Areas Of Concentration

  • Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Sales
  • Real Estate Financing/Securitizations
  • Leasing Expert: Landlords and Tenants
  • Hotels/Resorts/‟Flag” Franchising
  • Condominium and Cooperative Acquisitions and Sales

Sample Clients

  • Public and private enterprises
  • Borrowers’ securitized transactions and in respect of related defeasance issues
  • Worldwide retailers
  • Hotels/Resorts
  • International media and manufacturing companies
  • “Dirt” developers
  • Property managers
  • Brokers
  • Sovereign entities


As legal advisor to numerous real estate entities, from well-known enterprises to select, proprietary interests, as well as to brokers and tenants, Mr. Rubenfeld oversees operational issues, outside experts, and handles litigation at all levels. His expertise and hands-on experience in representing any interest in virtually any type of real estate transaction are greatly valued by his clients.

Sample Transactional and Litigation Representation:

  • Counsel to purchaser and eventual seller of One Times Square, New York City, New York USA (the building on which the New Year’s ball drops each year).
  • Creation of lease forms for commercial buildings, and one renowned retailer’s form of mall/shopping center lease used nationally.
  • Attorney for hotel-resort purchasers, including securitized financing and “flag”/franchise agreements.
  • National retail flagship, avenue and outlet leases ( example: 2011 completion of a worldwide retailer’s New York City – Madison Avenue flagship store, which opened in 2012).
  • Bond counsel to New York City real estate developer, involving municipal bond financing on new residential buildings projects.
  • Representation of a European sovereign entity on its consulate, located near the United Nations in New York City, New York.
  • Representation of a “white knight” in renowned New York newspaper bankruptcy-reorganization proceeding.
  • In-court representation of a New York City property (hotel) owner contesting a major redevelopment act.
  • Representation of a hotel on its negotiation of initial labor union contract.
  • Counsel on the initial mortgage-backed securities transaction in the United States, and then, coincidentally represented another borrower which became part of the first “pooled” certificate in the United States following the 2007-2008 recession.



  • Honors Society in Economics
  • Chosen as New York “SuperLawyer” in 2016-17.


  • New York, Federal and State
  • New Jersey, Federal and State
  • United States Tax Court
  • New York University School of Law: Juris Doctor
  • Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio: B.A. in Economics and Political Science