Our Lawyers

Adam Gross

Partner

Case Western University School of Law, J.D.; Clark University, B.A. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure and related litigation, loan resolution, home retention and title claim resolution. Mr. Gross is a member of the New York State Bar. His community involvement includes serving as Commack Youth League lacrosse coach and Suffolk County Police Athletic League football coach. Mr. Gross has been a licensed attorney since 2005

Amy E. Polowy

Partner

University of Buffalo School of Law, J.D., cum laude; Canisius College, B.A., summa cum laude. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure, eviction, bankruptcy and home retention. Ms. Polowy is a member of the Erie County Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. She is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, U.S. District Court, Western, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; and U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York. Ms. Polowy presented Mortgage Foreclosures and the Automatic Stay at the Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association and Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association 11th Annual Conference. Her community involvement includes the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Red Cross of Western New York. Amy has been nominated as WNY‘s 40 under 40 by Buffalo’s Business First and has been designated by DS News as Top 25 Women of Law. Ms. Polowy has been a licensed attorney since 2004.

Nicole C. Gazzo

Managing Attorney - Williamsville Office

University at Buffalo, B.A., University of Buffalo, J.D.; Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure and bankruptcy. Ms. Gazzo is admitted to the United States Federal and Bankruptcy Courts in all Districts of New York. She has been a licensed attorney since 2004.

Lynn T. Nolan

Managing Attorney - New Jersey office

Albany Law School, J.D.; The College of Saint Rose, B.A., summa cum laude. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure, bankruptcy, eviction, contracts, regulatory compliance, and associated litigation. Her industry involvement includes speaking at seminars offered to mortgage loan servicing companies to facilitate dialogue surrounding industry standards, regulatory compliance, and legislative updates. Ms. Nolan is a multijurisdictional attorney; she has been a licensed attorney in the State of New Jersey since 2011, and has been a licensed attorney in the State of New York since 2012. Ms. Nolan is admitted to the U.S. District Court of New Jersey as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Stephen J. Vargas

Supervising Attorney - Westbury Office

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.; Columbia University in the City of New York, B.A.. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure trial and appellate court litigation, federal trial and appellate court litigation, loan resolution, home retention, eviction, and title claim resolution. He is admitted to practice Law in the: New York State Courts; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York, and; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is also a commissioned Notary Public. He is the author of “Constitutional Challenges Affecting Loan Servicers and Note Holders” (Legal League 100 Quarterly Journal, 2020), “Deceleration of a New York Mortgage: Evolution of the Requirements to Revoke Acceleration and Best Practices to Avoid the Onerous Effect of the Expiration of the Statute of Limitations” (American League & Financial Network Journal, 2020), and “Danger of Dismissal in New York: Courts Resume Strict Enforcement of Deadlines” (American Legal & Financial Network Journal, 2022). He is a member of the New York City Bar Association Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force as well as the New York Mortgage Bankers Association for which he presented at webinars regarding case law and legislation that impact mortgage loan servicing. He has been a licensed attorney since 2009.

Brian D. Goldberg

Supervising Attorney

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.; American University, Bachelor of Science in Finance. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure litigation, foreclosure trial, federal trial, loan resolution, home retention, eviction, and title claim resolution.

Brian is admitted to practice law in the New York State Courts; United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Texas State Courts. He is also a commissioned Notary Public.

Mr. Goldberg is the author of “Digital Transitions: The Future of eMortgage Laws and Adoption by State” (Legal League 100 Quarterly Journal, 2020), and has trained numerous loan servicers and Court personnel regarding foreclosure litigation on forward and reverse mortgages.

Most uniquely, Mr. Goldberg along with the Nassau County Courts, created the Inquest Program in New York to help expedite uncontested foreclosures. His work with the county led to the design of the pilot program and launch for implementation. Brian also assisted in the creation of the Servicer Day program to facilitate increased efficiency and resolutions to matters in the Settlement Conference Part.

Brian is the sitting Secretary of the Complex Litigation, Legislative & Regulatory Policy Committee of the American Legal and Financial Network. He is also a member of the New York Bar Association and Texas Bar Association. He has been a licensed attorney since 2007.

His community involvement includes serving as president of the Alpha Tau Omega Alumni Association at American University, fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Foundation and volunteering with the Special Olympics.

Douglas C. Weinert

Senior Attorney - Risk Management

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.; University at Buffalo, B.A. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure, eviction, contracts and commercial litigation. Mr. Weinert is a member of the New York State Bar Association and Erie County Bar Association. Mr. Weinert also is part of the Erie County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, providing free legal assistance to low income individuals and the Erie County Bar Foundation. He has been a licensed attorney since 2007.

Ehret Anne Van Horn

Senior Bankruptcy Attorney - Williamsville Office

The University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude; publications editor, Buffalo Law Review; University of Rochester, B.A., cum laude. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing and bankruptcy. Ms. Van Horn is a member of the Erie County Bar Association. She has been a licensed attorney since 2009.

Bridget C. Bidonde

University of Buffalo School of Law, J.D.; board member, Desmond Moot Court Executive Board and Jessup International Moot Court Board; Binghamton University, B.A. Practices in mortgage default servicing, foreclosure, loan resolution, home retention, eviction and bankruptcy. Ms. Bidonde is admitted to practice in the Courts of the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Bidonde had been a licensed attorney since 1997.

Richard P. Fay

Senior Associate

University of Buffalo School of Law, J.D.; St. Lawrence University, B.A., cum laude; Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, and foreclosure. Mr. Fay is also admitted to practice law in the United States Federal Court for the Western and Northern Districts of New York. He has been a licensed attorney since 2012.

Tracy M. Fourtner

State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.; West Virginia University, B.S. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure, eviction, loan resolution and contracts. Mr. Fourtner is a Continuing Legal Education lecturer for the New York State Bar Association. He has been a licensed attorney since 2001.

Christine L. Fox

Nazareth College of Rochester, B.A., University at Buffalo, M.A., Thomas M. Cool.ey Law School, J.D. with distinction; Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure. Ms. Fox has been a licensed attorney since 2009, and is admitted United States District Court for the Western and Northern Districts of New York. She is a member of the Erie County Bar Association.

Alexandra R. Heaney

Senior Associate

Widener University School of Law, J.D.; Niagara University, M.B.A; State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. Practices in foreclosure litigation. Prior to joining Gross Polowy, Ms. Heaney practiced in the areas of federal employment law, estate planning, domestic relations law, and criminal law. Her community involvement includes being an active participant in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and Wills For Heroes. Ms. Heaney is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York State Defenders Association, American Bar Association, Erie County Bar Association, and has been a licensed attorney since 2014.

Jonathan W. Jacobs

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.; University of West Florida, B.S. B.A. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure, eviction, contracts, and commercial litigation. Mr. Jacobs has been a licensed attorney since 2011.

Amber A. Jurek

Senior Associate

State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D.; State University of New York at Oswego, B.A. Practices in foreclosure litigation and mortgage default servicing. Prior to joining Gross Polowy, Ms. Jurek practiced in the areas of estate planning and administration, matrimonial/family law, and criminal law. Ms. Jurek also represented municipalities in tax certiorari matters. Ms. Jurek is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and has been a licensed attorney since 2010.

Alexandria A. Kaminski

Senior Associate

Thomas M Cooley Law School, J.D., cum laude; Associate Editor, Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law; University of Tennessee – Knoxville, B.A. Alexandria is one of the firm’s litigators. She represents clients in New York in the state and federal courts at the trial level. Alexandria practices in the areas of real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure trial court litigation, and Wills and Estates. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and California. Additionally, she is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Alexandria has been a licensed attorney since 2011.

William G. Klein

SUNY College at Brockport BA, Brandeis University MA, University at Buffalo JD. I have been a licensed attorney since 2021.

Robert S. Markel

University at Buffalo Law School, J.D.; Ohio State University, B.A. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure and related litigation. Prior to joining Gross Polowy, Mr. Markel was an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, NY. He has been a licensed attorney since 2011.

Marie Nicholson

St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.; New York University, B.A. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure, loan resolution, home retention, eviction and bankruptcy. Ms. Nicholson is a member of the Hudson Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association. She is admitted in the U.S Bankruptcy Court, Southern District. She has been published in DSNews Default Servicing in Print and Online. Ms. Nicholson has been a licensed attorney since 2007 and is admitted in New York and Connecticut.

Ashley M. Pascuzzi

University at Buffalo Law School, J.D.; Niagara University M.A.; Niagara University B.A., Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure. Ms. Pascuzzi is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Ms. Pascuzzi was named one of Niagara’s 12 under 40. She has been a licensed attorney since 2018.

Kathleen Puscheck

Houghton College, B.A., cum laude; University at Buffalo, J.D.; Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure. Kathleen has been a licensed attorney since 2017.

Anthony J. Rooney

Canisius College, B.A., University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. Conducts motion practice on unopposed files. Mr. Rooney has been licensed to practice law since January 2014, and has been admitted in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. He is a member of the Erie County Bar Association.

Courtney R. Shed

SUNY Buffalo Law School, J.D.; Canisius College, B.A. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, and foreclosure. Ms. Shed is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is a board member of local non-profit agency, Adoption Star. Ms. Shed was named as one of Buffalo‘s 2019 Legal Elite’s Rising Star. She has been a licensed attorney since 2015.

Adam B. Speregen

New York Law School, J.D., State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A. Practices in real estate, mortgage default servicing, foreclosure, eviction, litigation and bankruptcy. Mr. Speregen is also admitted to the United States Federal Courts for the Eastern and Southern District of New York. Prior to joining Gross Polowy LLC, Mr. Speregen worked for several law firms practicing in Creditor’s Rights on behalf of lenders and loan servicers. He has been a licensed attorney since 1995.