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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 served as the first ever two-consecutive-term President from 2019-2021. 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, 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 2006, 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. 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.
KEVIN M. KNAB, ESQ. is the Senior Litigation Associate Attorney at Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh. Mr. Knab attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, earning a B.A. in History in 1986, and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning a Juris Doctor in 1989. He was admitted to practice law in New York in January 1990.
A self-professed “jack of all trades, master of none”, his legal experience includes jury trial experience, active litigation in debt collection, as well as experience in real estate, wills and estates, matrimonial, personal injury, and criminal law matters.
In his time away from law, Kevin enjoys travel, attending sporting and theater events, and almost always shows up early for everything.
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 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.
THOMAS BENNETT is the Investigation & Judgment Enforcement Manager at Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh.
Mr. Bennett began his career the week he graduated from high school in June 1984, in the collections departments in the leasing industry. A career supervisor and manager, Mr. Bennett joined Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh in October 2003 as a Legal Assistant and quickly moved up the ranks. Mr. Bennett oversees the skip tracing, asset location, and investigative departments, and is the primary on-boarding staff trainer.
Tom’s hobbies include gardening, music, and particularly loves vinyl records.
CASSIDY KALMENSON joined Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh in November 2018 and is the Paralegal to Senior Partner, Timothy Wan, Esq. Her primary duties include day-to-day communication amongst our nation-wide network of attorneys and correspondence with clients.
Ms. Kalmenson graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University in May 2017 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, with a double minor in Business Law and Psychology. While attending St. John’s, she held an internship with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Shortly after graduating, she attended a certification course through the Center for Legal Studies at Stony Brook University, and obtained her Paralegal Certificate. She is also currently studying for her J.D. at Hofstra Law School.
Cassidy has a passion for working out, and particularly enjoys dancing and mixed martial arts. She also loves her dog, a pit-bull mix named Sadie.
CHANTALE MOORE is a Law Clerk at Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh. Ms. Moore’s responsibilities include providing ongoing assistance to attorneys and clients in all aspects of the litigation process, including drafting motions and discovery, correspondence with adversaries and clients, and conducting legal research.
Ms. Moore graduated in 2018 from Syracuse University College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree, where she was the Executive Assistant for the Black Law Students Association, Student Attorney for the Children’s Rights and Family Law Clinic, and Senior Articles Editor of the Impunity Watch Law Review. She also received her M.S. in Criminal Justice from Boston University Metropolitan College in 2019.
Chantale enjoys spending her free time dancing and learning various styles of choreography, reading different fictional works, watching horror films, and writing stories and poetry.
JANET WECKERLE is the Operations Supervisor and Senior Investigative Paralegal, Team Leader at Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh.
Ms. Weckerle joined the firm in November 2018, starting as the Front-Desk Receptionist, and has steadily moved up several times, to her current position. Her primary duties include determining suit worthiness of consumer collections matters, communicating with clients, skip tracing, and assisting the Office Manager in the harmony and well-being of the office.
In her free time away from the office, Janet enjoys painting and drawing. She is also an aficionado of craft breweries and wineries.