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About me

I am one of the founding members of Harwood Reiff LLC, a real estate and commercial litigation boutique in Midtown Manhattan.  My goal is to provide top-quality representation to my clients in order to help them solve their legal and business problems effectively and efficiently.


My core practice is litigation, primarily representing businesses and their owners and managers in high-stakes disputes in the following five areas:


1.  Landlord-tenant litigation, such as commercial and residential evictions (holdovers and nonpayment proceedings), HP (compel repairs) proceedings, illegal lockouts, guaranty actions, and Yellowstone injunctions (to prevent termination of a commercial lease) 


2.  Real estate litigation, including title disputes, breach of purchase and sales agreements, lease disputes, brokerage commission litigation, boundary issues, condominiums and co-ops, partition actions (co-owner/tenancy in common disputes), and foreclosures and other distressed real estate litigation


3.  Complex commercial litigation in the state and federal courts, including claims alleging breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder/partnership issues, copyright infringement and theft of trade secrets, Uniform Commercial Code matters, and Debtor & Creditor Law (fraudulent conveyance) violations


4.  Bankruptcy litigation (primarily on behalf of creditors, including landlords), including security deposit issues, motions to lift the automatic stay, administrative expenses applications, adversary proceedings, proofs of claims, motions to dismiss the bankruptcy case for cause, lease assumption and rejection, and bankruptcy appeals


5.  Appellate litigation from all types of disputes, including briefs and/or motions filed in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Departments of New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division, in the 1st and 2nd Departments of New York Supreme Court's Appellate Term, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    8 years
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 40%
    8 years


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. Simon is a dedicated and very talented attorney.


    Donald Harwood Landlord or tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Jennifer Wang

    Attorney Reif provides quality legal advice for his clients, a good litigator who specializes business law. I endorse this lawyer.


    Jennifer Wang Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Harwood Reiff LLC

370 Lexington Avenue
Suite 505
New York, NY, 10017


NYCurrently registered 200807/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateItkowitz & Harwood2008 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bronx County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
New York City Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Brooklyn Bar AssociationN/AN/A
New Haven County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Waterbury Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2007
Stanford UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Current Issues In Bankruptcy and Real EstateRecent Bankruptcy Decisions Affecting Landlord-Tenant Practice2013
Evictions: Commercial and ResidentialLandlord-Tenant Trials; Bankruptcy Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Practice2011