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Steve Raiser, President

Steve Raiser is a native of Long Island. Before attending college, Steven was a counselor for teenagers who had trouble with the law and were residing in group homes. While attending law school at night, Steven ran a full-service social work and community service program in mid-town Manhattan. Since being admitted to the New York Bar, Steve has represented the city of New York, serving as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel and then served as an Assistant District Attorney, where he successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases.

While serving as a prosecutor, he joined the U.S. Army. As a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard Judge Advocate General's Corps, Steve served with the 369 th (Harlem Hell fighters) as the legal advisor to the commander. In 2005 he volunteered for active duty in Iraq. There he served the troops in the office of the Staff Judge Advocate, defending soldiers from actions instituted by the federal government, making probable cause determinations for the command, and assisting in the training of Iraqi soldiers in legal proceedings.

In recognition of his service in Iraq, he earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for meritorious service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Army Commendation Medal for exceptional meritorious service during combat operations. He, along with his unit, received the New York State Bar Association's Award for Excellence in Public Service and was presented with our state flag by Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. In 2011 he ended his service with the US Army and continues to be involved in veterans issues through the Hofstra Veterans' Legal Clinic, hosting fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project and being a board member of the Military Law Committee at the Nassau County Bar Association.

After returning from Iraq Steve opened up his law firm, Raiser & Kenniff, PC, with fellow board member Thomas Kenniff. Steve has appeared as a legal analyst for FOX and CNN regarding military issues in the news. In November, 2013, Steven along with his fellow board members began Citizens for Veterans in Government in order to address the issues of veterans.


Our Advisory Board


Thomas Kenniff, Director (New York City)

Tom served as an Assistant District Attorney in one of the metropolitan area's most prestigious district attorney's offices. While serving as an Assistant D.A., Tom successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases.

NYC criminal lawyer Tom Kenniff is also a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard's Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps and a veteran of the war in Iraq, where he earned the Army Commendation Medal and the Global War or Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his outstanding service in a combat zone. Captain Kenniff spent ten months in Tikrit, Iraq during 2005, serving as Chief Legal Assistance Officer for the storied 42nd Infantry Division. While in Iraq, Tom represented soldiers charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Currently he holds the title of Chief of Military Justice, supervising all criminal prosecutions involving New York Army National Guard soldiers.

Before serving as an Assistant District Attorney and JAG Officer, Tom started his law career as an associate where he represented a host of large corporations in complex litigation.

Tom makes frequent television appearances on FOX News Channel, CNN, and other major news outlets to discuss issues related to the military. He became a board member of Citizens for Veterans in Government in December 2013.


Anthony V. Falcone, Director (Suffolk County)

Anthony V. Falcone, Esq. is an elder law/estate planning attorney in Islandia, New York. He concentrates in asset protection planning, Medicaid planning, special needs planning, guardianships and estate planning. Mr. Falcone has extensive knowledge in the preparation of Medicaid applications for both nursing home care and community-based home care. He also prepares and executes complex wills and trusts for his clients. Mr. Falcone is a New York State qualified Guardian, Court Evaluator and Attorney for a Guardian.

Mr. Falcone is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Committees, as well as the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Committees. He graduated from Iona College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and received his Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Falcone served in the United States Navy for 13 years.


Barbara Allen, Director (Orange County)

Barbara Allen is the surviving spouse of Lt. Louis Allen, who lost his life in Iraq in 2005. Barbara holds a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University. She is the author of an award-winning book detailing the loss of her husband, as well the recipient of the NYS Press Association's award for her columns on the same subject. She is an advisory board member of two organizations supporting families of fallen soldiers and has spearheaded a veterans’ focused informational media organization, American Snippets (http://americansnippets.com/). Barbara works as a Veterans Specialist and a Keynote Speaker on Triumph Over Tragedy (http://barballenwrites.com/). She and her four children reside in Orange County, NY.


Ethan Irwin, Associate (New York)

Ethan D. Irwin is an associate with Raiser & Kenniff, PC and has been successfully practicing civil litigation for over 12 years conducting trials in the Courts of the City of New York, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Ethan has represented six Fortune 500 insurance companies, individual defendants, and is a Court Appointed Referee for foreclosure matters, having been appointed Referee in Nassau, Richmond and Kings Counties. Ethan is also qualified under Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge of New York as a Guardian, Court Evaluator, Attorney for Alleged Incapacitated Person, and Counsel to Guardian. Ethan joined Raiser & Kenniff in March of 2016.

Prior to joining Raiser & Kenniff, PC, Ethan served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He then finished his undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University and went on to graduate law school from St. John’s University. While at St. John’s University Ethan he served as a legal intern with the Brooklyn Defenders, which is a public criminal defense law firm. Ethan also volunteered to represent physically abused women seeking orders of protection from their alleged abusers.

Ethan lives in Nassau County and during his free time advocates for clean drinking water as a member of the Bethpage Grumman Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant Restoration Advisory Board. Ethan is a happily married father of an 11 year old daughter and 9 year old son. When not practicing law, he enjoys attending his daughter’s dance competitions and his son’s wrestling and baseball games.


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