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Dani Schwartz

Dani Schwartz

New York, New York

Litigation Department

Dani Schwartz is a litigator, arbitrator, and mediator noted for crafting creative strategies and solutions to challenging legal problems. His practice focuses on complex real estate and business disputes and appeals. Dani also serves on the American Arbitration Association's and FINRA's panel of arbitrators, mediates commercial disputes, and is eligible for appointment as a receiver in New York state court actions.

Dani has recovered more than $150 million for his clients, and is particularly skilled at transforming complex business disputes into clear, compelling stories to achieve his clients' objectives. He brings innovative thinking to every situation, and has litigated cutting edge cases and appeals and made new law favorable to his clients. For example, he obtained a court order directing a New York state agency to pay his client's legal fees, the first decision of its kind in the agency's 70+ year history. In defending a dispute over development plans between neighboring property owners, Dani's legal maneuvering drove the adverse owner to abandon its plans and sell its building. A skilled negotiator, Dani has also obtained many victories for his clients at the settlement table, without the need for lengthy litigation.

Deeply experienced in virtually all cooperative and condominium matters as well, Dani routinely represents co-op and condo boards and individual unit owners.

Dani handles the full range of real estate disputes, including commercial landlord/tenant matters; condominium and cooperative matters; commercial mortgage foreclosure (lender and borrower side); development disputes; access disputes (including RPAPL 881 proceedings); breach of contract, fraud, fiduciary duty claims and business disputes; and Yellowstone injunctions and Article 78 proceedings. He is regularly sought out by the media for his knowledge of the real estate and business legal worlds.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Real Estate
  • Business Disputes and Appeals
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit


  • The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D.
  • Cornell University
    • B.A.

Published Works

  • RPAPL § 881: Litigating Access to Neighboring Property, New York Law Journal, May 16, 2016
  • Open Issues in RPAPL § 881 Litigation: Accessing Neighboring Property, New York Law Journal, April 19, 2016
  • May a Tenant File a Notice of Pendency?, New York Law Journal, June 28, 2017

Representative Cases

  • RCG LV Debt IV Non-Reit Assets Holdings, LLC v Ringel, 54 Misc3d 1205(A) (Sup Ct, New York County 2016)
  • Plaza Tower LLC v Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc., 3 NYS3d 584 (1st Dept 2015)
  • Matter of East Riv. Hous. Corp. v New York State Div. of Human Rights, 116 AD3d 562 (1st Dept 2014)
  • Matter of East Riv. Hous. Corp. v New York State Div. of Human Rights, 47 Misc3d 1203(A) (Sup Ct, New York County 2014)
  • 47 Thames Realty, LLC v Rusconi, 116 AD3d 657 (2d Dept 2014)
  • Ukrainian Natl. Fed. Credit Union v Balko, 40 Misc3d 505 (Sup Ct Westchester Co. 2013)
  • Van Straaten v 125 Court Street, NYLJ 1202631188972 (Sup Ct, Kings County 2013)
  • Bloomfield v Cruz, 38 Misc3d 127 (App. Term 1st Dept 2012)
  • Modern Art Servs., Ltd. v OCA Long Is. City, LLC, 84 AD3d 1040 (2d Dept 2011)
  • Nezry v Haven Avenue Owner LLC, 28 Misc3d 1226(A) (Sup Ct, New York County 2010)
  • E-Z Eating 41 Corp. v H.E. Newport LLC, 23 Misc3d 1125(A) (Sup Ct, New York County 2009)


  • Neighboring Property Construction Matters, New York City Bar Association, April 2017
  • Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives & Condominiums: Cases & Marketplace Developments in the Last Six Months, New York City Bar Association, October 2016
  • Real Estate Arbitration, American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), May 2016
  • Drafting Arbitration Clauses: The Basics and Beyond, AAA, May 2015, May 2016
  • Drafting Arbitration Clauses: The Basics and Beyond, AAA, June 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, 2013 to Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Member: Arbitration Committee & Dispute Resolution Section

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