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Peter Axelrod is a partner and founded the predecessor of Axelrod, Fingerhut & Dennis in 1988.  Over the past 27 years he has focused his practice on cooperative and condominium representation, as well as on commercial litigation, litigation of real estate related issues including landlord-tenant litigation and on domestic relations litigation.


            Mr. Axelrod has built Axelrod, Fingerhut & Dennis to become one of the leading real estate practices in New York.  He has been and AV rated lawyer since 1989 and has been named a Super Lawyer each year for the past four years.  In addition, Mr. Axelrod has been recognized by AVVO with a Superb rating.


            Because he represents both plaintiffs and defendants; landlords and tenants; cooperative corporations and shareholders; condominium boards and unit owners, Mr. Axelrod brings a unique perspective in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each side to a dispute or a litigation and can strategize accordingly or negotiate a fair and favorable settlement for his clients.  In 2011 he obtained the third highest reported contract verdict in New York State arising from a claim against a borrower for fraudulent inducement in obtaining a construction loan.  He successfully tried 32 consolidated holdover proceedings in connection with a developer’s condominium conversion resulting after a trial verdict and subsequent appeals in a settlement providing for the issuance of warrants of eviction, money judgments for outstanding use and occupancy and reimbursement of his client’s legal fees.  Mr. Axelrod also negotiated a six figure buy-out for a tenant, a non-primary resident, despite the fact that the landlord had placed a camera in front of his door for a full year prior to the commencement of the litigation which demonstrated his absence. 


            An avid reader and tennis player, Mr. Axelrod has traveled to five continents and 35 countries and looks forward to adding to that number.


Contact info

Axelrod, Fingerhut & Dennis

260 Madison Ave
New York, NY, 10016-2401

Axelrod,Fingerhut & Dennis

260 Madison Avenue
New York, NY, 10016


Practice areas


  1. Landlord & Tenant: 40%
    33 years
  2. Real Estate: 20%
    33 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    35 years
  4. Family: 10%
    33 years
  5. Prenuptials: 10%
    33 years



Hourly ($450-495/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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NYCurrently registered 198103/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected for 2015SuperLawyers2015
Selected for 2014SuperLawyers2014
Selected for 2013Super Lawyers2013
New York Law Journal Top NY verdictsobtained #3 reported contract verdicts ($632,758) for action against borrower for fraudulent inducement in obtaining a loan2011
AV Peer Review Rating 1989-Martindale-Hubbell1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerAxelrod, Fingerhut & Dennis2008 - Present
PartnerPeter Axelrod & Asscociates1995 - 2007
PartnerMitrani & Axelrod1988 - 1995
AssociateMandel & Resnik1984 - 1988
AssociateCohen & Shalleck1983 - 1984
AssociateCondon & Forsyth1980 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Commercial Division Supreme Court, NY CountyNeutral1995 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationCommercial and Federal Litigation Section1990 - Present
Civil Court of the City of New YorkArbitrator1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1981 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/A1981 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationN/A1981 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMatrimonial Law Comittee2005 - 2008
New York City Bar AssociationCooperative and Condominium Law Committee2001 - 2004
New York City Bar AssociationSpecial Committtee on the Housing Court1987 - 1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
State University of New York, AlbanyN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1977
University of EdinburghBritish HistoryN/A1976