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 .
Neil H. Ackerman has been a Chapter 7 trustee on cases in the Central Islip Bankruptcy Court, which is in the Eastern District of New York, since 1992.
He got his start in bankruptcy law by clerking for former Long Island Bankruptcy Judge Cecelia H. Goetz immediately after he finished law school in 1981.
Neil has a reputation for being a sharp, knowledgeable and aggressive litigator who is not adverse to taking chances. Sometimes he prevails and sometimes he does not. He is very well versed in all types of commercial litigation, real estate law, federal and state court litigation, business litigation, appellate work, and malpractice actions.
In addition to his Chapter 7 trustee matters, Neil heads the Bankruptcy and Debtors’ and Creditors’ Law Department at the Mineola law firm, Meltzer Lippe , where he has been since 2003. Prior to that, Neil headed the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice at Rivkin, Radler & Kremer between October 1992 and February 1995, and for the year prior thereto at Finkelstein, Bruckman, Wohl, Most & Rothman.
Unlike some Chapter 7 trustees who use other law firms to handle their litigation, Neil always uses his own firm, Meltzer Lippe.
If you see him, chances are greater than 50-50 that he’ll be wearing suspenders.
He likes to write and has written a number of scholarly articles on bankruptcy law and related issues. Some of his articles have appeared in the RICO Law Reporter, the New York Law Journal, and Long Island Business News. He is the former editor of the column, “Bankruptcy for Bankers” which appeared in the Banking Law Journal.
Neil attended law school at American University, graduating in 1981 cum laude, and was a member of the Law Review there. He attended college at the State University of New York at Binghamton, majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. He grew up on Long Island in Bellmore, attending John F. Kennedy High School.
Neil lives on the South Shore of Long Island.
I got to know Neil well because for several years Neil and I both had offices in the same building in Westbury, when the Bankruptcy Court was located just one block away from our office.
I took the photo of Neil at a bankruptcy bar association function.
Here’s Neil’s contact info:
Neil H. Ackerman, Esq.
Meltzer Lippe LLP
190 Willis Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone: (516) 747-0300