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Some Thoughts on the Practice of Law

On The Client-Attorney Partnership

The dynamics of the practice of law are changing radically. The old model of providing legal services as a commodity, whereby the client is removed from the process, and sees only the end result—and the bill—is no longer viable.

The client of today is much more sophisticated and demands participation in the process. My approach to the client-attorney relationship is by the knowledge exchange, by which I work together with my client as a partner in every step of the process. I learn the environment which encompasses the client’s goals and expectations. In turn, I strive to make the client more aware of the applicable legal context while helping the client to make more informed decisions. The relationship between client and attorney thrives as each of us becomes more knowledgeable of the needs, concerns, and objectives of the other.

My goal is to make the client-attorney relationship more like a partnership—a relationship that is closer, richer, and more productive and meaningful.


On Listening

I cannot properly counsel a client unless and until I understand the client’s world, the space in which the client operates. I need to view that world from the client’s perspective and gain as much knowledge as I possibly can about the world the client sees. To counsel an automobile dealer, a real estate developer, a restaurateur, a plumbing supply house, I must know and understand the elements of each of those businesses. To prepare an effective estate plan, a shareholder or operating agreement, a personal services contract, I must grasp the needs of the individual client by putting myself in his or her place.

All too often, lawyers rely on their form books, their computer templates, and, most importantly, their lawyer instincts to be the all knowing advice giver.  Instead, I listen to my client, to learn his or her needs and expectations, and I ask questions when I need to learn more. My focus is always on the client. Once we as attorneys begin to try to impress a client with our knowledge or supposed wisdom, or try to tell the client what to do, we stop listening.  We then lose that focus and do the client a great disservice.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 40%
    42 years
  2. Business: 40%
    40 years
  3. Wills: 20%
    40 years

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828 S Broadway Ste 103
Tarrytown, NY, 10591-6602


NYCurrently registered 196903/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and Counselor-at-LawRobert I. Eber, Esq.1976 - Present
AssociateBurstein & Marcus, Esqs.1975 - 1976
Law AssistantCity Court of Yonkers1971 - 1975
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
New York State Bar Association, Business Law SectionN/AN/A
Greater New York Automobile Dealers AssociationN/AN/A
Westchester Emergency Communication AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
YONKERS CITY POST NO. 1666 VFW v, JOSANTH REALTY CORPORATIONClient was awarded a judgment for full amount claimed with interest.
POLSEN v. ROSENBERGClients succeeded in their opposition to neighbor's application for a subdivision.
NEVES REALTY CORP. v. SLOAN-BAR ASSOCIATESClient was successful in having the complaint of the adjoining landowner dismissed in its entirety as a matter of law without the necessity of any additional litigation.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1969
Brown UniversityAmerican LiteratureA.B.1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Meeting of Yonkers Lawyers AssociationComputer Use in the Law Office1998