Askanase, Eric S.

Eric S. Askanase joined Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. in 2022 and is a Member with the firm's Litigation Department.

Askanase's practice is focused on complex commercial real estate litigation. He has represented clients in a broad range of real estate actions including financial, real estate, bankruptcy, mortgage, shareholder, landlord-tenant, easement, adverse possession, tax, and title disputes, as well internal corporate investigations, fiduciary claims, shareholder actions, and other complex litigation in both state and federal courts.

Askanase is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the foundational first-year seminar in legal practice, writing and advocacy. Prior to joining Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., Askanase was a Member with Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. and Phillips Lytle LLP and practiced at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Askanase clerked for the Hon. William J. Martini, U.S.D.J., in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Before practicing law, Askanase represented playwrights and authors at a prominent New York City talent agency and was a policy analyst in Washington, D.C. and Paris, France. Askanase is fluent in French.

Areas Of Practice   

  • Litigation

Bar Admissions   

  • New York, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2005
  • Solicitor (non-practicing), England and Wales, 2013


  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 2003
    • Honors: Columbia Business Law Review, Articles Editor; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics; Federalist Society Board; Pro-Bono Service Award
  • Brandeis University
    • B.A. in Politics and Near Eastern Judaic Studies - 1992

Published Works   

  • “Qui Tam and the False Claims Act: Criminal Punishment in Civil Disguise,” 70 Def. Couns. J. 472, 2003

Honors and Awards   

  • New York Legal Aid Society Pro-Bono Service Award

Professional Associations and Memberships   

  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Dramatists Guild
  • Broadway League
  • Commercial Theater Institute

Pro Bono Activities   

  • In association with the New York Legal Aid Society, successfully defended low-income New York homeowners at risk of losing their home in New York and Federal predatory lending practice and mortgage actions.
  • Assisted holocaust survivors in asserting reparation claims against the German government for World War II ghetto slave labor.


  • Hon. William J. Martini. U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Classes and Seminars   

  • Legal Practice Workshop, Columbia Law School - 2016 to Present
Eric S. Askanase
Eric S. Askanase
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