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Justin Musumeci Senior Paralegal

American University, BA, 2010
justin@katzmatz.net | (646) 380-2089

With many years of experience in the legal field, Justin assists with all of the aspects of the firms transactions and overall operations. He is especially skilled in conducting thorough due diligence reports for clients, vast knowledge of estate transactions and a keen eye for reviewing lien searches and title policies. Additionally, Justin has handled numerous closings of all kinds and is well known and liked by transfer agents, bank counsel and peers throughout the industry. Brokers and former clients of the firm often request that Justin assist and work on their transactions. His intelligence and desire to help others are just some of his great strengths. He is a life-long New Yorker, and his vast knowledge and familiarity with New York City is a great asset with regards to all aspects of the firm.

Peter Langone Managing Paralegal

Stony Brook University, BS, 2010
peter@katzmatz.net | (646) 380-2074

Peter proactively works with and assists the attorneys and staff of Katz & Matz, and clients of the firm, in all matters regarding residential real estate transactions throughout NYC and the surrounding areas. From the inception of a deal through post-closing, he is readily available and able to handle the specific needs of each client. With his previous experience in the real estate banking industry, Peter is able to execute numerous tasks effectively and efficiently to ensure our clients have an easier and smoother transition to the closing table. He prides himself on his quick responses to clients’ and brokers’ inquiries and his professionalism throughout the entire transaction. His calm demeanor, patience, knowledge of the practice, organizational skills and positive attitude are just some of the reasons brokers and clients look to Peter whenever they need assistance.

Edward Klinger Paralegal

New York University, BA, 1991 | Aaron Copland School of Music, MA, 2007
ed@katzmatz.net | (646) 380-2423

Ed brings a unique and diverse set of experiences to Katz & Matz. Having previously worked in title insurance as a clearance and escrow officer, as a freelance title and settlement closer, and as Closing Coordinator for two of NYC's top property management firms, he is familiar with the real estate closing process from a number of perspectives. He has conducted thousands of closings, and with this experience comes a patient and professional approach to each transaction he is involved with.

James Zhu, J.D. Assistant Banking Director

Stony Brook University, BA/BS, 2012 | New York Law School, JD 2020
james@katzmatz.net | (646) 380-2066

A native of Shanghai, China, James is well versed in all aspects of residential real estate financing and transactions. His multitude of experience includes closing various types of loans for institutional and private lenders as well as assisting private individuals in purchases and sales of condominiums, cooperative apartments and homes throughout NYC and the surrounding metropolitan area. James prides himself on his thoroughness, responsiveness and calm demeanor. He is a native speaker of Mandarin and Shanghainese and is fluent in English. In his spare time, James enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time with his wife and family.

Jake Wolpoff Paralegal

Towson University, BS
jake@katzmatz.net | (646)-780-5176

Jake hails from a family with deep ties in the real estate industry. He grew up surrounded by real estate professionals and attorneys and their love for their work resonates with him. Jake’s passion for this area shines through as does his professionalism and desire to assist others. He is a true team player. Jake’s experience in law has been diverse thus far. He has worked in personal injury and criminal law, before returning to his “roots” in real estate law at Katz & Matz, PC. He looks forward to working with and helping all of the firm’s clients and fellow colleagues in the industry.

Alex Piperis Legal Assistant

Tulane University, BS 2012
alex@katzmatz.net | (646) 380-2077

With sales experience in real estate, law, tech, and sports, Alex brings a unique and diverse background to Katz & Matz. Alex is currently an Evening Division student at New York Law School and is focusing on expanding his knowledge of the NYC real estate industry. He works very closely with the firm's banking team and also assists colleagues in the transactional department to ensure seamless transactions for all of the firms clients. Alex is a big sports fan, and especially loves rooting for the Yankees. In addition to going to games, Alex also enjoys playing as much basketball, baseball/softball, and golf as possible. He looks forward to working with and building strong relationships with all of our clients.

Ingrid Espinal Paralegal

Hunter College, BA 2000
ingrid@katzmatz.net | (646) 380-2064

A veteran of the Garment District, Ingrid joined Katz and Matz to continue her career transition into the world of residential real estate. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Ingrid provides key support to our team of attorneys and paralegals with her many daily responsibilities. When she’s not at work, Ingrid enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.

Benjamin Newman Legal Assistant

Colgate University, BA, 2016 | New York Law School, JD, 2024
ben@katzmatz.net | (646) 380-2075

Ben comes to Katz & Matz with a background in the entertainment industry, having worked both in New York and Los Angeles. He has developed a keen eye for detail that, coupled with his strong work ethic, serves to ensure clients and the parties involved a smoother and more pleasant experience. Ben works closely with many colleagues in the firm's transactional department. Having graduated cum laude from Colgate University, Ben is currently an evening student at New York Law School. In his spare time, he is an avid movie watcher and a long-distance runner. Originally from Westchester, Ben now resides in Manhattan.

Yazmin Santos Paralegal

The George Washington University, BA, 2019
yazmin@katzmatz.net | (646) 380-2071

After graduating from college in 3 years, Yazmin started working at a luxury tourism/event management company where she learned a great deal about the tourism industry, while also learning the process of planning, coordinating and facilitating multiple luxury events. All these skills combined to ensure that the service being delivered to tourists was always top-notch. Yazmin remained in this industry, but decided to make a pivot into what she originally had studied and enjoyed during her time at GW. She previously worked at a law firm focusing on landlord/tenant matters and evictions, together with exposure to real estate transactions. Yazmin is pleased to have found her home at Katz and Matz, where she can utilize and continue to deliver stellar client service and great organizational skills that she's learned and honed over the years. She is a native Spanish speaker and in her free time enjoys working on her small side hustle and listening to music. Yazmin grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and now happily resides in Manhattan.

Jack Ryan Legal Assistant

University of Connecticut, BS
jack@katzmatz.net | (646) 380-2073

Jack joins Katz & Matz with a background in real estate law through his experiences at several law firms in both New York City and the Hamptons. He pursued these opportunities after graduating from the University of Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Jack was a member of the UConn Law Society, where he acquired a substantial understanding of the law process by interacting with both fellow students and alumni, many of whom now participate in the field. Jack has brought his legal experience, passion for real estate, and team-oriented attitude to the Katz & Matz team. Outside of work, Jack enjoys cheering on both the New York Knicks and Mets. He looks forward to working with the firm’s clients and continuing to build professional relationships, both existing and new, with Katz & Matz.

Max Kingsley Legal Assistant

New York University, B.A.
max@katzmatz.net | (646) 380-2096

A Miami-native, Max recently graduated with honors from NYU in three years, achieving both a B.A in art history and creative writing. In addition to his aptitude for contemporary art and fiction, Max has cultivated a wealth of knowledge in real estate law while assisting Katz & Matz during his undergraduate studies. Max prides himself on his tenacious work-ethic, his efficiency, and his unique ability to think outside of the box, and he brings all of these qualities to the Katz & Matz team. He looks forward to meeting new clients and helping to facilitate easier, smoother transactions. In his spare time, Max loves developing new recipes, attending art museums, watching movies, and continuing to explore New York City. He plans on attending law school in Manhattan in the fall of 2022.




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