Effective representation builds on basic elements such as accessibility, attention to detail and carrying out strategic, yet pragmatic, approaches to a client's evolving priorities.
Elisabeth's law practice brings to her clients more than 30 years of transactional legal experience and the practical skills that come from leading a board of directors and engaging in community work to render skilled and effective representation. Elisabeth combines the balance between protecting the interests of a client's most valuable investments and assets, and closing a transaction in a timely fashion. Elisabeth's hands-on experience as associate general counsel at real estate development company AVR Realty, associate at the Manhattan law firms of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Battle Fowler LLP and as special counsel to the White Plains law firm of Cuddy & Feder LLP provides to clients the results of sophisticated large firm practice with the personal attention of a small law firm.
Elisabeth's experience working with lending institutions, real estate developers, retail operators, software developers, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, governmental entities, professionals, entrepreneurs and individuals provides her with an in-depth and varied understanding of the perspectives involved in her practice area. Elisabeth performs investigative and analytical work on an as-needed basis for clients seeking to manage risk in their operations. Elisabeth is a certified mediator and approaches each client transaction with the philosophy that the negotiation process presents the best opportunity to prevent disputes. Elisabeth's practice also includes mediation of contract-related disputes which arise after a contract has been signed, with the goal of forging a deliberative, yet prompt and cost effective settlement outside of a court setting.
Elisabeth's law practice joins her decades of experience in real estate transactions, real estate finance, construction and risk management with her environmental and energy conservation work to assist clients wishing to navigate toward, and operate in, a sustainable and resilient built environment. Projects incorporate building materials compatible with human health and use of renewable energy sources, wherever possible. Elisabeth also works with commercial clients to develop business plans that address the urgency introduced by climate change and which enable them to operate profitably for the long-term in an economically sustainable way. Elisabeth works as outside counsel and with outside counsel, as the case may be, to provide clients with well-rounded representation tailored to their unique goals and needs.
Elisabeth is an adjunct Professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York where she teaches Sustainability Action in the College's School of Education. Read more about sustainability action in Elisabeth's article: The Road to Energy Conservation: Climate Smart Steps Which Begin at Home published in the NYSBA Government, Law and Policy Journal (available at, www.lwvlm.org).
Elisabeth chairs the Committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment of the League of Women Voters of New York and has published articles in law journals on the impact of high volume hydraulic fracturing on property rights, risk allocation and potential effects on the secondary mortgage market. Elisabeth is the immediate past president of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck chapter of the League of Women Voters having served a four year term.
Elisabeth currently serves on the Town of Mamaroneck Sustainability Collaborative with other volunteer professionals in her waterfront community. The committee serves to improve the Town's sustainability, resilience and quality of life by addressing such issues as flood management, emergency response and solid waste management. Elisabeth's current focus as it relates to sustainability centers on achieving 50% reduction of domestic food waste by 2030, consistent with the United States' and United Nations' Sustainability Goal announced in September 2015.
Elisabeth was among the initial group of attorneys who formed the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Seniors and its successor, the Elder Law Section. Elisabeth chaired the Elder Law Section's Committee on Housing and Real Property from 1990-1997 and chaired the Section's first annual conference in 1992. Elisabeth is a proponent of universal design which enables older adults to remain at home and as an integral part of community life.
Elisabeth graduated from Cardozo School of Law in 1983 and is admitted to practice law in New York State. Elisabeth received her certification in mediation from The Ackerman Institute in 2000. Elisabeth graduated from Cornell University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science having majored in Human Development and Family Studies.