Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP reorganizes leadership roles

November 03, 2020 - Long Island
Jeffrey Forchelli


John Terrana


Judy Simoncic


Uniondale, NY Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP (FDT), a premier full-service law firm, acclaimed for its client service and quality representation, has made the following management reorganization:

• Jeffrey Forchelli, chairman of the firm and co-managing partner;

• John Terrana, co-managing partner; and

• Judy Simoncic, deputy managing partner.

 Forchelli founded the firm in 1976 and has served as managing partner since its inception. He grew the firm from a three-lawyer general practice firm to a 65-lawyer multidisciplinary practice; a testament to his skillful leadership. Forchelli’s extensive practice concentrates on complex land use, zoning and real estate matters. As such, he is the chairperson of the firm’s Land Use & Zoning practice group and co-chairperson of its Real Estate practice group. 

“I have had the pleasure of working with John and Judy for 28 years. As the firm continues to grow in number of attorneys and practice groups, and prepares to move to expanded office space at The OMNI, I am extraordinarily pleased to continue working closely with them,” Forchelli said. “We have responded to growth, greater administrative responsibilities and complex client needs with this change in management roles.”

FDT’s Tax Certiorari practice group is led by Terrana, a 30+ year real estate industry veteran. He is a co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Fellowship Program. “I am honored to serve as co-managing partner with Jeff,” Terrana said. “While our titles have changed, our mission to put our clients first and deliver exceptional service remains steadfast,” he said. “I am incredibly proud of our talented team.”

Simoncic is a Land Use & Zoning attorney on Long Island. She joined the firm right after graduating law school and was the first woman to be named partner by the firm. Simoncic serves on FDT’s Women’s Initiative executive leadership team. 

“I am pleased to play an integral role in managing this firm,” Simoncic said. “Our collaborative approach has been critical in meeting the evolving needs of our clients and navigating this ‘new normal’ together,” Simoncic said.



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