Law Offices of Peter C. Merani P.C.

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PETER C. MERANI, ESQ.,
PRINCIPAL PARTNER
SAMUEL A. KAMARA, ESQ.,
PARTNER
MICHAEL ZELEZNOCK, ESQ.,
PARTNER
ADAM KASS, ESQ.,
SENIOR ASSOCIATE
ADAM J. WAKNINE, ESQ.,
ASSOCIATE
JAMES J. STREET,
ASSOCIATE
BRIAN KRATENSTEIN, ESQ.,
ASSOCIATE


Peter C. Merani, Esq., Principal Partner

Peter C. Merani is the founding member of the Law Offices of Peter C. Merani P.C. He founded the firm in 1993. Mr. Merani has litigated many cases, including thousands of personal injury claims, tens of thousands of insurance claims and thousands of restitution cases on behalf of his clients. Mr. Merani has extensive trial experience in handling matters as no-fault litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, labor law, lead poising cases, general negligence, insurance coverage, insurance fraud, bad faith litigation and health care. Mr. Merani also has extensive experience in general litigation cases and debt collection. Mr. Merani regularly drafts policy and forms for major carriers and provides counsel concerning claim handling procedures. Additionally, he is highly experienced in evaluating coverage issues. Mr. Merani is the firm's managing principal attorney. Before founding the firm, he was a staff attorney for a large insurance company.

Peter C. Merani was admitted to the practice of law in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. He is admitted in the United States District Court of the Southern District and Eastern District of New York and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bar Associations. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from St. John's University School of Law in 1992 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the College of Business Administration at St. John's University in 1989. Mr. Merani has served as a lecturer for continued legal education programs in No-Fault Insurance Law. He has also conducted seminars for insurance companies in the area of No-Fault Insurance Law. Mr. Merani has served as a program teacher and coordinator for the Street Law Trial Program.

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Mr. Merani has litigation cases in the following areas:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bad Faith
  • Banking
  • Business Torts
  • Deceptive Practice
  • Commercial/Consumer
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Criminal
  • Employment & Labor
  • Equitable Relief
  • Health Law
  • Fraud Cases
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Labor Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Negligence
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Subrogation
  • Toll Violation
  • Torts
  • Trial Practice – General



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Samuel A. Kamara, Esq., Partner

Samuel A. Kamara joined the firm in 2003. Mr. Kamara practice concentration includes trial practice, federal litigation, fraud litigation and appellate practice. Mr. Kamara has extensive trial experience taking many favorable verdicts in no-fault matters and fraud claims. He has successfully litigated many federal court cases for our clients including but not limited to Boston Post Road et al. v. Allstate Insurance Company, 03 CIV 06154 before Judge Kenneth M. Karas and Boston Post Road a/a/o Ana Artega et al. v. Allstate Insurance Company, v. Allstate Insurance Company 03 CIV 3923 before Judge Richard Conway Casey. He has also been awarded many successful arbitration and appellate decisions in various jurisdictions.

Mr. Kamara currently chairs the Board of Trustees at the Woodbridge United Methodist Church in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Before joining the firm, Mr. Kamara was an Assistant District Attorney handling trials at the Richmond County District Attorney's office assigned to the General Crimes Bureau.

Samuel A. Kamara was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York. He is also admitted in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He received his Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School and his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Michael Zeleznock, Esq., Partner

Michael Zeleznock is a partner of the firm and joined in 2006. His practice concentration includes all aspects of insurance litigation, including but not limited to, 1stand 3rd party litigation, coverage disputes, and jurisdiction issues. Mr. Zeleznock has successfully defended thousands of cases on behalf of the firm's clients from inception to verdict.

Mr. Zeleznock chairs debt collection department of the firm. He is regularly engaged in handling insurance matters for private and public carriers as well as collection cases for public authorities and private banking institutions. Additionally, he is the lead trial attorney in the office, engaged in the office's declaratory judgment, subrogation and intercompany arbitration cases.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Zeleznock was a mediator for the Community Legal Assistance Corporation. His prior practice areas included construction and energy-regulation law.

Mr. Zeleznock was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Hofstra University School of Law. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. Mr. Zeleznock is a member of various State and County Bar Associations.

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Adam Kass, Esq., Senior Associate

Adam Kass has been licensed to practice law in New York since 2004. He is a graduate of Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York At Albany. Mr. Kass manages the Long Island Law Office. He maintains and oversees files involving Nassau and Suffolk County venues.

Mr. Kass is an experienced trial insurance litigator in first-party benefits successfully handling thousands of first-party benefits cases in the New York State Court system, Appellate courts as well as many arbitration forums. He regularly advises insurance companies in New York State insurance law and regulations. Mr. Kass’s expertise includes successful trial practice, brief and motion drafting in all first party issues including, but not limited to, the medical necessity, NYS Workers Compensation Fee Schedule, policy violations (including 45 day, EUO, IME No Show, fraud), prima facie evidence, the interpretation of the NYS Workers' Compensation fee schedule, the sufficiency of expert testimony, issues on minors and the competency of witnesses.

Additionally, Mr. Kass has represents insurance companies and its clients in all aspects of bodily injury, negligence and property law from the inception of the litigation to trial.

He has conducted hundreds of insurance litigation trials for his clients.

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Adam J. Waknine, Esq., Associate

Adam J. Waknine joined the firm in 2018. Adam’s practice concentration includes all aspects of insurance litigation, with primary focus on defending major insurance carriers in no-fault matters, including trying cases to verdict as well as arguing matters before appellate courts.

Adam was admitted to practice law in New York in 2016. He earned his Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. While attending law school, Adam served as a research editor for the Touro Law Review. Adam graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

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James J. Street, Associate

James J. Street is an Associate with the firm. Mr. Street concentrates his practice in collections, in which he litigates, negotiates and settles cases on behalf of his clients, and all aspects of insurance litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, he performed collections and corporate work for a prominent FinTech company. He coordinated with clients’ sales and customer care teams for case escalation and document review, also serving as a liaison between clients, banks, attorneys, credit card processors and other financial institutions.

Mr. Street is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Street received his law degrees from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas and the University of Nottingham School of Law in Nottinghamshire, UK.


Brian Kratenstein, Esq., Associate

Brian Kratenstein joined the firm in 2013. His practice concentration includes all aspects of insurance litigation and debt collection, including but not limited to no-fault insurance litigation, no-fault arbitration, coverage disputes, jurisdiction issues, workers compensation, debt collection, toll litigation, compromise actions, surrogate court practice, and appellate practice. Mr. Kratenstein is experienced in both prosecuting and defending no-fault insurance litigation and no-fault arbitration. Mr. Kratenstein has successfully defended hundreds of no-fault matters on behalf of the firm in the Civil, District and Supreme courts as well in the AAA no-fault arbitration forum. Mr. Kratenstein experienced trial attorney handling both jury and non-jury related matters. Mr. Kratenstein experience includes real estate and transaction work.

Mr. Kratenstein was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York in 1999. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and his Bachelors in Economics and Finance and Business Administration from the University of Hartford.

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