Marilyn K. Genoa is a principal of Synergist Mediation, as well as a principal in the law firm of Genoa & Associates, P.C., where she concentrates in the areas of real estate, municipal law, and closely-held and family-owned business representation.
Retired Village Justice for the Village of Old Brookville, Marilyn is a Past President of the Nassau County Magistrates Association, and recipient of the Hon. Frank J. Santagata Memorial Award for exemplary ethics, professionalism and devotion to justice. Prior to being elected Village Justice, she was an elected Trustee of the Village and the Deputy Police Commissioner for the Old Brookville Police Department.
Marilyn has over 30 years of experience representing real estate partnerships; condominium and cooperative associations; shopping centers; entrepreneurs; closely held corporations (including physician partnerships, restaurants, manufacturers, retail and wholesale establishments) in matters relating to initial start-up analysis, contracts and agreements, shareholder and operating agreements; buy/sell agreements; commercial and residential purchase/sale; contract disputes; commercial landlord and tenant matters; business divorce; environmental issues; zoning and variance matters; commercial litigation, including drafting and arguing appeals in the New York State Appellate Divisions and Court of Appeals.
As a neutral, Marilyn has mediated matters in the areas of business/commercial and real estate including: business divorces; breach of contract cases; breach and dissolutions of partnerships, limited liability and shareholder agreements; breach of fiduciary duty; fraud; employment disputes; condominium and cooperative association/homeowner association disputes; post-closing contract disputes; landlord/tenant disputes; zoning issues; real estate partnership disputes, personal injury and surrogates court disputes.
She is a member of the Commercial and Civil Mediation Panels, for the Nassau County Courts, as well as numerous other Mediator panels throughout New York State; the Nassau County Bar Association’s Mediation Panel; the Special Masters panel for the Appellate Division Second Department; and was appointed to the maiden Eastern District of New York Storm Sandy Mediation Panel. She serves as an Arbitrator under the New York State’s Part 137 Attorney’s Fee Dispute Resolution Program and a Mediator for Landlord-Tenant disputes in District Court, Nassau County.
Marilyn has received extensive training in Mediation over the past eighteen years, as well as training in Collaborative Law, and is a frequent lecturer in the areas of: mediation; real estate; purchase and sale of businesses and of real property; and contract law. Well regarded for her fairness, diligence, and efficiency, with thirty years of experience representing clients in the areas of real estate and corporate matters, and as the former CEO of a national manufacturing and distribution company, Marilyn’s pragmatic approach to problem solving has helped resolve difficult and complex cases.
Having served two terms as a Director of the Nassau County Bar Association, Marilyn sits on its We Care Advisory Board and is a former member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association, and is a past Chair and Co-Chair of the NCBA ADR Committee, She was the founding Chair of the Advisory Council for the Mediation & Arbitration Panels of the Nassau County Bar Association, and was Chair of the NCBA ADR Committee at the time the present Mediation and Arbitration Panels were reconfigured. During her three year tenure as ADR Chair she oversaw the revision of the Panels’ structure and Rules. Marilyn has served as Chair of the NCBA Business and Corporation Committee as well its Animal Law and House Committees and has co-chaired the Nassau County Bar Association’s Mock Trial Program for the past 15 years. She also is a long time member of the New York State Bar Association including its Dispute Resolution, where she serves as Co-Chair of Membership, and the Judiciary and the Real Estate and Commercial/Federal Sections.
A past president of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court and of Yashar, the Attorneys’ and Judges’ Chapter of Hadassah, she continues to actively serve on the Board of Directors of both organizations, as well as on the Board of the Safe Center LI (formerly the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence).
Marilyn is admitted to practice in the Courts of the State of New York, the Courts of the State of Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. She received her law degree, with honors, from Hofstra University School of Law, her B.A. from Boston University, and her MSW from Adelphi University.