Jonathan G. Tarbet
Jonathan represents clients in land use and planning matters and real estate transactions. He graduated from St. John’s School of Law and was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1998. He began his legal career in the corporate law department of Dewey & LeBoeuf in Manhattan. After several years in the city, Jonathan moved back to his hometown of East Hampton where he served as an Assistant East Hampton Town Attorney representing the Zoning Board of Appeals. In 2004, he started this firm. Jonathan has a significant real estate practice typically handling more than one hundred million dollars in closings per year. He is sought out for his extensive experience in zoning, municipal and environmental matters in representing clients before all local land planning boards and handling appeals of such matters, known as Article 78 Proceedings. Jonathan lives in East Hampton with his wife, Laura and children, Isabella, Luke and Nathanial. He is an active member of the community having served as a volunteer fireman since 2001.
Brian J. Lester
He represents clients in all aspects of business matters and all aspects of litigation that include trust and estate, real estate, landlord/tenant issues, criminal matters, family law and appellate practice. Brian graduated from West Chester University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. From there, he went on to attend the Suffolk County Police Academy graduating as the valedictorian of his class. Brian worked as a police officer with the East Hampton Village Police Department while attending Hofstra University School of Law where he graduated with honors. He was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1998. During his time at Hofstra, he interned at the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and participated in Hofstra’s Criminal Justice Clinic where he gained practical client interaction and courtroom experience. Brian was also the Research Editor of the Hofstra Law Review. His Comment, Is it Too Late for Juvenile Curfews? Qutb Logic and the Constitution was published in the Hofstra Law Review. See, 25 Hofstra L. Rev. 665 (1996). After graduating law school he became an associate with a local law firm and then started his own firm with Jonathan Tarbet. Brian is a member of the American, New York, and Suffolk County Bar Associations and a Mason. Brian lives in East Hampton with his wife, Becky and his daughter, Julianna.
Rudolph J. Fusco, Jr., of Counsel
Rudy specializes in trust and estate litigation, probate and administration, asset protection, estate planning, elder law, guardianships and tax controversy. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology. Rudy worked for twenty-two years as a police officer for with the New York City Transit Police and the Suffolk County Police Departments. He attended Hofstra University School of Law while working full-time as the Commanding Officer of the Suffolk County Police Department’s STOP-DWI Team. Rudy earned his law degree in 2005 and was admitted to practice law in 2006. He lives on the North Fork with his wife and children.
Robert M. Connelly
Robert M. Connelly concentrates his practice in land use and municipal law. He currently serves as the attorney to the Sag Harbor Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review. He previously served as an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of East Hampton. As an Assistant Town Attorney, he served as counsel to both the Zoning Board of Appeals and Architectural Review Board. He was also responsible for the prosecution of violations of the East Hampton Town Code. He started his legal career with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. As an Assistant District Attorney, he was responsible for the prosecution of felonies and misdemeanors and was assigned to the Economic Crimes Bureau, Case Advisory Bureau, East End Bureau and District Court Bureau. He lives on the North Fork with his wife and children.
Seamus practices real estate law. He graduated from the State University at Geneseo where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law and was admitted to practice law in 2013. Seamus lives in Southampton.
Madeline primarily practices land planning, zoning, and real estate law. She formerly served as an Assistant East Hampton Town Attorney, representing the Town on land use, real estate, and other municipal matters. Madeline graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Psychology and received her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. She lives in East Hampton.
Laura Molinari, of Counsel
Laura began her professional career as a litigator at a top multinational law firm and clerked for a federal judge before moving to East Hampton. Prior to joining Tarbet & Lester, PLLC, Laura served as the East Hampton Town Attorney. Laura graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and St. John’s University School of Law.
Gina Plansker, of Counsel
With degrees from the University of Virginia and St. John’s University School of Law, Gina has focused her professional career on estate planning, probate and estate administration. Prior to joining Tarbet & Lester, PLLC, Gina was a principal in a boutique estate planning and administration firm in Manhasset. She is dedicated to helping families protect their assets and safeguarding their future.