Business Briefs: Promoted to Partner, Burns Joins SHIMA and Lear at Almond

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Handler, Hoeg, Tuthill Promoted to Partners

Twomey Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP recently promoted three of the Riverhead firm’s associates — Craig H. Handler, Karen A. Hoeg and Bernadette E. Tuthill — to partner.

“It is our pleasure to promote Mr. Handler, Ms. Hoeg and Ms. Tuthill to the level of Partner,” senior partner Stephen B. Latham said in a statement. “They have excelled in their respective practice areas and their new positions within the firm recognize their dedication and hard work.”

Handler concentrates his practice in construction, business and corporate law, civil litigation, insurance, technology and real estate, and serves as a judge advocate assigned to the 7th Legal Support Detachment, 88th Brigade, New York Army Guard — where he presently holds the rank of captain.

“He has also been recognized as one of the few attorneys in New York State with knowledge of new legislation regarding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial and non-hobbyist applications,” a press release said.

The attorney — a graduate from the State University of New York at Binghamton and Hofstra University School of Law — is admitted to practice in New York State and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Legion and the Judge Advocates Association.

While attending New York Law School, Hoeg — who focuses on civil litigation, land use and zoning and real estate — worked as a law clerk for Webster & Sheffield and Mudge, Rose, Guthrie & Alexander, where she managed tobacco litigation cases. She later joined the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where she first worked as a law clerk and then as an attorney in the Commercial Litigation and New York Litigation Divisions.

“In her duties, Ms. Hoeg handled all aspects of bankruptcy, commercial landlord/tenant, personal injury and property damage cases from inception to trial, including cases relating to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center,” the release said.

Hoeg is admitted to practice in New York State and is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association. She is a recipient of the Joseph Solomon Fellowship Award for Public Service and, when she isn’t working, she can be found volunteering with North Fork Lacrosse, the local CYO basketball league and Mattituck’s school wrestling team. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School.

Tuthill concentrates her practice in wills, trusts and estates, elder law, taxation of trusts and estates, and business and corporate law. Her estate tax and administration experience include estates in excess of $30 million, among them closely held businesses, in- and out-of-state real estate holdings, life insurance, securities and retirement holdings and trusts. Her estate planning experience includes handling plans with multi-tiered entities, real estate holdings, securities and multiple trusts with gifting in excess of $20 million.

Tuthill is admitted to practice in New York State and is a member of the New York State and Suffolk County Bar Associations. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a Juris Doctor from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She is also a board member and volunteer for the North Fork Breast Health Coalition and the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center.

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Maria Pentcheva Burns Joins Sag Harbor Integrative Medicine Associates

Sag Harbor Integrative Medicine Associates is, first and foremost, a healing practice dedicated to understanding and helping its clients — which is precisely why they recently hired Dr. Maria Pentcheva Burns.

The New York State-licensed psychologist is the founder of Hamptons Mindful Youth – Psychological Wellness Services, PLLC, where sessions are focused on the principles of “positive psychology” and centered on recognizing individual strengths, promoting wellness and mindful parenting, according to a press release.

Burns specializes in working with children and families with diverse behavioral and social/emotional needs, according to the press release, and “she offers a compassionate, judgment-free space for parents to share their concerns and visions for their families.”

“Is your teen or child dealing with constant worry, sadness, or anger? Are they struggling in school or with launching into the next phase of life? Do you feel overwhelmed, lost, and unsure how to help?” the release said. “Hamptons Mindful Youth is here for you.”

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Jake Lear Headlines Artists & Writers Dinner Series

Jake Lear — and his music — has been called an “amalgam of muddied roots reverb, Mississippi Hill Country stomp, and tasty nuanced grooves,” according to NO Depression Magazine.

Almond restaurant can get down with that, and booked Lear as the next guest of its “Artists & Writers” dinner series — a family-style, three-course meal on Tuesday, February 11, at 7 p.m. at the Bridgehampton restaurant, where the musician will share his story.

“For years, Jake had a residency playing on Memphis, Tennessee’s famed Beale Street, where he earned a reputation for giving hard hitting honest blues performances night after night,” according to a press release. “In 2012 Jake relocated to the East End to start his family.”

Cost is $49 plus tax and tip, which includes one glass of wine or draft beer, and reservations are required. For more information, call 631-537-5665 or visit