BARBARA M. PIZZOLATO was first admitted to practice law in 1987. In July of 1994, she opened her own practice in Dix Hills, New York after practicing in Manhattan from 1987 to 1993 and then in Melville, New York for a year and a half. She presently maintains offices in Melville, New York; West Orange, New Jersey; Naples, Florida; and Fort Myers, Florida. Although still admitted in the State of Connecticut, she no longer actively practices in that State.
Ms. Pizzolato received her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, Night Division, in 1987 and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1982 where she was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society.
Licensed to practice law in the states of New Jersey (1987), New York (1988), Connecticut (1988) and Florida (2002), Ms. Pizzolato is admitted to practice before the New Jersey Superior and U.S. District Courts (1987), the New York Supreme Court (1988), the U.S. District Court for the Southern (1990) and Eastern Districts (1992) of New York, the Connecticut Superior Court (1988), the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut (1992), the Florida Supreme Court (2002) and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (2005). Reported Cases: TTF, Inc. v. Brozman Archer Realty Services, Inc., 722 N.Y.S.2d 408 (2d Dep’t 2001).
In New York, Ms. Pizzolato was an arbitrator for the Small Claims Part of the New York State Unified Court System from 1998 to 2002; a Matrimonial Fee Dispute Arbitrator for the Suffolk County Unified Court System from 1995 to 2002; an Officer of the Suffolk Academy of Law; Member and Secretary of the Board of Managers of the Pro Bono Foundation of the Suffolk County Bar Association (1993-2002), Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Practitioners’ Committee (1996-1998, 1999-2002); Member of the Suffolk County Bar Association Committees on Fee Disputes, Corporate Law, Tax Committee; Member of the National Association of Female Executives (1993-2001); and First Vice President and Treasurer of Long Island Women’s Network (1996-2001).
Ms. Pizzolato was previously a Member of the Board of Directors of Sarah’s Center, Chairperson of the Citizens' Advisory Committee for the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities of the Town of Huntington; a Member of the Board of Directors of The Long Island Center for Professional and Business Women (1996-1998) as well as Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.; in addition, she was a former member of the following organizations: Long Island Association (Tax Policy Committee); The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1988-1994), The Real Estate Board of New York (1990-1993); the Queens County Bar Association (1988-1993); New Jersey State Bar Association; Connecticut State Bar Association; a Major Trustee Investor of the Chamber of Southwest Florida and former Chair of Professional Development for The Business Network of Southwest Florida.
After the events of September 11, 2001, Ms. Pizzolato served on the American Bar Association’s Disaster Relief panel of legal experts offering pro bono assistance to victims of the World Trade Center attacks involving landlord/tenant issues. In addition, after Hurricane Charley, Ms. Pizzolato provided pro bono services to individuals through the Young Lawyers Division Emergency Panel and has volunteered her services again for each upcoming hurricane season.
Presently, Ms. Pizzolato is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation, Law Practice Management and Tax Sections), 1988-2007, New York State Bar Association (1987-1999, 2001-2005); Suffolk County Bar Association (1992-2007), Florida Bar Association (2002-2007), Lee County Bar Association (2002-2007), a Member of the Calusa Inns of Court, (2003-2007), the Golf Committee for AFCAAM and Board of Directors, Rotary South of Fort Myers.
Ms. Pizzolato is the Author of "The Pizzolato Newsletter", a quarterly newsletter which offered clients, colleagues and others updates on current legal issues; the following are Ms. Pizzolato’s published articles: "Limited Liability Companies", One on One, Newsletter of the General Practice Section, Vol. 15, No. 3, page 22-23 [Fall, 1994], N.Y.S.B.A. and "Public and Private Agencies Spur Economic Growth", Real Property Law Section Newsletter, Vol 21, No. 3, pages 21-25 [Summer, 1993], N.Y.S.B.A. Ms. Pizzolato regularly contributed articles concerning landlord/tenant matters to The Suffolk Lawyer, a monthly publication of the Suffolk County Bar Association as well as The Rhodes Real Estate Review and Action Line, a publication of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section. In addition, in New York, Ms. Pizzolato was a member of the Suffolk Academy of Law’s Practicum Project Faculty and annually taught landlord/tenant law to attorneys in New York.
Ms. Pizzolato, the sole shareholder of Barbara M. Pizzolato, P.A., concentrates her practice in Commercial Loans, Loan Restructuring, Business Law, Business Estate Planning, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Business Planning, Business Start-Ups, Business Succession Planning, Business Transfers, Buy-Sell Agreements, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Family Business Successions, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate Contracts, Contracts, Breach of Contract, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, Corporate Law, Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Formation, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Incorporation, Professional Corporations, S Corporations, Small Business Corporations, Equipment Finance, Equipment Leasing, Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law, Commercial Leasing, Mortgages, Commercial Mortgages, Mortgage Banking Law, Mortgage Refinancing, Mortgage Workouts, Partnership Law, Family Limited Partnerships, Family Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Partnership Dissolution, Partnership Formation, Partnership Organization, Probate, Property Law, Personal Property Leasing, Real Estate, Real Estate Acquisitions, Real Estate Contracts, Trusts and Estates, Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Family Trusts, Family Wealth Transfer, Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Trust Planning, Wills and Living Wills.
In addition, Ms. Pizzolato is now available to serve as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator in the State of Florida (Lee and Collier Counties)
She resides in Fort Myers, Florida with her husband and two children. Her interests include golf, reading and entertaining.
Licensed since 1987
Hourly ($400/hour), Retainer (Sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2002||08/12/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Rated by Clients||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|2009 Best of Fort Myers, Business Award||U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)||2009|
|Arbitrator for the Small Claims Part||New York State Unified Court System||1998 - 2002|
|Chair Solo/Small Firm Practitionersâ€™ Committee||Suffolk County Bar Association||1996 - 2002|
|Committee Member on Fee Disputes||Suffolk County Bar Association||1996 - 2002|
|Committee Member on Corporate Law and Tax Law||Suffolk County Bar Association||1996 - 2002|
|Member||Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.||1996 - 1998|
|Matrimonial Fee Dispute Arbitrator||Suffolk County Unified Court System||1995 - 2002|
|Officer||Suffolk Academy of Law||1995 - 2002|
|Member and Secretary of the Board of Managers||Pro Bono Foundation Suffolk County Bar Assoc.||1993 - 2002|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Estate Planning Council Fort Myers||Member||2012 - Present|
|WealthCounsel||Member||2011 - Present|
|Rotary Club of Fort Myers South||Former Board Member||2004 - Present|
|Calusa Inns of Court||Member||2003 - 2007|
|Lee County Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section||Member||2002 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section||Member||2001 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Taxation Section||Member||2000 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Suffolk County Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Litigation Section||Member||N/A|
|One on One||Limited Liability Companies||N/A|
|Real Property Law Section Newsletter||Public and Private Agencies Spur Economic Growth||N/A|
|New York Law School||N/A||law||N/A|
|Is it time to Creat or Update your Estate Plan||Estate Planning||2014|
|Is it time to Create or Service your estate plan?||Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning||2013|
|Estate Planning and Living Trust Workshop||Learn how to protect your family with a Living Trust||2011|
|Certificate Credited Program||Business Structure and Contracts||2008|
|Staying in Control||Living Wills and Health Care Surrogate Designation||2006|
|Staying in Control||Estate Planning||2006|
|Pelican Preserve Expo||Estate Planning and Domicile||2006|