Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.
1 The Best Lawyers in America® award
1 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America award
Experts in Real Estate Law
By uniting many of the best real estate attorneys of its generation, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has become one of New York’s most prominent real estate law firms. The firm excels by solely practicing real estate law and only taking on projects and cases where it is among the best in the field. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has achieved groundbreaking results in the courtroom, in the board room, at the closing table, in the lobbies of legislative bodies, and in every other venue where talented legal advocacy is key to its clients’ interests.
Some select litigation victories can be found at https://www.alblawfirm.com/about-us/monumental-victories/.
Winning Unwinnable Cases
The firm has participated and prevailed in many of the most important New York real estate cases of the new millennium, as reflected in numerous published and unpublished decisions on novel legal issues. Some of these notable victories have changed the landscape of New York law. The firm has invented new ways to practice law and new theories to solve its clients’ problems. Its successes have resulted in producing new laws and new precedents, creating new leases to become the industry standards, devising new faster, less expensive procedures to obtain foreclosures and evictions, using “Perry Mason” moments to win trials, creating out-of-the-box ways to collect on judgments, and creating new theories of law to obtain justice for clients.
Some of these moments can be found at https://www.alblawfirm.com/about-us/remarkable-results/.
Honors and Awards
Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. counts itself among only one of two law firms with under 30 attorneys to achieve an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating, repeated Super Lawyers rankings including a Top 100 Super Lawyer and Best Lawyer and Best Law Firm rankings, selection into the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, and a Chambers & Partners awards for being one of the “Leading Lawyers for Real Estate” and a “Leading Law Firm.”
Adam Leitman Bailey has also been ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of New York’s Top Real Estate Litigators in 2021. Chambers called Adam Leitman Bailey a “tenacious and confident litigator who is quick-witted in court and respected by the judges,” further noting that he is “an extraordinary practitioner who gets great results,” and quoting a client on his “ability to anticipate things before they happen.” Additionally, Chambers & Partners wrote, “Hired to litigate extremely high-profile cases, Adam Leitman Bailey has impressed sources with his courtroom presence.” Another client told Chambers & Partners, “You feel like you have a zealous advocate out there working for you, and you never worry about things when they are in his hands.”
The American Lawyer also ranked Adam Leitman Bailey as a Top Ranked Litigator and the Commercial Observer names Adam Leitman Bailey one of NewYork’s Most Powerful Real Estate Attorneys.
A more complete list of awards the firm has won can be found at https://www.alblawfirm.com/awards/.
A New York State judge wrote that Adam Leitman Bailey “was the best trial lawyer I saw in my nine years as a judge in New York City.” A New York State Judge, Kings County, stated that he had known Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. for fifteen years and “that [it] is a brilliant law [firm] and innovative who always worked zealously on behalf of his clients.”
When Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. used a forgotten statute to prevail in a landmark case, The Wall Street Journal quoted a prominent New York developer’s attorney who called the holding a “game changer” affecting real estate nationwide.
The New York Times referred to his legal strategy and legislation, proposed in one case, as “novel.” In addition, The New York Times remarked on another case in which “Adam Leitman Bailey fought on…grinding through excruciating detail and obscure Perry Mason moments.” A different case was described as “the city’s largest condo refund ever” (Curbed NY). In another transaction, Adam Leitman Bailey obtained the largest government grant ($21 million) for a cooperative in New York history. More recently, Adam Leitman Bailey secured the largest settlement in New York City history for a property casualty law suit. The Commercial Observer ranked one of the firms victories among their “15 Most Fascinating New York Real Estate Cases of the 21st Century.”
A select number of creative lawyering case descriptions can be found at https://www.alblawfirm.com/about-us/creative-lawyering/.
Pushing the Boundaries of the Law
The collective experience of this team has been responsible for winning several landmark decisions in real estate law. These attorneys have had more appellate victories at the Court of Appeals and its subsidiary appellate courts than most real estate firms have had cases of any kind, won or lost. Its trial attorneys have won hundreds of cases, both with and without juries. The attorneys at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. have won over a thousand cases in state, federal and housing court, including over 400 appellate court cases, many at New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.
Proud of its past, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. aggressively pursues its future so it may continue to bring to its clients the best that any law firm can offer, both in advocating on behalf of the client and in working with the client.
Some examples of making new law can be found at https://www.alblawfirm.com/about-us/making-new-law/.
Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has become one of New York's most prominent real estate law firms. By solely practicing real estate law and only taking on projects and cases where the firm believes the firm is among the very best in the field, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has achieved the highest quality results in the courtroom, in the board room, at the closing table, in the lobbies of legislative bodies, and in every other venue where talented legal advocacy is key to its clients' interests. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. counts itself among only one of two law firms with under 30 attorneys to achieve an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating, repeated Super Lawyers ranking, selection into the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, and a 2008 Chambers & Partners award for being one of the "Leading Lawyers for Real Estate."
As one of New York's premier real estate litigation firms, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has participated and prevailed in many of the most important New York real estate cases of the new millennium, as reflected in numerous published and unpublished decisions on novel legal issues. The firm’s attorneys have won over a thousand cases in the courts of New York state, including State Supreme, Housing, Civil and Federal courts in addition to over 250 appellate court cases, many at New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals. Some of these notable victories include:
- Lorne v. 50 Madison Avenue LLC, Making new law, the Appellate Division finds that condo board not liable for repairing newly constructed building and finds that obligation to repair remains with sponsor; Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. victorious at trial level and appeal
- Hartman v. Goldman, an adverse possession case of first impression before New York's Appellate Division
- 542 East 14th Street v. Lee, a case of first impression before New York's Appellate Division defining expansion of rent regulation law for non-primary residence cases
- Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act Cases, turned a forgotten federal statute into a way to void the contracts of sales for buildings over 100 units resulting in hundreds of settlement and court victories. A prominent magazine noted Adam Leitman Bailey as the real estate attorney, "credited with being the first lawyer in New York City to use the ILSA provision." Another prominent magazine noted that Adam Leitman Bailey pioneered the use of the ILSA provision to get buyers out of contracts in the wake of the financial crisis.Trump Soho Association v. Bayrock/Sapir Organization LLC, Donald J. Trump, Trump International Hotels Management LLC, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, where Adam Leitman Bailey prevailed in a settlement providing millions of dollars to clients based on fraud claims under the Federal Securities Law
- Sky View Parc Purchasers Association, et al. v. FTC Residential Company II, L.P., Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. lands largest condominium settlement in New York history;
- Rivas v. McDonnell, a noteworthy Appellate Division decision involving an interpretation of the recording statute;
- Chin v. Chan, where Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. prevails at trial using a novel legal theory invalidating contract to purchase commercial property;
- Save Harlem Association v. KIMCO Realty Corporation, where Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. used victory in court, proposing legislation, conducting rallies and mobilizing political support and media attention to obtain winning settlement for the Save Harlem Association;
- Stalker v. Stewart Tenants, where Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. achieves winning settlement on behalf of coop sellers in landmark housing discrimination case;
- Sykes v. RFD Third Avenue One Associates, where Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. breaks new legal ground with appellate victory for attorneys' fees on a stipulation
- Million Gold Realty Co. v. S.E. & K. Corp., where Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. prevails at trial and on appeal in complicated commercial lease litigation setting the law for when dual right of first refusals given to two commercial tenants in building;
- Crave Crane Accident Case, where Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. obtains winning settlement for restaurant struck by crane on March 15th, 2008;
- B & C Realty, Co. v. 129 Emmut LLC, 106 A.D.3d 653 (1st Dept. 2013) Successfully defended owner of a building with potential zoning violations against purchaser who failed to close and lost a two million dollar down payment with finding that purchaser failed to demonstrate reasonable reliance necessary to sustain claims of fraudulent inducement, fraud and promissory estoppel.
- Appellate Practice
- Banking and Finance Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Construction Law
- Land Use and Zoning Law
- Litigation - Construction
- Litigation - Real Estate
- Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
- Real Estate Law
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