EDWARD M. TAYLOR, ESQ.
Has been providing legal representation to community associations throughout Long Island for over twenty years.
Mr. Taylor is a frequent lecturer on community association law and has written numerous articles on the subject. He is a founding member of the Long Island Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and served as President of the Chapter for its first two years. For his efforts in founding the Chapter, he was awarded the 2006 CAI Award of Excellence in Chapter Leadership.
Mr. Taylor was recently named a fellow of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) – one of fewer than 150 attorneys nationwide to be admitted to this prestigious organization. He is also a member of CAI’s NYS Legislative Action Committee and its Government and Public Affairs Committee. He has served as an adjunct professor at Touro Law Center where he taught a course entitled Condominium, Co-op and Homeowners Association Law.
Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Grinnell College (B.A. with honors), the University of Michigan’s Institute of Public Policy Studies (M.P.P.) and the Touro Law Center (J.D. magna cum laude). He is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, the SCBA Real Property Committee, the New York State Bar Association and the NYSBA Real Property Committee and Sub-Committee on Condominiums and Co-ops.
He is admitted to practice law in New York State and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Mr. Taylor is also a member of the Touro Law Center Alumni Council and a member and past President of the Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce.
J. DAVID ELDRIDGE, ESQ.
Earned his B.A. degree in philosophy from Hofstra University and his J.D. degree from Touro Law School. With a broad background in community association law, commercial & corporate, municipal, real property, zoning/land use and civil litigation, he practices in state and federal court, including the briefing and arguing of appeals.
Mr. Eldridge focuses on the areas of community association law and civil and commercial litigation, including construction matters and landlord-tenant cases. Currently serving as Special Counsel for the Village of Mastic Beach, he previously served as General Counsel to Damianos Realty Group in Smithtown, New York, and was a managing partner at Eldridge & Langone, PLLC, focusing on complex litigation, motion practice and appeals. He was also a partner of Pachman, Pachman & Eldridge, P.C., practicing in civil litigation in state and federal court, as well as real property, municipal and zoning law. A prior director of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Board of Directors, past-President of the Suffolk County Columbian Lawyers Association, and a member of the New York State Bar Association, he also Co-Chaired the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Legislative Review Committee for eight years. In addition to acting as Special Prosecutor for the Village of Greenport, Mr. Eldridge served as counsel to the Suffolk County Police Columbia Association, and is a Past- President of the Community Associations Institute of Long Island, as well as a current delegate of its Legislative Action Committee.
While Associate Dean and Officer of the Suffolk County Bar’s Academy of Law, he was responsible for selecting, organizing, and overseeing numerous legal seminars providing CLE credit to attorneys throughout the county, and frequently teaches seminars for board members of community associations. Regularly publishing legal articles on a variety of topics, he also served as an Assistant Legal Articles Editor for the Suffolk Lawyer, published a monthly column in the New York State Bar Association’s Law Journal, authored a monthly column in the Suffolk Lawyer entitled “Did You Know?”, and co-authored the “Civil Litigation Corner” found in that monthly publication.
Mr. Eldridge is a current or former member of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Grievance Committee, Bench-Bar Committee, Nominating Committee, Ethics Committee, Municipal Law Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Appellate Committee, and is a Board member of the Alexander Hamilton Inns of Court. He is admitted to practice law in New York; the Supreme Court of the United States; Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; Federal Court of Claims; and the U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y.
Cases litigated by Mr. Eldridge have been cited in numerous appellate and trial courts, as well as in Carmody Wait 2nd; NY Jurisprudence; CJS; ALR; Rathkopf’s Zoning Law and Practice; New York Contract Law; New York Zoning Law and Practice; New York Practice Series; and Holtzschue on Real Estate Contracts.
LAURA M. ENDRES, ESQ.
Is a 1993 graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook, where she earned her undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology. In 1998, she graduated from Touro Law School with her J.D. degree. She practiced law focusing in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, landlord/tenant representation and business transactions. In 2000 Ms. Endres was appointed to the position of Sr. Deputy County Clerk for the County of Suffolk, where she was responsible for overseeing 130 public employees providing various services to the public. She managed and directed the work flow of all the departments including recording, court actions, business certificates and judgments. During this same period she continued her law practice and also conducted parking violation hearings for the Town of Brookhaven.
After leaving the public sector she continued practicing law, expanding her areas of practice to corporate and small business purchases/sales. Currently she remains focused in real estate law, specializing in the area of condominium, homeowner association and co-op board representation. This community association representation varies in practice from collection matters to interpretation and amendment of community by-laws. Ms. Endres is an active Rotarian and currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Smithtown Rotary. She is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Long Island Chapter of the Community Association Institute (CAI). Ms. Endres is also a Board member of Brighter Tomorrow, a not-for-profit that provides assistance to battered women.
MELISSA B. SCHLACTUS, ESQ.
Received her B.A. in psychology (magna cum laude), from Binghamton University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. (magna cum laude) from Touro Law Center. While in law school, she served as the Issue Editor of the Touro Law Review. Ms. Schlactus authored two published articles in 2010 examining the cases, Goldstein v. New York State Urban Development Corp., and People v. Davis. These articles explored the issues of eminent domain and due process which recently arose in two influential decisions.
Ms. Schlactus interned for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and for the Honorable Leonard D. Wexler of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NY. Following graduation, she completed a postgraduate fellowship with the New York Appellate Division, Second Department, working for the Honorable Leonard B. Austin. Prior to joining Taylor, Eldridge & Endres, Ms. Schlactus practiced mortgage default litigation, where she represented major financial institutions in foreclosure proceedings. She is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice law in the States of New York and New Jersey, as well as in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
ALYSSA H. SOLARSH, ESQ.
Received her B.A. in political science from the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University (Summa Cum Laude), where she served as an intern for the Honorable A. Kathleen Tomlinson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NY. She subsequently earned her J.D. from Touro Law Center. During law school, Ms. Solarsh participated in Touro Law Center’s Elder Law Clinic where she assisted senior citizens in various legal matters. She received the David Berg Public Interest Fellowship for her dedication to assisting those in the community. Ms. Solarsh also had the opportunity to intern at the Suffolk County regional office of the New York Attorney General.
Prior to joining Taylor, Eldridge & Endres, Ms. Solarsh practiced mortgage default litigation where she represented major financial institutions in foreclosure proceedings. Additionally, Ms. Solarsh continued to expand her areas of practice to elder law and estate planning. Ms. Solarsh is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and is member of the Bar Associations of New York State, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. She received accreditation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.