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Allan B. Mendelsohn, Long Island Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee

Allan B. Mendelshon (right) talking with fellow Chapter 7 trustee Andy Thaler (left) [1]

Allan B. Mendelsohn (right) talking with fellow Chapter 7 trustee Andy Thaler (left) at a recent Bankruptcy Seminar

Written and photographed by Craig D. Robins, Esq.

  
This post is part of a series of biographies and profiles of Long Island bankruptcy trustees and judges [2].

 
Long Island Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee Allan B. Mendelsohn got his start in bankruptcy by representing creditors and mortgage companies. 
 
In the late 1980s, when I was representing consumer debtors, Allan was quite busy in a high-volume mortgage foreclosure practice, bringing motions to lift the stay in my Chapter 13 cases.
 
Allan eventually moved on, and in 1990, became a founding member of his firm, now known as Zavatsky Mendelsohn & Levy, LLP, located in Syosset, New York.  A large part of the firm’s practice consists of representing mortgagees in foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings.
 
In 1990, the same year he co-founded his firm, Allan also became a member of the panel of Chapter 7 trustees for cases in the Central Islip Bankruptcy Court, which is in the Eastern District of New York.
 
Allan has developed a good reputation for being a no-nonsense litigator with an expertise in bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosure real estate issues.  He has also been frequently called upon by the Office of the U.S. Trustee to act as an appointed Chapter 7 trustee to administer large Chapter 11 cases that have been converted to Chapter 7, such as video-game developer Acclaim Entertainment.
 
Allan graduated from Long Island University C. W. Post College in 1979.  He attended Hofstra University School of Law, graduating in 1982.  He was admitted to the New York bar in 1982.
 
He often speaks at symposiums and bar association seminars about his area of expertise – the effect of bankruptcy on foreclosure.
 
Allan’s firm represents several large mortgagees, including North Fork Bank, Bank of America, GreenPoint Mortgage Corp., Ponce de Leon Federal Bank, M&T Mortgage Corp., Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, and Champion Mortgage.  
 
If the bankruptcy court assigns Allan a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case of a debtor who has a mortgage with one of these companies, Allan is required to recuse himself from acting as the trustee on that case, because of the rules regarding conflicts of interest.
 
Allan lives on the North Shore of Long Island.
 
Here’s Allan’s contact info:
 
Allan B. Mendelsohn, Esq.
Zavatsky Mendelshon & Levy, LLP
P.O. Box 510
33 Queens Street
Syosset, NY 11791
Phone: (516) 921-1670
 
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