Bonnie Bai

Bonnie Bai is a Law Clerk at Carmel, Milazzo & Feil, LLP (CMF) and a member of the firm’s Corporate, M&A, and Securities Practice Groups. She passed the New York Bar Exam in 2022 and is awaiting admission. Bonnie was admitted to the National Bar of China in 2019. 

Prior to joining CMF, Bonnie worked for an international investment firm headquartered in New York where she handled compliance issues related to private funds, RIA, and broker-dealers. Before coming to the United States, she was an attorney for a well-known law firm in Beijing handling multiple corporate legal issues. Additionally, in China, she gained litigation, arbitration, and transactional experience.

Ms. Bai earned her LL.M degree in U.S. Law with honors from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 2022. She received her LL.B degree in Law from Beijing International Studies University.

Bonnie’s native language is Mandarin, and she is fluent in English.

Kennedy McCann

Kennedy McCann is a paralegal at Carmel, Milazzo & Feil, LLP (“CMF”). Kennedy assists CMF attorneys with general corporate and securities matters, including company incorporations, SEC Form D and blue sky compliance, limited and general partnerships, and filing management.

Before joining CMF, Kennedy worked for a domestic law firm assisting in Form D and blue sky filings for domestic and foreign companies as well as heading the email compliance review team.

Kennedy earned her Bachelor’s degree from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Joel Shafferman

Mr. Shafferman concentrates his practice in the areas of Bankruptcy Law, Insolvency and Creditors Rights, as well as litigation in federal court. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, and the federal courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He has extensive experience in representing businesses entities and individuals in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases.

Mr. Shafferman has broad experience in representing landlords in large and small chapter 11 retail cases including Sears, Roebuck and Co., CEC Entertainment Inc. (parent corporation of Chuck E Cheese), 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc., Yoga Smoga, Inc., Auralee Productions, Inc. fka Halloween Scene. Mr. Shafferman regularly represents secured lenders, and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases and in defending claims against creditors in adversary proceedings seeking to recover preferences and fraudulent conveyances. He has represented many creditor committees including the successful reorganization of JMK Construction Group Ltd. and Ambiance Collections, LLC.

Mr. Shafferman is the author of numerous articles in publications on insolvency-related issues. 

He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hofstra University and his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 1985 where he was a Research Editor of the Hofstra Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Shafferman served for two years as a Law Clerk to a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn Division.  

John Kern

John Kern handles all areas of Real Estate Law and is a former Town Attorney for the Town of Southampton, New York.  His practice covers the full spectrum of real estate including purchase and sale, land transactions and commercial leasing. Mr. Kern practices in both commercial and residential real estate from Manhattan to Montauk.

Education:

St. Lawrence University (1989); St. John’s University School of Law (JD 2002)

Admissions:

New York (2003); U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2004)

Howard Kern

Howard is a corporate attorney who has successfully served as lead transaction counsel and general counsel (“in-house” and “outside”) to private and public companies, private investment funds, and start-up ventures. He has significant experience having been in practice for over 35 years in the areas of: mergers and acquisitions (M&A); corporate finance; securities; public offerings and private placements; SEC reporting and compliance (’33 and ‘34 Acts); and representation of individuals in connection with general contract matters.  

Howard also has noteworthy experience representing both venture capital funds and companies in connection with venture capital transactions. He is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell. Howard graduated from Rutgers College in 1982 and from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1986, where he served as a Notes and Comments Editor on the Cardozo Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Jeffrey R. D’Amico, J.D., LL.M.

One of the most trusted names in the fields of tax, estate and elder law representation in New York, is Jeffrey R. D’Amico.

Currently Mr. D’Amico teaches in numerous areas of taxation, including individual, estate and fiduciary income taxation as a graduate school assistant professor for a prestigious university in New York State. He has an impressive educational background that matches with his skills. Mr. D’Amico earned an LL.M degree in Taxation with a GPA of 3.8, and receiving the highest academic awards at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He also received the Tax Executive Institute Scholarship Award in 1995.

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Joy Zheng

Joy Zheng is an Associate at Carmel, Milazzo & Feil, LLP (CMF) and a member of the firm’s Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Groups.

Prior to joining CMF, Joy worked for over a decade as a corporate legal counsel for major international companies with headquarters in Luxembourg and Switzerland. Out of Beijing and Shanghai, she handled cross-border transactions, intellectual property, commercial contracts, negotiations, and a wide range of in-house corporate legal issues. With her work spanning from East Asia to North America to Europe, she gained unique experience for assisting and advising business executives in complex transactions. Joy takes a solutions-oriented approach to legal work and ensures that she understands the underlying business needs, goals, and concerns as a critical part of crafting successful outcomes for her clients.

Ms. Joy Zheng earned her LL.M. in U.S. Law with a Business and Corporate Certificate degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2021. She also received an LL.B. in China from Shangrao Normal University in 2010.

Joy’s native language is Mandarin, and she commands fluency in English.

Joy has been admitted to the National Bar of China since 2011 and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

Krisly Zamor

Krisly Zamor is an Associate at Carmel, Milazzo & Feil, LLP (“CMF”) and a member of the firm’s Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Groups. 

Prior to joining CMF, Ms. Zamor was an Associate at a boutique law firm where she engaged in a myriad of transactional projects, including but not limited to, navigating clients through the sale of membership interests as well as entity formation, growth and exit strategies.

At CMF, she services corporate clients on a variety of securities and transactional issues, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity financing transactions, registered direct transactions, public offerings, and other securities offerings. 

Ms. Zamor earned her Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law in 2020 where she participated as a member of the Dispute Resolution Society’s Negotiation Competition Team. She also externed for the Honorable Judge Thompson at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and assisted in preparing the annual Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts treatise on Westlaw.

Ms. Zamor commands bilingual fluency in English and French and is based out of CMF’s Manhattan location. She has been admitted to the New York State Bar since 2021 and brings a wealth of knowledge and grit to the practice.

Wynee Ngo

Wynee “(“Wyn”) Ngo is an Associate at Carmel, Milazzo & Feil, LLP and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department. Prior to joining the firm, Wyn was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the General Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department. During her time at the Law Department, she defended the City, its agencies and employees in federal and state court civil rights and other litigation including actions challenging New York City programs and policies. In her capacity as Corporation Counsel, she represented the City in over a hundred cases in all aspects of litigation. In 2022, Wyn was the recipient of the Division Chief Award for exceptional performance. 

Wyn received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School in May of 2019, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Science from Stony Brook University in May of 2016. Wyn is fluent in English, Chinese, Cantonese, and Mandarin dialects. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and in the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York. 

Ryan Krumholz

Ryan is an associate in the firm’s commercial litigation and securities arbitration departments. He is involved in all aspects of the litigation and arbitration process, including drafting of pleadings, discovery, legal analysis, strategizing and participating in arbitration hearings and litigation trials.

Prior to joining Carmel, Milazzo & Feil, Ryan was an Assistant District Attorney with Suffolk County, NY. While there, he successfully tried several cases in front of judges and juries and negotiated optimal dispositions in hundreds of cases. He was appointed by the District Attorney to handle the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes for the East End Bureau. In 2021, he was awarded and named an Outstanding Prosecutor by the East End Bureau.

Ryan received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in June 2019, where he was a St. Thomas Moore Scholar, the Executive Director of the Moot Court Honor Society, and a Staff Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from The Pennsylvania State University in May 2015.

Ryan currently lives with his wife, two children, and two rescue dogs in Long Island City.