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									Litigation and Trial Experience
Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP, a New York based real-estate firm, has over five decades of litigation and
trial experience at its disposal and a proven record of success. Based in downtown Manhattan, our attorneys
are intimately familiar with all city, state, and federal courts and know how to navigate them quickly and

Our lawyers advocate at both the trial and appellate levels, prosecuting and defending against a vast array of
real-estate, bankruptcy, and negligence claims.

Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP attorneys make complex transactions happen--whether it is the acquisition
or sale of multi-million dollar businesses or commercial properties, facilitating corporate restructuring, or
closing working-capital financing.

For those clients whose needs may not be as complex, Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP offers customized
services. Our expanding roster of clients range from individual home and business owners, to well-known
developers and property managers, such as Donald Trump and Douglas Elliman, to publicly-traded entities,
such as Vornado Realty Trust. This growing portfolio of clients is a testament to our ability and success.

Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP attorneys have established a reputation for scholarship and excellence.
Each partner, and many of our associates, have written books or contributed articles to prominent legal
publications, have been quoted by national and local media, and are frequently called upon to lecture before
community groups, educational institutions, and professional organizations, on a wide array of topics.

Targeted Problem-Solving
Since the time and money required to resolve legal disputes can often be significant, we are sensitive to the
economic pressures our clients face. After learning of your needs, our attorneys can draw upon their diverse
backgrounds and experience to advise you of your options and to help you best realize your goals. Clients
have come to rely on our reputation, as well as our proven track record of obtaining favorable results.
Whatever your goals may be, Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP has the resources and ability to craft solutions
to meet, and hopefully exceed, your expectations.

By providing you access to the broadest possible range of knowledge and experience at our disposal,
Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP is large enough to get the job done, yet small enough to ensure
personalized service. Wherever you are based in the world, we are available to serve as your advocates and
are committed to providing you with the high level of service that you expect and deserve.
Daniel Finkelstein
Daniel Finkelstein, the senior partner in Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP, has over 50 years of real-estate
litigation experience. Affectionately known as the "Dean of Landlord-Tenant Lawyers," he is co-author of the
critically-acclaimed, three-volume West treatise entitled Landlord and Tenant Practice in New York.

Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School (NYLS) where he teaches Landlord and
Tenant Law. Prior to joining NYLS, Mr. Finkelstein served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Real Estate at
New York University, where he was awarded the University’s “Teachers' Excellence Award.”

In the early stages of his career, Mr. Finkelstein served as the Senior Real-Estate Manager for the Board of
Estimate of the City of New York, and Assistant Chief Enforcement Attorney for the Temporary State Housing
Rent Commission.

Mr. Finkelstein has proudly served on the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers' Association
(NYCLA) and is a past chair of NYCLA's Civil Court Practice Section. He serves on various NYCLA
committees, and has served on the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Judicial Committee,
which reviews the qualifications of all judicial candidates. Mr. Finkelstein is the recipient of numerous honors,
including awards from the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Endowment, NYCLA, the Civil
Court of the City of New York, and Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Finkelstein was also awarded certificates of
merit for his work with the U.S. Selective Service System by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.
Before joining Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP, he was a founding member of one of state’s largest landlord-
tenant law firms -- Finkelstein, Borah, Schwartz, Altschuler & Goldstein, P.C.

Jonathan H. Newman
Jonathan H. Newman, a named partner of Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP, has an impressive array of trial
and real-estate litigation and transaction experience. He has conducted closings of numerous multi-million
dollar properties and coordinated thousands of others. His list of clients includes publicly-traded real-estate
investment trusts, major building owners and managing agents, noted restaurateurs, and prominent sports
and entertainment celebrities. In addition to regularly appearing before all local, state, and federal tribunals
and administrative agencies, Mr. Newman helps clients form new businesses, and provides continuing legal
guidance thereafter.

Mr. Newman has authored a series of published articles on legal issues and has served as a panelist,
moderator, and/or chair of various events and programs sponsored by Lorman Education Services and the
New York County Lawyers’ Association. He is particularly pleased to have been a member of NYCLA’s
October 2005 Housing Court Conference, which generated a report entitled, “The New York City Housing
Court in the 21 Century: Can it Better Address the Problems Before It?”
Prior to forming Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP, Mr. Newman headed a real-estate transactions department
where clients included the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.

Lucas A. Ferrara
Lucas A. Ferrara, a named partner of Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP, has practiced in the landlord-tenant
arena, advocating clients' interests in federal, state, and local forums, for over two decades. He has
principally represented the firm's corporate clients in a variety of real-estate disputes, most notably
participating in a 28 day trial which culminated in a multi-million dollar victory.

In 2002, Mr. Ferrara was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School. Previously he
served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Real Estate at New York University's School of Continuing and
Professional Studies, where he instructed such courses as "Law for Property Managers" and "Introduction to
Landlord-Tenant Law." In 1996, he was the recipient of the University’s prestigious “Teachers’ Excellence

A graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Ferrara's writing credits include numerous
essays and articles which have appeared in a variety of publications including New York Newsday, the New
York Law Journal, and the New York State Bar Journal. He is the named co-author of the West treatise
Landlord and Tenant Practice in New York, and has contributed a chapter to West's New York State
Administrative Procedure and Practice.

Mr. Ferrara's pro bono activities have included his service as a Special Master in the New York County
Supreme Court and as an Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and the Civil Court of the City of New
York. He currently serves as an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Prior to his legal pursuits, Mr. Ferrara was affiliated with the Mayor's Voluntary Action Center of the City of
New York, where his efforts to promote community service by way of volunteerism were acknowledged by
mayoral award certificates issued by the Honorable Abraham D. Beame and the Honorable Edward I. Koch.

An active member of various local and national bar associations, Mr. Ferrara has served on the Board of
Directors of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and as a delegate to the New York State Bar

Glenn H. Spiegel
For over a decade, Glenn H. Spiegel, Esq. has specialized in commercial and real-estate litigation and has
appeared before various administrative agencies. He has successfully tried cases and argued appeals on
behalf of his clients in Federal, State, Supreme and Civil Courts.

Glenn represents real-estate developers, contractors, building owners, Fortune 500 corporations, nationally
traded companies, condominium and cooperative boards, and tenants’ associations. His practice includes
representing client interests in a variety of complex matters including disputes involving commercial and real-
estate contracts, residential and commercial landlord/tenant issues, business and partnership disputes,
mortgage foreclosure and mechanic’s lien proceedings, shareholder disputes, employment contracts and
brokerage commission actions.

He is an active member of various committees of the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the
Bar of the City of New York, and the New York County Lawyer’s Association.

Jarred I. Kassenoff

Prior to joining the firm as a partner, Jarred was a Member in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at
Cozen O'Connor.

For the last decade, Jarred has concentrated his practice in the areas of complex commercial real estate
disputes, insolvency issues and zoning and tax matters. He has represented Fortune 500 corporations, real
estate management companies, property owners, landlords and tenants in all aspects of their use,
management and operation of commercial and residential real estate. He has published prominent articles in
the Landlord-Tenant Practice Reporter, the New York State Bar Association Journal, and the New York Law

Jarred earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was editor of the
Journal of International and Comparative Law, and his undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State

Melissa Ephron-Mandel
Melissa Ephron-Mandel is a graduate of St. John's University School of Law. Formerly a partner with Borah,
Goldstein, Altschuler & Schwartz, P.C., Ms. Ephron-Mandel has been actively engaged in the practice of law
since 1985, specializing in the areas of commercial real-estate and litigation.
Ms. Ephron-Mandel has prosecuted and defended numerous non-payment and holdover proceedings, actions
for monetary recovery, and applications for injunctive and declaratory relief, and regularly represents creditors
before the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is
admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the
Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and all Courts within the State of New York.

Robert C. Epstein
Robert C. Epstein plays a vital role in the firm’s commercial-transaction practice. With over 20 years
experience in all aspects of real-estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, financing, leasing,
development, and construction, Mr. Epstein is called upon frequently by the media to speak and write about
real-estate issues.

His clients have included Unum Life Insurance Company, Citibank Private Bank, Hitachi, Peet’s Coffee, ASA
Institute, Polestar Capital, Realex Capital (owner of 444 Madison and formerly of 30 Broad Street), Friedman
Realty Group (successor to Peter R. Friedman, Ltd.), The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), the Malawi
and Ba’hai missions to the United Nations, the Panama Maritime Commission, and Midnight Oil (owner of the
Whiskey Bar chain). During his affiliation with Finkelstein Newman, he has closed sales of commercial and
residential buildings in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Prior to joining Finkelstein Newman, Mr. Epstein served for over 6 years as General Counsel at ZAR Realty,
the owner of more than six million square feet of Manhattan commercial and residential space. He also
worked as General Counsel at Peter R. Friedman, Ltd., a New York City real-estate brokerage, asset
management, and development firm. Earlier he practiced real-estate law in California with one of the largest
real-estate law firms in the country, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory, as well as DelBello Donnellan
Weingarten & Tartaglia in White Plains, New York.

Mr. Epstein graduated from Cornell University in 1980 with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and
Stanford University Law School in 1983, and is a member of both the New York and California bars.

Suzanne R. Albin

Suzanne R. Albin has practiced law for nearly 20 years, primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and real
estate. A graduate of New York Law School and The George Washington University, she was formerly a
partner of Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler & Schwartz, P.C. Ms. Albin has handled a variety of complex state
and federal court real-estate and landlord-tenant matters, including declaratory judgment and injunctive
actions, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and workouts, as well as numerous transactional matters, representing
real-estate owners, lenders, receivers, and cooperative and condominium boards.

A member of the New York and New Jersey State Bar Associations, Ms. Albin is admitted to practice before
the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of
New York and the District of New Jersey, as well as the States of New York and New Jersey.

Ms. Albin is also active in various community non-profit organizations and serves as a Vice-President of the
Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey.

Barry Gottlieb

Barry Gottlieb is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has
written extensively on real-estate issues, including for SideBar Press, Inc.'s monthly law journal, Landlord-
Tenant Practice Reporter, and is a member of SCRIBES, The American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects.
Mr. Gottlieb is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia as well as New York, and is also a member of
the bar of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has wide-ranging legal experience, not only in the private practice of law,
but also as an assistant special prosecutor in police-corruption cases, and as assistant counsel to the
Chancellor of the New York City Board of Education. Mr. Gottlieb's pro bono activities include his service as
an arbitrator for the Civil Court of the City of New York, and as a moot court judge at New York Law School.

Konstantinos G. Baltzis

Konstantinos G. Baltzis, a graduate of St. John's University, received his law degree from New York Law
School in 2000. While in law school he interned for both the Hon. Nicolas Tsoucalas of the United States
Court of International Trade, and the Hon. William D. Friedmann, of the Appellate Division, Second
Department (ret.). Prior to joining Finkelstein Newman, Mr. Baltzis worked as a real-property manager,
assisting owners with such matters as real-property tax contests, evictions, nonpayment and holdover
proceedings, and violation removals. Mr. Baltzis is experienced in the procedures of New York State and New
York City administrative agencies, including the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the New
York City Department of Buildings, and New York City Environmental Control Board. In addition to his
immigration and transaction experience, Mr. Baltzis is experienced in drafting of documents in all phases of
litigation, from predicate notices and pleadings to the entry and enforcement of judgments.
Brian J. Zwaig

Brian J. Zwaig received his B.A. from McGill University and his J.D. from The University of Akron School of
Law. Prior to joining Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP, Mr. Zwaig was assistant prosecutor and assistant
director of law for The City of Akron, Ohio.

While working for The City of Akron, Mr. Zwaig gained extensive civil and criminal litigation experience which
included more than 50 jury trials and 800 bench trials. In addition to trying cases, The City of Akron appointed
Mr. Zwaig as Special Counsel to review, interpret, and implement the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).
Mr. Zwaig has also argued appeals to the Ohio appellate courts, taught CLEs sponsored by the local bar
association, and was an instructor and legal advisor to 8 police departments.

Mr. Zwaig is now admitted to practice in New York, Ohio, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District
of Ohio, and is active in all phases of civil litigation.

James P. Tracy

James Tracy received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Georgetown University in 2002 and 2006,
respectively. While in law school Mr. Tracy interned for the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office and the
U.S. Department of the Interior’s Division of Litigation, Personnel, and Civil Rights.

At Georgetown University Law Center, James was a Notes and Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal of
International Law. Recently, he co-authored “Cooperatives and Condominiums in the New York City Housing
Court,” which was published in the Spring 2008 New York Real Property Law Journal.

Admitted to practice in New York, Mr. Tracy is involved in all stages of civil litigation.

Damon P. Howard

Damon P. Howard, an accomplished litigator, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received
his law degree from Tulane University in 2005. While in law school Mr. Howard interned for the U.S.
Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, and also served as a prisoner liaison with the state parole board.

Before joining Finkelstein Newman Ferrara LLP, he established his own Oil and Gas practice in Houston,
Texas. While practicing in Texas, Mr. Howard handled the extensive leasing rosters of Oil and Gas
companies, reviewed and drafted leases for real-estate owners and navigated mineral owners through the
agencies and departments having jurisdiction.

Mr. Howard is admitted to practice in New York and Louisiana.

Glenn Berezanskiy

Prior to joining the firm in May of 2008, Glenn Berezanskiy was a commercial litigator at Cozen O’Connor
P.C. where he represented various entities and high-net worth individuals in state and federal courts across
the country and also appeared before various arbitration panels. Mr. Berezanskiy also practiced in the
intellectual property arena, representing various entertainers, musicians, and recording artists.

Mr. Berezanskiy earned his law degree, cum laude, from New York Law School in 2005 and his Bachelor of
Arts degree, magna cum laude, from St. John's University in 2002. At New York Law School, Mr.
Berezanskiy was an editor of the New York Law School Law Review, for which he wrote several articles. Mr.
Berezanskiy was also a member of the Center of International Law, and a Justice John Marshall Harlan

A fluent Russian speaker, Mr. Berezanskiy is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the United States
District Courts for both the Southern and Eastern Districts.

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