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Elaine Shay

Real estate Attorney at New York, NY

3.8   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1989
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Elaine

Learn Elaine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    Real Estate practice includes purchases, sales, financing, coops, condos and leasing

    35 years

  2. Landlord or tenant
    Nonpayments, Holdovers, Ejectments, DHCR Matters and Art 78 Proceedings

    35 years

  3. Litigation

    35 years

  4. Foreclosure

    35 years

  5. Appeals

    35 years

  6. Probate

    35 years

Elaine Shay is a respected and skilled attorney with over 25 years of experience as a litigator representing clients in New York City, Brooklyn and Queens.  Attorney Shay is also a talented negotiator who understands her clients and works tirelessly to achieve their goals.  

Attorney Shay's practice is primarily concentrated in real estate and housing matters, including Landlord & Tenant Cases, DHCR Matters, Article 78 Proceedings, Property Purchases and Sales, Mortgages and Refinances, Corporate Governance, Leasing, Foreclosures, Shareholder Disputes, Appeals and both Civil and Supreme Court Litigations. 

Attorney Shay is a magna cum laude graduate of the Cardozo School of Law where she was a member of Law Review.  She is an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in law, a certified FINRA arbitrator, has served as a volunteer arbitrator in the Small Claims Part of the New York City Civil Court and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.


Elaine Shay, Esq.
830 3rd Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY, 10022

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3.8 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Concerns within my moms estate answered
Elaine Shay , contacted me promptly and her advice was helpful in the process of my moms estate. I look forward to meeting with her in order to see what my family and I next steps are.
Posted by Leslie | December 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect for my needs
I had an L&T issue that required some finesse. Ms. Shay left me with nothing to worry about once she took on the case. Excellent communication and resolved my issue quickly and competently.
Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Landlord dispute
I consulted with Elaine on a couple of issues regarding my landlord and his threats of eviction as i was withholding rent for having to fix things that were his responsibility. She explained my rights as a tenant which I wasn't aware of and she helped me defend myself against him without going to court. She is smart, attentive and responded quickly. It was wonderful dealing with a lawyer who I felt really was on my side, I would not hesitate recommending her!
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Elaine has handled all my family legal needs including real estate issues. She is trustworthy, efficient, honest and responds quickly.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Disappointing Consultation
I rarely write reviews for anyone or anything online, but I was so bothered by the disappointing free consultation I had with Ms. Shay that I was moved to do so. I began our conversation by providing some context, but I was rather coldly cut off and told to "skip the backstory" and state the problem and questions I had. In response, I then began to explain the problems I was having, but she again cut me off mid-stream, provided her recommendation as though she'd heard all I had to say, chided me for not asking questions, and reminded me she that she has been practicing for 30 years. Additionally, I'd made a couple references to the "ORA" during our conversation (the Office of Rent Administration, which is within the Division of Housing and Community Renewal). At the end of the call, one final reference to it resulted in her saying (paraphrasing), "you keep saying ORA I don't even know what that is." When I explained the acronym, she shot back (paraphrasing), "nobody knows what that is, if you said ORA nobody would know what you're talking about." I was stunned, frankly, by her impatient tone and for being admonished for my familiarity with a component of the DHCR which she evidently did not know existed. Finally, she ended the conversation with what I interpreted to be a sarcastic "good luck" that was--shall we say--less than decorous. I stipulate to the fact that it was a free, 15-minute consultation. I can understand her desire to cut to the chase. I also know we are all human and at times we all can be impatient and unfriendly--things happen. Perhaps I caught her on a bad day. But by not wanting to hear any backstory nor having the patience to listen to my problems themselves in full, how can she (or anyone) reliably advise on recommended next steps? Moreover, how can I (or any prospective client) know exactly what questions to ask when we are not subject matter experts? While she very well may be competent and a good fit for others, the combination of unfortunate components to our conversation listed above left me feeling like I was at the hospital being attended to by a doctor with little to no bedside manner. Someone contacting an attorney is (not always but) often in a bind, unsure of what to do, feeling vulnerable, and in need of help. I do not know her personally, so all I can do is make a judgment based on my 15-minute interaction with her. That judgment was disappointingly negative. To sum up my experience succinctly, I found Ms. Shay to be unfriendly, impatient, and lacking in knowledge and calibrated emotional intelligence despite her 30 years practicing. As such, I would not recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Talked to her on the phone for a free consultation and I cannot even begin to understand how anyone can deal with her. Flat out acted like everything I said didn’t matter and I hired another lawyer.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Arbitrator
  • Finra (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)
  • 2016 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Strayer University
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Elaine Shay
  • 1995 - Present
  • Small Claims Arbitrator
  • Civil Court Of The City Of New York
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Shay & Nadel
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • Shereff, Friedman, Hoffman & Goodman
  • 1989 - 1990
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  • Cardozo
  • JD
  • 1989


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cardozo Law Review
  • Member
  • 1987 - 1988

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Elaine
Real estate Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer based on reading hundreds of her answers here on Avvo. She is creative and to the point."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Shay is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered her primary area of practice over the course of her professional experience. Her sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of her cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for her services."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In the 20 years I've known Elaine Shay, she is consistently brilliant and proficient in all areas. Her excellent writing compounded with her knowledge of the law and her ability to think outside of the box guides clients to success."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Elaine Shay professionally for over 25 years and have had occasion to work with her on legal matters. She is intelligent and knowledgeable in her areas of practice, diligent in her work ethic and practical in her analysis of cases. I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elaine Shay is a zealous advocate and knowledgeable counselor for her clients. The experience and professionalism Elaine consistently demonstrates has earned her great respect from her colleagues, opposing counsel and the judiciary. I recommend her without hesitation."
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