119 W 57th St, #813, New York, NY 10019
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Barry Steven Schwartz

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1976-2014 – Private law practice specializing in real estate matters, including all phases of landlord and tenant and real estate litigation; construction litigation and arbitration; purchases, sales, mortgages, leasing transactions; Article 78 proceedings, litigation against DHPD, DHCR, and other City and State agencies; appeals to the Appellate Term, Appellate Division, Court of Appeals, cooperative and condominium litigation, law and practice; collections, purchase and sale of business, collateral and secured transactions, arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, administrative proceedings before City and State administrative agencies.

License

  • State – NY
  • Status – Currently registered
  • Acquired – 1976
  • Updated – 03/13/2015

 Education

  • School Name – Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • Major – Law
  • Degree – JD – Juris Doctor
  • Graduated – 1975
  • School Name – New York University
  • Major – History
  • Degree – BA – Bachelor of Arts
  • Graduated – 1972

Work History

  • 1976-2015 – Private law practice specializing in real estate matters, including
    all phases of landlord and tenant and real estate litigation; construction litigation and arbitration; purchases, sales, mortgages, leasing transactions; Article 78 proceedings, litigation against DHPD, DHCR, and other City and State agencies; appeals to the Appellate Term, Appellate Division, Court of Appeals, cooperative and condominium litigation, law and practice; collections, purchase and sale of business, collateral and secured transactions, arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, administrative proceedings before City and State administrative agencies.
  • Principal in Law Offices of Barry S. Schwartz, Esq. (1998-to date); associate at Seavey, Fingerit, & Vogel (1976-1981); of counsel to Seavey, Fingerit, Vogel, Oziel & Skoller (1992-97); of counsel to Seavey, Vogel & Oziel (1998).
  • 1997-2015 –  The firm has attained Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards (AV Rating)
  • 2009 – Faculty: NYCLA Jack Newton Lerner Lecture on Landlord Tenant Litigation: Trial Preparation and Trial Techniques
  • 2009  Faculty: NYCLA Second Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute: Lease Negotiation and Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • 2008  Faculty: NYCLA First Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute: Lease Negotiation and Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • 2006-2015  Lexis-Nexis Martindale Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 1990-2015  Biographee in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who in America
  • 1988  Admitted to United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • 1982-86  General Counsel to West New York, New Jersey Rent Control Board
  • 1980-89  Board of Arbitrators, Civil Court of the City of New York Arbitration Program
  • 1979  Admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey; admitted to United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • 1976 – Admitted to the Bar of the State of New York; admitted to United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • 1975  Juris Doctor, Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C.; Associate Editor (1973-75), Law Review
  • 1972  Bachelor of Arts, New York University, University College of Arts & Sciences (cum laude); Member, Perstare et Praestare (NYU Honor Society); History Honor Society; Red Dragon Society; Recipient of Alumni Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Student Activities; President, Student Union.

Associations

  • Association Name – New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • Position Name – Member
  • Duration – Currently in good standing

Publications

  • Publication Name – Catholic University Law Review
  • Title – Associate Editor
  • Date – 1975

Speaking Engagements

  • Conference Name –  Jack Newton Lerner Lecture
  • Title – Trial Preparation and Trial Techniques
  • Date – 2009
  • Conference Name – Commercial Real Estate Institute
  • Title – Commercial Real Estate Litigation CLE
  • Date – 2008
  • Conference Name – Commercial Real Estate Institute
  • Title – Trial Preparation and Trial Techniques CLE
  • Date – 2008

Awards

  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2015
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2014
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2013
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2012
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2011
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2010
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2009
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2008
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2007
  • Award Name – Who’s Who in American Law
  • Grantor – Who’s Who In American Law
  • Date Granted – 2007
  • Award Name – Who’s Who in American Law
  • Grantor – Who’s Who In American Law
  • Date Granted – 2006
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2006
  • Award Name – Who’s Who in American Law
  • Grantor – Who’s Who In American Law
  • Date Granted – 2005
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2005
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2004
  • Award Name – Who’s Who in American Law
  • Grantor – Who’s Who In American Law
  • Date Granted – 2004
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor –     Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2003
  • Award Name – Who’s Who in American Law
  • Grantor – Who’s Who In American Law
  • Date Granted – 2003
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2002
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2001
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 2000
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 1999
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 1998
  • Award Name – AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Grantor – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Date Granted – 1997
  • Award Name – Who’s Who in American Law
  • Grantor – Who’s Who In American Law
  • Date Granted – 1990

Some Representative Clients

The Moinian Group, Joe Moinian, Viking Management, John Ilibassi, Gilman Management, Robert Raphael, West Gramercy Associates, AB Ilibassi & Company, Midwest Ventures, S & S Equities of NY and NJ, PB Empire, CD Kobsons, Furnished Dwellings, Chai LLC, 99 Third Ave Restaurant, Peking Duck House, First Sigma Capital Inc., The Orfali Group, Jacob Orfali, Mondial Fine Arts & Antiques, Dr. Hanna Jesionowska, Dr. H Moussavian, Dr. Thomas Giordano, Golden Horse Realty, Gilzeis Realty Co., GHS LLC, Seaman-Audubon Associates, 79 Clinton St Corp., Miron & Sons Linen, Inc.; B & M Linen

Some Typical Decisions

  • Ahmed v C. D. Kobsons Inc., Supreme Court, New York County, 2009 NY Slip Op 51307(U) ,24 Misc 3d 1208(A), Solomon, J. affd 73 AD3d 440
  • Dodin & Fama v Schipani, Supreme Court, Richmond County, Index No.: 101988/07 (unreported decision dated 3/20/09)(J. Fusco, JSC)
  • Tess Color Hair Salon v First Sigma Capital Inc. v Verizon Communications Inc., Supreme Court, NY County (Index No.: 600296/05)(unreported decision dated 7/31/08)(C. Ramos, JSC)
  • Midwest Ventures LLC v Mildred Cozzens, Civil Court, NY County (L & T 66326/04)(unreported decision dated 3/5/07, Lansden, JHC)
  • 808 West End Ave. v. Pomeranz, NYLJ, 1/10/07, p. 23, col. 1 (Civ. Ct. N.Y. Co.), cited in Real Estate Trends, NYLJ, 2/7/07, pp. 5-6 (M. Finkelstein, JHC)
  • West Gramercy Associates v Icon Media, NYLJ, 11/8/00, p. 23, col. 5; NYLJ, Realty Law Digest, 1/17/01, p. 6, col 3. (Acosta, JSC)
  • Pasargad Carpets v A & R Real Estate, 272 A. D. 2d 76, 707 N. Y. S 2d 409 (1st Dept., 2000)
  • Waring Barker Company v Santiago, NYLJ, 1/23/98, p. 25, col. 1, 26 HCR 40 (AT 1st)
  • Fairbanks Gardens Company v Gandhi, 168 Misc 2d 128, 645 NYS 2d 262 (AT 2d, 1996), affd 244 AD 2d 315, 665 NYS 2d 540 (AD 2d, 1997)
  • Clearview Gardens Corp v Volpicelli, 213 AD 2d 582, 624 NYS 2d 930 (AD 2d, 1995)
  • Barker Avenue Company v Alpert, NYLJ, 10/5/94, p. 23, col. 1 (Civ Ct Bronx Cty); cited in Realty Law Digest, NYLJ, 10/26/94, p. 5, col. 1; The World of Evictions, NYLJ, 2/1/95, p. 5, col. 2.
  • 81-03 Northern Blvd Corp v Treserra, 199 AD 2d 299, 606 NYS 2d 1003 (AD 2d 1993)
  • Barker Avenue Company v Rivera, NYLJ, 10/27/93, p. 27, col. 3 (Civ Ct Bronx Cty), cited in Scherer, Residential Landlord & Tenant, Section 8:64
  • Braun v. Hudson Park Cooperative Apts. Inc., 78 AD 2d 667, 433 NYS 2d 999 (2nd Dept., 1980)
  • Weiss v Weiss, 76 AD 2d 863, 428 NYS 2d 504 (2nd Dept. 1980)
  • Randy International Ltd v Automatic Compactor Corp, 97 Misc 2d 977, 412 NYS 2d 995 (Civ Ct Queens Cty, 1979)
  • Dayton Towers Inc v Wertheim, 54 AD 2d 749, 387 NYS 2d 714 (2nd Dept. 1976)

Recent Litigation Highlights:

  • Landlord held justified in refusing to recognize commercial tenant’s option to renew lease where tenant was habitually late in rent payments and had otherwise materially breached lease.
  • Successful defense of business owner against former landlord’s allegations of breach of lease and damages for restoration of premises charges.
  • Successful defense of seller against purchaser’s breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation claims in sale of residential real property.
  • Successful prosecution of commercial summary proceeding against bar/restaurant engaging in nuisance/objectionable conduct affecting residential tenants of premises; successful defense of commercial tenant’s appeal.
  • Successful defense of landlord against claims by former tenant of fraudulent concealment in the rental of commercial premises; court rejected tenant’s claims of constructive eviction and breach of covenant of quiet enjoyment.
  • Successful representation of landlords in non-primary residence and owner’s use proceedings summary proceedings.
  • Successful representation of Pace University against landlord of building used for student housing and disengagement from long term lease.
  • Successful prosecution of landlord’s option to terminate lease despite scrivener’s error in lease option to terminate clause.
  • Successful defense of commercial tenant avoiding forfeiture provisions of RPAPL 749(3) in appeal to Appellate Division.
  • Vacated a major Chinatown mall in order to allow the owner to gut renovate the structure.
  • Successful use of forensic document examiner and scientific instruments to prove the fraudulent use of documents by a tenant against a landlord.
  • Successful use of a forensic handwriting analysis to prove the handwriting of a tenant who sent harassing and vexatious letter and cards to other tenants, in a nuisance holdover proceeding.
  • Extension of the right to cure to a tenant who failed to renew a rent stabilized lease in the Second Department.
  • Successful defense of small business owners against unconscionable real estate tax and porter’s wage escalations
  • Successful appeal of trial court’s refusal to impose an attorney’s lien on settlement proceeds wrongfully paid directly to attorney’s client in violation of fee agreement.
  • Successful defense of rent claims by tenant shareholders (cooperatives) who resided under defectively installed roof system, tenants in luxury apartment house next to excessively noisy machine room, tenants who did not receive adequate heat and hot water, tenants in high rise plagued by constant elevator breakdowns, tenants harassed by landlord who sought to vacate building.
  • Successful appeal of an owner’s denial of a Certificate of No Harassment by Article 78 proceeding

Early Career Highlights

  • General landlord-tenant litigation counsel to Sol Goldman, one of NYC’s largest landlords (1977-81)
  • Successful defense of JI Sopher & Company, NYC’s largest residential brokerage, in a federal housing discrimination jury trial (1977)
  • Successful defense of one of NYC’s most notorious landlords against various proceedings brought by the NYC Dept. of Housing, Preservation & Development, including 7A proceedings, comprehensive proceedings for fines and penalties, proceedings for orders to correct housing code violations, contempt of court applications (1981-1984)
  • Successful defense of well-known real estate management firm against actions taken by the NYC Dept. of Housing, Preservation & Development, as a result of firm’s unwitting relationship with a major NYC slumlord (1984-86)

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