Our People

partners-newWhat sets our firm apart from all the rest? Our people. HKP is a carefully constructed team of attorneys who are passionate about what they do. Our clients benefit from working with professionals who become trusted resources for legal matters they encounter. Our attorneys have prestigious educational backgrounds, and what is more, proven track records in helping clients succeed. We invite you to learn more about the members of our team.
Name Title Contact Number Email Address  
Steven J. Harfenist Partner 516-355-9600 sharfenist@hkplaw.com View Profile
Jonathan D. Kraut Partner 914-701-0800 jkraut@hkplaw.com View Profile
Allen Perlstein Partner 516-355-9610 aperlstein@hkplaw.com View Profile
Lawrence M. Cohen Associate 516-355-9672 lcohen@hkplaw.com View Profile
Andrew C. Lang Associate 516-355-9600 alang@hkplaw.com View Profile
Leo K. Napior Associate 914-701-0800 lnapior@hkplaw.com View Profile
Heather Smar Associate 516-355-9635 hsmar@hkplaw.com View Profile
Neil Torczyner Associate 516-355-9612 ntorczyner@hkplaw.com View Profile
Hilary K. Chernin Of Counsel 516-355-9600 hchernin@hkplaw.com View Profile
Barbara Doukas Of Counsel 516-355-9600 bdoukas@hkplaw.com View Profile

PARTNERS:

Steven J. Harfenist

Partner

516-355-9600 Steven Harfenist
Bar Qualifications New York New Jersey Georgia U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals United States Supreme Court Affiliations & Memberships New York State Trial Lawyers Association New York State Bar Association - Tort Section - Insurance Section - Commercial Litigation Section - Labor and Employment Section American Bar Association American Trial Lawyers Association State Bar of Georgia Federal Bar Council National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Education J.D., Emory University, 1989 B.A., University of Maryland, 1986 - Cum Laude Practices Litigation
Steven Harfenist, who leads the firm’s litigation department, is an experienced trial and appellate attorney whose practice is focused on commercial litigation, insurance related litigation, RICO litigation, securities litigation, municipal litigation, estate litigation, real estate litigation, employment litigation, criminal defense, civil rights law, and complex domestic relation matters. Mr. Harfenist has handled a wide range of complex litigations for corporations, insurance carriers and individuals, both for plaintiffs and defendants. His practice is unique in its breadth and scope and allows him to bring multi-disciplinary experience to the litigation process. Mr. Harfenist has tried over 100 cases to verdict in both federal and state courts and has argued numerous appeals in the New York State appellate division, New York Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Harfenist started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office.
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Jonathan D. Kraut

Partner

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914-701-0800
Bar Qualifications New York U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York U.S. District Court, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit United States Supreme Court Practices Litigation P.M.P.A. Real Property Land Use
Education J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1993 B.S., University of Maryland, 1987 - National Honor Society of Phi Eta Sigma - Merit Scholar Affiliations & Memberships Federal Bar Council New York State Trial Lawyers Association New York State Bar Association American Bar Association
Jonathan D. Kraut is a partner at the firm. Mr. Kraut's practice group focuses on federal and state court litigation as well as complex real property and commercial matters. Mr. Kraut's numerous victories in both trial and appellate cases have included wins at the New York State Court of Appeals. Mr. Kraut is an advocate recognized among real estate, construction and petroleum distribution companies as well as municipalities. He also represents many prestigious institutions and prominent families. His representation of municipal entities over the past two decades provides an in-depth understanding of private sector interests intersecting with government. Mr. Kraut has received several prestigious awards and has been a noted speaker on a variety of legal and business topics. Mr. Kraut's legal knowledge spanning both litigation and transactional matters leaves him well positioned to serve his clients' needs. Whether in straightforward matters, complex commercial cases or emotionally charged disputes, Mr. Kraut offers clients zealous advocacy coupled with pragmatic and valuable advice. Back to Top  

Allen Perlstein

Partner

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Bar Qualifications New York Practices Real Estate Corporate Banking & Finance
Education J.D., George Washington University, 1986 B.A., SUNY Stonybrook, 1983 - Phi Beta Kappa - Magna Cum Laude Affiliations & Memberships New York State Bar Association Martindale Hubble A/V rated since 1993 LinkedIn
Allen Perlstein is a partner at HKP. He joined the firm in June 2008. Mr. Perlstein graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Stony Brook in 1983, earning a Bachelor of Arts. There, he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. Mr. Perlstein graduated from George Washington University National Law Center in 1986 and was admitted to the New York bar that same year. He is also admitted to the Southern District of New York. Mr. Perlstein is a member of the New York State Bar Association and has been Martindale-Hubbell A/V rated since 1993. Back to Top  

ASSOCIATES:

Lawrence M. Cohen

Associate

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516-355-9672
Bar Qualifications New York Connecticut U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York Practices Litigation
Education J.D., Quinnipac University School of Law, 1993 -American Jurisprudence Award Recipient B.S., SUNY Albany, 1990 Affiliations & Memberships Nassau County Bar Association LinkedIn
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Andrew C. Lang

Associate

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516-355-9600
Bar Qualifications New York U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York Practices Litigation Commercial Transactions
Education J.D., Hofstra University, 1988 B.A., Hofstra University, 1985 Affiliations & Memberships New York State Bar Association
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Leo K. Napior

Associate

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914-701-0800
Bar Qualifications New York U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York Practices Land Use Real Estate Litigation Municipal Law
Education J.D., St. John's University, 2005 - Academic Achievement Scholarship Recipient B.A., Villanova University, 2002 - Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society
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Heather Smar

Associate

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516-355-9635
Bar Qualifications New York U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York Practices Litigation
Education J.D., Hofstra University, 2000 B.A., Loyola College, 1997 - Cum Laude Affiliations & Memberships New York State Bar Association
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Neil Torczyner

Associate

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Bar Qualifications New York U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York Practices Litigation
Education J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1995 - Editor Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law B.A., Yeshiva University, 1992 - Cum Laude Affiliations & Memberships LinkedIn
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OF COUNSEL:

Barbara Doukas

Of Counsel

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516-355-9600
Bar Qualifications New York New Jersey U.S. District, Southern District of New York U.S. District, Eastern District of New York U.S. District, District of New Jersey Practices Real Estate Banking Corporate
Education J.D., Seton Hall University, 1997 B.A., SUNY Stonybrook, 1993 Affiliations & Memberships Suffolk County Bar Association
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Hilary K. Chernin

Of Counsel

hilary chernin
516-355-9600
Bar Qualifications New York U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York Practices Civil Litigation Criminal Defense
Education B.A. Skidmore College, 2003 J.D., New York Law School, 2008 Affiliations & Memberships Westchester County Bar Association Westchester County Women’s Bar Association Columbian Lawyer’s Association