Where Vision
and Results Meet

From its founding by four partners in 1989 to its present staff of nearly 50 seasoned real estate attorneys, Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP, has developed a reputation for finding effective solutions to complex real estate problems. With offices in midtown Manhattan and Westport, Connecticut, we bring our experience to all aspects of real estate law, and a cutting-edge knowledge of the various rules and regulations that govern residential and commercial property. For more information on our team of experienced litigators and negotiators, please click the links below.

  • Daniel T. Altman

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 1990

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1989
    • Connecticut, 1989
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1989
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1990

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 1989
    • BS, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York

    DANIEL T. ALTMAN became a partner of the firm in 1997. Mr. Altman has been associated with the firm since 1990.

    Mr. Altman is a 1989 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration, from the State University of New York at Albany.

    Mr. Altman is a member of the firm's Leasing Department. He has drafted and negotiated store, office, retail, triple net, ground, telecommunications and loft leases on behalf of both owners/developers and tenants, covering hundreds of thousands of square feet of leased space in office buildings, malls, strip centers and residential and commercial buildings. Mr. Altman also handles commercial and residential transactions involving the purchase, sale and financing of properties and developments. He serves on the New York State Bar Association's Commercial Leasing Committee and is a member of New York County Lawyers Association's Real Property Section.

    Mr. Altman also handles many of the firm's real estate related bankruptcy issues, including lease default issues, lift stay issues and assignment/sale of leases in bankruptcy and has had extensive experience arguing such issues in both the Southern and Eastern District Courts on behalf of owners and lenders.

    Mr. Altman acts as counsel to many cooperatives and condominiums, advising them on their day-to-day affairs, including shareholder disputes, mortgage refinancings and reviewing contracts with vendors.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Leases
    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings
    • Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York State Bar Association
    • Commercial Leasing Committee
    • New York County Lawyers Association
    • Queens Borough President's Cooperative and Condominium Task Force
  • Michael A. Battema

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2014

    Education:

    • JD, St. John’s University Law School, New York, New York
    • BS, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

    MICHAEL A. BATTEMA is an Associate in the Litigation Department of Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. Michael joined the firm in May, 2012 as a summer associate and worked at the firm on a part-time basis during his third year of law school.

    Mr. Battema earned a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in 2013. While in law school, Mr. Battema was a member of the Moot Court Honors Society and the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, serving as Editor-in-Chief during his third year. Mr. Battema graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2005 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Co-op & Condo Disputes
    • Commercial Disputes
  • Sherwin Belkin

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 1989

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1977
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1978
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1978
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1985
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 1976
    • BA, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York, 1972
      Honors: Cum Laude

    SHERWIN BELKIN is a founding partner of the firm.

    Mr. Belkin has represented owners in numerous proceedings and hearings before the New York Conciliation and Appeals Board, Office of Rent Control, New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Attorney General's Real Estate Financing and Consumer Frauds Bureaus, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and New York City Commission on Human Rights. He has successfully challenged many of these administrative agencies in State Supreme Court and has argued appeals before all levels of State appellate courts. In addition, he has often served as an advocate for the real estate industry in its governmental relations.

    Mr. Belkin has worked with numerous developers in assembling and then vacating sites for the construction of new buildings. This entails Mr. Belkin coordinating the firm's various departments so that New York's regulatory requirements can be addressed via litigation, administrative proceedings and negotiation.

    Mr. Belkin is a member of the Landlord and Tenant Committee of the New York State Bar Association and its Special Task Force on Rent Administration and is a member of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association. He also serves on the Real Estate Board's Housing Committee and Residential Law Subcommittee. Mr. Belkin has lectured at seminars sponsored by the Rent Stabilization Association, Associated Builders and Owners, Community Bankers Association, New York University's Master of Science and Real Estate Development and Investment program and the Association of Housing Court Judges.

    Sherwin Belkin has been awarded "AV Preeminent Standing" which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards reflecting the confidential opinion of members of the Bar and the judiciary. He has co-authored A Complete Guide to Sublets and Assignments, authors the column "Real Estate Review" for Real Estate Weekly and has had many articles on real estate law published by the New York State Bar Association, the Real Estate Newsletter and the Landlord and Tenant Relations Newsletter. Mr. Belkin has been frequently quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Real Estate Weekly and Apartment Law Insider.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Appellate Practice
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York State Bar Association, 1985 - Present, Member, Landlord & Tenant Committee
    • New York State Bar Association, Member, Special Task Force on Rent Administration
    • American Bar Association, Administrative Law Section, Member
    • Real Estate Board's Housing Committee, Member
    • Real Estate Board's Residential Law Subcommittee, Member
  • Seth J. Bell

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2013

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York

    Education:

    • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, 2004
    • BS, State University at Albany, 2001
      Honors: Cum Laude

    Seth J. Bell is an associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP.  He joined the firm in April, 2013. Mr. Bell has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate transactions. His practice areas include acquisitions, sales, leasing, construction and bridge financing, real estate development, 1031 tax deferred exchanges, rent stabilization, residential and commercial lending.

    His practice also includes the representation of developers and investors in the acquisition and development of, multi-family and mixed-use properties, new construction, and conversion to condominium and cooperative ownership.

    Another main aspect of Mr. Bell’s practice includes serving as general counsel to the many cooperative and condominium boards which the firm represents. Such representation involves all matters of corporate governance, by-law/proprietary lease amendments, shareholder/unit owner disputes, refinance of debt, negotiation of AIA agreements, access agreements, drafting and negotiation of management agreements, sponsor disputes, residential/commercial leasing, and real property/stock transfers.

    He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.

    Mr. Bell graduated cum laude from the State University at Albany (B.S. 2001) and from Hofstra University School of Law (J.D. 2004).

    Areas of Practice:

    • Leases
    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing
  • Phillip L. Billet

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1980

    Education:

    • JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, New York, New York
    • BA, Yeshiva University, New York, New York

    PHILLIP L. BILLET is an Associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. He joined the firm in 1997 and specializes in administrative law and rent regulation. Mr. Billet handles cases before the New York State Supreme Court and various administrative agencies, including the New York State New York State Homes and Community Renewal. He represents landlords who are applying for various types of relief under the rent regulatory laws of the State of New York, including requests for rent increases, requests for permission to modify building services and appeals of New York State Homes and Community Renewal Orders. He also represents landlords in proceedings commenced by tenants, in which tenants claim certain rights under the law.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings
  • David R. Brand

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2006
    • New Jersey, 2005
    • Connecticut, 2005
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2006
    • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2005
    • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 2005

    Education:

    • JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
    • BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    DAVID R. BRAND is an Associate in the Litigation Department of Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brand was an Associate at Holland & Knight LLP where he practiced commercial litigation.

    Mr. Brand handles state and federal court real estate litigation matters including residential and commercial foreclosures actions, condominium and co-op disputes, and construction litigation cases.

    Mr. Brand earned a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2005 where he was a member of the Law Review, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan in 2001.

    In addition to New York State and Federal Courts, Mr. Brand is admitted to practice in both New Jersey and Connecticut state and federal courts.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Mortgage Foreclosures
    • Co-op & Condo Disputes
    • Commercial Disputes
  • Matthew S. Brett

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2000

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • BA, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

    MATTHEW S. BRETT joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP in 2000 and became a Partner in 2007. He specializes in real estate litigation and has worked on notable cases including Lenox Hill Hospital v. Spitz and HF Associates v. Sullivan.

    Mr. Brett earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School where he was a Moot Court Honor Society Quarter Finalist in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University. He is the Chairman of the New Jersey Emory University Alumni Association.

    Mr. Brett is an Owner's Representative on the Advisory Council of the Housing Part of the New York City Civil Court. He is also a member of the Housing and Urban Development Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Mr. Brett was a member of the Housing Court Committee of the New York City Bar Association and has served as Co-Chair of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses hosted by the New York Bar Association including How to Successfully Navigate, Litigate & Resolve Mold Issues, Housing in Cyberspace and Future Perspectives on Affordable Housing and Economic Development in New York City.

    Mr. Brett has lectured on the Internet and Evidence for the Rent Stabilization Association and Rent Regulation for the New York City Bar Association.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Co-op & Condo Disputes
    • Commercial Disputes

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York City Bar Association
    • Member, Housing and Urban Development Committee
  • Christina M. Browne

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2010
    • New Jersey, 2009

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 2009
    • BA, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, 2004

    CHRISTINA M. BROWNE is an Associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Browne was an Associate at Vernon & Ginsburg, LLP, where she focused on commercial and residential real estate matters.

    Ms. Browne earned her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2009 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology from Bates College in Maine. While in law school, Ms. Browne represented cooperative boards in the purchase of real estate and in drafting corporate resolutions as part of the Corporate Real Estate Clinic at Brooklyn Law School. Upon graduation, Ms. Browne was awarded a CALI Award for Excellence in Corporate Real Estate.

    She is admitted to practice law in the States of New York and New Jersey

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York State Bar Association
    • New York City Bar Association
  • Joseph Burden

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1975
    • Illinois, 1976
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1979
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1979

    Education:

    • JD, University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York, 1974
    • BA, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York

    JOSEPH BURDEN is a founding partner of the firm.

    Mr. Burden, as senior trial counsel, has tried many cases in the Civil and Supreme Courts, including complicated non-primary residence and owner occupancy proceedings and commercial holdover and non-payment proceedings. Mr. Burden was successful in setting the initial precedent for an owner's right to pre-trial discovery in non-primary residence holdover proceedings (NYU v. Farkas). He represents several non-profit institutions, including New York University, Columbia University, Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Lenox Hill Hospital.

    Mr. Burden also specializes in loft litigation and administrative proceedings before the New York City Loft Board. He successfully handled the first proceeding permitting an owner to recover possession of a loft for the owner's own residential use. He also advises owners throughout the loft legalization process.

    In addition to litigation, Mr. Burden has represented numerous clients in the negotiation and drafting of commercial leases.

    Mr. Burden has lectured at the Practicing Law Institute and the City Bar Association on residential holdover proceedings and commercial non-payment proceedings and at the Association of Housing Court Judges on legislative changes.

    Mr. Burden is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Port Washington Public Library and the Chair of the Housing Court Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Co-op & Condo Disputes
    • Commercial Disputes
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • Port Washington Public Library, 1995 - Present, Member, Board of Trustees
    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2000 - Present, Chair, Housing Court Committee
  • Magda L. Cruz

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 1989

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1986
    • Connecticut, 1989
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1995
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1995

    Education:

    • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. 1985
    • BBA, Pace University, New York, New York

    MAGDA L. CRUZ has been associated with the firm since 1989, becoming a partner in 1993.

    Ms. Cruz specializes in appeals and complex litigation matters. She has briefed and argued appeals before New York State and Federal appellate courts involving constitutional law, property rights, commercial law, loft law, cooperative and condominium law, tax incentive law, administrative law, landlord-tenant law, mortgage foreclosure law and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. Her major appellate victories on behalf of owners include owner-occupancy, succession rights, non-primary residence, lease rights, attorneys' fees, and rent overcharge cases. Ms. Cruz also successfully obtained one of the largest Rule 130 sanctions award that the Court of Appeals has ever imposed against a party and its attorney for frivolous litigation.

    Ms. Cruz is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining the firm, she held positions with the New York County District Attorney's Office, The Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Miami, Florida, and Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., in New York. In addition, Ms. Cruz has served on the Board of Directors of two cooperative apartment corporations in Brooklyn, New York.

    Ms. Cruz is a member of the Housing Court Advisory Council, and Women in Housing and Finance.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Appellate Practice
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • Housing Court Advisory Council
    • Women in Housing and Finance
  • Nicholas M. David

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2010
    • Connecticut, 2010

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 2009
    • MA, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
    • BA, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

    NICHOLAS M. DAVID is an associate at Belkin Burden Wenig and Goldman, LLP. He joined the firm in May 2008 as a summer associate and worked at the firm on a part-time basis throughout his third year at Brooklyn Law School.

    At Brooklyn Law, Mr. David concentrated his studies on real estate law including an externship at the State Attorney General Real Estate Finance Bureau and a clinical position representing Housing Development Fund Corporations. At graduation, Mr. David was the recipient of the Jack Weprin Real Estate Prize, an award bestowed annually on a student who has excelled in the area of real estate law.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Real Estate Litigation
    • Co-op / Condo Law
    • Commercial Disputes
    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York City Bar Association | Member, Housing and Urban Development Committee
  • Alexa Englander

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2006
    • Connecticut, 2005
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2006
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2006

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 2005
    • BA, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

    ALEXA ENGLANDER is an associate in the Firm's administrative, appeals, and litigation departments. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Englander started her legal career in the New York City Law Department's Administrative Law Division. There, she represented City agencies including the Department of Buildings, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and Environmental Control Board and litigated claims against the City in state and federal courts.

    At Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP, Ms. Englander's diversified practice includes representing owners of rent regulated buildings in administrative proceedings before New York State Homes and Community Renewal and in all stages of judicial review, appellate practice including drafting briefs and motions, and litigating claims made by and against clients in Supreme and Civil Court. Specializing in rent regulation, Ms. Englander's experience ranges from litigating summary proceedings and plenary actions in the lower courts to appellate practice before the Appellate Divisions and New York State Court of Appeals.

    Ms. Englander is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut, and is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Appellate Practice
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings
  • Brian Y. Epstein

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2004

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1999

    Education:

    • JD, New York Law School, New York, New York, 1999
    • BA, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

    BRIAN Y. EPSTEIN joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP as an Associate in 2004 and became a Partner in 2009. He specializes in real estate litigation for a diverse roster of real estate clients.

    Mr. Epstein earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, History and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1999.

    Mr. Epstein appears regularly in both the Residential and Commercial Parts of the New York County Housing Court, handling residential and commercial holdover and nonpayment proceedings. Mr. Epstein routinely handles a wide variety of holdover proceedings including proceedings involving non-primary residence, nuisance, breach of lease obligations, lease expirations and violations of the Pet Law.

    Mr. Epstein is responsible for all aspects of such proceedings, from the drafting and service of predicate notices through settlement or trial and eviction.

    Additionally, Mr. Epstein handles preliminary conferences in Supreme Court.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
  • Vladimir Favilukis

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2007
    • New Jersey, 2006

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 2006
    • BA, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

    VLADIMIR FAVILUKIS is an associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP.

    Mr. Favilukis joined the firm as a Summer Associate after his first year of law school and worked at the firm on a part-time basis while attending law school at Brooklyn Law. He earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in the Spring of 2006.

    Since joining the firm, Mr. Favilukis has specialized in the various regulations that govern and relate to New York City real estate, with a particular emphasis on the New York City Rent Stabilization Code, Administrative Code, Loft Law and Zoning Resolution, as well as tax benefit programs such as the "421-a," "421-g" and "J-51" abatements. Mr. Favilukis has headed the due diligence review for numerous purchases of multi-family, mixed-use and "loft" properties.

    Mr. Favilukis' practice also heavily involves administrative litigation, where he has represented owners in complex litigation with such agencies as the New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH), the New York City Environmental Control Board (ECB), the New York City Department of Finance (DOF), the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) and the New York City Planning Commission (CPC).

    Prior to joining the firm as a full-time associate in 2006, and concurrently with working part-time at the firm, Mr. Favilukis also interned with the New York City chapter of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

    Mr. Favilukis is fluent in Russian and is a member of both, the New York State and New Jersey State Bars.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Land Use & Zoning
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • 92Y Tribeca Advisory Council
  • Jordi Fernandez

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2003

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2003

    Education:

    • JD, St. John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, New York
    • BS, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

    JORDI FERNANDEZ is an Associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. He joined the firm in 2003 and specializes in real estate litigation.

    Mr. Fernandez earned his Juris Doctor from St. John's University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2003.

    Mr. Fernandez handles residential and commercial nonpayment proceedings and supervises the nonpayment cases from their inception. Mr. Fernandez also handles Housing Maintenance Code violations in the Housing Court's HP part as well as plenary and surrogate's matters in Civil, Supreme and Surrogate's Court.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
  • Lisa Gallaudet

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2008
    • New Jersey, 2007

    Education:

    • JD, Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 2007
    • BA, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

    LISA GALLAUDET is an Associate in the Litigation Department at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gallaudet was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division at the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel. At the New York City Law Department, Ms. Gallaudet represented various City agencies in commercial, contract and real estate disputes in Civil Court, Supreme Court and mediation.

    Ms. Gallaudet earned a Juris Doctor from Villanova Law School in 2007 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University in 2001. In law school, Ms. Gallaudet was a competing member of the Trial Advocacy Club. Before entering law school, Ms.Gallaudet was a paralegal in the Trial Division of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

    Ms. Gallaudet is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings
  • Craig Gambardella

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2009

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2011

    Education:

    • JD, Pace University School of Law
      White Plains, NY 2010
    • BS, Fordham University
      Bronx, NY 2006

    CRAIG GAMBARDELLA is an associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. He joined the firm in May 2009 as a summer associate and worked with the firm on a part-time basis during his third year of law school.

    Mr. Gambardella earned a Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law in 2010. While in law school, Mr. Gambardella participated in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition in 2009 and was an editor of the Journal of Court Innovation. Mr. Gambardella also served as law clerk to the Land Use Law Center for Sustainable Development in White Plains, New York where he worked closely with local municipalities and developers to create zoning ordinances to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

    In 2006, Mr. Gambardella graduated from Fordham University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

    Mr. Gambardella is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyer's Association, the Westchester Bar Association and the Columbian Lawyer Association.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • American Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association
    • New York County Lawyer’s Association
    • Westchester Bar Association
    • Columbian Lawyer Association
  • Jeffrey L. Goldman

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1984
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1984
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1984

    Education:

    • JD, University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York, 1983
    • BA, SUNY at Albany, Albany, New York

    JEFFREY L. GOLDMAN is a founding partner of the firm and co-head of the Litigation Department. In this role, Mr. Goldman supervises and trains litigators in preparation for trial, relying on his more than 25 years of experience and passion for success.

    Mr. Goldman has substantial experience and expertise in civil litigation, both jury and non-jury, concentrating on complex commercial and real estate disputes, including commercial and residential lease violations. Clients rely on Mr. Goldman’s frank and realistic assessment of litigation options to match their business strategies and expectations.

    Mr. Goldman has successfully litigated varied issues pertaining to cooperative and condominium rights in both Civil and Supreme Court on behalf of owners, sponsors and Boards of Directors and Managers in the course of his litigation practice. Mr. Goldman also represents owners and developers in construction litigation, demolition projects and disputes, including non-primary residence, succession rights and owner occupancy proceedings.

    Mr. Goldman is a member of the Committee on Commercial Leasing of the New York State Bar Association and has served on various condominium boards in New York City.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Co-op & Condo Disputes
    • Commercial Disputes

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York State Bar Association
    • Member, Committee on Commercial Leasing
  • Allan Gosdin

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2007

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1991
    • New Jersey, 1990
    • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1990

    Education:

    • JD, Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, 1990
    • AB, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    ALLAN L. GOSDIN joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP in 2007 as a member of the Transactional Department.

    Mr. Gosdin has drafted and negotiated commercial leases on behalf of both owners and tenants and has represented clients in the sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gosdin was employed by International Paper Company as counsel to its Real Estate Division where he represented the Company in all aspects of its corporate real estate function including the sale of surplus industrial facilities and the negotiation of office and warehouse leases.

    Mr. Gosdin is a 1990 graduate of Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan. He is a member of both the New York and New Jersey Bar.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Leases
    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing
  • Brian C. Haberly

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2001

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1996
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2005

    Education:

    • JD, SUNY at Buffalo School of Law, Buffalo, New York, 1995
    • BA, SUNY at Albany, Albany, New York

    BRIAN CLARK HABERLY joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP in 2001 as an Associate and became a Partner in 2009. Mr. Haberly has special expertise in real estate litigation for both commercial and residential real estate owners. He has experience in litigating diverse cases in both Housing Court and in Supreme Court.

    Mr. Haberly earned his Juris Doctor from Buffalo Law School in 1995 and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in History from the State University of New York at Albany in 1991. He is a member of the City Bar Association of New York.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
  • Martin J. Heistein

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1980
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 1979
    • BA, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

    MARTIN J. HEISTEIN became a partner of the firm in 1992.

    Mr. Heistein was General Counsel to the Rent Stabilization Association of N.Y.C., Inc., New York City's largest real estate trade association whose 25,000 members own or manage over 900,000 housing units. Mr. Heistein served as General Counsel for seven years.

    Mr. Heistein and Mr. Belkin head the firm's Administrative Law Department. Mr. Heistein is involved in diverse proceedings before the New York State Homes and Community Renewal and City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), including MCI, J-51 and ICIP applications.

    Mr. Heistein was responsible for drafting legislation in the State Legislature and the City Council for RSA and will continue to specialize in governmental relations. He is an expert in the Rent Stabilization Code, having been responsible for analyzing the Code on behalf of property owners while at RSA. Mr. Heistein has also been a member of New York State Homes and Community Renewal's Owner Advisory Council.

    Mr. Heistein is a member of the Landlord and Tenant Committee of the New York State Bar Association and its Special Task Force on Rent Administration. He has also served as a member of the Committee on the Housing Court of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has written numerous articles in the areas of housing and rent stabilization and has lectured at seminars sponsored by the Rent Stabilization Association, Associated Builders and Owners and at the Small Property Owners of New York.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Land Use & Zoning
    • Leases
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York State Homes and Community Renewal's Owner Advisory Council
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Member, Landlord and Tenant Committee
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Member, Special Task Force on Rent Administration
    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Member, Committee on the Housing Court
  • Robert T. Holland

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 1991

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1991
    • Connecticut, 1991
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1993

    Education:

    • JD, New York Law School, New York, New York, 1991
    • BA, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

    ROBERT T. HOLLAND became a partner of the firm in 2000. Mr. Holland had been associated with the firm since 1991.

    Mr. Holland handles a diverse range of real estate matters in both the Civil Court and Supreme Court. He has successfully litigated matters on behalf of landlords in residential holdover proceedings involving non-primary residence, illegal subletting, and other lease violations. He has also successfully defended landlords in proceedings where succession rights have been asserted as a defense to landlords' cases. Other experience at the Civil Court level include commercial holdover proceedings, as well as commercial and residential non-payment proceedings.

    Mr. Holland also has extensive litigation experience in the Supreme Court, litigating mortgage foreclosure actions on behalf of lenders, a wide variety of cases on behalf of condominium and cooperative corporation boards, and general commercial litigation.

    Mr. Holland also is involved in all aspects of real estate transactions involving the purchase and sale of single family dwellings, and cooperative and condominium apartments.

    Mr. Holland is a graduate of New York Law School, is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bars, and is admitted to practice in the Southern District Court of New York.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Mortgage Foreclosures
    • Co-op & Condo Disputes
  • Robert A. Jacobs

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2003

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1980
    • Connecticut, 1991

    Education:

    • JD, New York Law School, New York, New York, 1980
    • MS, Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, Illinois
    • BA, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

    ROBERT A. JACOBS became a partner of the firm in 1995.

    Mr. Jacobs has broad experience in many phases of real estate including the purchase, sale and financing of commercial and residential properties, commercial, store and office leasing, rent regulation, administrative law, title disputes (including adverse possession), cooperative and condominium conversions, zoning, loft conversions and appellate practice.

    Mr. Jacobs has been representing large and small owners of real property in New York City since 1982 including developers, lending institutions, individual owners, receivers and not-for-profit institutions. He has been quoted extensively in leading real estate trade publications dealing with topics such as lease and contract clauses, rent regulation, lead-paint regulations and other areas of real estate.

    Mr. Jacobs has practiced before the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the Board of Standards and Appeals the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the New York State Liquor Authority and has argued numerous appeals before the Appellate Term and Appellate Division.

    Mr. Jacobs is a member of the New York and Connecticut bars and heads the firm's Connecticut office, handling many Connecticut based transactions, including major commercial leases and acquisitions. Mr. Jacobs sits on the Real Property Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a graduate of New York Law School and of Northwestern University, where he also received a Masters of Science in Journalism.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Appellate Practice
    • Leases
    • Co-op & Condo Conversions
    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing
    • Land Use & Zoning
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2000 - 2002
    • Member, Real Property Committee
    • NYC Bar Association
    • Chairman, Legislative Subcommittee
  • Steven Kirkpatrick

    Bar Admissions:

    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

    Education:

    • LLM, New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1998
    • JD, New York Law School, New York, New York, 1994
    • BBA, Pace University, New York, New York

    STEVEN KIRKPATRICK is a partner at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP and represents property owners, management companies, hotels, financial institutions and commercial tenants in a wide variety of matters. Steven has successfully represented and counseled clients in landlord-tenant disputes, administrative and regulatory agency matters, bankruptcy proceedings, ADA and human rights litigation, construction disputes, arbitrations and cases in state and federal courts.

    Steven began his career in real estate managing buildings in Washington Heights and Harlem. He later managed a portfolio of commercial and residential properties in Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side and Meat Market neighborhoods. While working as a property and asset manager, Steven attended law school at night, graduated with honors and continued his studies to obtain an LL.M (masters of law) in taxation from New York University School of Law. Prior to beginning the private practice of law, Steven served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department.

    Steven's background in property management gives him a unique understanding of the owner's and manger's view and an ability to analyze matters from a practical business perspective as well as a technical legal one. His contacts and understanding of government agency operations have also proved to be very useful to clients in administrative law and compliance matters.

    Steven is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey state and federal courts.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Mortgage Foreclosures
    • Commercial Disputes
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • 92Y Tribeca Advisory Council
  • Jeffrey S. Levine

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2003

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1994

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • BA, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

    JEFFREY LEVINE became a Partner of the firm in 2005. Mr. Levine has been associated with the firm since 2003.

    Mr. Levine brings special expertise in real estate litigation and commercial landlord-tenant matters. Mr. Levine manages an array of litigation in commercial real estate and landlord-tenant matters, including those involving lease violations, declaratory judgments, breach of contract, contract enforcement, Yellowstone injunctions, and preliminary and permanent injunctions. Mr. Levine also has significant experience in negotiating and drafting various commercial lease modification and extension agreements, related leasing documentation and complex settlement agreements.

    Mr. Levine earned a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Commercial Disputes
  • Seth Liebenstein

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2005

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2006

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • BA, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York

    SETH LIEBENSTEIN joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP as an Associate in 2005 and became a Partner in 2014. He practices transactional real estate law, including commercial and residential leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and cooperative and condominium representation.

    Seth has represented a diverse group of developers, landlords, and tenants on a wide variety of commercial transactions. He regularly reviews, negotiates and prepares transactional and financing documents, and retail and commercial leases for major landlords and tenants, both national and regional. He conducts closings in connection with the sale, acquisition and financing of all types of commercial and residential properties. Seth is also experienced in negotiating construction contracts and protection agreements for property owners neighboring construction sites.

    Prior to practicing law, Seth was a commercial real estate broker for GVA Williams. There, he earned the 2000 Associate Deal of the Year Award. Seth has been invited to lecture at Bold New York as part of their junior broker training program.

    Seth earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Leases
    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing
  • Lewis A. Lindenberg

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York

    Education:

    • JD, New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • BA, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

    MR. LINDENBERG has extensive New York State Supreme Court real estate litigation experience in the areas of commercial landlord-tenant disputes, Yellowstone injunctive and declaratory judgment actions, co-op/condo litigation, administrative matters before the New York City Loft Board and landlord creditor disputes in the Bankruptcy Court.

    In addition to Mr. Lindenberg's trial litigation experience, he has represented numerous clients in the negotiation and the drafting of commercial leases.

    Mr. Lindenberg is a graduate of the Franklin Pierce Law Center, having attended New York University School of Law in his final year of law study. Mr. Lindenberg completed his undergraduate degree at Boston University, graduating magna cum laude from the School of Liberal Arts.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lindenberg was a Senior Partner at Finkelstein, Borah, Schwartz, Altschuler & Goldstein, P.C., where he shared the responsibility for overseeing that firm's Litigation Department.

    Mr. Lindenberg has published articles for the Landlord-Tenant Practice Reporter, the Real Estate Weekly and the New York Real Estate Journal and has lectured before the New York County Lawyers' Association, the Rent Stabilization Association and the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He serves as a member of the Real Estate Committee for the New York County Lawyers' Association and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Commercial Disputes

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York County Lawyers' Association
    • New York State Bar Association
  • Allison R. Lissner

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2010
    • New Jersey, 2001

    Education:

    • JD, Seton Hall University School of Law, 2001
    • BA, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 1996

    Allison R. Lissner joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP as a Partner in the firm’s Transactional Department in 2013.

    Ms. Lissner has a broad range of experience in all areas of commercial real estate, with a particular emphasis on office and retail leasing. She has represented owners, developers and tenants (including Fortune 500 companies, big-box tenants and high-end retailers) in the negotiation and drafting of office, loft, store, reverse-build-to-suit, triple net and ground leases throughout the United States. Ms. Lissner’s practice also includes representing corporate entities and individuals in the acquisition, development and disposition of vacant land, office buildings, apartment buildings, shopping centers and other commercial and residential properties. She also counsels clients on due diligence, financing and legal compliance issues.

    Ms. Lissner has authored the following articles:

    "Subordination, Non-disturbance and Attornment Agreements: A Minimum Standard Tenant Checklist," New Jersey Law Journal, June 7, 2010; "Courts Reject Purchasers' Claim For Rescission Under 1968 Law," New York Law Journal, May 26, 2010; "Buyers Rely on 1968 Federal Law to Terminate Contracts," New York Law Journal, February 17, 2010; and

    "Bankruptcy Reform's Impact on Commercial Leases," New Jersey Law Journal, June 20, 2005.

    Ms. Lissner is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the New York Commercial Real Estate Women (NYCREW), the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). She is co-chair of the Membership Committee for NYCREW, and also serves on the Community Outreach Committee for NYCREW.

    Ms. Lissner earned her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude. From 1999-2001 she was the Notes and Comments editor of the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Ramapo College of New Jersey and graduated cum laude.

    Ms. Lissner is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lissner was a partner at Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Commercial Leasing
    • Acquisition and Sales
    • Financing

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York County Lawyers' Association
    • New York State Bar Association
  • Scott F. Loffredo

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2010
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2010
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2010

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School
      Brooklyn, NY, 2010
      Honors: Cum Laude
    • BA, State University at Albany
      Albany, NY, 2006
      Honors: Magna Cum Laude

    Scott F. Loffredo is an Associate in the Litigation Department of Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. He joined the firm in May 2014.

    Mr. Loffredo was an Associate at Wenig Saltiel, LLP prior to joining the firm. He practices complex civil litigation with a focus on commercial and residential real estate, DHCR matters, foreclosures, and landlord tenant disputes in the New York City Civil Courts and the New York State Supreme Courts.

    He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.

    Mr. Loffredo graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in 2006 and Cum Laude from Brooklyn Law School with a Juris Doctorate in 2010.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Co-op & Condo Disputes
    • Commercial Disputes

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York State Bar Association
    • Brooklyn Bar Association
    • Secretary of the Kings County Housing Court Bar Association.
  • Joshua G. Losardo

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2000

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1999
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2002
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2002

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 1998
    • BA, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York

    JOSHUA G. LOSARDO joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP in August 2000. Mr. Losardo was promoted to Partner in 2008, and represents our clients in both Administrative and Bankruptcy proceedings.

    Mr. Losardo's specialization concerns the regulation of real property, including rent stabilization, rent control and property tax exemption/abatement programs, such as 421a and J-51. Since joining BBW&G, Mr. Losardo has represented owners in hundreds of administrative proceedings before the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, New York State Department of Law, and New York City Commission on Human Rights. He has successfully challenged many administrative decisions by bringing Article 78 special proceedings in State Supreme Court. In addition, Mr. Losardo represents both buyers and sellers of multiple family dwellings by conducting due diligence review and analysis of a building's rent history.

    Mr. Losardo also effectively defends creditors' rights in bankruptcy proceedings in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York by bringing various motions, including those seeking relief from the automatic stay, the payment of administrative rent and the conversion or dismissal of a bankruptcy case.

    Mr. Losardo's experience has enabled him to provide clients with efficient solutions to a diverse array of legal issues.

    Mr. Losardo earned a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 1998, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University in 1994.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings
    • Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights
  • Martin Meltzer

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 1992

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1989
    • New Jersey, 1988
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1989
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1989
    • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey

    Education:

    • JD, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Huntington, New York
    • BA, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

    MARTIN MELTZER became a partner of the firm in 1997. Mr. Meltzer has been associated with the firm since 1992.

    Mr. Meltzer handles a wide array of landlord/tenant issues. He has handled both commercial holdover proceedings and residential holdover proceedings (including breaches of tenancy, non-primary residence and illegal occupancy), as well as commercial and residential non-payment proceedings. Mr. Meltzer presently heads Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman's Non-Payment Department, for both residential and commercial rent disputes.

    Mr. Meltzer is a graduate of Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he was an Editor of the Moot Court. Mr. Meltzer also brings to our firm the experience he obtained as a law intern with the Nassau County Legal Aid Society and as a trial attorney with Gutman Mintz Baker & Sonnenfeldt, P.C.

    Mr. Meltzer is a member of both the New York and New Jersey State Bars. He is admitted to practice in the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Co-op & Condo Disputes
  • Nicole M. Neidich

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2014

    Education:

    • JD, St. John’s University Law School, New York, New York
    • BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

    NICOLE M. NEIDICH is an Associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. She joined the firm in May, 2012 as a summer associate and worked at the firm on a part-time basis during her third year of law school.

    Ms. Neidich earned a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in 2013 where she was the Executive Managing Editor of the New York State Bar Association’s Real Property Law Journal. Ms. Neidich graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2010 where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing
  • Noelle I. Picone

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2005

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2007

    Education:

    • JD, Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York
    • BA, SUNY at Cortland, Cortland, New York

    NOELLE I. PICONE is an associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. She joined the firm in May of 2005 as a summer intern and worked at the firm on a part-time basis throughout her third year in law school.

    Ms. Picone earned her Juris Doctorate from Pace Law School in 2006 and graduated magna cum laude in 2003 from SUNY Cortland, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. At Pace Law School, Ms. Picone served as an Articles Editor for the International Law Review (2004-2006).

    Ms. Picone is a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association and New York County Lawyer's Association.

    Ms. Picone is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and Connecticut.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
  • Craig L. Price

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2004

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York
    • New Jersey
    • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • BA, University of Michigan, Michigan

    CRAIG L. PRICE joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP in 2004 and became a Partner in 2007.

    Mr. Price practices all facets of real property law and institutional lending. He has special expertise in commercial and residential transactional law, cooperative and condominium law, secured and unsecured lending and commercial leasing transactions. Mr. Price's practice also includes the representation of cooperative and condominium Boards in New York.

    He has represented well known real estate families, athletes, actors, best selling authors, musicians and the families of foreign dignitaries.

    Some notable transactions that Mr. Price has handled include the sale of a \ Million Manhattan office building, the representation of the purchaser of the highest recorded sales price of a townhouse above 110th Street in New York City, as well as, the representation of a commercial tenant in connection with a lease for 14,000 square feet of office space in downtown Manhattan with and aggregate value in excess of \.5 Million.

    Mr. Price earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Section of Real Property Law) and the New York County Lawyers' Association and is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.

    Mr. Price is a lecturer for the Warburg Realty Partnership New Broker Training Program. He recently participated on a distinguished panel of real estate experts on behalf of Lorman Education Services entitled Real Estate Law from A to Z in New York. He has also spoken at The Corcoran Group, Prudential Douglas Elliman, New York Real Estate Institute and business forums organized by the University of Michigan Alumni Association.

    He is a member of the Board of Directors for Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, the largest not-for-profit provider of after school programming in New York City. He is fluent in Hebrew.

    Mr. Price was nominated by his peers for the prestigious Crain's 40 Under 40.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York State Bar Association
    • New York County Lawyers Association
    • The Chabad House of Stamford
  • Christina Simanca-Proctor

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2005
    • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2005

    Education:

    • JD, SUNY Buffalo School of Law, Buffalo, New York
    • BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

    CHRISTINA S. PROCTOR is an associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Proctor was an associate at Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.

    Ms. Proctor earned her Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2004, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2000, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. In law school, Ms. Proctor served as a Senior Member of the Desmond Moot Court Board and was the President of the American Constitution Society.

    Ms. Proctor is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted to practice in the Western District of New York Federal and Bankruptcy Courts. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Commercial Disputes
  • William Martin Rifkin

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2004

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1976
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1976
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1976
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1977
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
    • U.S. Tax Court, 1979

    Education:

    • JD, Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • BA, Rider College, Lawrenceville, New Jersey

    WILLIAM MARTIN RIFKIN joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP as Counsel in 2004 and became a Partner in 2007. His practice areas include litigation and foreclosure, representation of New York banks and financial institutions with respect to commercial litigation, residential and commercial foreclosure actions, residential and commercial eviction proceedings, related bankruptcy proceeding and workouts.

    Mr. Rifkin handles a wide range of real estate litigation matters including creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, foreclosures, commercial litigation and commercial law cases. He gained considerable experience in these areas at the former New York firm of Parker Duryee Rosoff & Haft, PC, which he joined in 1985. While there, he handled more than 2,500 real property and cooperative foreclosures in the New York metropolitan area, and oversaw the firm’s Foreclosure Department.

    He has also defended more than 2,000 matters on behalf of a major financial institution and defended other corporate clients as well. He is well versed in all phases of commercial and residential landlord and tenant proceedings, including evictions, and he has appeared before all courts in the City of New York, Nassau and Suffolk counties, and several upstate counties. Mr. Rifkin has also represented major financial institutions and corporations in bankruptcy proceedings.

    Mr. Rifkin earned his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with minors in Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York County Bar Association and Nassau County Bar Association.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Mortgage Foreclosures
    • Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York State Bar Association
    • New York County Bar Association
    • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Kara I. Schechter Rakowski

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 1991

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1991
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

    Education:

    • JD, Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
    • BA, Long Island University, C.W. Post, Greenvale, New York

    KARA I. SCHECHTER RAKOWSKI became a partner of the firm in 1999. Ms. Rakowski has been associated with the firm since 1991.

    Ms. Rakowski handles matters in two distinct practice areas; administrative law and foreclosure. With regard to administrative law, Ms. Rakowski has represented owners in numerous proceedings before the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal, New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development, New York City Environmental Control Board and New York City Commission on Human Rights. She has also represented owners in litigation challenging determinations made by these agencies. Ms. Rakowski has a broad knowledge of and has advised many owners regarding their compliance with city, state and federal lead-paint regulations.

    As to foreclosures, Ms. Rakowski has handled numerous matters pertaining to mortgage foreclosures of both residential and commercial properties, as well as condominium units, and actions to foreclose condominium liens.

    Ms. Rakowski is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted to practice in the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Mortgage Foreclosures
    • Land Use & Zoning
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings
  • Roger P. Rosenman

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2014

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York

    Roger P. Rosenman is an Associate in the Administrative Department of Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. He joined the firm in August, 2014.

    Prior to joining the Firm Mr. Rosenman was a legal fellow at the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services.

    Mr. Rosenman earned a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in 2013 and graduated summa cum laude from The State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2009 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

    He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Administrative Law
  • Andrew R. Samuels

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2011

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2012

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
    • BA, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    ANDREW R. SAMUELS serves as an Associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. He joined the firm in 2011 and practices real estate litigation.

    Mr. Samuels earned his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

    He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Michael J. Shampan

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York
    • New Jersey

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 2009
    • BS, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

    MICHAEL J. SHAMPAN is an associate in the transactional department at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr.Shampan was an associate at Schuman & Associates LLC. There, he practiced transactional real estate law, representing residential purchasers and sellers, borrowers and lending banks during loan refinances, as well as serving as counsel to cooperatives and condominiums.

    Mr. Shampan received his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 2009 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management from the School of Human Ecology at Cornell University in 2006. He is admitted to practice law in New York and in New Jersey and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing
    • Land Use & Zoning

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • New York State Bar Association
  • Orie Shapiro

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1983

    Education:

    • JD, Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1982
    • BA, Yeshiva University, New York, New York

    ORIE SHAPIRO is a Partner in the Administrative Law practice of Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP.

    Mr. Shapiro regularly appears before the Environmental Control Board where he has defended a wide array of proceedings. He has also represented owners before the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, other governmental agencies, and in Supreme Court and Criminal Court proceedings.

    Mr. Shapiro earned his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 1982 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Yeshiva University in 1979.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings
  • Lawrence T. Shepps

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1999
    • New Jersey, 1999

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School
      New York, NY, 1998
    • BA, University of Massachusetts
      Amherst, MA, 1991

    LAWRENCE T. SHEPPS joined the Transactional Department of Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP in 2014 as Of Counsel.

    Mr. Shepps has extensive experience in representing and advising clients in all aspects of transactions involving the acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing and licensing of commercial real estate properties, including but not limited to, shopping centers, office buildings, multifamily and mixed use properties throughout the US, as well as, in the purchase and sale of development rights in New York City.

    Mr. Shepps is a cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (BA, 1991) and a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (JD, 1998).

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Shepps was Of-Counsel to Wachtel Missry LLP (f/k/a Wachtel Masyr & Missry LLP).

    Areas of Practice:

    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing
    • Leases
  • Aaron Shmulewitz

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1983

    Education:

    • JD, New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1982
    • BS, Brooklyn College of the city University of New York, Brooklyn, New York

    AARON SHMULEWITZ became a partner of the firm in 2005. Prior to joining the firm Mr. Shmulewitz was a partner at Reed Smith, LLP.

    Mr. Shmulewitz's practice includes the representation of more than 250 cooperative and condominium Boards in New York, including many of the City's finest and most prestigious apartment buildings. Mr. Shmulewitz's multifaceted practice includes acting as general counsel, intra-building disputes, all aspects of corporate representation, enforcement of constituent obligations, enforcement of sponsor obligations, building mortgage refinancing, negotiation and preparation of commercial leases and capital improvements contracts, general litigation in state and federal courts, and conversion and sale of non-allocated space. In connection with such representation, Mr. Shmulewitz has close relationships with virtually every major cooperative and condominium management firm in the City.

    Mr. Shmulewitz also represents sponsors in the conversion of buildings to condominium and cooperative ownership, and both landlords and tenants in commercial and professional lease negotiations.

    In addition, Mr. Shmulewitz has represented thousands of clients in the purchase, sale and financing of apartments, buildings, single-family homes, and other properties.

    Mr. Shmulewitz is recognized as one of the leading experts in the cooperative and condominium field, is regularly quoted in The New York Times, trade publications and other media, and has appeared on CNN and New York 1 News.

    Mr. Shmulewitz is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and is a member of the New York State Bar Association

    Areas of Practice:

    • Leases
    • Co-op & Condo Disputes
    • Co-op & Condo Conversions
    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing
  • David M. Skaller

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 1989

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1987

    Education:

    • JD, St. John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, New York, 1986
    • BA, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

    DAVID M. SKALLER became a partner in the firm in 1994. Mr. Skaller had been associated with the firm since 1989.

    Mr. Skaller is a graduate of St. John's University Law School where he was a member of the Moot Court. Mr. Skaller completed his undergraduate degree at Lehigh University.

    Mr. Skaller has been a guest lecturer at the New York University School of Continuing Education for Property Management.

    While at Belkin, Burden, Wenig & Goldman, L.L.P., Mr. Skaller has handled diverse landlord-tenant issues and real estate litigation in all New York State courts. He has had particular success in representing owners in matters involving tenant conduct that rises to the level of a chronic nuisance, non-primary residence and illegal sublet holdover proceedings.

    Mr. Skaller is a member of the New York Bar.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
    • Co-op & Condo Disputes

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • Civil Court Committee of New York City Bar Association
  • S. Stewart Smith

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1988
    • Connecticut, 1987
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1994
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1994

    Education:

    • JD, Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
    • BFA, Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts

    S. STEWART SMITH is a partner in Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP having joined the firm in 2002. Mr. Smith's areas of practice include: administrative, bankruptcy, real property and foreclosure law.

    Mr. Smith is a member of the New York State and Connecticut Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before the Federal Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Mr. Smith handles a myriad of matters concerning creditor's rights, rent regulatory, demolition/construction, real property and foreclosure issues at both the administrative and judicial levels. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in representing the interests of Landlord's, Cooperative and Condominium Boards and financial institutions in bankruptcy proceedings. Mr. Smith has also represented commercial and residential property owners in various proceedings before the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Loft Board, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development of the City of New York, the New York City Environmental Control Board and the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. He has litigated before the New York State and Connecticut Courts as well as the Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts.

    Prior to joining BBWG, Mr. Smith had a wide range of experience in both the private and public sectors representing clients in the areas of landlord/tenant, co-op/condo, labor, construction, agricultural, entertainment, trusts and estates, bankruptcy, creditor's rights, as well as transactional and appellate practice.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Mortgage Foreclosures
    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings
    • Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • Pound Ridge Lions Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Treasurer
  • Diana R. Strasburg

    Year Joined Organization:

    • 2007

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 2009
    • New Jersey, 2008

    Education:

    • JD, St. John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, New York, 2008
    • BS, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

    DIANA R. STRASBURG is an associate at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. She joined the firm in May 2007 as a summer associate and worked at the firm on a part-time basis during her third year in law school.

    Ms. Strasburg earned a Juris Doctorate from St. John's University School of Law in 2008, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2005. While at St. John's, she was a member of the New York International Law Review.

    Ms. Strasburg is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers' Association. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Administrative Law

    Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • Real Estate Administrative Proceedings
  • Howard Wenig

    Bar Admissions:

    • New York, 1981
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1981
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1981
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1981

    Education:

    • JD, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 1980
    • MBA, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • BA, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

    HOWARD WENIG is a founding partner of the firm.

    Mr. Wenig has substantial experience and expertise in both federal and state litigation, concentrating on commercial, estate and property disputes. In addition to his law degree, Mr.Wenig holds a Masters in Business Administration.

    Mr. Wenig has extensive experience representing buyers and sellers in the purchase, sale and financing of both commercial and residential properties. Mr. Wenig has also represented owners in diverse real estate-related issues including succession, rights under condominium and cooperative conversion plans, commercial lease disputes and non-primary residence proceedings.

    Mr. Wenig heads up the firm's Mortage Foreclosure Department, representing both borrowers and lenders, and prosecuting and defending mortgage foreclosure proceedings. He has been published in Real Estate Weekly and has been a featured lecturer for the Community Bankers Association of New York State and has appeared on CNN as a guest commentator. Mr. Wenig is on the Business Development Board of the Hudson Valley Bank.

    Areas of Practice:

    • Mortgage Foreclosures
    • Leases
    • Real Estate Transactions & Financing