Richard L. Claman, Esq.


Richard L. Claman is the Partner-in-Charge of the Firm’s Litigation Department. He joined the Firm in 1990, after nine years at the former Rosenman & Colin.

Mr. Claman concentrates his practice in general commercial litigation, with an emphasis on commercial real estate litigation, and in particular representing owners/landlords/developers in disputes arising from purchases/sales of buildings, landlord-tenant matters, ground-lease issues, and zoning/development issues. He appears regularly in the Supreme Court, and in the Civil Court’s Commercial Landlord-Tenant part; and he has considerable experience before the Appellate Division, and the federal District Court and Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also been involved in numerous bankruptcy litigations, representing landlords where tenants have filed.

Based on this extensive experience, Mr. Claman wrote a 14-part series in Real Estate Weekly on how courts have applied (or failed to apply) the provisions of the “REBNY” form commercial lease. He has spoken at courses organized by the New York City Bar and the New York State Bar, and is regularly asked to serve as a mediator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County.

  • Harvard Law School – 1980
  • Harvard College – 1977
  • New York – 1981
  • United States District Court, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • “NY Super Lawyers” – 2008-2019
  • Thurgood Marshall Award, Association of the Bar of the City of New York – 1988 – for pro bono representation of two individuals on death row in Florida
  • Published several papers in Conservative Judaism and the Journal of the Academy for Jewish Religion, and delivered papers at the World Congress of Jewish Studies (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) on issues in Jewish Philosophy
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Building Service Local 32B-J Pension Fund, et al. v. 101 Limited Partnership, 115 A.D.3d 469 (1st Dep’t 2014)
  • SSB Realty, LLC v. American Financial Realty Trust, 2010 WL 3951771 (Mass. Super., Suffolk Co.; Business Lit. Section), aff’d, 79 Mass. App. Ct. 1125, 2011 WL 2412508 further appellate review denied, 460 Mass. 1113 (2011)
  • Millennium Partners, L.P. v. Lindenbaum, 73 A.D.3d 436 (1st Dep’t 2010)
  • Tourneau, LLC v. 53rd and Madison Tower Development LLC, 896 N.Y.S.2d 631 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2010)
  • Meridian Capital Partners, Inc. v. Fifth Ave. 58/59 Acquisition Co. LP, 874 N.Y.S.2d 440 (1st Dep’t 2009)
  • CIBC Mellon Trust Co. v. HSBC Guyerzeller Bank AG, 56 A.D.3d 307 (1st Dep’t 2008)
  • FAMO, Inc. v. Green 521 Fifth Ave. LLC, 51 A.D.3d 578 (1st Dep’t 2008)
  • 400 Madison Owner LLC v. Goldin Associates, 2008 WL 518152 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co.)
  • Teachers Ins. Annuity Association of America v. Cohen’s Fashion Optical of 485 Lexington Ave., Inc., 45 A.D.3d 317 (2007)
  • 401 West 14th Street Fee LLC v. Mer du Nord Noordzee, LLC (“Markt Restaurant”), 34 A.D.3d 294 (1st Dep’t 2006)
  • Green 440 Ninth LLC v. Duane Reade, 2005 WL 3240673 (AT 1st Dep’t)
  • Jacobs Private Equity, LLC v. 450 Park LLC, 22A.D.3d 347(1st Dep’t 2005)
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP v. Metropolitan 919 Third Avenue LLC, 6 Misc.3d 796 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2004)
  • Mason v. Dep’t of Buildings, 307 A.D.2d 94, “Decision of the Day”, 5/30/2003 N.Y.L.J. 18 (col. 1) (1st Dep’t)
  • SLG 17 Battery LLC v. Broderick, 2001 WL 1691977 (AT 1st Dep’t), affirming 1/19/00 N.Y.L.J. 27 (col. 3)(Civ. Ct. N.Y. Co.)
  • Metropolitan 919 Third Avenue LLC v. P.J. Clarke’s Restaurant Corp. 12/20/01 N.Y.L.J. 21 (col.2) (AT 1st Dep’t)
  • 110-45 Queens Blvd. Garage, Inc. v. Park Briar Owners, Inc., 265 A.D.2d 415 (2d Dep’t 1999)
  • Doros v. New Green 1140 Realty, LLC, 1998 WL 886980 (2d Cir.)
  • Pinnacle Equities New York, Inc. v. Zapco 1500 Investment, L.P., 9/3/97 N.Y.L.J. 22 (col. 3) (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co.)
  • 69th St & 2nd Ave. Garage Assoc. v. Ticor Title Guarantee Co., 207 A.D.2d 225, 1/30/95 N.Y.L.J. 25 (col.3) (“Decision of the Day”) (1st Dep’t 1995), leave to appeal denied, 87 N.Y.2d 802 (1995)
  • In re Sanshoe (EBG Midtown Corp. v. McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineering Corp.), 139 B.R. 585 (S.D.N.Y.), aff’d, 993 F.2d 300 (2d Cir. 1993)