Daniel Schiffman - Daniel Schiffman

Daniel Schiffman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 212-628-6433

Although well- known as a gaming lawyer, Mr. Schiffman is also a transactional attorney, commercial litigator and mediator.
He has served as a Referee, Special Master, Mental Hygiene Evaluator, Guardian ad Litem, and Receiver in Supreme and Surrogates’ Courts, as Counsel to Puerto Rico's Economic Development Administrator and Secretary of Labor,  and Legal Advisor to the U.S. General Service Administration, and the  New York City Jr. Chamber of Commerce.
As a continuing legal educator, he was a consultant and lecturer for Practicing Law Institute's Bar Review course among others.  In the gaming law field, his work includes lecturing for World Gaming Congress, (1987-1999) Global Gaming Expo, American Bar Association, ALI-ABA (co-chair of gaming law series). Publications include Casino Credit and Collection Law (IAGA, 1989), International Casino Law (U.Nev.,1991;1993,1999), The Gaming Lawyer(1985–2005). Member, Editorial Board, Gaming Law Review (1997-present).
At New York University School of Law, he was a member of the Law Review staff, earned the  University Prize Scholarship, and was President of the Pre-Bar Association. He is a member of the bars of New York,  U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 2nd , 3rd and 4th Circuits, U.S. District Courts for New York, the NYC Bar Assoc., International Assoc. of Gaming Advisors, and International Masters of Gaming Law.  He enjoys the highest peer review rating (av) from Martindale-Hubbell and many other sources.

City College of New YorkNew York University School of LawJ.D. 1962
IMGL (International Masters of Gaming Law)Guidestar Advisory CouncilGLG CouncilGaming Law ReviewInternational Assoc. of Gaming AdvisorsAssociation of the Bar of the City of New YorkNational Arts ClubSwiss Global Artistic FoundationFree For All at Town HallAmerican Symphony Orchestra

Case History

Americana of Puerto Rico, Inc. v. Kaplus, 248 F. Supp. 854 (D.C.N.J. 1965) 368 F.2d 431 (3d Cir., 1966), cert den., 386 U.S. 943. — Applied Full Faith and Credit Clause of U.S. Constitution (Art IV, Sec 1) to judgments of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Intercontinental Hotels Corp. (P.R.) v. Golden, 15 N.Y.2d 9, 203 N.E.2d 206, 254 N.Y.S.2d. 527 (1964) — defined public policy as actual prevailing morality rather than statutory standards for access to courts in conflict of laws situations
Posadas de Puerto Rico, Inc. v. Radin, 856 F.2d. 399 (1st Cir., 1988) — Sustained summary disposition of frivolous defenses
Rahmani v. Resorts International Hotel, Inc., 20 F.Supp.2d 932, (E.D.Va., Alexandria Div.,1998), aff’d 182 F.3d 909, 1999 WL 462414 (4th Cir., 1999.) — Early authoritative summary disposition of numerous theories and claims for recovery of losses at licensed gaming casino and alleged damages. 
San Juan Hotel Corp. v. Greenberg, 502 F. Supp. 34 (E.D.N.Y., 1981), aff''d., 646 F.2d 562, cert. den. 450 U.S. 1043, 101 S.Ct. 1762, 68 L.ed 241 — Conclusion of ten year series of intertwined litigation which authoritatively rejected substantive defense to an action on a judgment entitled to full faith and credit, and was key to adoption of the debt collection legal technique which has since been universally adopted by the U.S. and Native American gaming industry.
developed method of gaming debt collection — Prior to the time that commercial gaming became ubiquitous in the United States, most courts declined to enforce debts resulting from the extension of credit by lawful gaming casinos.  Daniel Schiffman developed and successfully tested litigation techniques to sue such debtors at the situs of the creditor, initially by requiring consent to personal jurisdiction as a condition to extension of credit, and subsequently by advocating enactment of now-common long-arm statutes.  The resulting judgments were and are entitled to enforcement throughout the United States regardless of local policy objections.  The technique remains in universal use by the U.S. gaming industry, and is considered to have been a significant advance of commercial gaming as a recognized and legitimate industry and socially acceptable form of entertainment.
hotel/ casino transactions — Lead (and sometimes only) attorney in connection with negotiation and execution of purchases, sales, leases and management contracts for five hotel/casinos on behalf of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Sole attorney for purchase of former Americana Hotel and Casino in Carolina, Puerto Rico on behalf of private interests.  Field Attorney for purchase of St. Regis Hotel, New York City on behalf of private interests 
commercial real property — represented several prominent audio recording studios in connection with sale, termination and surrender of leases to developers and assemblers of major New York City parcels.  Negotiated and drafted contracts and supervised development and construction of state-of-the-art motion picture processing laboratory.
labor negotiations — Sole attorney representing seasonal agricultural workers in negotiations and drafting of standard contracts with several employers.  Negotiated and drafted numerous contracts for services of motion picture and TV commercial directors and cinematographers, and their loan-out corporations, on behalf of leading studio and several production companies.   
business acquisitions — sole attorney for termination of public offering and sale of all securities offered therein to NYSE-listed entity; sale of non-controlling substantial interests in closely held entities to investment groups

Office Location

903 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10075-0362
United States

Practice Areas

Gaming Law (Administrative, Business Transactions, Casino, Internet Casino Law, Litigation)

Other Information

Race: Caucasian
Gender: Male