Our staff

Timothy Wan, Esq.

TIMOTHY WAN, ESQ. is Senior Partner and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh. Mr. Wan’s areas of expertise include managing the creditor’s rights and collection law practice, serving as General Counsel to various small businesses in the local business community, and spearheading practice in the area of entertainment law, music law, copyright, and intellectual property.

Mr. Wan was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2001, after graduating from Brooklyn Law School for his Juris Doctor where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and from Vassar College with a double B.A. in Political Science and Theatre in 1997. This background has fostered Mr. Wan’s trial and courtroom skills; throughout his career, he has successfully tried several hundred litigation matters, as well as successfully brought and defended appeals on healthcare-related matters to the appellate courts in the State of New York. Mr. Wan is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts, and a member of the New York State and Suffolk County Bar Associations.

Mr. Wan is a Past Chair of the Eastern Region of the Commercial Law League of America, a Past Chair of the CLLA Young Member’s Section, past member of the Board of Governors, and President from 2019-2020. He also serves as the President of the New York State Creditors Bar Association. Mr. Wan is a two time Past President of the Infinite Exchange Chapter of BNI, a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and a member of the International Association of Commercial Collectors. Mr. Wan is a published author of the New York chapter of the textbook, Judgment Enforcement published by Aspen Publishing, and is a featured columnist and on the Board of Associate Editors for Commercial Law World. He is also the attorney advisor to the Commack High School Mock Trial team, and regularly lectures on topics regarding creditor’s rights, collection law, business change management, improving business efficiency, and legal strategy.

Tim has been married since 2008, and he and wife have three children. He enjoys watching fantasy inspired movies and TV, playing fantasy sports, and fantasizing about performing onstage again.

Pragna Parikh, Esq.

PRAGNA PARIKH, ESQ. is a Partner, and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh. Ms. Parikh’s areas of expertise include managing the day-to-day operations of the firm, acting as client relations liaison, and ensuring compliance with local governmental rules and regulations.

Ms. Parikh was admitted to the New York State Bar in December 2002, after graduating from New York Law School in 2001, and New York University in 1997 with a degree in Political Science. She joined the firm in 2003, after previously practicing exclusively in the areas of collections law and creditor’s rights.  In 2018, Ms. Parikh was made a partner.

Pragna is a fitness aficionado, enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, and collects designer handbags and expensive jewelry.

Evan P. Hallal, Esq.

EVAN P. HALLAL, ESQ. is a Litigation Associate Attorney a Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh. Mr. Hallal’s responsibilities include arguing motions in Court all over the State, drafting litigation papers, conducting discovery, and negotiating settlements..

Mr. Hallal was admitted to the New York State Bar in March 2018, after graduating in 2017 from Brooklyn Law School, with a Juris Doctor degree, where he was President of the Law School Softball Team, and from University of Massachusetts in 2011 with a B.S. in Sports Management. Mr. Hallal is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Evan is an administrator at “Jammin’ For The Community”, which provides peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to homeless shelters across Suffolk County, and is a sports guru with a particular passion for baseball.

Cristen C. Mc Grath, Esq.

CRISTEN C. MC GRATH was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2019. Ms. Mc Grath’s responsibilities include arguing motions in court, drafting discovery, and correspondence with adversaries and clients.

Ms. Mc Grath graduated in 2018 from St. John’s University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree, where she was an Editor on the New York International Law Review, and from St. Joseph’s College with a B.S. in Business Administration, a minor in Economics and Political Science.

Cristen is a Disney trivia expert, and once described herself at the interview for this position as “ruthless”.

Barbara Hesse

BARBARA HESSE is the Director of Operations for Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh. Ms. Hesse’s duties include general management of the clerical staff, new placement deployment, remittance implementation, and database and software programming and maintenance. Ms. Hesse has been employed by our firm since 1986, where she began as a data entry clerk.

Barbara enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, and her chocolate Labrador.

Nancy Wasserstein, Esq.

NANCY WASSERSTEIN, ESQ. graduated from Ohio State University in 1995, and from Emory Law School in 1999. Ms. Wasserstein practices exclusively in the area of collections law, and appears as “Of Counsel” to our firm exclusively in the City of New York.

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