Attorneys

Eric C. Rubenstein

Partner

Phone 516.663.6513 Fax 516.663.6713

Eric C. Rubenstein successfully manages a diverse real estate transactional practice with specific emphasis on sophisticated mortgage financing, commercial leasing, acquisitions and sales. He personally closed the $210M sale of Jericho Plaza, one of the largest one-site real estate transactions in Long Island history, as well as the $190M sale of EAB (now RXR) Plaza, and a $140M securitized leasehold mortgage with Lehman Brothers. For many years, he handled all of the financing and leasing at Jericho Plaza and RXR Plaza (comprised of more than 1,800,000-square-feet in the aggregate).

As a partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., he is cochair of the firm’s Real Estate Department and a member of the Environmental Practice Group.

Among Eric’s clients are major lenders and real estate developers, owners and operators in financing and sales transactions in New York City and the metropolitan area, as well as other areas throughout the U.S. These transactions have included shopping centers, office buildings, hotels and resorts, apartment complexes, retail sites, nursing homes, assisted care facilities, warehouses, industrial sites, vacant land, commercial and residential cooperatives and condominium, and partnership interests, among others.

In his representation of lenders, he has handled a wide range of workout transactions, including joint ventures with developers for the completion of residential projects with hundreds of units. Eric’s work on behalf of lenders and property owners include management and brokerage contracts, construction and architects agreements, title and zoning issues, as well as environmental matters.

His professional career began in New York City as a commercial litigator with emphasis on real estate issues. He then concentrated his practice in the real estate transactional field and was a senior real estate associate with Baker & McKenzie and Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon. Eric then spent six years as in-house real estate counsel for a division of ABN AMRO Bank on Long Island and in New York City. Prior to joining the firm, he was the head of the Long Island Real Estate Department of Phillips Nizer.

Eric was elected secretary of the Long Island Real Estate Group in 2008 and continues to serve in that capacity and as board member. He was recently voted in as a board member of Vision Long Island. For three years, Eric served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Landmark on Main Street, Inc., a community nonprofit organization, which converted an elementary school in Port Washington, where he resides, into subsidized senior housing, daycare and afterschool facilities, and a theater.

He is an appointed adjunct professor of NYU at the Schack Institute of the NYU School of Professional Studies.

Repeatedly named as a NY Super Lawyer, he has been honored by the Long Island Business News as one of the 50 Around 50 Long Islanders for his business achievement and community service.

BLOGS

Publications:

  • “Shopping Center Leases to Be Assigned in Bankruptcy: § 365(b)(3) Is Key,” New York Law Journal, June 21, 2004, (with Moshe Jacobowitz, Esq.).
  • “Value Added Broker Services,” Commercial-Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island Newsletter, October 2001.
  • “Tax Implications of Corporation Transactions,” New York Real Estate Law Reporter, November 2000, (with Daniel Weisz, Esq.).
  • “Avoiding Disputes Between Brokers and Owners,” Long Island Business News, March 10, 2000.
  • “Ensuring that Real Estate Contracts Survive the Statute of Frauds,” New York Law Journal, February 9, 2000.
  • “Member of the Board of Consulting Editors: Environmental Compliance and Litigation Strategy,” New York Law Journal monthly newsletter, 1993–1996.
  • “Foreign Real Estate Investment in Spain,” Real Estate Review, Summer 1990, Editor: Hazardous Waste and Toxic Torts Law & Strategy, New York Law Journal monthly newsletter, 1990.
  • “Time is of the Essence in a Real Estate Contract,” New York Law Journal, December 1988.

Lectures

  • Luxury Leasing,” Law Conference Roundtable, Speaker, October 24, 2014.
  • “State of the Retail Market,” ICSC: Long Island Breakfast Program and Networking Event, Moderator, November 19, 2013.
  • “Shopping Center Owners’ View on Retail in 2013 and Beyond,” ICSC: Long Island Breakfast Program and Networking Event, Moderator, April 18, 2013.
  • “Long Island Retail from All Sides,” ICSC: Long Island Breakfast Program and Networking Event, Moderator, June 21, 2012.
  • “Controlling Tenant’s Space in Bankruptcy,” ICSC: Roundtable, Speaker, December 7, 2010.
  • “Consumer Confidence 2010: The Key Driver for Retail Success,” ICSC Long Island Program Planning Committee, Moderator, June 17, 2010.
  • “Corporations: How They Are Viewing Their Real Estate Holdings,” Commercial Industrial Brokers Society, September 28, 2010.
  • “How Owners and Tenants Can Successfully Navigate the Stormy Economy,” ICSC, January 14, 2009.
  • “Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions,” Commercial Industrial Brokers Society, January 30, 2008.
  • Is Long Island Under Retailed?” ICSC, November 15, 2007.
  • “Challenges of Site Selection on Long Island,” ICSC, June 12, 2007.
  • “How to Grow Your Business Through Governmental Incentives,” CLE Seminar Mining for Gold, November 1, 2005.
  • “Seminar on Commercial Leasing,” C.W. Post University, October 13, 2003.
  • “The Essentials of Office and Retail Leases in New York”, CLE Seminar for the National Business Institute, September 8, 2003.
  • “Anatomy of an Office Lease Transaction,” CLE Seminar with Hofstra University School of Law, April 24, 2003.
  • “Seminar on Government Financing for Your Business with Commerce Capital Markets,” October 9, 2002.
  • “Role of Brokers and Attorneys in Leasing Negotiations for Commercial-Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island,” March 19, 2002.
  • “Mortgages and Mortgage Agreements,” New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, June 14, 2001.

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