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Ronald S. Greenberg


Chair, Real Estate Litigation Group

Phone: 212.715.9399 Fax: 212.715.8399 New York

Ronald S. Greenberg, Chair of the Real Estate Litigation practice group, is an accomplished litigator with 30 years of experience litigating complex business and real estate disputes, at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Greenberg has a long record of achieving favorable outcomes for clients in cases running the gamut from “business divorces” and corporate control disputes to commercial foreclosures, construction litigation and a broad range of contract disputes. He represents banks and developers as well as commercial landlords and tenants in real estate matters, and counsels individual and corporate clients, including Fortune 100 companies, insurance carriers and dot-coms, in a wide variety of commercial disputes. Mr. Greenberg has argued dozens of appeals, and is an experienced practitioner in the Commercial Division of the New York County Supreme Court.

Mr. Greenberg has handled a number of widely reported and otherwise notable representations. On the real estate side, he separately represented Citigroup and Gamma Real Estate in their successful attempts to foreclose on loans exceeding $100 million. In both cases, he defeated the defaulting borrowers’ attempts to enjoin UCC foreclosures, the borrowers subsequently filed for bankruptcy and Mr. Greenberg obtained judgments against them on their “bad boy” guarantees, for $126 million and $24 million, respectively. He also obtained a multimillion-dollar judgment for his client, a large telecommunications company, after a federal trial on its commercial lease dispute, and then successfully defended the judgment in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Greenberg has secured a number of significant successes for major developers, including defeating a breach of contract claim asserted by a potential buyer of a multimillion-dollar condominium at a below-market price based on a novel “failure of consideration” theory in one case, and in another obtaining a judgment in favor of the seller of a $201 million office building, enabling the seller to retain the defaulting purchaser’s $15 million down payment. He has also obtained litigation victories in multimillion-dollar rent reset and porters’ wage escalation disputes, and favorable outcomes for client Forest City Ratner Companies in several large construction litigations.

Mr. Greenberg’s noteworthy successes have not been limited to the real estate arena. He successfully represented the former Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange’s Compensation Committee in a lawsuit brought by the New York State Attorney General. The dismissal of the lawsuit was reported on the front page of both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Mr. Greenberg also represented Elizabeth Elting, the co-owner and co-CEO of the world’s largest privately held translation company, in a “business divorce” trial held in Delaware Chancery Court. Ms. Elting prevailed at trial and in the Delaware Supreme Court, and her adversary was sanctioned $7.1 million for various litigation misconduct. Mr. Greenberg also has prevailed in numerous arbitrations, including obtaining defense decisions rejecting multimillion-dollar claims against, respectively, an insurance company, a dot-com and partners in a hedge fund. Mr. Greenberg has also represented the former CFO of Dow Chemical Co. in an action arising out of the CFO’s departure from the company, and a famed Major League Baseball player and a former state senator in separate disputes before administrative tribunals.

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1987
  • Member, New York University Law Review, 1985-1986
B.S., magna cum laude, University at Albany, State University of New York, 1984  
New York, 1988
U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Northern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
U.S. Tax Court
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers (2018)
    -New York City Bar Association
    -American Bar Association