Attorneys

Alan Ditchik
(1934-2018)
born Brooklyn, New York, August 24, 1934; admitted to bar, 1957, New York. Education: Columbia University (A.B., 1955; LL.B., 1957). Editor, Columbia Law Review, 1955-1957. Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Chair, Committee on Condemnation and Tax Certiorari, 1992-1995); Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations; Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association (President, 1981-1983 and 1989-1991; Director, 1976-2018).
Joel Ditchik
Partner
born New York, New York, February 13, 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, New York; 1994, District of Columbia. Education: Tufts University (B.A. magna cum laude, 1989); The George Washington University National Law Center (J.D., 1992). Senior Projects Editor, The George Washington Law Review, 1991-1992. Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Philip M. Pro (D. Nev.), 1992-1994. Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Chair, Committee on Condemnation and Tax Certiorari, 2003-2006; Secretary, 2001-2002); Real Estate Board of New York (Tax Policy Committee); Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations; Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association (President, 2013-2015; Director, 2002 - ).
Steve Tishco
Partner
born Brooklyn, New York, June 22, 1979; admitted to bar, 2005, New York. Education: University of Maryland (B.A. magna cum laude, 2001); Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., 2004). Articles Editor, Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2002-2003. Author, Taxation of New York City Real Property, Law360, June 7, 2017. Senior Counsel, NYC Law Department, Tax and Bankruptcy Litigation Division, 2004-2014; Associate Attorney, Marcus & Pollack, LLP, 2014-2019.
Carlos M. Velazquez
Senior Counsel
Carlos M. Velazquez was admitted to the New York bar in 1971. He served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the Law Department of the City of New York, Certiorari and Condemnation Division, from 1974 to 1981 where he earned the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Municipal Service Award in 1979 for outstanding public service. He served as Counsel to the New York City Tax Commission from 1981 to 1985. After practicing as an Associate from 1985 to 1990, he became a partner at Pottish Freyberg Marcus & Velazquez, LLP in January, 1990. In 1996 and 1997, he served as President of the Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association, and remains on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association to date. In 1985, he founded Carlos M. Velazquez & Associates, LLP, and became Senior Counsel at Ditchik & Ditchik in March, 2021.
Gregory Papeika
Associate
born New Haven, Connecticut, June 14, 1982; admitted to bar, 2007, Connecticut; 2008, New York. Education: Washington & Lee University (B.A. magna cum laude, 2004); University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. with highest honors, 2007); New York University (M.S. in Hotel Finance, 2016). Articles Editor, Connecticut Law Review 2005-2007.
Catherine Hartmann
Associate
born New York, New York, February 22, 1989; admitted to bar, 2020, New York. Education: University at Albany (B.A., 2011); Brooklyn Law School (J.D. cum laude, 2020). Associate Managing Editor, Brooklyn Law Review 2017-2019.