Bruce H. LedermanPartner
Bruce H. Lederman is the head of the firm’s litigation practice. Mr. Lederman has extensive trial and appellate experience before both the Federal and New York State Courts. He handles all aspects of commercial litigation. He has particular expertise in construction disputes, mechanic’s liens, real estate contract enforcement and down payment disputes, real estate title issues, brokerage, employee restrictive covenant issues and intellectual property cases.
At the appellate level, on May 2, 2013, Mr. Lederman is scheduled to argue a major foreclosure case involving priorities of mechanic’s lienors before the New York State Court of Appeals. In 2012, Mr. Lederman successfully obtained a unanimous reversal by the New York Court of Appeals of an Article 78 proceeding where the New York State Department of Labor improperly attempted to hold a general contractor liable for the unpaid wages owed by a subcontractor. In 2011, Mr. Lederman argued a major case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a landmark case involving the Interstate Land Sales Act. Mr. Lederman has also successfully argued a wide variety of other appeals involving specific performance and down payment disputes for real estate contracts, mechanic’s liens, foreclosures and other business related issues.
At the trial level, Mr. Lederman has extensive experience arguing complex motions, trying cases and appearing in arbitrations. Mr. Lederman recently obtained summary judgment dismissing finder’s fee claims of over $6 million against the New York City Regional Center in connection with EB-5 financing of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Steiner Studios and Barclay’s Arena In trials and hearings, Mr. Lederman has successfully represented an employee at a trial involving unpaid wages and counterclaims for breach of fiduciary duties, a flooring contractor in the foreclosure of a mechanic’s lien and counterclaims of defective installations, numerous private property owners in enforcement of contract and restrictive covenants issues and manufacturers in trademark and copyright disputes.
Other notable cases involve the successful recovery for a client of over $6 million from a major law firm after an associate attorney embezzled funds from the firm’s escrow account and fled the country. In that case, Mr. Lederman closely coordinated with the New York District Attorney to extradite the attorney back to the United States, where he was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison. In 2008, Mr. Lederman represented a large group of victims of an $80 million mortgage fraud ponzi scheme and acted as special real estate counsel to the creditor’s committee in the Bankruptcy Case involving the liquidation of a portfolio of over 20 properties for the benefit of the defrauded creditors and investors. In that case, Mr. Lederman also coordinated with the United States Attorney resulting in the perpetrators being sentenced to over five years in prison.
On the transactional side, Mr. Lederman has represented numerous developers in the acquisition and sale of multi-family properties, with both traditional and private placement financing. Mr. Lederman has closed many individual properties as well as large portfolio refinances (involving up to approximately $100 million), including securitized and Fannie Mae transactions and defeasance transactions. In 2007, Mr. Lederman represented the seller of the East Harlem Portfolio, one of the largest residential portfolio sales in Harlem’s history, consisting of 49 separate properties with a combined sales price in excess of $200 million.
Mr. Lederman's clients include First American Title Insurance Co., Royal Abstract, The Moinian Group, Sackman Enterprises, The RE Group (the Kessner Family), C&K Properties (Meir Cohen and Ben Korman), El Ad Properties, Dabby Investments (Roni Ben-Dov), Dennis Herman, L&M Development, Simone Development, Haruvi Holdings, Richard Maidman, T. Weiss Realty, ODA Architecture (Eran Chen), O&D Builders (Nick DeSarno) and toy manufacturer Kids of America/Magic Power Company. Early in his career, Mr. Lederman represented Louis Vuitton in trademark counterfeiting cases and Mitsubishi Motors in product liability cases.
Mr. Lederman has written articles about mechanic's liens that appeared in Real Estate Weekly and federal preemption articles that appeared in the New York Law Journal. He is also a CLE lecturer on mechanic's liens for First American Title Insurance Co.
J.D., New York University, 1984
Executive Editor, The Review of Law and Social Change
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 1981
B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School of Business, 1981
Bar AdmissionsNew York State Bar, 1985
New Jersey State Bar, 1985
United States District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1985
United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit