TLGGR Firm Overview

Firm Overview

TLGGR was formed in 2001 by former partners of Stockman, Wallach, Lentz and Gamell, LLP and Tunstead, Schechter & Torre. Stockman Wallach and its predecessor firm, Hart & Hume, specialized in the areas of surety and fidelity law since its creation in 1962. Tunstead Schecter & Torre was a boutique firm practicing in the construction industry and related fields since it began in 1973. The synergy of the two firms was immediate – combining over forty years of experience in counseling and litigation relating to construction surety bonds with over thirty years of experience in handling complex affirmative claims against public and private owners.

We are a boutique law firm that provides clients with the best features of small and large firms. TLGGR is able to provide this service by combining seasoned legal talent and modern technology of a large firm with the personal attention, expertise and congeniality of a small firm. Although we pride ourselves on being a boutique firm able to provide immediate and sustained attention to our clients’ problems, don’t let that description misguide you as TLGGR is called upon constantly to provide strategy, counseling and its litigation skills to handle transactions and lawsuits in excess of $50 million. For handling of such complex, document intensive cases, TLGGR maintains a state-of-the-art in-house computerized litigation support system and staff.

Our main office is located in newly designed offices in Jericho, Long Island, New York, which is within 30 minutes of Manhattan. In addition, the firm maintains a satellite office in the heart of New York City at 2 Penn Plaza which is “flexible space” (expandable to meet the needs of in-city litigation support), and a satellite office in Princeton, New Jersey. While the firm’s practice is located primarily in New York and New Jersey, TLGGR also has recently handled substantial matters in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, D.C.

TLGGR handles all manner of commercial and business problems but in large measure specializes in counseling and litigation relating to (1) construction bonds, commercial surety bonds and other forms of suretyship, (2) construction contract and engineering disputes, (3) claims against project owners for wrongful termination and additional compensation, (4) financial institution bonds and other forms of fidelity or crime insurance, and (5) creditors’ rights in bankruptcy. These matters involve us in a broad range of commercial problems, including workouts, bankruptcy proceedings, and insurance coverage analysis and litigation.

Three of TLGGR’s attorneys are also licensed engineers, which we have found to be of great assistance in the highly technical areas in which we practice. TLGGR has also worked with engineers of note retained as consultants and expert testimonial witnesses involving major construction projects where engineering issues were intimately involved in the dispute. In addition, TLGGR has easy access to additional sources of engineering information and expert consultation, through an independent construction consulting company located at our main office.