GERALD SHAPIRO is a founding partner of the firm. His primary area of practice is in the field of real estate litigation. An experienced practitioner, Mr. Shapiro has engaged in all facets of Supreme Court and Housing Court litigation including general real estate litigation, traditional and condominium foreclosure actions, commercial transactions, leasing controversies, ejectment cases, declaratory judgment actions and all aspects of Landlord/Tenant litigation, commercial, and residential. Mr. Shapiro has also counseled cooperative boards and has represented sponsors, boards, and shareholders in sophisticated litigation matters. Additionally, he handles commercial lease negotiations, and related transactional work.
Mr. Shapiro is a graduate of Bernard M. Baruch College, of the City University of New York, and a graduate of New York University School of Law. He was admitted to the New York State Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. In 1982, he joined the firm of Finkelstein, Borah, Schwartz, Altschuler & Goldstein and rose to the level of partner, and then supervising partner of the Supreme Court Division of the Firm. In addition to managing an independent case load, he supervised the daily activities of ten attorneys in the Supreme Court Division. Along with Joel A. Mitofsky, he founded the firm of Mitofsky & Shapiro in 1993, which then became Mitofsky, Shapiro, Neville & Hazen, LLP in January, 2000.
Amongst the many clients represented by Mr. Shapiro are: Rudin Management Co., Inc., Rose Associates, Inc., Malkin Properties, LLC, Friedman Management Company, Inc., Classic Realty LLC, B & L Management Co., LLC, Bettina Equities Company, LLC, Jordan Cooper & Associates, Inc, and numerous individual owners, and smaller Landlord Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, and entities.
Mr. Shapiro is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, and is on the Advisory Board of Community Housing Improvement Program, Inc. (CHIP), an association of New York City Property Owners, Managers and Agents.
Mr. Shapiro is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Mr. Shapiro and his wife reside in Riverdale, New York.