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Seven Ganfer & Shore, LLP attorneys named “New York Super Lawyers” and One Named One of New York City’s “Top 100” Lawyers
New York, NY - October 4, 2017 - Seven lawyers at the Manhattan law firm of Ganfer & Shore, LLP have been named as “New York Super Lawyers” for 2017-18, and one was included on the list of the top 100 attorneys in the Metropolitan New York area. The selection of "Super Lawyers" is based on a survey of thousands of fellow lawyers in New York.
Ganfer & Shore's "Super Lawyers" included Steven J. Shore, a litigation partner who was also named as one of the "Top 100" attorneys in New York City; real estate partners Steven R. Ganfer, Matthew J. Leeds, and Margery N. Weinstein; and litigation partners Mark A. Berman and Ira Brad Matetsky. In addition, real estate senior associate Jason A. Ganfer was recognized as a “New York Rising Star.”
Biographies of the attorneys receiving recognition follow:
GANFER & SHORE SUPER LAWYERS - LITIGATION
Steven J. Shore is Ganfer & Shore’s managing partner and head of the firm’s litigation practice groups. He has extensive experience in representing parties in complex commercial litigations and, in particular, in business, securities, and real estate controversies. Mr. Shore is experienced in all phases of litigation and is a seasoned appellate attorney, having argued before the Second Circuit and the Appellate Divisions of both the First and Second Departments. Prior to founding the predecessor firm of Ganfer & Shore in 1979, Mr. Shore was a staff attorney with the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and thereafter an associate in the litigation department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He has lectured at the New York City and State Bar Associations in real estate and mediation and at Columbia Law School on securities law, and has served as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Shore is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence and ethics. He has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America; was named 2017 Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year by Global Law Experts; and is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America and 2017 New York Litigation Lawyer by Five Star Law. He has been listed as a New York Super Lawyer annually since 2006 and as a “Top” 100 lawyer in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Mark A. Berman is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses on complex commercial disputes. Prior to joining Ganfer & Shore, he was a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Michael L. Orenstein. He served as Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association for 2016-17 and currently is Chair of the NYSBA’s newly formed Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession. Mr. Berman has written and spoken on electronic discovery issues before groups including the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Judicial Institute, and the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division. He is a member of the New York State E-Discovery Working Group advising the New York State Unified Court System, and has authored the New York e-discovery column in the New York Law Journal since 2005. He graduated in 1986 from Columbia College and in 1990 (magna cum laude) from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed as a Super Lawyer since 2008.
Ira Brad Matetsky is a graduate of Princeton University and the Fordham University School of Law, where he received awards in Contracts and Constitutional Law and served on the Fordham Law Review. His experience prior to joining Ganfer & Shore includes twelve years as a litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, as well as five years as in-house counsel for Goya Foods, Inc. Mr. Matetsky has authored several published several articles on legal and historical topics in legal periodicals. He recently authored “General Counsels for New York Law Firms – An Idea Whose Time Has Come,” published in the New York State Bar Journal and serves as the General Counsel of Ganfer & Shore, LLP. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of In-Chambers Practice, the successor publication to In-Chambers Opinions by the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, and a Master of the New York American Inn of Court, where he chairs the historical trial committee. He previously served for six years as a member of the Baldwin Union Free School District Board of Education, and was a recipient of the President's Pro Bono Service Award from the New York State Bar Association. At Ganfer & Shore, Mr. Matetsky authors the firm’s monthly Client Advisory, focused on real estate, cooperative, and condominium law. His practice concentrates on litigation, including complex commercial, securities, real estate, and other types of cases before trial and appellate courts and arbitrators.
GANFER & SHORE SUPER LAWYERS - REAL ESTATE
Steven R. Ganfer is a 1973 graduate of St. John's University School of Law, with extensive experience in commercial and residential real estate matters. Mr. Ganfer has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from City College of New York, and before obtaining his law degree, Mr. Ganfer was an electrical engineer at Sperry Corporation. Prior to joining the predecessor to Ganfer & Shore, Mr. Ganfer was a partner in the firm of Laber & Ganfer, a firm that specialized in cooperative housing law, representing both sponsors and tenant associations. Mr. Ganfer has advised more than 100 tenant associations, condominiums, and cooperative housing corporations.
Matthew J. Leeds is a real estate lawyer whose diverse practice includes the representation of owners, developers, sponsors, condominium and cooperative boards, investors, and institutional real estate lenders. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, a frequent lecturer and writer, and the co-author of New York Practice Guide: Real Estate: Cooperatives and Condominiums. He is a former Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Real Property Section and its Condominiums and Cooperatives Committee. He is also a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He began his law career as a Special Deputy Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law’s Real Estate Financing Bureau. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized in New York’s Best Lawyers in the field of real estate law. He has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2003 and a Super Lawyer since 2006.
Margery N. Weinstein is a 1980 summa cum laude graduate of Tufts University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a 1984 graduate of New York University School of Law. Prior to joining Ganfer & Shore, she was Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, practicing in that firm’s real estate group for over sixteen years. Ms. Weinstein’s practice concentrates on cooperative and condominium law and residential transactions, including townhouse and single-family-home conveyances, cooperatives and condominiums, residential financing, leasing, construction contracts and bulk purchases. She also counsels cooperative and condominium boards in corporate governance and general matters. Ms. Weinstein has been recognized as one of New York’s Women Leaders in Law for 2017 and is a member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law.
Jason A. Ganfer is a senior associate in the Real Estate Transactions and Cooperative and Condominium Housing Practice Groups at Ganfer & Shore, LLP. He focuses on residential and commercial real estate matters, including sales, purchases, and the preparation of offering plans. Additionally, he has extensive experience with title insurance coverage and claims resolution. Prior to joining Ganfer & Shore, Mr. Ganfer handled complex title insurance coverage disputes as counsel at a national title insurance company. He has handled claims seeking indemnification for potential losses aggregating more than $100,000,000 as well as claims arising out of transactions in foreign countries. Mr. Ganfer has been recognized as a “New York Super Lawyers Rising Star.”
About Ganfer & Shore, LLP
Ganfer & Shore, LLP offers the skill and sophistication of a large law firm with the service and responsiveness of a small firm. Because it is a small firm, Ganfer & Shore, LLP is able to deliver legal services at a significantly lower cost than a large law firm.
Ganfer & Shore’s predecessor firm was founded in 1979. The firm consists of nine partners, two of-counsel, and thirteen associates, with offices located in New York City. Including its legal support staff and other personnel, the firm has approximately 35 employees.
Ganfer & Shore, LLP is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.
Ira B. Metatsky, Esq.