At Certilman Balin, our priority has always been our clients. We understand that the practice of law is a relationship business. That's why we do more than work for you. We work with you.
Your success is our success.

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The strength of your legal team starts with each Certilman Balin lawyer. Together, we strive to meet your goals through trust and hard work.


Certilman Balin is a major supporter of philanthropic causes throughout the surrounding community. In addition to financial support, the firm's partners and associates give a great deal of their time serving as board members, advisors and committee members.

The success of a law firm is tied to the success of its clients.

Since 1965, we have been doing what we do best: serving the Long Island community. During this time, we met many people who became longtime clients, and many became lifelong friends. These relationships have grown and have helped us to develop diverse areas of practice, expanding our reach nationally and internationally. 

We advocate for our clients. We also support their philanthropic endeavors. We understand the importance of giving back to our community, and we realize our clients helped us to become one of Long Island’s largest full-service law firms. 

But don’t let our size fool you. We pride ourselves on that small law firm atmosphere. When you need us, we are here to help. We make you our priority and respond promptly. When you have a legal issue, we apply our collective knowledge to ensure the best possible outcome.

Your success is our success. 

Attorney Spotlight

Richard J. McCord is Co-Chair of our Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Practice Group. He has an in-depth understanding of bankruptcy law, representing creditors and debtors in all areas of corporate and consumer bankruptcy matters. 

He served as Supervising Judge in charge of administrative duties for the City of Glen Cove, presiding over all phases of civil and criminal proceedings for 34 years.  The courthouse will be named after him.

Since 1987, he has served as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York. He also served as a Chapter 13 Trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York.  

Active in his community, Mr. McCord has served as Chairman of the YMCA of Long Island Corporate Board and as Chairman of the Board of Managers of the YMCA at Glen Cove. 

Before serving as Justice of the City of Glen Cove, Mr. McCord was Deputy Mayor of Glen Cove from 1980 until 1983, and Chairman of the Glen Cove Housing Authority from 1985 until 1987.  

To learn more about Richard McCord, please click here.

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