About Us

Robert S. Levine

Robert S. Levine has practiced law as a partner in the firm of Levine & Levine, P.C. since 1974, having graduated American University in 1971 and New England School of Law in 1974. He is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and the United States District Court (Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York). His practice is concentrated in commercial real estate and financing. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Real Property Law for Marist College. Mr. Levine has served as a member of the board and general counsel to BestEDeal.com, Inc., a meta internet search company from February, 2000, to December, 2003. He was a board member of the Dutchess County Criminal Coordinating Council from January, 1992, through December, 1996, the Southeastern Library Resource Council from mid 1984 through 1988, and the Hospice Foundation of Dutchess County from January, 2001, through December, 2004. He served as a board member of the Bardavon 1869 Opera House from January 2006 to December, 2009, and again from January, 2011, and has been serving on the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County since March, 2008. He was appointed to the position of member of the City of Poughkeepsie Planning Board, in September, 2011, and currently serves as its Chairman. Mr. Levine has developed, and currently owns and operates, commercial and residential real estate projects including Post Road Associates and Neptune Development. The real estate projects consist principally of retail strip malls with both national and regional tenants, professional office and residential projects and is currently developing a 91 unit residential condominium project known as Overlook Place in Dutchess County, New York.

Niki Pagones Quinn

Niki Pagones Quinn began her practice of law at the firm of Pagones, Cross and VanTuyl, PC, in Beacon, New York. She was a senior associate there until 1999 at which time she established her own practice. At Pagones, Cross and Van Tuyl, PC, and thereafter at her own firm she handled real estate transactions, both residential and commercial, for buyers/borrowers, sellers and builders, as well as foreclosures, wills and estates. She practiced law as a solo practitioner until 2017 when she merged her practice with Robert S. Levine and Dale J. Lois and the firm of Levine & Levine, PLLC was created. Niki is the managing partner of the residential real estate department at Levine & Levine, PLLC and also handles other matters at the firm including foreclosures, wills, trusts and estates. Niki also represents many local and national mortgage lenders. She graduated from Villanova University in 1984 where she received her BA and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Bridgeport in 1987. Niki is admitted to the New York Bar.

Niki has served on the Rebuilding Together Dutchess County Board of Directors and the Go Red For Women Campaign. She has been on the committee for the Dutchess County Real Estate Charity Golf Tournament beginning 2007 and since 2015, she has been the Tournament Coordinator for same. The Dutchess County Real Estate Charity Golf Tournament annually raises funds for charities in the local Hudson Valley Area.

Originally from northern New Jersey, and a first generation daughter of Greek immigrants, Niki speaks Greek fluently.

Dale J. Lois

Dale has over 28 years’ experience in the fields of commercial real estate and general corporate law, representing a range of individuals and closely held companies in business law transactions including office leasing, warehouse/industrial leasing, retail leasing, conveyancing, financing, construction contracts, entity formation, partnership and operating agreements, business acquisitions and dispositions, licensing, marketing and branding agreements, executive compensation and employment contracts. His practice extends throughout the United States for a range of clients including PepsiCo’s bottling and distribution division and a variety of specialty retailers. He is a former partner and head of the commercial real estate department at Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan, Greenwich, CT, where he is of counsel.

Dale graduated from Siena College in 1983 and received his law degree from New York Law School in 1990, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He is admitted to the New York and Connecticut Bars.

Professional Associations and Memberships include the New York Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association and Regional Bar Association Director; Past Chairman of Finance Committee of the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency; Social and Charitable Associations include Bardavon House, Sunshine Kids, Hospice, Community Foundation, Center for Child Abuse, Dutchess Arts Council and Vassar Hospital.

Mariel D. Gil

Ms. Gil was previously with the firm of Daniels, Porco and Lusardi, LLP. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2004, and received her law degree in 2007 from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida, where she was an editor of the Law Review. Ms. Gil is a member of the New York and North Carolina bars, and her practice includes commercial and residential real estate, general corporate law and litigation. She is also fluent in Spanish. Ms. Gil lives in Poughkeepsie with her husband and daughter.


Robert P. Cusumano

Mr. Cusumano has been practicing in the Dutchess County area since 1985 specializing in personal injury litigation on behalf of accident victims as well as commercial and construction matters and representation of property owners, landlords and realtors.

Robert graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1983 and has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1984.  

Mr. Cusumano is admitted to practice in Federal court in the Southern and Eastern Districts for the State of New York and is a member of the Dutchess County Bar Association.


John T. Shaban

John joined the firm in January 2019, and heads the Connecticut office.   John's practice focuses on commercial and business litigation with an emphasis on construction law, intellectual property protection, corporate governance disputes, securities litigation, employment issues and environmental/energy law.

John’s career started with Kelly Drye & Warren, and he has been a partner at Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan for the last fifteen years. John is admitted in New York and Connecticut, all of our region’s federal courts, and the United States Supreme Court. He has an AV rating, is a member of ABA and Connecticut Bar Association, served as a Fact Finder Arbitrator for the Connecticut Judicial Branch, and is currently a FINRA Arbitrator.

John served three terms in the Connecticut General Assembly as a State Representative for the 135th Assembly District (2011-2017: Easton, Redding and Weston) where he served on the Judiciary Committee, the Environment Committee (Ranking Member) and the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee. He was also the Republican Party and Independent Party candidate for US Congress (CT4) in 2016, and a candidate for Connecticut Attorney General in 2018.