Dani Schwartz

Dani Schwartz

Member
Location:
New York, New York
Phone:
212-551-8489
Fax:
212-551-8484
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Dani Schwartz, a member of the firm's Litigation department, is noted for crafting creative strategies and solutions to challenging legal problems. His practice focuses on complex real estate and business litigation, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals, including fraud claims, contract disputes, landlord/tenant and co-op/condo disputes, commercial foreclosures, access disputes (RPAPL 881 proceedings), defending class actions, Yellowstone injunctions, Article 78 proceedings, defending housing discrimination claims, and development and construction matters. 

Mr. Schwartz has recovered more than $150 million for his clients, and is particularly skilled at transforming complex business disputes into clear, compelling stories to achieve his clients’ objectives. He brings innovative thinking to every client's situation, and has litigated cutting edge cases and appeals and made new law favorable to his clients. For example, Mr. Schwartz obtained a court order directing a New York state agency to pay his client's attorneys' fees and expenses, the first decision of its kind in the agency’s 70+ year history. In defending a dispute over development plans between neighboring property owners, Mr. Schwartz’s legal maneuvering drove the adverse owner to abandon its development plans and sell its building. And in a dispute over distribution of stock proceeds, he froze the assets of Virgin Islands-based hedge funds until the funds paid a debt to his client. A skilled negotiator, Mr. Schwartz has also obtained many victories for his clients at the settlement table, without the need for lengthy litigation.

Mr. Schwartz is on the American Arbitration Association’s and FINRA’s panel of arbitrators, and is eligible for appointment as a receiver and counsel to a receiver in New York state court actions.  A frequent lecturer at forums such as AAA and the New York City Bar Association, he is regularly sought out by media for his knowledge of the real estate and business legal worlds. Mr. Schwartz has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Law Journal, Habitat Magazine, Real Estate Weekly, and Super Lawyers Magazine. He is the author of “RPAPL § 881: Litigating Access to Neighboring Property,” as well as “Open Issues in RPAPL § 881 Litigation: Accessing Neighboring Property.”

He practices before the state, federal, and appellate courts in New York, as well as numerous arbitration forums and administrative agencies. He represents property owners and landlords, developers, hotels, hedge funds, high net worth individuals, lenders, financial institutions, credit unions, cooperative and condominium boards and unit owners, and commercial tenants.

Dani Schwartz, a member of the firm's Litigation department, is noted for crafting creative strategies and solutions to challenging legal problems. His practice focuses on complex real estate and business litigation, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals, including fraud claims, contract disputes, landlord/tenant and co-op/condo disputes, commercial foreclosures, access disputes (RPAPL 881 proceedings), defending class actions, Yellowstone injunctions, Article 78 proceedings, defending housing discrimination claims, and development and construction matters. 

Mr. Schwartz has recovered more than $150 million for his clients, and is particularly skilled at transforming complex business disputes into clear, compelling stories to achieve his clients’ objectives. He brings innovative thinking to every client's situation, and has litigated cutting edge cases and appeals and made new law favorable to his clients. For example, Mr. Schwartz obtained a court order directing a New York state agency to pay his client's attorneys' fees and expenses, the first decision of its kind in the agency’s 70+ year history. In defending a dispute over development plans between neighboring property owners, Mr. Schwartz’s legal maneuvering drove the adverse owner to abandon its development plans and sell its building. And in a dispute over distribution of stock proceeds, he froze the assets of Virgin Islands-based hedge funds until the funds paid a debt to his client. A skilled negotiator, Mr. Schwartz has also obtained many victories for his clients at the settlement table, without the need for lengthy litigation.

Mr. Schwartz is on the American Arbitration Association’s and FINRA’s panel of arbitrators, and is eligible for appointment as a receiver and counsel to a receiver in New York state court actions.  A frequent lecturer at forums such as AAA and the New York City Bar Association, he is regularly sought out by media for his knowledge of the real estate and business legal worlds. Mr. Schwartz has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Law Journal, Habitat Magazine, Real Estate Weekly, and Super Lawyers Magazine. He is the author of “RPAPL § 881: Litigating Access to Neighboring Property,” as well as “Open Issues in RPAPL § 881 Litigation: Accessing Neighboring Property.”

He practices before the state, federal, and appellate courts in New York, as well as numerous arbitration forums and administrative agencies. He represents property owners and landlords, developers, hotels, hedge funds, high net worth individuals, lenders, financial institutions, credit unions, cooperative and condominium boards and unit owners, and commercial tenants.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2008

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Real Estate and Business Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Co-operative/Condominium Disputes
  • Commercial Foreclosures
  • Defending Class Actions
  • Yellowstone Injunctions
  • Construction and Development Disputes
  • Defending Housing Discrimination Claims
  • Article 78 Proceedings

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2015

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School
    • J.D. - 2003
  • Cornell University
    • B.A. - 2000

Published Works

  • “RPAPL § 881: Litigating Access to Neighboring Property,” New York Law Journal, May 2016
  • “Open Issues in RPAPL § 881 Litigation: Accessing Neighboring Property,” New York Law Journal, April 2016

Representative Cases

  • RCG LV Debt IV Non-Reit Assets Holdings, LLC v Ringel, 54 Misc3d 1205(A) (Sup Ct, New York County 2016)
  • Plaza Tower LLC v Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc., 3 NYS3d 584 (1st Dept 2015)
  • Matter of East Riv. Hous. Corp. v New York State Div. of Human Rights, 116 AD3d 562 (1st Dept 2014)
  • Matter of East Riv. Hous. Corp. v New York State Div. of Human Rights, 47 Misc3d 1203(A) (Sup Ct, New York County 2014)
  • 47 Thames Realty, LLC v Rusconi, 116 AD3d 657 (2d Dept 2014)
  • Ukrainian Natl. Fed. Credit Union v Balko, 40 Misc3d 505 (Sup Ct Westchester Co. 2013)
  • Van Straaten v 125 Court Street, NYLJ 1202631188972 (Sup Ct, Kings County 2013)
  • Bloomfield v Cruz, 38 Misc3d 127 (App. Term 1st Dept 2012)
  • Modern Art Servs., Ltd. v OCA Long Is. City, LLC, 84 AD3d 1040 (2d Dept 2011)
  • Nezry v Haven Avenue Owner LLC, 28 Misc3d 1226(A) (Sup Ct, New York County 2010)
  • E-Z Eating 41 Corp. v H.E. Newport LLC, 23 Misc3d 1125(A) (Sup Ct, New York County 2009)

Classes/Seminars

  • Neighboring Property Construction Matters, New York City Bar Association, April 2017
  • Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives & Condominiums: Cases & Marketplace Developments in the Last Six Months, New York City Bar Association, October 2016
  • Real Estate Arbitration, American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), May 2016
  • Drafting Arbitration Clauses: The Basics and Beyond, AAA, May 2015, May 2016
  • Drafting Arbitration Clauses: The Basics and Beyond, AAA, June 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, 2013 to Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Member: Arbitration Committee & Dispute Resolution Section