Basic Approach and Style
I am empathic and put people at ease. People trust me and I listen well. I can perceive essential points and communicate well in writing, allowing good drafting of documents. I choose a relaxed style while focusing on the matter at hand and helping to reach the ultimate goal efficiently.
I have dealt with and overcome several significant challenges in my life. This has given me the strength to make independent decisions and to deal well with challenges, as well as the ability to understand other people, and to respond to their needs with firm compassion. My education in a seminary and my continued interest in and self-education about matters of philosopy, religion, science, and society have given me the ability to assess situations from both more focused and broader viewpoints. My experience in business settings and in the military gave me the appreciation of and the ability for teamwork and decisive action.
My solo practice was established in May of 2011. I am available to assist clients operating businesses of all sizes, with a focus, however, on small and medium sized businesses. My specialties are commercial real estate and construction, which present complex and critical issues that often overwhelm small businesses, or which small businesses are not even aware of. Real estate issues often make or break small businesses, and they require knowledge of the pitfalls, a wide focus, and long-term planning to be dealt with in a manner beneficial to the business. Small business operators sometimes feel that they do not have the leverage to obtain advantages or better deals in regard to real estate matters, or they are wary about pushing too hard in negotiations to avoid losing a deal. Adequate analysis and an experienced approach, however, can often obtain much better deals than first expected, with an eye to at least covering major issues that allow the business flexibility in operations and adequate growth and exit strategies.
My business experience enables me to think through issues and help clients to come to reasoned decisions, while understanding that business people need to move forward in a timely way without being bogged down by unnecessary legal niceties.
My network includes the services of a large national law firm, and other practitioners, so that the needs of clients can be covered no matter what aspect of legal practice requires to be addressed.
I have dealt with commercial real estate matters nationwide, including complex property transactions and the real estate aspects of corporate acquisitions and divestitures. My experience includes ground leasing, with work on the largest ground lease transaction in New York City history, retail, office, and warehouse leasing and subleasing transactions for spaces ranging from the smallest to "big box" stores over 100,000 square feet, on behalf of both landlord and tenant entities, as well as shopping center development, commercial condominium work, construction contracts, matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, environmental issues, and corporate and not-for-profit corporation work. I have worked at both large and boutique law firms, with 15 years as in-house real estate counsel at the Woolworth Corporation, including positions as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. I also have business experience as a real estate salesman and with a property management company, as well as working for the American Arbitration Association. I was a former infantry company commander, battalion adjutant, and acting Judge Advocate General officer in the New York Army National Guard.
New York, 1982
United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1984
Fordham University School of Law
Papers and Publications
I have authored articles for “Commercial Leasing Law and Strategy,” the “Lease Brokerage” chapter in the treatise “Negotiating and Drafting Office Leases,” and periodic updates to that treatise.
I have a good working knowledge of the Ukrainian language.