The law firm of Muldoon, Getz & Reston was founded in 2003 and consists of attorneys Gary Muldoon, Jon Getz, Margaret Reston and Elena Tasikas, paralegalsLisa Prestianni, and Natascha Aviles and receptionistVenita Brown. The firm of Muldoon, Getz & Reston provides legal services in the areas of criminal law, appellate practice, family law, matrimonial law, professional responsibility, real estate, civil litigation and estate planning.
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Gary Muldoon — Partner
Gary Muldoon is a graduate of Skidmore College and Buffalo Law School. He has been author or coauthor of various books on law, including The Education of a Lawyer and Handling a Criminal Case in New York, as well as Family Law for New York Paralegals. He is also a Contributing Lawyer Editor for the 10th Edition of Black's Law Dictionary. Mr. Muldoon's bar association work includes being former dean of the Academy of Law of the Monroe County Bar Association and chair of the Law Practice Management Committee. He has received several awards, including the Pro Bono award from the United States District Court for the Western District of New York in 2012 and the Raymond J. Pauley Award from the Monroe County Bar Association in 2004. Mr. Muldoon chaired the Fee Arbitration Committee for the Seventh Judicial District and is a frequent speaker at bar association seminars. He is also
Mr. Muldoon’s areas of practice include criminal and civil appeals, as well as litigation generally; criminal law; family law; and professional responsibility. He has been a member of the Attorney for the Child panel in the Fourth Department. He has argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as New York State's highest state court, the Court of Appeals. He also handles residential real estate and estate law matters.
Mr. Muldoon has been a VISTA volunteer, a Legal Services attorney, instructor at Cornell Legal Aid Clinic, assistant public defender, and law clerk to judges in city and county court. He served on Rochester City Council, including four years as its vice president. He is an adjunct instructor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He has also taught college courses on family law, legal research, and wills and estate planning.
Mr. Muldoon is a columnist for the Rochester Daily Record on the subjects of Criminal Law, as well as Attorney & Client. His articles have also appeared in the Buffalo Law Review, the New York Law Journal, NYS Bar Journal, The Rochester Daily Record, The Defender and The Magistrate. Click here for his articles on criminal law, click here for his articles on family law, and click here for his articles on attorney-client issues.
Jon P. Getzis a trial and appellate lawyer with extensive experience in both civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts. He has successfully represented private citizens, small businesses, members of law enforcement, firefighters, and attorneys in complex federal, state, criminal and civil litigation. In civil practice, he has tried numerous cases for both plaintiffs and defendants involving contract disputes, personal injury, business torts, and New York State Civil Service matters. He has also represented firefighters and police officers who have been injured in the performance of duty, as well as in duty disability-related cases.
Mr. Getz is a frequent speaker at various continuing legal education seminars, and is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Brockport, where he teaches Moot Court, Law & Social Issues, and Introduction to Law & Legal Process. He has served on the Monroe County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees and is past chair of the Criminal Justice Section, the Memorial Committee, and the Solo & Small Firm Practice Section. He is currently the Chair of the Assigned Counsel Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association.
Mr. Getz has received numerous awards, including the Criminal Law Award from the United States District Court for the Western District of New York in 2012, the President's Award from the Monroe County Bar Association in 2012, and again in 2014, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Gideon Award in 1999 and the New York State Bar Association’s Most Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 1995.
Mr. Getz is a graduate of the University of Rochester with honors in history and political science, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1992.
Mr. Getz is admitted to practice in New York, California, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and NinthCircuits, and the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the Central District of California.
Margaret Reston — Partner Meg Reston attended Colgate University, obtaining an honors degree in Political Science/International Relations in 1988. After graduation, she worked in Rochester, and on Capitol Hill in Washington for three years. Meg attended law school at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She worked for Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto during her law school summers and the year preceding her admission to the Ontario Bar. She then practiced with a small firm in Toronto in the areas of family, matrimonial, and criminal defense before returning to the Rochester area in 2002. Meg was admitted to practice in New York State in 2004. Her practice experience in New York includes work with Gray Feldman & Rosenbaum LLP in the areas of matrimonial, family, wills and estate, real estate and bankruptcy, and with the Legal Aid Society of Rochester in the Attorney for the Child Program, concentrating in the area of child representation. Meg previously served on City Council for the City of Canandaigua and sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center.
She is a member of the Monroe and Ontario County Bar Associations. She practices in the areas of family, matrimonial, and wills/estate proceedings in both Monroe and Ontario counties.
Elena Tasikas received a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies in 1998 from New York University and a JD from SUNY Buffalo, cum laude, in 2003. While in law school, Ms. Tasikas attended Oxford University where she studied European Community Law and interned at the Kenya Human Rights Commission, where she conducted field research on the working conditions of the cut flower industry. Ms. Tasikas was awarded a Buffalo Public Interest Law Fellowship and received the Milton E. Kaplan Law and Social Development Award.
After law school, Ms. Tasikas served as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County where she worked in the DWI, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse Bureaus. After her time as a prosecutor, Ms. Tasikas worked as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Rochester in the Attorney for the Child Program where she represented children in all areas of family court practice. Ms. Tasikas was also a solo practitioner specializing in family law for two and a half years prior to joining Muldoon, Getz, and Reston.
Ms. Tasikas focuses her practice on family, criminal, and matrimonial law. She is on the Attorney for the Child Panel for the Appellate Division, 4th Department and is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association.