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Team

Eric R. Larke

Eric R. Larke

Each day our dedicated staff provides our clientele with the expertise and services necessary to effectively navigate the rules of appellate procedure in order to produce positive results. I find myself extremely fortunate to lead a talented group of creative, dedicated, and loyal professionals. I passionately care about our business, our incredible team, and our highly regarded clientele. As a small business owner, I am deeply appreciative of the opportunities our great nation affords and remain vigilant to ensure our clients receive an experience forged in trust, value, and shared vision. Three words serve as the foundation of our collective success: Relationships, Responsiveness, and Results.

In 2003, following fifteen years of experience in the legal field, I embraced my entrepreneurial spirit and founded Appellate Innovations. With the assistance of several investors and a dedicated team, we achieved remarkable success despite a volatile economic climate. I am extremely proud of our accomplishments and the incredible people that form the core of our business. My primary job responsibilities include ensuring that all lines of business within our organization are running efficiently and within budget. I work with mid- to senior-level managers to devise strategic plans to generate increasing revenues and new opportunities for our business and ensure our company will remain competitive in a challenging marketplace. These turbulent financial times require a strong emphasis on cost management and a steadfast dedication to ensure Appellate Innovations’ continued success. Often I work closely and in direct alignment with strategic mergers and acquisitions personnel to spot opportunities in the marketplace wherein the company may be in a position to acquire a business or competitor, creating a market share advantage over others. Other responsibilities include overseeing financial statements, participating in analyst conference calls, creating company and performance objectives, evaluating high or low- performing businesses and teams, attending networking events to proactively represent our company, and attending special events for philanthropic purposes or to generate new business with clients.

Experience

Owner / President

Appellate Innovations, LLC
White Plains, New York
March 2004 – Present

Owner/Manager/Senior Appellate Paralegal

AppealTech, LLC
New York, New York
January 1998 – March 2004

Appellate Paralegal

Counsel Press LLC
New York, New York
August 1996 – December 1997

Coordinator/Administrative Support

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
New York, New York
September 1989 – 1996

Points of Interest

  • 20 years of experience as Appellate Consultant in the New York State Court of Appeals, all Departments of the Appellate Division, and Federal Appellate Courts
  • Supervised preparation of more than 10,000 appeals. Instructed and advised appellate paralegals and support staff with procedural guidance for compiling and preparing records, appendices, and briefs
  • Acted as lead appellate consultant to the New York City Law Department Appellate Bureau during period of displacement following 9/11/2001
  • Founder and Managing Member of Appellate Innovations, LLC

Contact

email  elarke@appellateinnovations.com
3  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericlarke

karen

Karen Belsky

As an experienced Account Manager, I have assisted attorneys at major law firms and sole practitioners in the procedural aspects of perfecting their appeals since 1987. I began my career as the Operations Manager at Counsel Press, became an investor with AppealTech, and now represent the creative thrust of Appellate Innovations. My unrelenting dedication to each and every case, along with my expertise, allows clients to rest comfortably knowing their appeals are in capable hands.

I pride myself on being very responsive to the needs of my clients. I am married with two beautiful teenage daughters.

Experience

Account Manager
Appellate Innovations
July 2004 – Present

Account Manager
AppealTech
January 1998 – December 2003

Paralegal Manager/Operations Manager
Counsel Press
November 1987 – January 1998

Points of Interest

  • More than 20 years of appellate experience – all Appellate Divisions, New York State Court of Appeals and Federal Courts
  • Supervised and managed paralegal department in all aspects of customer service and production
  • Assisted clients in the preparation of over 10,000 appeals
  • Education – SUNY Oswego, Business Administration

Contact

email kbelsky@appellateinnovations.com
3 https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-belsky-60411924

helen

Helen Mezger

I was born, raised, and still reside in Connecticut. I was the recipient of various scholarships, affording me the opportunity to attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1999.

Since 2004, I have served as an Account Manager for Appellate Innovations. I cater to prominent appellate attorneys and have assisted on thousands of appeals in state and federal appellate courts. As an experienced Account Manager, I am dedicated to delivering courteous professional service to all my clients. My strong organizational skills, attention to detail and expedited handling of requests ensures all cases are attended to promptly. My poise under pressure and unyielding attention to my clients’ needs has set the standard for Appellate Innovations’ account management. My approachable nature provides new clients with the comfort necessary to navigate the complex appellate process with ease.

I am a valuable member of our team, bringing a unique skill set beyond account management. My knowledge of trending technologies offers my clients a valuable resource, enhancing the overall experience associated with the appellate process.

I am an active Affiliate Member of the Westchester County Bar Association and routinely participate on behalf of Appellate Innovations in CLEs throughout the metro New York area. As a member and former chapter president of BNI – Business Networking International, I have developed a solid reputation as an honest professional in the legal community. I hold the distinction of being a six-time BNI Notable Networker and work diligently fostering business referrals.

At the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I was a determined athlete as a rower on the women’s crew team. My determination to work tirelessly toward victory as a member of my crew team is reflected in the consistent experience my clients receive and appreciate. I enjoy playing volleyball, hiking, traveling to Ecuador and Mexico to visit relatives and spending valuable time with family and friends.

Experience

Account Manager
Appellate Innovations
November 2004-Present

Account Representative
Oxford Science, Inc.
June 2000-November 2004

Points of Interest:

  •  Experienced Account Manager with more than eight Years in the Legal Industry
  • Assisted on thousands of appeals
  • Active Professional in Bar Association Events
  • Bilingual in Spanish
  • Member of BCA Business Development Group – White Plains
  • Co-Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee

Contact

email hmezger@appellateinnovations.com
3 https://www.linkedin.com/in/helen-mezger-415a6210

vihang

Vihang Desai

I have been a member of the Appellate Innovations team since June 2011. Upon graduating from Alabama’s Troy University, in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems, I received thorough training in the appellate process. Since the appellate process is becoming increasingly digital, my knowledge of both technology and the legal industry has made me an invaluable asset to our team.

Experience

Business Support Specialist
Appellate Innovations
February 2012-Present

Help Desk Associate
Aquanet Computers
August 2011 – December 2011

Network Technician
Vikas Infosys Pvt. Ltd.
2004-2006

Points of Interest

  • Member of Business Information System Society, Troy University, 2007-2011
  •  Excellent knowledge of client-based and server-based Windows operating systems
  • Competency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access), MS Visio, Active Directory, and Exchange Server
  •  Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash
  • Applied knowledge in database management using SQL and website development
  • Applied knowledge in program development and execution using Java, C++, HTML, and XHTML

Contact

email vdesai@appellateinnovations.com

Liza Bobo

Liza Bobo

Throughout my 26+ year tenure in the appellate printing industry, I have partnered with attorneys to perfect more than 20,000 Records on Appeal, Appendices and Briefs in the State Courts and Federal Courts across the country as well as the United States Supreme Court with a specialty in the New York Appellate Divisions and Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

As an Account Manager with Appellate Innovations, I am a highly motivated, detailed oriented professional who brings not only the breadth of my accumulated knowledge on the written rules of court but also the nuances in the rules as well to each and every one of my cases.

Originally a Brooklyn girl, I now call Pennsylvania home, where I live with my two teenagers and our Golden Retriever. When I am not partnering with my clients to address their appellate needs, I am with family and friends enjoying summer BBQs, rollercoasters, and long walks.

Specialities

Perfecting appeals in all State Courts, Federal Courts, and the United States Supreme Court. Specializing in New York State Courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Experience

Account Manager
Appellate Innovations
November 2015-Present

Senior Account Consultant
AppealTech
January 1998 – March 2014

Paralegal/Executive Sales Associate
Counsel Press
December 1998-January 1998

Points of Interest

  • More than 26+ years of appellate experience – State Courts, Federal Courts and the United States Supreme Court
  • Partnered in the preparation of over 20,000 appeals
  • Education: Ohio University, Bachelor Science of Journalism

Contact

email lbobo@appellateinnovations.com
3 https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizabobo

John Mattimore

John Mattimore

Senior Account Manager John Mattimore has bolstered the company’s ability to provide clients with unmatched, quality service. John has smoothly guided his clients from start to finish in perfecting thousands of appeals by calling upon his expertise in the New York Appellate Divisions, the New York State Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit. His vast knowledge of the written and unwritten rules of the various appellate courts are what his clients rely on when the need to perfect an appeal arises. John also thrives in assisting and getting clients setup with the new electronic rules of the Appellate Divisions.

His personable demeanor has enabled him to build a vast network at the appellate court level ensuring that even the most obscure questions receive a prompt answer.

Contact

email jmattimore@appellateinnovations.com

Kaitlin Moser

Nikolina Gurfinkel

I began my appellate paralegal career in 2003. Since then, I have assisted attorneys in filing their appeals in almost every appellate court nationwide, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Over the years, I have had the privilege to work on matters of great significance, such as the Word Trade Center litigation, the Asbestos litigation, the Crane Collapse litigation, and many others.

I take great pride in helping my clients maneuver through the numerous pitfalls inherent in the appellate perfection process to ensure a smooth and successful filing. Having worked with law firms, both large and small, as well as pro se litigants, I possess the experience and knowledge necessary to tackle each appeal quickly and effectively.

I am excited to bring my experience to Appellate Innovations and to join an amazing team that builds long-term relationships with their clients, a team whose everyday objective is responsiveness to all of their clients’ needs, and a team that achieves the desired results in a cost-effective manner.

Experience

Appellate Innovations:
May 2021 – Present
Senior Appellate Paralegal

AppealTech:
December 2010 – February 2021
Paralegal Manager

PrintingHouse Press:
January 2007 – November 2010
Senior Appellate Paralegal

Counsel Press LLC
May 2003 – December 2006
Appellate Paralegal

Greenhill Partners, P.C.
November 1999 – April 2003
Insurance Defense Paralegal.

Contact

email ngurfinkel@appellateinnovations.com

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