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Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Continues to Expand Real Estate and Litigation Practices in New York

Posted on November 17th, 2014

New York, NY (November 17, 2014) – Norris McLaughlin, P.A., continues to expand services with the addition of four new attorneys in its New York City office.  Stephen H. Penn, Gerard Proefriedt, Sharyn A. Tritto, and Neal Schwarzfeld, formerly of the New York City firm Penn Proefriedt Schwarzfeld & Schwartz, will contribute to the growth of the firm’s real estate and litigation groups in the New York legal market.

The attorneys will focus on the following areas of practice:

  • Stephen H. Penn (Member) – Real Estate & Land Use, Cooperative & Condominium Law, Litigation, Business Law, Labor & Employment
  • Gerard Proefriedt (Member) – Real Estate & Land Use, Loft Law, Cooperative & Condominium Law, Litigation, Business Law
  • Sharyn A. Tritto (Member) –Real Estate & Land Use, Cooperative & Condominium Law, Litigation
  • Neal Schwarzfeld (Of Counsel) – Real Estate & Land Use, Cooperative & Condominium Law, Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution

“What drew us to Norris McLaughlin, P.A.is that it is a larger firm with a small firm environment. Our clients, no matter the size, will continue to receive the individual attention they always expected from us, said Steve.  “Joining the firm allows us to serve those clients with exceptional resources, efficiency and responsiveness, without changing our firm culture.”

“This new team of attorneys aligns perfectly with the firm, and strengthens not only our real estate and litigation practices, but our overall presence in the New York market.  The experience of Steve, Gerry, Sharyn and Neal is a great complement to our existing cooperative and condominium law practice, which is one of the oldest and deepest groups in all of New York City,” said Alison L. Galer, Managing Partner at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus. “The firm’s continued growth is a benefit to our clients in all of our offices.”

Stephen H. Penn has more than fifty years of experience in law, with expertise in representing the owners of commercial and residential property, as both a litigator and a transactional attorney.  He also has a particular knowledge of employment law.  Steve has specialized experience in negotiating license agreements and leases with governmental agencies including the MTA, LIRR, DOT, and EDC.  He represents major corporations as well as small single entity businesses and has entered into master licenses for entire transit centers and for small individual stores and kiosks.  Steve represents some of the largest real estate developers and owners in the New York City market, where he acts as both an attorney and a consultant for their real estate requirements.  He also has represented numerous employers and employees in labor cases on both the state and the federal level.

Gerard Proefriedt devotes his practice to real estate law and commercial litigation.  He holds a specific expertise in Loft Law, where the objective is to bring buildings illegally converted to residential use into compliance with state and city housing laws relating to health, safety, and fire protection. He is experienced in landlord and tenant law, real estate leasing, air rights transfers, cooperative and condominium conversions, commercial litigation, real estate transfers and refinancing.

Sharyn A. Tritto specializes in all aspects of real estate litigation, particularly landlord and tenant law.  She also handles leasing and transactional matters.  Sharyn has handled matters in all courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before various administrative agencies including, but not limited to, the Environmental Control Board and Division of Homes and Community Renewal.

Neal Schwarzfeld has over 40 years’ experience in real estate and broker litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He has represented numerous real estate developers, including Zeckendorf Realty, Fortress Financial Group, Worldwide Holdings Corp., Swig Equities, and Goldman Sachs, as well as many real estate brokerage firms, including Brown Harris Stevens, Halstead Properties, Joanna Culter Real Estate, Collins Tuttle Real Estate, Corcoran Group Real Estate and Murray Hill Properties.   Non-real estate-related clients have included the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Jamaica Public Service Company of Kingston, Jamaica.