Robert is an accomplished attorney specializing in business and commercial law, including collections law, business planning and management and commercial litigation. He serves as managing partner of a third-generation law firm, Rosenthal & Goldhaber, P.C., one of Long Island’s most respected, which was founded by his grandfather Max Goldhaber and partner Benjamin Rosenthal in 1940.
As Robert looked up to his father for guidance and inspiration, it seemed logical to him that he would become an attorney. A graduate of Brandeis University, he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1988. After graduation, he went on to earn his law degree from the Boston University School of Law. Robert is currently admitted to practice law in the state courts of New York and Massachusetts, as well as the southern and eastern New York federal Districts.
In 1991, Robert joined his father Richard and grandfather Max in the law practice of Rosenthal & Goldhaber, P.C. To this day, Robert still embodies the dedication, commitment and passion for the clients of Rosenthal & Goldhaber P.C. that both his grandfather did in 1940 and his father did when he joined the practice in 1961. During his career at the firm, Robert has litigated many high-profile cases, including one which created a new legal exception to a well-settled area of law involving signatures on personal guarantees.
Today, Robert manages the day-to-day operations of Rosenthal & Goldhaber P.C. He is also President of Corporate Substance Abuse Programs, Inc., a leader in customized corporate drug-testing programs.
A Long Island native, Robert takes pride in giving back to the communities in which he serves. He is a member of many organizations which help promote the economic welfare of our community such as Advancement for Commerce Industry and Technology (ACIT), the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association as well as the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA).
Robert is a member of the UJA-Federation of New York where he serves as a committee member for the Long Island Building Materials Division. As an active member of the Temple Isaiah Brotherhood, he is a participant in charitable activities that support his community.
A resident of South Setauket, NY, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. The time requirements of managing a law practice and running a drug-testing company make leisure activities precious. Robert’s outside interests include playing tennis and golf and he is a connoisseur of fine wines.
Elliott M. Portman
Elliott’s concentration of practice is in federal and state litigation, particularly in the area of creditor’s rights and commercial litigation. He represents both international and domestic clients with regard to liquidation of their accounts receivable.
Mr. Portman has traditionally devoted the majority of his practice to creditor’s rights and judgment enforcement. As a result, he has maintained an excellent reputation in the field, striving for the highest standards of professionalism and for expeditious results.
He has lectured for the Suffolk County Academy of Law on the subjects of the collection of overdue accounts and law practice management. In addition, Mr. Portman has spoken before local civic groups with regard to civil litigation, creditor/debtor relations and has talked to Long Island high school students regarding the dangers of credit card abuse.
Mr. Portman is an active member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and has served as Chair of the Creditor’s Rights Law Committee four times.
- Brunel University, Uxbridge, England
- State University of New York at Brockport (B.A., 1980)
- New England School of Law (J.D., 1983)
- New York State (1986)
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York (1989)
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of New York (2007)
- Commercial Debt Collection
- Commercial Litigation
- Judgment Enforcement
Affiliations, Achievements and Honors:
- American Jurisprudence Award for Professional Ethics while attending The New England School of Law
- New York State Bar Association (General Practice Section)
- Suffolk County Bar Association (Chair of Creditor’s Rights Law Committee 2009-2017)
- Commercial Lawyers Conference of New York (Vice President, 2007 – present)
- Commercial Law League of America (Creditor’s Rights Section Executive Council)
- The International Association of Commercial Collectors, Inc. (IACC)
- Financial Secretary, Temple Beth-El of Huntington, NY (2001-2005)
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2012)
- AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
- DHL Express (USA), Inc. v. Betterbodz Distrib. LLC, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20267 (N.D.N.Y Mar. 11, 2008)
- Amthor v. Commerce Bank, 15 Misc. 3d 1130(A) (N.Y. Dist. Ct. 2007)