups. As members of the firm’s litigation practice group, they draft litigation documents, research legal issues, write memoranda of law, prepare pleadings, motion papers and discovery, conduct and defend depositions, attend settlement negotiations, court hearings and assist in trial preparation. In the firm’s real estate transaction practice group, Mr. Filosa and Mr. Berman use their prior work experience in negotiating real estate contracts, leases, and financing commitments. They also conduct closings of various commercial and residential real estate matters.


Anthony R. Filosa received his Juris Doctor degree in 2007 from St. John’s University School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a Minor in the Philosophy of Law from St. John’s University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004. During 2006, Mr. Filosa was a law intern in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, a division of the United States Department of Justice. He drafted many documents related to criminal law, Title VII Race Discrimination and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and constitutional tort law. In 2005, he completed an internship with Nassau County Supreme Court with the Hon. Stephen Bucaria, conducting legal research and drafting orders and opinions. Previously, Mr. Filosa was a law clerk to an attorney in Queens, New York, handling real estate and title matters from 2002-2004.

At St. John’s School of Law, Mr. Filosa was the recipient of the St. Thomas More Academic Scholarship and the CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) Award for Excellence in Conflict of Laws. He was a senior staff member of the St. John’sJournal of Legal Commentary. As an undergraduate at St. John’s University, Mr. Filosa received both the Silver Key Award and Gold Key Award for Excellence in Economics.


Seth L. Berman received his Juris Doctor degree in 2007, Cum Laude, from Hofstra University Law School, ranking in the top 11% of his class. He was named to the Dean’s List at Hofstra Law for the 2006-2007 term, and received Special Recognition for Extraordinary Performance in Commercial Leasing and Commercial Development Contracts. A member of the August A. Rendigs, Jr. National Products Liability Moot Court Competition team, Mr. Berman was also a staff member of the Hofstra Sports and Entertainment Law Society. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1999, where he was named to the Dean’s List.

Upon the completion of law school and before joining Rosenberg Fortuna & Laitman, Mr. Berman was a law clerk at a Long Island/New York City law firm, where he worked with attorneys in the firm’s products liability, personal injury, commercial litigation and intellectual property law practice groups. Prior to law school, Mr. Berman had a diverse career. He spent a year as a business development specialist with Fleet Boston Financial, based in New York City, and another four years in the entertainment industry, negotiating distribution agreements and production contracts for an entertainment distribution company, and as an artists and repertoire (A&R) representative.

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