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"The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack."


Michael DerGarabedian

Position: Founder and Owner of DerGarabedian, Nathan, Marino & Rodriguez
Education: Baldwin High School, University of Michigan, B.A. 1985, and University of Bridgeport School of Law, J.D., 1988.

In 1989, Michael founded the law firm of DerGarabedian & Associates. Since then he has built an office that has gained the respect of the community, judges and fellow attorneys. As a successful trial attorney, Michael continues to represent those accused of crimes and those who have been physically injured. He has successfully tried countless lawsuits and criminals trials and his leadership, in and out of the court room, has resulted in the unification of a team of experienced trial attorneys which continues to be a benchmark of excellence within the legal community on Long Island.

Michael is a member in good standing of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, member of Long Island Old Boys Rugby Club; an alumni member of University of Michigan Wrestling Club; Prior Board of Directors for Nassau County Cultural Affairs and founder of the nationally recognized youth wrestling program Teeth of the Dog Wrestling Club.

Michael volunteered as a Judge and chairman of the Old Brookville Zoning Board of Appeals for six years until he was elected as a Trustee for the Village of Old Brookville, for which he now serves.

On April, 2012, Michael was inducted into the United States National Wrestling Hall of Fame located in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Shortly thereafter, Michael was nominated to sit on the governing Board of Directors for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

On February 13, 2013, Michael was honored with a nomination to join a group of 22 people throughout the United States, forming the Committee to Preserve Olympic Wrestling (CPOW). CPOW will present an argument to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Russia, to restore wrestling as a core sport in the Olympics on behalf of the entire world.

Nicholas Marino

Nicholas A. Marino

Position: Partner
Education: Walt Whitman High School, South Huntington, New York; Villanova University, BA 1977; Delaware Law School, JD 1980

While at Delaware Law School, Nicholas was inducted into the Moot Court Honor Society and the International Legal Honor Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi.

In 1980 Nicholas was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. He spent five (5) years as a State Prosecutor, the last two (2) of which he was assigned to the Major Offense Bureau.

Upon leaving the Bronx County District Attorneys Office in 1985, Nicholas entered private practice and spent over 19 years as a member of the law firm of Parola, Gross & Marino in Wantagh, New York. While there, he concentrated his practice in the areas of Criminal Law, Matrimonial Law and Family Law.

Thereafter, in 2005, Nicholas joined the law firm of Russo & Pedranghelu in Hicksville, New York. During his seven and one-half (7½) years there, Nicholas continued to concentrate his practice in the areas of Criminal Law, Matrimonial Law and Family Law.

Nicholas has now become a member of the Law Firm of DerGarabedian, Nathan, Marino & Rodriguez where he will concentrate his practice in areas of Criminal Law, Family Law and Personal Injury Law, along with general practice and general litigation matters.

Throughout his legal career, Nicholas has served as President of the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association, and as Chairman of the Criminal Law & Procedure Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. He is currently a member of the Judiciary Committee and the Grievance Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Nicholas has also served his Community throughout the years. He was a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of the Huntington Tri-Village Baseball League, and he was a longstanding member of the Pastoral Council of St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church, along with being a Lector at said church.

Finally, Nicholas is a member in good standing with the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the Nassau County Criminal Court Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York, along with the Federal Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Based on his lifetime achievements and experiences, he has recently earned recognition as a Lifetime Member of the Worldwide Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepeneurs.

Charles F. Brennan (1933-2011)

Position: Associate
Education: Fordham College, (B.S.S, S.S Philosophy, 1955) and Fordham Law School, (J.D., 1961).

Since 1961, Charles has actively practiced law with special emphasis on civil and criminal litigation. He has tried cases in the federal courts, in the state courts of New York and other states, argued appeals in New York Court of Appeals, Appellate Division, Second and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. His most notable cases include: a ten-month civil jury trial in Nassau Supreme Court where Charles acted as lead plaintiff’s counsel (Musinski v. Harran Transportation Company, Inc.); plaintiff’s counsel in four-month trial in Southern District of New York (Socialist Workers’ Party v. Attorney General). Charles has extensive experience in arbitration cases at NASD and AAA; certified arbitrator at NASD.

Enjoyed an active academic career having been an Associate Professor, Business Law, Graduate School of Professional Accountancy, C.W. Post, College, Brookville, New York. He also served as an Adjunct Professor, 1974-1980; full time Associate Professor, 1980-1986. Visiting Professor, U.S. Military Academy, West Point 1981.

Charles served as President of the Nassau County Legal Aid Society from 1992-1994 and a Member of the Board of Directors from 1987-2004.

He pursued an active political career in Queens and Nassau Counties for over twenty-five years. Elected to the New York Constitutional Convention in 1966 from 7th Senatorial District, Queens County. Democratic candidate for Congress, 4th Congressional District, Nassau County, 1980.


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