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Four Attorneys Join Schnader, Bolstering the Firm’s Strong Real Estate Group

On November 11, 2014 by Schnader in Litigation
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NEW YORK CITY — Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is pleased to announce that Scott R. Kipnis, Cynthia G. Couch, Erika L. Jenkins, and Rachel N. Greenberger have joined the firm’s New York City office. They come to Schnader from Hofheimer Gartlir and Gross, LLP.


“We are delighted to be expanding the national real estate capability of our office and the firm with this group of excellent lawyers,” said Schnader’s New York Managing Partner Chris Carty.


Mr. Kipnis, Ms. Couch, Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Greenberger have nearly 70 years worth of combined experience in commercial real estate matters, with a specialty in shopping center transactions, both in the New York region and nationally.


“Scott, Cynthia, Erika and Rachel bring with them a sophisticated real estate practice, representing national and regional chains, in a full range of leasing, property development and land use transactions and disputes throughout the country.  They also have an innovative bankruptcy practice, extracting value from the real estate assets of failed retailers,” said Schnader Chairman David Smith.


Real Estate Practice Group Chair Richard Kessler notes their arrival at Schnader “further strengthens our expanding real estate practice, and we look forward to the opportunity to team up with our new attorneys on a variety of projects.”


“I am very excited to be joining Schnader,” said Mr. Kipnis. “The firm brings a stellar national reputation platform that will allow us to better serve our existing clients, as well as create new opportunities for us to expand Schnader’s leasing and real estate practice.” 


“I have had the pleasure of working with Scott for more than a decade on a range of leasing matters,” said Todd Littler, vice president leasing, real estate at Dollar Tree Stores. “Over that time, he has shown himself to be knowledgeable, thorough, and responsive. I look forward to continuing our relationship with Scott, now paired with the stellar work we have come to expect from Schnader.”


Mr. Kipnis’ extensive experience includes smooth resolution of complex leasing disputes, building permit acquisition, contractual and licensing disputes, construction issues, employment disputes, insurance litigation, and banking disputes under the Uniform Commercial Code.


Richard Senior, Ripco Real Estate broker noted that “one of Scott’s best attributes is his business acumen. His no nonsense business approach is unique in deal making today – a talent that is useful whether dealing with the largest REITs or the smallest mom and pop landlords. Simply put, he knows how to get a deal done.”


 “After working with Scott for more than five years in all areas of NYC and Long Island, I can easily say you will not find a more skilled commercial deal making attorney in the region and perhaps the country,” said Erin Grace, senior vice president of SRS Real Estate Partners.


New Office


The firm also is announcing that it will be opening a new office in Melville, N.Y. The Long Island town is home to a number of significant businesses and is the center of a rapidly growing business region, perhaps the most notable growth coming from the recent move of Canon USA’s national headquarters to the community. Also headquartered in Melville are healthcare products and services provider Henry Schein Inc., industrial equipment distributor MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc., digital graphics provider Chyron Corporation, and OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


“The Melville office gives us the flexibility to more efficiently serve our clients and potential clients doing business in this location,” said Mr. Smith.


The office will be located at One Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747.


New Attorney Spotlights


Mr. Kipnis has a substantial track record with mutual client Dollar Tree Stores, as well as other national retail brands. He devotes a significant portion of his time representing national and regional chains in leasing and retail property development, from the inception of lease negotiation to retail store launch and beyond. His clients include Fortune 500 retailers, smaller national and regional retailers, commercial NYC real estate developers, insurance defense third-party administrators, and emerging businesses seeking general business and litigation advice. In addition, he has handled high profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, assisted clients in acquiring bankrupt/surplus assets and appeared in bankruptcy proceedings to protect creditor’s rights across the country.


Ms. Couch has extensive experience in commercial and residential real estate. She regularly provides legal counsel to business owners in transactions ranging from the sale of a small family-owned business to the purchase of a large franchise. She counsels property owners, institutional lenders, investors, and individuals in their commercial and residential real estate transactions throughout Virginia, New York and the United States.

Ms. Jenkins’ practice includes commercial real estate and leasing, corporate formation, copyright registration and protection, and trademark law (including brand creation and selection, clearing new marks, preparing and filing federal trademark applications, responding to USPTO office actions, and maintenance of registrations).

Ms. Greenberger primarily handles real estate matters and real estate-related litigation for a national retailer. Her practice also includes a variety of bankruptcy, litigation and real estate matters.

Further reporting on the Schnader attorneys and new office can be found on Law360’s article, “Schnader Opens Long Island Outpost with 4-Atty RE Team” and The Philadelphia Business Journal’s article, “Schnader Harrison adds Long Island office, real estate group.”

For more information, please contact Michael Walsh, senior communications manager, at or 215-751-2061.