Our Firm

The attorneys at Stempel Bennett Claman & Hochberg, P.C. are committed to serving our clients and achieving our clients’ objectives in an efficient and effective manner.

Our firm’s transactional attorneys, who bring years of experience to each matter, strive to be careful, thoughtful critics and commentators.  From our perspective, it is as important to close each deal as it is to address the unique conditions of each transaction and not compromise our clients’ needs.  Our firm’s transactional work includes acquisitions, sales, financing, leasing and the structuring of commercial and residential developments.  We have a depth of experience in offering plans, homeowner associations and leasing for both landlords and tenants.  We have also developed an expertise in affordable housing development representing developers, not-for-profits, government agencies and lenders.  We have broad experience in the development of real property, working with clients on real estate tax abatement and exemption programs, transferable development rights, contracts with architects and contractors, financings, partnerships and limited liability companies.

Our firm’s litigation department represents several of the major commercial property owners in New York City as well as developers and residential cooperative/condominium buildings on a wide variety of matters arising from the acquisition, redevelopment, financing and ongoing management of their properties.  The firm has developed a niche representing commercial landlords in complex  landlord tenant litigation and both lessors and lessees in ground lease disputes.  While real estate disputes are most often addressed in the State Supreme Court or the Civil Court (Commercial Landlord-Tenant Part), and in their respective appellate courts, these disputes often spill-over into bankruptcy court or federal court where we are experienced in pursuing such litigation into those forums.  We also participate regularly in arbitrations, valuation proceedings, and mediations.

Our aim is to use our litigation experience to help our clients avoid or minimize litigation through due diligence review, advice on protective contract/lease drafting, formulating and pursuing settlement strategies, and if litigation is necessary, by trying to ‘structure’ the litigation to gain for our clients an early favorable position, so that our client can negotiate ‘from strength’.  We are sensitive to the fact that ‘time is money’ in the real estate world, and have been successful in adopting tactics to accelerate resolutions. We are particularly sensitive to the desire of our clients for a minimum of publicity and a maximum of confidentiality.

Our tax certiorari department represents owners, managing agents, receivers and mortgagees in their tax certiorari protests and other valuation claims throughout New York City.