2021 Honored Guests

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Howard Fensterman

Honoree

Elena Karabatos

Honoree

Stephen W. Schlissel

Lifetime Achievement

Award Recipient

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Martha Haesloop

Gassman Award Recipient

Barbara Gervase

Gassman Award Recipient

Please see below for Honoree bios.

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Howard Fensterman
Honoree

An experienced and accomplished litigator, as well as a successful businessman, Howard Fensterman is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP. Mr. Fensterman has overseen and guided every aspect of the firm's expansion since its inception with 13 attorneys in 2000. The firm currently includes over 110 attorneys and 225 employees overall in five offices throughout New York state. His vision turned Abrams Fensterman into one of the largest full-service law firms on Long Island and the largest in Brooklyn.

Mr. Fensterman was appointed by Governor Paterson to serve on the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council in 2008 until his term ended in 2014. He formerly served on the Public Health and Planning Council's Establishment and Project Review Committee. He was also a Chairman of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency from 2004 until 2009. Mr. Fensterman is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America - Long Island Chapter.

Since 2019, Mr. Fensterman has been named to City & State Magazine's Long Island Power 100 List, recognizing the 100 most powerful people on Long Island. Mr. Fensterman and his son Jordan were honored in 2016 with the Dor L' Dor - Generation to Generation Award from the Chabad of Port Washington. In 2016, Mr. Fensterman was also recognized by Schneps Media as a King of Long Island. Long Island Business News honored Mr. Fensterman in 2014 at their Leadership in Law Awards ceremony, which recognized those that demonstrate a standard of leadership in the legal profession and the community that has a positive impact on Long Island.

Mr. Fensterman received his J.D. from Georgetown Law Center. He is admitted to practice in the states of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

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Elena Karabatos
Honoree

Elena Karabatos, Esq. is a partner in the matrimonial practice of Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, PLLC. Ms. Karabatos is a Past President of the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA). She is a Past President of the New York Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is a Fellow of the American College of Family Trial Attorneys. She serves as a member of the Attorney for the Children Advisory Committee for the Tenth Judicial District and she is a member of the Matrimonial Practice Advisory and Rules Committee for the New York State Office of Court Administration. Elena is also a member of the ADR Advisory Committee for the Office of Court Administration as well as a member of the New York State CLE Board. She served as Chair of the Matrimonial Law Committee of the NCBA (2009-2011). She is the co-author of the second edition of Separation Agreements and Marital Contacts (Michie 1997). Ms. Karabatos was a member of the Nassau County Bar Association Delegation for the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates (2009-2012) and she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law section of the New York State Bar Association. In addition, she is certified in advanced mediation by the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution and by the New York City Bar Association in mediating custody and visitation matters. Ms. Karabatos taught a course on negotiation at Hofstra Law School for over fifteen years. For many years, she served as the course chairperson for the continuing legal education program on Matrimonial Litigation and Equitable Distribution at Fordham University School of Law, where she lectured on various topics such as negotiating separation agreements and litigating matrimonial trials.

Elena is regularly selected for inclusion in "Best Lawyers in America" and "New York Super Lawyers" in the area of Family Law. In 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 she was also listed as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro Super Lawyers. She has been recognized by "Ten Leaders" in the field of Matrimonial and Divorce Law, Long Island, and she has also been recognized in the "Who's Who in Women in Professional Services" for the Long Island Business News. In 2017, she was voted as one of Long Island's Ten Top Legal Eagles by Pulse Magazine. Elena was also named one of Long Island's Power Women in Business by Long Island Press. Ms. Karabatos received her B.A. from Tufts University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

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Stephen W. Schlissel
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Barbara Gervase
Gassman Award Recipient

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Martha Haesloop
Gassman Award Recipient

Martha V. Haesloop, Esq. has been a Principal Law Secretary/Principal Court Attorney for Judges in the Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Center, Nassau County and Queens County Supreme Court, County Court of Nassau County, and the Nassau County Family Court for over 34 years. Martha began her career as an Assistant District Attorney of Nassau County and was also in private practice. She is a former member for the Nassau County Board of Directors, former Chair and Vice Chair of the Women in the Law Committee, member of the Matrimonial Law Committee, and the Family Law and Procedure Committee.

Martha is a long time member of the WE CARE Board of Directors. She has been a Cho-Chair and member of the Dressed to a Tea Committee and fund raising event for 15 years. This event features court personnel and members of the Bar Association as models in a themed fashion show and clothing drive. This much loved and successful event has raised much needed funds for WE CARE charities including Momma's House, Bethany House, Farm Workers of Eastern Long Island, Prom Boutique, and many more. Martha is also a long time member of the WE CARE Golf Outing Committee, and the Children's Festival, Scholarship, and Grant committees.

Currently a member of the Nassau County Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York Nominations Committee, Martha is a Past President of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association, and a past Co-Chair and member of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association Golf Outing Committee. Over the years, Martha has been previously involved in the Irish Americans in Government, Nassau County Courthouse Kiwanis, and the Catholic Daughters. 

A graduate of St. John's University School of Law with a JD Degree, Martha is admitted to practice in New York State, the U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts, and the United States Supreme Court. 

Martha wishes to express her gratitude to the dedicated members of the WE CARE Board/Committees, the Staff of the Bar Association, and members of the Bar Association who have provided her with the assistance and opportunities over the years. Special thanks to her friends and family, especially, her daughter Kate, and her son Robert, for their love, understanding, and support./Principal Court Attorney for Judges in the Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Center, Nassau County and Queens County Supreme Court, County Court of Nassau County, and the Nassau County Family Court for over 34 years. Martha began her career as an Assistant District Attorney of Nassau County and was also in private practice. She is a former member for the Nassau County Board of Directors, former Chair and Vice Chair of the Women in the Law Committee, member of the Matrimonial Law Committee, and the Family Law and Procedure Committee.