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Mr. Landis, Managing Partner and Chair of the Real Estate Department, maintains a diverse real estate and corporate transactional practice focused on the acquisition, development and preservation of affordable housing, commercial leasing matters, the representation of lenders and borrowers in real estate financing transactions, loan workouts and foreclosures, architectural and construction agreements, and the representation of cooperative corporations and condominium associations. He also serves as general counsel to an acclaimed luxury fashion brand. His practice includes the acquisition and sale of residential and other real estate properties, providing ongoing general corporate and estate planning advice to individuals and closely-held businesses, guardianship matters, and Cuban travel-related transaction licensing and compliance.  Mr. Landis is the firm's official member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).


Mr. Landis formerly served on the executive board of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums (CNYC), and is the past chairperson of the New York City chapter of Citizen Action of New York, a grass-roots community-based organization involved in efforts to improve health care, provide quality education and reform the campaign finance system. He is an elected Democratic Party district leader on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where he acts as a liaison with government agencies and elected officials on behalf of constituents.  He formerly served as an officer and member of Community Board 7 in Manhattan, and as a chief of staff and counsel to a member of the New York State Legislature.


Practice Areas


  1. Real Estate: 75%
    28 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Business: 10%
    22 years, 100 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 10%
    22 years, 150 cases
  4. Election Campaigns & Political Law: 5%
    22 years, 15 cases



Hourly ($570-600/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Phillips Nizer LLP

666 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10103


NYCurrently registered 198803/13/2015
DCInactive 199005/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Real Estate - Metro New YorkSuperLawyers2014
Real Estate - Metro New YorkSuperLawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Real Estate - Metro New YorkSuperLawyers2012
Real Estate - Metro New YorkSuperLawyers2011
Real Estate - Metro New YorkSuperLawyers2010
Real Estate - Metro New YorkSuperLawyers2009
Pro Bono Service AwardLegal Services of New York2008
Pro Bono Service AwardManhattan Legal Services2007
President's Pro Bono AwardNew York State Bar Association1993
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPhillips Nizer LLP2006 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
International Council of Shopping CentersFirm representative2008 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Parkside - Ten Eyck Tenants Association v. The Salvation Army, Inc.App. Div. upheld trial court order for defendant
408-412 West 129th Street Associates and 440-446 St. Nicholas Realty Associates LLC v Gili HaberbergSettled on financial terms favorable to plaintiff
Ana Iris Carpio Morales, individually and as executrix of the Estate of Manuel Carpio v 78 4th Avenue Corp. and James McGowanReal property recovered pursuant to settlement agreement
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Publication NameTitleDate
Portfolio Media (Law360)What's Your Goal?2014
Habitat32 Stories of Legal Intrigue2014
HabitatWhen Default Looms and You Haven't Enough Reserves: All Is Not Lost2012
HabitatSmaller Buildings and Owner Default2011
The Business EdgeGuide to Property Tax Valuation2009
HabitatBylaw Revisions2009
New York Law JournalAirspace Conveyance Policy Changes2009
New York Law JournalTransferring Development Rights in New York City2008
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLaw of TaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1994
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Princeton UniversityPolitics and Political EconomyA.B.1984
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
The Troubled Commercial Real Estate Loan: Workout and Bankruptcy-Related IssuesThe Troubled Commercial Real Estate Loan: Workout and Bankruptcy-Related Issues2009
Pro Bono ConferenceIntegrating Pro Bono Firms into Your Litigation Practice2008