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Peter Alden Axelrod

Real estate Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   10 reviews

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About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    Corporate representation of cooperatives and condominiums, Purchases and sales of real property, cooperative apartments and condominium units, preparation and negotiation of commercial leases for owners and tenants

    40 years

  2. Landlord or tenant
    Representation of cooperatives, condominiums,shareholders and unit owners in summary proceedings and Supreme Court actions

    40 years

  3. Litigation
    Commercial, contract and partnership litigation

    42 years

  4. Family
    Post divorce litigation

    40 years

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

    40 years

Peter Axelrod is a partner and founded the predecessor of Axelrod, Fingerhut & Dennis in 1988.  Over the past 33 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 seven 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. Mr. Axelrod is also a director and officer of a 240 unit cooperative.

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 51 countries and looks forward to adding to that number.

Licensed for 41 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1981
Updated 11/17/2022

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

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Axelrod, Fingerhut & Dennis
260 Madison Ave
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New York, NY, 10016
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260 Madison Avenue
15th floor
New York, NY, 10016
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I cannot thank this attorney enough. Very professional.
I like others here was referred to Mr. Axelrod through the Bar Association. Although I was aware of the Bar Association’s high standards, I never needed one of its attorneys until now. Other attorneys that I contacted previously took days before responding and when they finally did respond it was with missed connections and other annoyances. Mr. Axelrod’s inner-office infrastructure seems to be very modern, professional and fast and I was able to get actual help quickly. I was able to send documents for review while we were both still on the phone. This was so important to me since I was under a lot of duress and dealing with a very serious housing matter in New York Civil Court that needed immediate attention. Being able to talk to a real Attorney (Mr. Axelrod) was important. And thats not all. I felt as if Mr. Axelrod was really concerned from the start, and that he knew exactly what I was dealing with and could imagine the best legal approach in resolving my case. I did not feel pressured by Mr. Axelrod to make any commitments during his consultation. And in fact, I was eager to have him come to court and represent me. Mr. Axelrod is the type of attorney everyone hopes for when looking for an attorney.
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Posted by Everett | July 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable and helpful!
I enlisted Peter's counsel to help me navigate my pro se response in a landlord/tenant dispute that I've been embroiled in. He gave me great guidance on what to expect about the court process, information about the judge, and insights on how to best manage my situation. I would highly recommend Peter!
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer and Kind Person!
Peter is highly knowledgable, thorough, responsive, and empathetic. He answered all my questions, explained my tenant rights and options, reviewed all the documents from my landlords lawyer, and helped me to settle my case with an outcome that I am very happy with. He was very available and responsive via text and phone call which was helpful. Having him on my side gave me a lot of peace of mind. I would recommend him to any tenant who is being unlawfully sued by their landlord.
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Posted by Christopher | July 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ultimate professional
I have worked with Peter on various projects over the years. He is extremely knowledgeable and effective; a professional in every manner. I have recommended him to anyone who I feel could benefit from his expertise.
Posted by Robert | July 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Guy!!
Mr. Axelrod was referred to me by NYCBAR Legal Referral Service. I called him and was promptly connected to him. He gave me some quick advice a about a prior divorce issue and said to call him the next day and let him know how things worked out. I called the next day and was again promptly connected to him. Told him things worked out well and he prepared a letter for me and promptly emailed it to me. He was so nice and helpful and said there was no charge for this. Great guy!!
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Posted by Selina | May 11, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Quick Response and Very Helpful
I was referred to Peter by the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service. Peter was very quick in responding to my voicemail. I think it only took him 10 minutes to call me back and this was on a Friday so I am very appreciative. I think I wouldn't sleep over the weekend knowing this was hanging over my head. I told him about my situation with my landlord. He was very helpful! He deserves more than a 5 star rating. Thank you Peter!
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2015
Smart and to the Point
Peter was very responsive, candid, concise and smart regarding a real estate issue. Nothing like a lawyer who knows what he is talking about and gets right to the point.
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
Excellent Landlord Tennant Counsel for Manhattan
I contact Peter Axelrod for a landlord tenant related issue in Manhattan in April of 2015. He was extremely responsive, in fact he accommodated a same day meeting. Mr Axelrod answered all of my questions, provided insight and guidance based on knowledge of current litigation in the city, and provided me with an action plan to resolve my issue. I would recommend him to a friend and take his counsel in the future.
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Posted by Morgan | February 8, 2013
I worked with Peter about 6years ago. He is an attentive and understanding lawyer. He followed up with us consistentely to update us about our case and we did win. Peter is not only a wise lawyer and does his job well and with ease, he makes you feel completely comfortable (almost like a friend) but obviously in a professional manner. Recently, I needed a formal follow- up letter. I was not surprised within 5minutes of getting off the phone with him, I received the letter prepared and ready to send. I highly recommend Peter!!! He will always be my first choice!! Thank you Peter:)
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Posted by Lillian | January 31, 2013
Peter A. Axelrod - I will be recommending his service.
Efficient and thorough, professional and sympathetic, straight-forward, competent, responsive, and humane; I have received initial consultation advice from him thus far, and I feel truly confident that Mr. Axelrod is whom I will choose to work with for any current or future real estate legal issues or questions.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 500-600 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Axelrod, Fingerhut & Dennis
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Peter Axelrod & Asscociates
  • 1995 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Mitrani & Axelrod
  • 1988 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Mandel & Resnik
  • 1984 - 1988
  • Associate
  • Cohen & Shalleck
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Associate
  • Condon & Forsyth
  • 1980 - 1983
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  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • State University of New York at Albany
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977
  • University of Edinburgh
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Reinhard v. Connaught Towers
  • Trial Decision reversed


  • Commercial Division Supreme Court, NY County
  • Neutral
  • 1995 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
  • 1990 - Present
  • Civil Court of the City of New York
  • Arbitrator
  • 1986 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1981 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 1981 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • 1981 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Matrimonial Law Comittee
  • 2005 - 2008
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Cooperative and Condominium Law Committee
  • 2001 - 2004
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Special Committtee on the Housing Court
  • 1987 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Selected for 2017
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Selected for 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Selected for 2015
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Selected for 2014
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Selected for 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • New York Law Journal Top NY verdicts
  • obtained #3 reported contract verdict ($632,758) for action against borrower for fraudulent inducement in obtaining a loan
  • 2011
  • AV Peer Review Rating 1989-
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1989
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  • The Journal of International Law and Economics
  • Legal Prerequisites of International Banking Facilities in the United States
  • 1979

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Peter
Real estate Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Peter."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly recommend Peter to colleagues and clients without reservation. I strongly endorse this attorney."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer as a knowledgeable, well experienced in the landlord tenant field in New York."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Peter is an excellent attorney and an asset to the Avvo community."
Real estate
Landlord or tenant
Divorce and separation