Practice Areas

These are the areas of law that form our core expertise.

Real Estate
Coop/Condo Law
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Employment Law

Real Estate

Brill & Meisel handles a wide range of real estate matters, both commercial and residential. Our real estate group represents individual and business clients in all aspects of the acquisition, financing, ownership, development and disposition of multi-family residential and commercial properties, as well as individual co-op and condominium units and single-family properties.

Our services include drafting and negotiating complex purchase and sale, construction and renovation contracts, as well as office, retail and net leases. We have extensive experience negotiating and closing mortgages and co-op, condo and other residential and commercial loans.

We also represent property owners before various government agencies, including challenging real estate tax assessments and properly responding to compliance issues and related matters.

Coop/Condo Law

Brill & Meisel provides comprehensive legal representation to cooperative corporations and condominium associations, individual owners and investors, and to sponsors of public offerings. The firm’s cooperative and condominium attorneys serve as general counsel to over 100 cooperative and condominium associations in New York City.

Our general counsel services include providing advice and guidance to Boards of Directors regarding common area issues, mortgages and other financings, contract and lease preparation and negotiation, construction issues, shareholder and unit owner defaults, dispute resolution, and litigation services. We maintain a full service transfer department for individual unit sales and purchases, and a full-time default and landlord/tenant law department to streamline collection of arrears and foreclosure and sale of delinquent units. Because of our on-going commitment to our clients, our attorneys work closely with Board members and managing agents and attend both annual shareholder and, upon request, monthly Board meetings.

Brill & Meisel also represents various investors in condominium and cooperative properties including sponsors and holders of unsold shares. The firm’s cooperative and condominium attorneys have vast experience preparing and filing offering plans and amendments for conversion of rental properties to cooperative and condominium ownership.

Commercial Litigation

Brill & Meisel’s litigation attorneys develop strategies and communicate with our clients frequently to keep them apprised of our progress to expeditiously produce favorable outcomes for our clients in all contested matters.

We handle all aspects of a lawsuit from the initial complaint and pre-trial discovery to trials and appeals. We regularly appear in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before arbitration and mediation panels. Our practice and experience spans the spectrum from smaller contract cases to complex multi-party actions. Our team handles a wide variety of disputes including commercial, real property, construction, corporate, partnership, employment, foreclosure and estate disputes.

Brill & Meisel specializes in cooperative and condominium litigation. We have extensive experience in the laws governing real property, cooperatives and condominiums and effectively resolve disputes for our cooperative and condominium clients. The firm regularly handles building defect claims, tenant/shareholder and unit owner disputes, foreclosures, non-payments and holdovers, proxy fights, election disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims and numerous other disputes.

Corporate Law

Brill & Meisel provides legal counsel for our clients’ businesses and transactions. We assist our clients in deciding on the proper business structures which are most appropriate for each transaction and in the formation of those entities. We form limited liability companies, partnerships, corporations, joint ventures and other vehicles best suited for each client and matter. We also prepare and negotiate shareholder operating, asset purchase, confidentiality, employment and other agreements and documents necessary for the efficient management and operation of those business vehicles.

As trusted advisors, we offer our clients practical, business-savvy legal advice in every situation. We take particular pride in acting as general counsel to our corporate and real estate clients. We counsel our clients on how to avoid litigation and manage risk, how to maximize their chances for success prior to commencing commercial litigation, and in establishing new business ventures. We can offer your company the precise representation and practical advice you need in managing and growing your business.

Employment Law

Brill & Meisel provides counsel on all aspects of employment law to individuals as well as small businesses and non-profit organizations. We also represent both employers and employees in drafting, negotiating, and enforcing employment, separation and independent contractor agreements.

Our lawyers provide expert advice on discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims; interpretation of contractual obligations, including rights under incentive or deferred compensation plans; terminations with and without “cause”; and issues concerning post-employment restrictions including non-competition and non-solicitation obligations and non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements.

Our lawyers also advise businesses on a wide variety of employment issues, including preparation and updating of employee handbooks, notification of changes in local, state or federal law, drafting and updating employment policies and procedures, and advice on handling sensitive employee matters.

We always prefer to settle employment disputes, and have successfully used outside mediation services to aid in settlements. When settlement on appropriate terms is not possible, we prosecute or defend our clients in arbitration, in administrative proceedings before human rights agencies including the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in litigation in federal and state courts.