For 50 years, Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. has been New York City’s largest firm focusing solely on real estate. Our full-service firm collaborates on every aspect of real estate to provide comprehensive legal representation to owners, developers, investors and stakeholders.


Areas of Practice

Administrative Law / Rent Regulations
Co-op / Condo
Opportunity Zones
Property Tax (Certiorari)
Reorganization & Bankruptcy
State & Federal Court Appeals
Tax Incentives & Affordable Housing
Trusts & Estates
Zoning & Land Use

Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. proudly welcomes its 2024 Summer Law Clerks:
Alex Pillarella, Cathryn Ricciardelli, Dylan Shapiro, Gabriel Slobodyansky, Vanessa Vogel, and Jalen Wright.

The MBBA Presents – Elevate & Empower: Black Real Estate Development Symposium 2024


Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., currently celebrating its 50th year as one of New York City’s pre-eminent real estate law firms, recently welcomed members of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) as host of its inaugural Elevate & Empower: Black Real Estate Development Symposium.

R&E Associate Shakiva Pierre, along with Jerome Frierson, Director of Housing Team for Bronx Defenders, moderated a panel discussion with Leleah James, Vice President Community Engagement, Related Affordable; Josiane Lysius, Associate Broker, Corcoran Group; Kenneth Morrison, Managing Member and Principal, Lemor Development Group; Malcolm Punter, President, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. and; Craig Livingston, Managing Partner, Exact Capital.

In further celebration of its 40th year as NY’s largest unified Black Bar Association, MBBA’s roundtable discussion focused on leveraging real estate development to empower the Black community. Topics included past, present and future development initiatives, perspectives on community engagement and strategies for increasing Black representation in real estate development.

Managing Member Michael Lefkowitz welcomed guests to the firm’s offices at 733 Third Ave., noting: “Rosenberg & Estis has grown, evolved and diversified over its 50 years serving New York’s real estate industry and we are proud to host this inaugural symposium on behalf of the MBBA. With a 1% vacancy, it is clear New York does not have enough housing, especially workforce housing. Our speakers offered tremendous insight into ways the real estate industry can adapt and change in the same way the city has to provide homes for everyone who wants to live here.”

Pierre, who serves as MBBA Co-Chair, Real Estate Law Section, said, “Real estate creates jobs, stimulates economic growth and generates wealth. Open forums like the MBBA Symposium provide an ideal platform for sharing information that can increase Black representation in the process and we are thankful to Rosenberg & Estis for their ongoing support.”

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) is a unified, citywide association of Black and other minority lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, with members in all five boroughs.

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Inside R&E Podcast

Inside R&E is a podcast hosted by New York City’s leading real estate attorneys who discuss current issues facing developers, owners and operators in the industry.

In this episode of Inside R&E, Michael A. Pensabene, R&E Litigation Member, invites for the second time Tina Larsson, Co-Founder & CEO of The Folson Group, for a high-level discussion of some of New York City’s most substantial Local Laws introduced this year, detailing the ways in which these changes impact coop / condo owners from both a financial and legal perspective. Together Michael and Tina delve into new laws such as Local Law 126 (parking facilities), Local Law 88 (electric) and Local Law 111 (lead paint), among others.