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Michael C Schonberger

Real estate Attorney at Jersey City, NJ

4.8   42 reviews

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In 2002, after 15 years in the mortgage banking industry, I opened the Law Office of Michael C. Schonberger, LLC  in order to play a larger, and more trusted, role for my clients with their real estate transactional needs. Since that time I have represents hundreds of clients with their acquisitions and sales of both residential and commercial real estate. I have found on many occasions that my clients appreciate my experience and familiarity with the financial aspects of mortgage borrowing as well as having a keen sense of the progression,  and direction, of a transaction. 

Licensed for 28 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Office of Michael C. Schonberger, LLC
190 Christopher Columbus Drive
Suite 2A
Jersey City, NJ, 07302
Law Office of Michael C. Schonberger, LLC
600 Alexander Road
Princeton, NJ, 08540
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4.8 / 5.0
  42 customer reviews
Posted by Sonam | April 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent real estate attorney
Michael was our attorney for purchasing our house... He was methodical, organized and guided us very well through the entire lifecycle of the purchase!
Posted by Prashant | March 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer
I was looking to buy my first house and reached out to Michael. He was very calm and composed and explained me the complete process of home buying and made me feel at ease. I decided at that point itself that he will be my lawyer. The home buying process is lengthy and complex but Michael was always there to explain each step in the process and guided me whenever required. Also he provided great insight which really helped me and negotiated on my behalf with the seller so I can get the maximum sellers credit. He and his team really made the process smooth and kept me on track to close the house much sooner than the offer closing date. On the day of closing there was last minute issues that came up but Michael was quick to identify a solution which really helped me to close the house. I will strongly recommend his services to anyone looking for a lawyer and would be definitely reaching out to him again if I ever need a lawyer.
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Posted by Anna | August 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer, whom we can trust.
Lawyer, whom we can trust. During my life I made deals with lawyers for different matters, but only Michael Schonberger I can highly recommend. We hired him to terminate the contract. MIchael did all to help us escape the situation with the least loss possible and we are really grateful to him for that. Michael is highly professional, knowledgeable and organized, but on top of that he is easy to get in touch with, has a great sense of humor and is a trustworthy person. His office is efficient and very helpful too.
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Posted by Michael | April 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Would definitely hire Michael again
I hired Michael a week after a real estate deal went south...way south. This transactions was part of a marital settlement agreement (MSA) from a divorce and quite complex. What I appreciated about Michael was not only his professional expertise and honesty, but his empathy. He knew how emotionally taxing this process was and never once took advantage of it. Where others might have used that to bill up hours, he did the opposite and kept me grounded. Michael protected my interest throughout the process while advancing negotiations with the other party. His knowledge of the law and structuring deals is impressive to say the least. It's rare to find someone so passionate about their work and who cares about the wellbeing of their clients; Michael is that person. I would happily recommend Michael to any friend or family member and will definitely use him in the future.
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Posted by Priyanka | March 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
He did a great job in addressing all my concern and explained to me each and every details for the next step. I would recommend him!
Posted by Lisa P | February 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
THE BEST
Michael and Omar were amazing I had a complicated buy and sell and they were by my side during the whole process. Always keeping me in the loop returning my calls taking my calls after hours and on weekends. I would have been lost without them. The whole entire staff is on their game and knowledgeable
Posted by Julia | September 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and trustable attorney in North Bergen NJ
Michael helped me on a difficult real estate related situation. Michael is knowledgeable, reliable and professional. He gets work done. But not only that, he truly understands where you came from and and he is one of few people who you can trust amidst you’re hardships. I strongly recommend him for your real estate problems whether it’s easy or difficult deal because you never know how difficult situation can turn out to be even we all plan for the best.
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Posted by Cris | August 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
First Class Lawyer
Michael was diligent, responsive, incredibly knowledgeable, and successfully closed on a complicated transaction without breaking a sweat! He predicted the outcome of a difficult situation given his caliber. I will definitely use you again Michael, thanks a lot, rare to find solid people in this industry.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent - Highly recommend
Michael C Schonberger has provided excellent services and put his excellent knowledge of the Real Estate on the full display.
Posted by Jerry | June 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great guy very thorough
Michael helped me close my multi family property in Jersey City. He did an excellent job and was very helpful.
Posted by Meng | June 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Diligent Real Estate Lawyer Always Has Client's Best Interest in His Heart
I've been working with Michael in the past three years. He helped us bought two houses during this period. The transactions was smooth and Michael took care of all the important issues and minor details. The most valuable service from Michael, however, are numerous potentials that we brought to him, where Michael spotted irregularities and advised us to use extra cautious to avoid undesirable situations. Michael's experience and insight to the industry have served us as a safe guard which we can rely upon to navigate some treacherous terrains. We feel that he can represent our best interest with his integrity and intelligence. I'd like to continue work with him in our future transactions.
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Posted by Dhiren | June 6, 2019
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Mehta
Mike is excellent as an attorney. I first used his attorney services in 2010 when I bought my first house. I sold that house this Jan and didn’t look anywhere else for attorney. I recently bought a new house and for the 3rd time I used Mike’s services. He is very proactive, detail oriented and ensures his clients interest is well covered. He is also very flexible
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Posted by Arsany | June 6, 2019
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Very Professional
Mr Michael and staff have been a great team they handled over 10 closings for me and they have been very professional. Michael has a lot of experience and know exactly how to make sure the file closes on time without any issues. If I can give him more stars I would.
Posted by Priyanka H. | December 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The BEST lawyer!!!!
Mr. Schonberger helped me with a complicated property sale. My experience with him has been extremely pleasant and hassle free. Michael is very professional and an amazing person. He understood the intricacies of my case and represented the best of my interests. He fought for my share from the property sale without me having to chase him. I've dealt with lawyers before but Michael has been the best one yet and I'd highly recommend him. I can't thank him enough for truly being there for me and answering all my questions promptly. He always made time for me despite his busy schedule and was very responsive to my emails as well. I got more than I expected just because it was Michael who handled my case. He accepted my case without even meeting me, solely based on a phone conversation. I trusted him as well throughout the process and he did not disappoint. I'm so glad that he worked on my case. I would also like to mention that Asya who works in his office was also very helpful throughout this case. I'm very pleased with my experience and would love to work with Michael for any future legal assistance.
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Posted by Heather | September 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal representation and pleasant to deal with
Michael and Asya were great with my home purchase. Either Michael or Asya responded immediately to any of my questions and concerns and were fully available to me. They are both super smart and are very experienced and pleasant to deal with. I highly recommend using them for your real estate transactions.
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable
I called Michael for assistance in researching my foreclosure bid. The auction date is too close for him to offer extensive help but he alerted me to a few aspects I was not aware of. When I asked him for help with securing a particular report, he offered a referral. The referral is turning out to be a great find. Thanks Mike!
Posted by Arvind Raghavan | May 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely proactive and thorough
We are a current client of Mike, working with him on closing or first new construction home. He has been extremely proactive on more than one instance and extremely thorough on all his modifications suggested on the contract. He took his time to explain each and every point mentioned in the contract. He made us feel comfortable and always made us have the last say. Highly recommend Mike's services. Thanks Mike!!
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Posted by Hardik | March 14, 2017
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Great real estate attorney..!
Mike helped us buying our 1st home. Throughout the process starting from attorney review to closing, he was very helpful and easily accessible. He explained all the steps and process in details, spent lot of his time dealing with seller. He made entire process very smooth for us. I would definitely go with him for another purchase. Strongly recommended.
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Posted by MCozzi | January 29, 2017
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Honest and caring
Michael helped me through a very painful shortsale process. I always felt he was giving me the same advice he would give to his mother or sister. Michael is on top of the situation and listens carefully to your concerns. Every time I needed his support, I emailed him and he immediately replied with expert advice. He was also available to talk when I needed him and never felt rushed. I truly felt Mike was looking after my interests. I would use his services again without a doubt.
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Posted by Pierrwe | October 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Patient, understanding, professional, and caring.
If I ever purchased another house? Michael is the only lawyer I would consider and trust. My experience was extremely positive, he fought ardently on my behalf and save me a lot of issues with a prior property I had in mind and thousands on the house of my choice.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael C. Schonberger, LLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Real Estate Finance Professor
  • Rutgers University
  • 1997 - Present
  • Real Estate Finance Professor
  • Rider University
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Business Law Professor
  • Monmouth University
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Mortgage Baking Officer
  • Nassau Capital Advisors
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Mortgage Banking Officer
  • Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Mortgage Banking Officer
  • Legg Mason Real Estate Group
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Loan Workouts Officer
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Fdic)
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Mortgage Banking Officer
  • Larson Financial Resources
  • 1986 - 1989
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Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • New York University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1986
  • Pace University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • SCHADRACK v. K.P. BURKE BUILDER, LLC. 407 N.J. Super 153
  • The claim was granted to out client by virtue of a AAA Arbitration, upheld in Law Division and then again at the Appellate level.

Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2014

Publications

  • NJ Law Journal 187 1123
  • Real Estate Attorney Miscast as Mortgage Watchdog
  • 2007
  • Urban Land
  • Defeasance: A Win-Win Solution
  • 2002
  • Real Estate Issues
  • Defeasance vs. Yield Maintenance: What's the Difference?
  • 2001
  • Real Estate Finance Journal
  • Yield Maintenance Payments & the Inverted Yield Curve
  • 2001
  • Real Estate Finance Journal
  • efeasance, a Prepayment Substitute
  • 1999
  • Real Estate Finance Journal
  • Amoritization Schedules; a Closer Look
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly agent meeting
  • Multiple offers
  • 2014
  • Real Estate Career Forum
  • Real Estate Careers
  • 2014
  • Monthly agent sales meeting
  • Flood zones and their impact
  • 2013
  • Monthly agent sales meeting
  • Web based auctions
  • 2013
  • Monthly agent meeting
  • Consumer Fraud Act - Implications to the Real Estate Agent
  • 2013
  • Real Estate Career Forum
  • Real Estate Careers
  • 2013
  • Monthly agent meeting
  • Short sales
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Real estate Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Mr. Schonberger. He was my professor at Rutgers University for real estate finance, and I have worked with him after becoming an attorney myself. He is highly knowledgeable, and it was clear that he had a great relationship with his clients. He was always very responsive to emails and phone calls. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a first-rate real estate attorney. He is particularly adept at balancing legal realities with the economics of a deal. The "whole deal" approach makes Mike especially suited for investment and commercial real estate transactions. I wholly endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Michael in a complicated real estate matter which involved litigation, bankruptcy, and foreclosure. I found Michael to be well versed on the law, he offered practical solutions to problems, and possessed good judgment. I look forward to working with him again."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field of law."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a top flight Real Estate attorney. He has the ability to see the big picture before anyone else involved in the deal does. He's my "go to guy" on Real Estate questions. Bruce C. Truesdale"
Business Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients as well as his level of experience. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is as knowledgeable about the business of real estate as he is about the law. He's a perfect match for an investment transaction."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse this lawyer for Real Estate matters."
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