Mr. Silverman, the firm's managing partner, is a Real Estate, Litigation and Corporate Bankruptcy & Restructuring attorney with advanced training in bankruptcy and restructuring law and extensive experience successfully litigating business disputes in State and Federal court. He focuses on commercial matters as well as Chapter 11 cases and corporate restructurings, but has also represented individuals in Chapters 7 & 13. His understanding of the Bankruptcy Code assists in developing strategies which address issues that present when landlords, tenants or other creditors enter and/or are forced into distressed situations. Mr. Silverman additionally maintains a high-level and complex retail leasing practice, representing landlords and tenants (including franchisors and franchisees), in connection with stand-alone and mixed-use properties located in New York City as well as shopping centers and mixed-use properties across the United States.
Mr. Silverman earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated with concentrations in corporate and commercial law. While in law school, Mr. Silverman served as Symposium Editor and a member of the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law. Prior to law school, Mr. Silverman earned his B.A. (with honors) in Economics from Yeshiva University, where he also graduated with Associate degrees in American Studies, Judaic Studies, and Business and Management. After law school, Mr. Silverman received an LL.M. (with honors) in Bankruptcy from St. John's University School of Law, where he studied under many preeminent bankruptcy judges and practitioners.
Admitted to practice law before the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, Mr. Silverman is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and New York City Lawyers Association, and annually judges both the Empire New York World Championship Moot Court Competition, which immerses U.S. high school students in the rule and practice of law seeking to mold young people into confident, respectful and culturally aware citizens, and the Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, which takes place at St. John's University School of Law.
Mr. Silverman currently serves on the Board of Directors of his community's synagogue, has previously worked for corporate, securities, litigation and bankruptcy departments of prestigious Manhattan law firms, and has also served in the General Counsel's Office of a prominent and storied New York City broker-dealer and investment bank. Mr. Silverman further served as co-author to and -counsel on an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court Bankruptcy case of Executive Benefits Ins. Agency v. Arkison. Recap of case and oral arguments here.
Recently, Mr. Silverman has represented:
real estate developers and investors in negotiating the acquisition of improved and unimproved properties in New York City and its surrounding areas;
religious and charitable organizations in New York City and the surrounding boroughs in leasing and litigation matters;
one of New York City's oldest and continuously operated taverns in the successful pursuit before the New York State Commercial Division of a bitterly challenged Yellowstone Injunction against its landlord, thereby saving its long-term lease from termination;
a fully-integrated real estate developer, landlord, operator and lender, headquartered in New York City, with a combined retail, office and industrial portfolio in excess of 12 million square feet of space (of which 1.75 million represents retail) in the New York Metro area, in connection with its retail leasing transactions;
an alleged corporate debtor in a hotly contested involuntary Chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, as well as in the the appeal taken therefrom by the petitioning creditor;
defendants in bankruptcy-related adversary proceedings brought by trustees and debtors to avoid and recover transfers and/or conveyances allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent under various federal and state statutes;
defendants in state-based Assignment for Benefit of Creditor cases where designated Assignees brought actions in state court to avoid allegedly preferential transfers made under particular state statutes;
plaintiffs in State and Federal Court in actions against a major foreign airline on account of, among other things, such airline's breach of its conditions of carriage;
national retail tenants in connection with new and expiring leases in shopping malls and strip centers in the New York Metro area and throughout the United States;
single retail tenants in connection with new leases as well as lease surrender negotiations;
business entities in commercial litigation involving disputes concerning leases, contracts, promissory notes, other secured and unsecured loan agreements and personal guarantees;
clients in commercial mediation before JAMS;
commercial clients in obtaining Judgments by Confession as against defaulting contract counter-parties; and
high net-worth individuals in the acquisition and disposition of residential properties.
When away from the office and otherwise not responding to client calls, Mr. Silverman enjoys spending time at home with his family, including his wife and children.
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