Brings in Two New Members; Names a New Member and Promotes Five Attorneys Internally
For Immediate Release
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Rosenberg and Estis, P.C., a leading New York City real estate law firm, has announced a series of personnel additions and changes to meet increased demand for services from clients managing current market conditions. The firm has brought in two new members, and it has named a new member and promoted five attorneys to of counsel internally.
John D. Giampolo and David B. Horn have joined the firm as members. Peter B. Kane, Dejan Kezunovic, Benjamin Z. Koblentz and Zachary J. Rothken have been promoted within the firm to of counsel.
The expansion demonstrates Rosenberg & Estis‘ continued commitment to providing clients with comprehensive legal representation across all aspects of real estate. The firm offers departments in Litigation, Real Estate Transactions, Administrative Law/Rent Regulations, Construction, Co-Op/Condo, Property Tax (Certiorari), Reorganization & Bankruptcy, Tax Incentives & Affordable Housing, and Zoning & Land Use.
“We are pleased to welcome these new attorneys to our firm and we congratulate the accomplished attorneys within our firm on their promotions,” said managing member Michael E. Lefkowitz. “The extensive experience and industry knowledge of these attorneys will greatly benefit our clients as we help them navigate the current challenging environment for the real estate community.”
Giampolo, previously a partner in Ice Miller LLP’s New York office, joins the firm’s Reorganization & Bankruptcy and Litigation Departments. He has more than 15 years of experience focusing his practice on bankruptcy, complex commercial litigation and related transactions. He has represented Chapter 11 debtors, committees, landlords and others in core bankruptcy proceedings and insolvency related matters, including high profile matters such as Lehman Brothers and Madoff, as well as distressed investing. His practice also focuses on litigation in various disputes in both federal and state courts, as well as serving as outside general counsel for companies in various industries.
Horn, previously a partner with Duval & Stachenfeld LLP, has more than 25 years of experience in real estate law and joins the firm’s Transactions Department. He has represented clients nationally and in New York in the acquisition, financing, development and disposition of office buildings, residential developments, retail properties, hotels and industrial assets. He has extensive experience in joint venture agreements, real estate capital market transactions, and in representing landlords and tenants in commercial leasing transactions involving office, retail and industrial properties.
Rosenberg & Estis also has promoted five firm attorneys to of counsel.
Peter Kane has been promoted from associate to of counsel within the firm’s Litigation Department. He has represented commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, including commercial contract disputes, business torts, securities actions and all areas of real estate litigation on behalf of real estate owners and developers in connection with real estate transactions, commercial landlord-tenant proceedings and ownership disputes.
Dejan Kezunovic has been promoted from associate to of counsel within the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Kezunovic has represented clients in complex commercial, construction and residential real estate matters, and strives to deliver results and create leverage for clients prior to commencement of litigation or through aggressive motion practice at the outset of litigation. He has also helped clients navigate various legal issues arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including defending against equitable theories raised by tenants seeking to avoid payment of rent. With a three-year clerkship experience in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court under his belt, Mr. Kezunovic strives to provide objective counsel and prepare cost-effective strategies to clients, which include some of the largest landlords and developers in New York City.
Benjamin Koblentz has been promoted from associate to of counsel within the firm’s Litigation Department. He has broad experience in complex matters, including general commercial litigation and real estate/construction-related litigation in both state and federal courts. Substantive areas include contract and business disputes, lease disputes, tort, securities, fiduciary duty, false advertising, trademark, right of publicity, alter ego liability, consumer class action, insurance coverage and disputes arising from corporate transactions. Koblentz has also conducted internal investigations in response to inquiries from the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission and Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Zachary J. Rothken has been promoted from associate to of counsel within the firm’s Administrative Law Department. He focuses his practice on complex rent regulatory issues and has extensive experience representing property owners in administrative proceedings before DHCR and other administrative agencies, including claims alleging rent overcharge, TPU audits, petitions for administrative review and reduction of services. He also has extensive experience counseling prospective purchasers, sellers and lenders in performing due diligence on properties subject to rent regulation. His practice also includes representing property owners in a wide variety of litigation matters, including: Article 78 proceedings, Supreme Court actions and landlord-tenant summary proceedings.