Alan D. Zuckerbrod specializes in complex commercial, securities and real estate-related litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court. Representing investors, lenders, owners, developers, managers, hotels, and corporate tenants, Alan has over 25 years experience in disputed matters involving foreclosures, leases, creditors’ rights, partnership disputes, securities, and financing issues. He has played a leading role in guiding national and international institutions through the various business cycles over the years. Alan has also represented many clients who have been involved in contested corporate and partnership disputes in a wide range of industries.

Alan frequently counsels clients in early stages of transactions in order to target transactional opportunities, avoid future litigation, and manage risks and expenses. Working with other firm members, Alan has developed a strong reputation in the hospitality industry, representing REITS, hotel owners, operators and managers in connection with transactional matters such as acquisitions, leasing, and management issues, as well as litigation.

Alan has extensive experience with arbitration and mediation. He serves on the court-appointed panel of neutral mediators that has been established by the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Wilk Auslander in 1999, Alan was a founding member of Pollack & Zuckerbrod, LLP, which developed a strong reputation in real estate and litigation. Prior to that, Alan had been associated with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Dreyer & Traub and started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County.

  • Obtained a trial judgment of $22 million in New York’s Supreme Court, which was increased to $94 million with interest and attorneys' fees, on behalf of a hedge fund against an international bank in a securities litigation involving credit default swaps. The trial judgment was affirmed by the Appellate Division First Dep’t., with the amount of the final judgment, with interest, exceeding $110 million.
  • Obtained a trial verdict of $39 million in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on behalf of a Trustee and creditors involving a fraud claim in the jewelry industry. In re Fine Diamonds, LLC, 501 B.R. 159 (S.D.N.Y. 2013)
  • Obtained a favorable trial judgment on behalf of a Madison Avenue retail tenant in a proceeding involving issues of fair market rent valuation and breach of lease.
  • Successfully defended in arbitration a general partner of a real estate partnership who had been accused of a pattern of fraud and self-dealing by a limited partner.
  • Represented the developer of the Chelsea Market (Manhattan) in acquiring the debt and subsequently the property, through bankruptcy and foreclosure; supervised leasing of property.
  • Represented many large hotel developers and owners in litigation, leasing, and management issues.
  • Successfully assisted an investor in acquiring, through acquisition of debt and foreclosure, several parcels of land for a large Manhattan property development.
  • Successfully blocked the attempt by a general partner of a partnership owning a Manhattan apartment building to redeem the interest of a limited partner at a below market price.
  • Defeated an attempt by a general partner of a real estate partnership owning a Manhattan office building to dilute the interests of limited partners through repeated capital calls.
  • Successfully represented partners in a Brooklyn retail development in displacing a dishonest managing partner and managing agent.
  • Achieved a successful settlement, after litigation, in an international contract and fraud dispute on behalf of the purchaser of an airplane.
  • Represented numerous co-op owners in various matters with condo and co-op boards.
  • Represented numerous commercial landlords and tenants in lease disputes.
  • Represented creditors in the enforcement of judgments.

Overview

Alan D. Zuckerbrod specializes in complex commercial, securities and real estate-related litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court. Representing investors, lenders, owners, developers, managers, hotels, and corporate tenants, Alan has over 25 years experience in disputed matters involving foreclosures, leases, creditors’ rights, partnership disputes, securities, and financing issues. He has played a leading role in guiding national and international institutions through the various business cycles over the years. Alan has also represented many clients who have been involved in contested corporate and partnership disputes in a wide range of industries.

Alan frequently counsels clients in early stages of transactions in order to target transactional opportunities, avoid future litigation, and manage risks and expenses. Working with other firm members, Alan has developed a strong reputation in the hospitality industry, representing REITS, hotel owners, operators and managers in connection with transactional matters such as acquisitions, leasing, and management issues, as well as litigation.

Alan has extensive experience with arbitration and mediation. He serves on the court-appointed panel of neutral mediators that has been established by the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Wilk Auslander in 1999, Alan was a founding member of Pollack & Zuckerbrod, LLP, which developed a strong reputation in real estate and litigation. Prior to that, Alan had been associated with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Dreyer & Traub and started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a trial judgment of $22 million in New York’s Supreme Court, which was increased to $94 million with interest and attorneys' fees, on behalf of a hedge fund against an international bank in a securities litigation involving credit default swaps. The trial judgment was affirmed by the Appellate Division First Dep’t., with the amount of the final judgment, with interest, exceeding $110 million.
  • Obtained a trial verdict of $39 million in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on behalf of a Trustee and creditors involving a fraud claim in the jewelry industry. In re Fine Diamonds, LLC, 501 B.R. 159 (S.D.N.Y. 2013)
  • Obtained a favorable trial judgment on behalf of a Madison Avenue retail tenant in a proceeding involving issues of fair market rent valuation and breach of lease.
  • Successfully defended in arbitration a general partner of a real estate partnership who had been accused of a pattern of fraud and self-dealing by a limited partner.
  • Represented the developer of the Chelsea Market (Manhattan) in acquiring the debt and subsequently the property, through bankruptcy and foreclosure; supervised leasing of property.
  • Represented many large hotel developers and owners in litigation, leasing, and management issues.
  • Successfully assisted an investor in acquiring, through acquisition of debt and foreclosure, several parcels of land for a large Manhattan property development.
  • Successfully blocked the attempt by a general partner of a partnership owning a Manhattan apartment building to redeem the interest of a limited partner at a below market price.
  • Defeated an attempt by a general partner of a real estate partnership owning a Manhattan office building to dilute the interests of limited partners through repeated capital calls.
  • Successfully represented partners in a Brooklyn retail development in displacing a dishonest managing partner and managing agent.
  • Achieved a successful settlement, after litigation, in an international contract and fraud dispute on behalf of the purchaser of an airplane.
  • Represented numerous co-op owners in various matters with condo and co-op boards.
  • Represented numerous commercial landlords and tenants in lease disputes.
  • Represented creditors in the enforcement of judgments.