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James B. Fishman

Landlord or tenant Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   49 reviews

Licensed for 42 years

Virtual consultation available

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    My firm only represents Tenants. We represent tenants in all courts and administrative agencies, in defense of eviction claim, rent overcharges, repair issues, buyouts and harassment claims

    43 years, 500 cases

  2. Consumer protection
    Our consumer protection practice consists primarily of the enforcement of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Deceptive Practices Act.

    43 years, 101 cases


Bar Admissions:  New York 1980

Southern District of New York 1980

Eastern District of New York 1980

Second Circuit Court of Appeals 1990

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 2000

United States Supreme Court 1994

Assistant Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection 1980-84

Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Civil Division 1984-89

Private Practice since 1989


Client's Choice 2020,2018,2016,2014
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Photos and videos

CNN appearance on Consumer Data
James Fishman arguing before the New York Court of Appeals in Conason v. Megan Holding Co.  January 2015.  Starts at 9:37
James Fishman arguing before the Appellate Division, First Department April 10, 2019
James Fishman testifying before the NYC Council on Tenant Blacklisting
Licensed for 42 years
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 1980
Updated 11/28/2022

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

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Fishman Law Group, PLLC
950 Third Avenue
Suite 2600
New York, NY, 10022


4.9 / 5.0
  49 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
James received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2020
Posted by Larissa | April 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very caring and dedicated Lawyer
James was by far one of the best lawyer I know. When I first talked to him, he was very nice and reassured with our case. He clearly know the law and what he is doing. He also made sure to explain every next steps and keep his following ups to us to make sure we are 100% updated with the case. I could also see him in our first hearing and how confident he was. I'm glad I could find him and we had the best outcome. But in case we hadn't I knew he did his best to make the best deal. Thank you so much.
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Posted by Nancy | December 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
James Fishman is an excellent attorney to whom I referred many of my friends and family. Those in need of landlord/tenant counsel will benefit from his attention to detail, his care, his listening skills, and his knowledge, which is incomparable.
Posted by ALEX | November 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb Tenant Lawyer
You couldn't expect better. Our case was long and complicated but he persevered, persisted and ultimately won us a terrific settlement. When it comes to tenant law (which he does exclusively) he knows more than just about anyone. Watching him in a courtroom is like watching a ballerina on a stage.
Posted by Stephanie | October 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable Advocate
We hired James to represent us in an overcharge dispute against our landlord. James is extremely knowledgeable about tenant laws and was an incredible advocate throughout the entirety of our case. He was responsive, caring, and consistently stayed on top of our landlord to keep our case moving forward. I am very thankful to James and his associate Ellery, for all of their work, dedication, and help achieving a positive outcome. I cannot recommend him enough.
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Posted by Paul | October 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful negotiation with landlord for post covid lease amendment
Our firm hired James Fishman / David Rozenholc and I personally worked closely with James over a protracted and lengthy lease renegotiation. James was very helpful, patient and thorough in the development of proposals and we ultimately came to mutually agreeable terms for a lease amendment. I highly recommend James Fishman as a very capable attorney and "can-do" and positive advocate.
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Posted by Susan | July 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
James helped us with negotiating the early termination of our lease with our landlord. He provided rapid advice that was specific to our situation and yet knowledgable about the general real estate market and the applicable legal framework. He quickly explained to us our rights and obligations as well as our Landlord's under the lease and under New York law. He identified our points of leverage and assisted us with thinking through what to do, how to do it, and when. As a lawyer myself, James is exactly the lawyer you want on your side in a negotiation with any landlord. Highly, highly recommend. James is an outstanding attorney and we're very grateful to have had him advise us.
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Posted by Susan | May 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible tenant lawyer, saved my lease!
My building landlords have repeatedly tried to get me out of my rent stabilized apartment for the last 25 years. With this latest attempt I was served the dreaded GOLUB notice and immediately contacted James Fishman for the second time (the first was in 2018 when my renewal lease was lost in the mail and they wanted to evict anyway, they relented). Mr. Fishman was thorough in his explanation of my rights to defend against the GOLUB notice and very helpful in preparing a plan to move forward gathering evidence in my defense. His firm presented the evidence to my landlord's lawyer and they ultimately decided to renew my lease for another two years. My advice is to hold on to all your paperwork and have access to your receipts and if you need an excellent tenant only lawyer, you can't do better than James Fishman. Thank you!
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Posted by Tito | April 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Thorough, Thoughtful and Engaged Lawyer
I couldn't say enough as to how pleased I was with my experience with Fishman Law. It was simple, straightforward, upfront and fair in terms of compensation, courteous, and as the title heading infers, Mr. Fishman himself was thorough, thoughtful, and engaged with my case. I achieved my objectives quickly and in a fashion I couldn't have done on my own so it was well worth the money I put in and I felt happy to be spending my money on a firm that ONLY represents tenants. If you are as I was, intimidated by the legal world and just wanting to find an honest lawyer that can help you make sense of your rights and find a path forward, than Fishman Law I am sure will be as helpful a resource to you as it was for me. After the passing of my father I needed to quickly secure the rights of succession to his rent-stabilized apartment. Even though I was living with him and had fulfilled all the requirements to do so I was getting conflicting and/or incomplete information from building management. I don't think management's intent was malicious but if I had just gone along with what they told me I would have been in a much more precarious situation and I would have had to wait 2 years to get succession rights. After consulting with Mr. Fishman and then hiring him to represent me in the matter my case was settled in a matter of weeks. If you are out of your depth with a legal housing matter and want an experienced lawyer to handle your case with attentiveness and who will deal with you fairly in terms of fees and payment do yourself a favor and contact Fishman Law!
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Posted by Sydney | March 31, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Fishman saved my home!
I was in a terrible situation with a deadbeat attorney and didn’t know where to turn. I was in the midst of a battle against my landlord to keep my apartment and prove I was a victim of an illusory tenancy scheme. I was ready to give up and move out when Mr. Fishman was recommended to me by a trusted city council member. I fired my lawyer, hired Mr. Fishman, and within two weeks the landlord had settled and I won a lifelong rent controlled lease. On top of that, he negotiated a huge settlement that covered all of my legal fees, and returned all my rent overcharge in triplicate! Now I have piece of mind, a permanent home, financial stability, and a relationship with a housing lawyer I can trust. He’s one of the good guys, and will fight tooth and nail for his clients. He continues to look out for me, and advise me, even after our case concluded. If you’re looking for representation, look no further.
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Posted by John | January 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Tenant Advocate
My wife and I were facing eviction from our rent stabilized apartment, where we've lived for 41 years. Our landlord had denied us a renewal lease. At first we felt overwhelmed and powerless. But as soon as we sat down with James Fishman, and he clearly and compassionately explained his analysis of our situation, and his strategy for dealing with our case, we began to calm down. If you're a NYC tenant, having serious problems with your landlord, I strongly suggest you contact James Fishman immediately. He's intelligent, experienced, warm, and communicative. He clearly knows all the intricacies of NYC housing court and tenant law, and how to deal with landlords and their attorneys. We went from facing eviction in our senior years, to receiving a renewal lease in the mail just the other day! This is a lawyer who cares about his clients- and gets results.
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Posted by Jonathan | January 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick and Efficient
I retained James services to help remove a claim from a previous landlord that had gone to collections and was now impacting my credit. I had hired a previous attorney that was able to get the plaintiff's attorney to agree that the claim was bogus - but then he was never successful in getting the plaintiff to drop the claim and contact the collection agency. After months he just stopped trying. Then I hired James. James managed to get this all done in a couple of weeks. The next month I had proof that the claim was dropped and my credit report was clear. The process was efficient & effective.
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Posted by Robert | January 11, 2023
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Quick Victory
I retained Mr Fishman to reply to a Notice to Cure. His reply was a tour de force show of case law and Code supporting our position. The opposing lawyer withdrew the Notice, no longer proceeding. This has saved me time and much stress as I am caring for an ill sibling full-time.
Posted by Antoinette | December 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
James saved our home
Wow, didn't realize how long this case has taken. I met Mr. Fishman (keeps telling me to call him James) July of 2018 and we are finally done!! I am sure he is glad to get rid of us. James saved my 85 year old mother's apartment and I think I can get some sleep. James is very kind and compassionate and extremely competent. I liked him from the beginning and felt confident he would fight for us. He went above and beyond to get the extra information needed to win our case. He knows the law, knows our rights, and I am glad I chose him. Highly recommend!!
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Posted by Kemp | November 1, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Tenant Lawyer
My husband & I consulted Mr. Fishman about some rent stabilization questions/issues we had and he explained the rent stabilization laws calmly and clearly and alerted us to some issues in our specific case that we weren't aware of. He was engaging and easy to talk to as well as extremely well informed, and I felt that he really listened and cared. Our overall take away on our consultation meeting? Terrific experience!
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
James helped me tremendously
My lawyer was kind and understanding during our initial consultation. He understood my situation immediately and gave me a peace of mind regarding the lawsuit against me by reassuring his experience by referring the similar cases he fought and won. Needless to say, James is respectful and I would highly recommend him to fight for you.
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Posted by S | December 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Tenant Attorney
We had lived in a rent stabilized walkup apartment for 16 years when a new owner started construction in our still-occupied building. Due to noise, dust, and obvious safety issues, we engaged James Fishman to represent us in dealing with the landlord. James educated us on our rights as tenants, how to engage New York City agencies, and generally how to deal with the disruption. This proceeded for a few months until it became clear to us that building conditions were not going to improve and we needed to consider an exit plan. James negotiated with the landlord and we arrived at an agreement. The details are confidential but we can say that we were very satisfied with our agreement to move out of the walkup building and into a modern apartment building. Over three years later, we couldn’t be happier with our decision to retain James Fishman. Thanks James!
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rest assured, you're in incredibly capable hands.
mes Fishman is single handedly one of the best attorneys in New York City, arguably the country. His dedication, commitment and resolve over the course of three and a half year of litigation, obfuscation and games ultimately was the difference between the right outcome, and the wrong. His Law firm truly believes in upholding the law, holding those who choose to undermine and take advantage of tenants who do not have the experience and resources to see difficult times through to the end. It was a pleasure to work with James and his team, not only do they keep you involved in the process, he actually took the time to put forward the end results of those decisions and why he undertook a particular action. James and the entire team believe in what they do, the believe in justice ultimately prevailing in a system which is very much broken, outdated and under resourced. The City needs to address why it is that business owners consistently flaunt the rules, break the law and remove much needed rent stabilized units from an already incredibly depleted system. James is not only an advocate for tenants, but also the City of New York. Rest assured, you're in incredibly capable hands.
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Posted by Chris | May 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super detailed oriented lawyer who we wholeheartedly recommend!
James was able to work out a great settlement with the landlord and their attorney. During a time where we thought we were facing eviction, James calmly walked us through the legal definitions, his previous cases that he has handled and all the landmark decisions to prove that we had a great case. Additionally, he answered every question we had and never made us feel as we were bothering him. James is a lawyer we can 100% recommend and (god forbid) we do run into any future problems, we would not hesitate in retaining him again.
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Posted by Gwendolen | March 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation and result
I highly recommend James Fishman. He represented me, a rent-stabilized tenant, in a rent overcharge case. The entire experience was stellar. He was professional, knowledgeable, communicative, is an outstanding negotiator, and I could not be happier with the outcome. On scale of 1 to 10, he deserves an 11.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good and Responsive
I found Mr Fishman to be confident and very knowledgeable about the various aspects involved in my Landlord-Tenant case. I definitely felt at ease and James identified areas I had not thought of myself. In addition, James was always available same-day to talk about any concerns I had so he was very responsive. Bottom-line the outcome was what I hoped for.= in my case so I'm happy.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-700 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Attorney General
  • NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE, Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection
  • 1982 - 1984


  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Bard College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Lee v. Kucker & Bruh
  • Federal judge granted our motion of summary judgment. Shortly after that the defendant settled for $130,000 in damages and attorney's fees


  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Founding Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • New York Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Former Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Honoree
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • 2009
  • Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship
  • Harvard Law School
  • 2008
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • The People’s Law School
  • Tenant Blacklisting in New York
  • 2010
  • National Consumer Law Center, 19th Annual Conference
  • Alternative Credit Bureaus, Tenant Screening Bureaus
  • 2010
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Consumer Law
  • 2009
  • 8th Semi-Annual Conference on Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Using the FCRA to Protect Tenants
  • 2009
  • New York State Judicial Institute, Summer Legal Training
  • Collateral Affects of Civil and Housing Court Litigation
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse James
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamie is a first rate attorney who I turn to often for litigation insights. He is fearless and imaginative and gets results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney"
Credit card fraud Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known James Fishman through the National Association of Consumer Advocates for several years. He is a tough lawyer who works hard for his clients. We have worked together on credit reporting dispute matters. I strongly recommend him."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. I have known attorney Fishman for a decade and he has always impressed me with his considerable knowledge of Landlord-Tenant and Credit Rights laws and his sincere concern for the best interests of his clients and passion for the law. He knows the law and is highly skilled at using it in the courtroom or out of it. If you have a problem with a debtor collector or credit report, or a question about landlord-tenant law, Jim is your answer. If his office is anywhere near you, I highly recommend him to you."
Consumer protection
Landlord or tenant
Debt settlement

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New York Landlord or tenant Lawyer James B. Fishman
James B. Fishman
Landlord or tenant Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 42 years
Virtual consultation available