New York Law Firm Phillips Nizer Expands Litigation Practice with Three Attorneys

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David A. Pellegrino joins as a partner in the Litigation and Real Estate Departments; Two associates also join the Litigation Department in the New York City and Hackensack offices

With the general increase of real estate litigation we are seeing, David joins us at the right time.

Phillips Nizer LLP is pleased to announce that David A. Pellegrino has joined the Litigation Department as a partner. He will also be a member of the Real Estate Department. Mr. Pellegrino will continue to focus his practice in complex real estate related litigation and arbitration representing lenders, borrowers, developers, boards and agents. He will reside in the firm’s New York City office.

“With the general increase of real estate litigation we are seeing, David joins us at the right time,” said Perry S. Galler, Phillips Nizer’s managing partner. “His wide-range of experience in real estate matters and proficiency in handling the complexities related to developers and partnerships, foreclosures, distressed real estate, partitions and condo contracts, adds even more strength to our already robust real estate and litigation teams. What he also brings to the table is a resourcefulness to achieve the most advantageous outcome for our clients in the most cost-effective ways—a value that has been intrinsic to Phillips Nizer since our firm’s inception.”

Mr. Pellegrino is a co-author of the chapter ‘Commercial Real Estate Litigation’ featured in the acclaimed treatise, Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts published by Thomson West and the New York County Lawyers’ Association (3d, 2010). He earned his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law (J.D., 1990) and his Bachelor’s degree (B.A., 1987) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

In addition to Mr. Pellegrino, two associates have joined the Litigation Department:

Carl D. LeSueur, who worked extensively with Mr. Pellegrino at their prior firm, will reside in the New York City office where he will continue practice in complex real estate and commercial litigation. Mr. LeSueur earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2004) where he was a member of the Law Review and Articles Editor of the Legal Forum, and his Bachelor’s degree (B.A., 2000) in Political Science from Brigham Young University.

Kathryn C. Tondel will split her time between the Hackensack and New York City offices, continuing a general litigation practice, having successfully litigated labor and employment, professional liability, contract disputes and premises liability. Ms. Tondel earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 2006). She received a Bachelor’s degree (B.A., 2003) in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

About the Real Estate Practice at Phillips Nizer LLP:
Attorneys in Philips Nizer’s Real Estate practice work closely with institutional and entrepreneurial investors, developers of affordable housing projects and brownfield sites, banks and other real estate lending institutions, commercial landlords and tenants, corporate owner-occupants and high net worth families and individuals. The Real Estate team’s experience includes, but is not limited to, acquisitions and sales of offices, commercial and multi-family residential properties, commercial real estate financing, representation of cooperative housing corporations and residential and commercial condominium associations, private and public offerings of real property investment interests, retail, showroom, office, warehouse, triple net and other commercial leasing transactions, zoning and other governmental regulation of land use.

About the Litigation Department at Phillips Nizer LLP:
Litigation is the largest and one of the best-known practice areas at Phillips Nizer. The litigation group routinely draws upon the skills of other practice groups at the firm such as corporate, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights, labor, real estate, tax and trusts and estates.

About Phillips Nizer LLP:
Phillips Nizer LLP been engaged in a wide-ranging practice of domestic and international law for over 80 years. Established by world-renowned trial attorney Louis Nizer, the firm consists of lawyers who are well-respected leaders in their fields. The firm’s principal office is in New York City, with additional offices in Garden City, Long Island and Hackensack, New Jersey. To learn more about Phillips Nizer LLP, please visit:


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