Howard W. Kingsley

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Howard W. Kingsley

New York, New York

Howard W. Kingsley joined Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. in 1998 and is a member in the firm's Litigation Department. Throughout Mr. Kingsley's more than 30 years of experience handling real estate, commercial and construction litigation, he has skillfully and zealously handled, navigated and tried many complex cases in state, federal and bankruptcy courts and alternative dispute resolution fora. His breadth and depth of experience provides him with an exceptional understanding of the issues to create and execute a vision to effectively accomplish the client's objectives.

Some of Mr. Kingsley's cases have been featured on the front page of The New York Law Journal. For Carnegie Hall, he obtained possession of more than 50 apartments, paving the way for the gut-rehab of the towers above the legendary concert hall. In another case, he obtained a rare injunction preventing litigants from making motions or commencing new actions with respect to the subject matter of the case, and also obtained a rare court order directing an attorney to be incarcerated for his misconduct. Another case featured in various publications is the action on behalf a commercial landlord seeking to hold 400 former partners of the now defunct law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf personally liable for the hundreds of millions owed under the firm's lease for its Manhattan headquarters.

Mr. Kingsley litigates and arbitrates construction disputes, including design and defect claims, and defending claims against mechanics who have filed multi-million-dollar liens against buildings. He has handled disputes between partners of joint ventures regarding their “business divorce.” He also represents commercial landlords in bankruptcy courts by aggressively and effectively pursing their rights. He has represented a REIT in many actions against operators of gas stations, as well as other landlords of gas stations. He also handles coop/condo disputes.

Mr. Kingsley represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosures. For example, Mr. Kingsley obtained summary judgment for a special servicer of a CMBS and to foreclose on a $195 million mortgage covering 50 properties in Manhattan. Courts have appointed him as attorney to receivers in commercial mortgage foreclosures. He also represents purchasers of distressed mortgage loans in foreclosure as a strategy for obtaining large and valuable vacant development sites in New York City.

Mr. Kingsley has authored articles appearing in legal journals and has also volunteered his time as an arbitrator.

Selected Cases

  • Carnegie Hall Corp. v. Niffenegger, 18 Misc.3d 490, 852 N.Y.S.2d 663 (Civ. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2007). "Carnegie Hall May Evict Tenants from its Towers, Housing Court Decides," 12/5/07 NYLJ, p. 1. 
  • Riverside Syndicate, Inc. v. Munroe, 10 N.Y.3d 18, 853 N.Y.S.2d 263 (2008); "Stipulation is Found to Violate Public Policy," 4/9/07 NYLJ, p. 1. 
  • Getty Properties Corp. v. Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. (Index No. 651762/12), 150 A.D.3d 541 (1st Dept 2017); 115 A.D.3d 616 (1st Dept 2014), lv. denied 23 N.Y.3d 1006 (2014); 117 A.D.3d 578 (1st Dept 2014); 106 A.D.3d 429 (1st Dept 2013); 2013 NY Slip Op 31312(U) (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co.); "Court Orders Warrant for Arrest of Attorney for Contempt," 12/12/13 NYLJ, p. 1. 
  • W&W Glass, LLC v. 1113 York Ave. Realty Co., Inc., 83 A.D.3d 438 (1st Dept 2011), reversed and vacated $9 million judgment. 
  • 501 East 87th St. Realty Co., LLC v. Ole Pa Enterprises Inc., 191 Misc.2d 796 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2002), aff'd 304 A.D.2d 310 (1st Dep't 2003), evicted famous rock musician. 
  • 2 Montauk Highway LLC v. Global Partners LP, 296 F.R.D. 94 (E.D.N.Y. 2013), motion to dismiss granted. 
  • Alstra Capital Management LLC v. PGREF I 1633 Broadway Tower LP, 2009 WL 2905759 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.), obtained summary judgment and defeated preliminary injunction motion by a commercial tenant seeking to prevent its eviction of an entire floor of class A office space. 
  • Getty Properties Corp. v. Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. (Index no. 652752/11): R&E represented the REIT in connection with a $5 million/month lease for 800 properties in 12 states. The landlord terminated the lease and obtained a mandatory injunction requiring the tenant to place into escrow all rents it received from hundreds of subtenants, which, as intended, forced the tenant to file for bankruptcy protection. R&E represented the landlord in the bankruptcy court. In the ensuing fall-out, R&E obtained possession of many properties in other litigations throughout the state of NY. 
  • 20 West 98 Realty LLC v. New York Province of the Society of Jesus, 8 Misc.3d 1020(A), 2005 WL 1792597 (Civ. Ct. N.Y.) 
  • Noto v. Bedford Apts. Co., 21 A.D.3d 762, (1st Dept 2005) 
  • Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. v. Bergos, 18 A.D.3d 218, (1st Dept 2005) 
  • GMS Capital Corp. v. Siegmund Spiegel/Baldur Peter, P.C., 251 A.D.2d 542, (2d Dept 1998) 
  • Mobayed v. Kleinfeld, 172 F.3d 38 (2d Cir. 1999)

  • Kingsley
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated 2019

Year Joined Firm

  • 1998

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation (Real Estate, Commercial)
  • Construction Litigation
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • Bankruptcy (Creditor's Rights)
  • Mortgage Foreclosures, Lien Foreclosures

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1998


  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: Oral Advocacy Award, 1987
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Law Journal: Touro Journal of Transnational Law, Managing Editor, 1987 - 1988
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    • B.S. - 1983

Published Works

  • NY Commercial Landlords Should Beware New Housing Law, Law360, 2019
  • "Mitigation of Damages: What is the Story? Two Decisions Leave Questions.," 12/1/04 NYLJ, p. 5, col. 2
  • "Lenders Are Awarded Post-Foreclosure Rights," N.Y. Real Property Law Journal, Summer 1999

Representative Clients

  • Paramount Group, Inc.
  • Kushner Companies
  • Douglaston Development /Levine Builders
  • Clinton Management
  • John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company
  • Related Companies, LP
  • Solow Management Corp.
  • Getty Properties
  • Rudd Realty
  • The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association, as Trustee

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers, 2018, 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York City Small Claims Court, Arbitrator
  • Court Fiduciary, Receiver, Referee
  • American Bar Association, Member