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We choose the most talented applicants. When interviewing candidates for these positions, we look to see whether they have the potential to be great at our firm. Once we hire someone, the training, mentoring and teaching never stops. We strive for greatness in everything we do and expect our interns to do the same. We encourage you to express your opinions and share your ideas to improve our work.

The Best Externship/Internship Program in the Country

No law firm in New York has produced a better internship and externship program in the country, and this is proven by the number of attorneys who started as interns and then summer associates and many years later are the leading attorneys in their profession. Many of these attorneys have received the highest law firm awards, including Best Law Firm by Best Lawyers, Leading Real Estate Lawyer for Chambers USA, nine Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and highest possible ranking in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell. For our size, we have more externs that became full time attorneys and then Super Lawyers than any other firm in the country.

The Numbers

  • Over 80 percent of our externs either received full time employment with our firm or we assisted in placing with the judiciary or finding other employment with another law firm.
  • In the past five years, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has hired nine law school interns full-time after graduation.
  • More than half our attorneys, including several partners, are under the age of 40.
  • We have more externs that become full-time attorneys and then Super Lawyers than any other firm in the country

The Training

Our interns become lawyers in training and are part of the legal team and learn on the case or deal. Being assigned to active cases and made part of the team has given externs and interns the ability to produce amazing results. Only the very best law school students will make it at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. as we are considered among the best, if not the best, real estate law firm in New York City. Because Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. practices only one type of law, all of our associates rapidly become experts. Our externs never make coffee or copies. We have exciting cases that require hard work and sweat as well as the smartest most aggressive, passionate, loyal and committed students who are ready to change the world one real estate case at a time. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has some of the most challenging and most high profile cases in the nation where staff expertise really does make a difference for the client, the community and, sometimes, the nation.

Interns will participate in a wide range of tasks that may include conducting case investigation, legal research, and discovery; meeting with clients and experts; and preparing memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents for administrative, judicial and transactional proceedings.

Why the Best Law School Graduates Choose Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Over Larger Law Firms

  1. During the financial crisis, instead of layoffs, we increased by 20 percent the number of attorneys we have on staff.
  2. The opportunity to make more money: all attorneys starting as first year associates participate in our firm-wide revenue sharing where each attorney receives a third of their billing that the firm collects.
  3. 100 percent of attorneys with the firm since our first hiring class made partner during or before their 8th year at the firm. All of these partners are women, one of whom, while pregnant, made partner, and very shortly thereafter went on maternity leave.
  4. We consistently win Best Place to Work awards because of our benefits focusing on improving employees’ talents and personal lives. We understand the importance of nutrition (our offices are always stocked with healthy fruits and foods) and the importance of exercise (we pay for 80 percent of gym memberships). We teach how to dress for success by educating on persuasive clothes and buying new attorneys their first suit.
  5. Turnover is almost nonexistent and when we do lose an employee in some cases it is to go in house at one of our clients.
  6. A notable magazine has reported that our attorneys and staff have the highest level of job satisfaction.
  7. Our revenue has grown each year, even during the downturns, with an average growth of 22% per year since 2006. Although we cannot predict the future, our reserve fund structure should assist us in handling any rainy days in the future.

Externs and Summer Associates Have the Opportunity to be Published at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

During their time at the firm, externs and summer associates have the opportunity to assist with a variety of projects and tasks. From conducting research to drafting documents, these individuals play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the firm. Besides this, externs and summer associates at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. are afforded the chance to contribute to published articles that appear in reputable journals, such as The New York Law Journal, The American Bar Association Journal and The Probate Property Journal. Many of their contributions are featured in published articles which highlight the firm’s expertise and leadership. These articles serve as a testament to the valuable contributions of externs and summer associates and demonstrate the firm’s commitment to providing a meaningful and impactful experience for all those who join its ranks. Here is a sample of articles that our externs have worked on:

  • Photo of keys on house keychain
    Legal Legends: True Stories from New York City’s Co-ops & Condos

    Legal Legends: True Stories from New York City’s Co-ops & Condos

    The Cooperator

    By: Keith Loria June, 2012 They say there are eight million stories in the naked city, and when you’re an attorney working for a co-op or condo in New York, you may find that some of the best of them are happening to you. While some may think that handling the legal issues of the Big Apple’s co-ops, condos and HOA communities means just being bogged down with boring paperwork dealing with bylaws, rules and regulations, truth is the job...

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  • The “Irreparable Harm” Conundrum in Obtaining a Preliminary Injunction

    The “Irreparable Harm” Conundrum in Obtaining a Preliminary Injunction

    New York Law Journal

    Situations arise every day requiring attorneys to commence an action seeking court intervention to obtain immediate provisional relief, “respecting the subject of the action,” to protect a client against actions, in violation of the client’s rights, by a person, who is either threatening,  about to do, doing, or procuring or suffering to be done, actions, violating those rights, or which, if unrestrained would produce injury to the client during the pendency of the action. See CPLR §6301. When confronted with...

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    Using the Judicial System to Abate the Foreclosure Crisis

    Using the Judicial System to Abate the Foreclosure Crisis

    Probate & Property

    By: Adam Leitman Bailey & Rachel Sigmund March 1st, 2013 Adam Leitman Bailey is the principal of Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. in New York, New York. Rachel Sigmund is a third-year law student at the Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. Many stagnant foreclosures in the United States have been stuck in the judicial process for more than two years. This article describes how several states have addressed one of the primary legal impediments clogging the pipelines of pending or future...

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    Preparing Practitioners for the Next Disasters

    Preparing Practitioners for the Next Disasters

    American Bar

    By Adam Leitman Bailey, Dov Treiman, John Desiderio and William Pekarsky  Introduction In the United States of America, the number of natural disasters has gradually increased. Most of the costliest disasters have resulted from hurricanes and terrorist attacks. Other major casualties have resulted from earthquakes, monsoons, tsunamis, and wildfires. The damage to business and property from these events substantially affects the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans who look to their attorneys to protect them from the collateral effects...

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  • Rules on Partitioning Ownership Property Rights

    Rules on Partitioning Ownership Property Rights

    New York Law Journal

    Whether a property owned by two or more tenants-in-common can be partitioned “in kind,” i.e., by physically dividing the real estate or other property interest, or by subjecting it to a judicial sale, or even whether the property may be subject to partition at all, are issues that courts must decide when the property’s majority and minority owners are strongly divided on whether the property should be divided or sold. Although the law clearly provides a means for parties to partition...

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  • Split Between Departments Muddies Subrogation Doctrine

    Split Between Departments Muddies Subrogation Doctrine

    New York Law Journal

    By: Adam Leitman Bailey & Dov Treiman February 10th, 2010 In an era when this nation’s economic stability depends, in part, on stable and unfettered real estate transfers, equitable subrogation provides a solution to some of the cracks in the system. However, as evidenced by a split between two departments of the Appellate Division, these cracks need some additional caulking to make sure that the right lien obtains priority. During 2009, the Second and Third departments of the Appellate Division...

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    New York’s Commercial Lease Defenses to Paying Rent

    New York’s Commercial Lease Defenses to Paying Rent

    Law Journal Newsletters

    New York is in one of its worst depressions since the American Revolution. Few landlords and commercial tenants have been completely immune from the governmentally imposed economic shutdown and COVID-19’s wrath. Not including what may have been negotiated in a commercial lease, there are three traditional theories under which commercial tenants could seek to assert entitlement to forgiveness of their rent: frustration of purpose, impossibility of performance, and force majeure. One of our partners recently participated in a lecture with two...

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    Reviewing New York’s Commercial Lease Defenses to Paying Rent

    Reviewing New York’s Commercial Lease Defenses to Paying Rent

    New York Law Journal

    Few landlords and commercial tenants have been completely immune from the governmentally imposed economic shutdown and COVID-19’s wrath. Adam Leitman Baily and Dov Treiman discuss the three traditional theories under which commercial tenants can seek forgiveness of their rent. By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman | August 18, 2020 New York is in one of its worst depressions since the American Revolution. Few landlords and commercial tenants have been completely immune from the governmentally imposed economic shutdown and COVID-19’s wrath. Not including...

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  • Adam Leitman Bailey John Desiderio
    When Is Part Performance ‘Part Performance in Real Estate Cases’?

    When Is Part Performance ‘Part Performance in Real Estate Cases’?

    New York Law Journal

    Adam Leitman Bailey and John Desiderio discuss the issue of “part performance,” the doctrine of which can overcome the Statute of Frauds in circumstances when parties enter into unwritten deals and don’t contemplate all the possible circumstances that might arise in the course of their dealings. In my 27 years as a real estate litigator, until recently, I have never used the sword of part performance as much as I have been relying on it now. One of the reasons...

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    Miller-Francis’: A Disturbance in the Force

    Miller-Francis’: A Disturbance in the Force

    By: Adam Leitman Bailey & Dov Treiman April 9th, 2014 When the Empire destroyed the planet Alderaan in Star Wars IV, Obi-Wan Kenobi sensed “a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.” When the Appellate Division, First Department decided Miller-Francis v. Smith-Jackson,1 there was a great disturbance in the Force known as stability in real estate transactions, specifically the enforceability of mortgages. The Virtue of Stability In Holy...

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  • Analyzing Adverse Possession Laws and Cases of the States East of the Mississippi River

    Analyzing Adverse Possession Laws and Cases of the States East of the Mississippi River

    Probate & Property

    By Adam Leitman Bailey and Matthew Eichel January/February 2016 Vol. 30 No. 1 The doctrine of adverse possession, under which a party can obtain title to real property owned by another, is surprisingly uniform throughout the eastern portion of the United States despite being a state law concept. The basic elements a party must demonstrate to successfully claim adverse possession are essentially the same throughout the 26 states that lie east of the Mississippi River. One must show by clear...

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    Discharge of Ancient Mortgages in New York

    Discharge of Ancient Mortgages in New York

    New York Law Journal

    September 9, 2015  by Adam Leitman Bailey Title Insurance companies are under attack by governmental officials. Few other real estate businesses suffer the unjustified, frequent assaults by government officials like the title insurance profession. The difficulty in understanding their function and underestimating their necessity for the safe transfer of real estate requires real estate practitioners to raise their pens to protect our transfer system. Since the mortgage crisis six years ago, the little-known and seldom-used doctrine of ancient mortgages has...

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    Departmental Divide on Shareholder Family Occupancy

    Departmental Divide on Shareholder Family Occupancy

    New York Law Journal

    By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman December 12, 2017 Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman discuss a split among the First and Second Department Appellate Divisions on their interpretations of a common clause in proprietary leases for cooperative apartments relating to whether a proprietary lessee must live in the apartment simultaneously with a close family member for the family member’s occupancy to be legal under the proprietary lease. The Appellate Divisions for the First and Second Department are split...

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    New Rules of Substantial Rehabilitation to Remove Units from Rent Regulation

    New Rules of Substantial Rehabilitation to Remove Units from Rent Regulation

    New York Law Journal

    By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman December 11, 2018 In their Real Estate Trends column, Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman discuss a pair of new decisions from the Appellate Term, First Department which have toughened the standards under which a landlord may claim a substantial rehabilitation exemption from rent stabilization, the effect of which may be to bring back into stabilization many buildings whose owners believed in good faith that their buildings were not regulated. In the recent...

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    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Wins Eviction of Rent Controlled Tenant Claiming Puerto Rican Sojourn for Dental Treatment

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Wins Eviction of Rent Controlled Tenant Claiming Puerto Rican Sojourn for Dental Treatment

    If a tenant subject to the Rent Control Law does not maintain the subject premises as a primary residence, the landlord may sue for possession of the premises. However, the landlord must establish that the tenant does not maintain an ongoing, substantial, physical nexus with the subject premises for actual living purposes. The team at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. commenced a holdover proceeding to recover possession of the premises from the tenant. Through investigations and vigorously analyzing the tenant’s testimony,...

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    Advising Boards on Handling Secondhand Smoke Issues

    Advising Boards on Handling Secondhand Smoke Issues

    New York Law Journal

    By: Adam Leitman Bailey & John M. Desiderio January 30th, 2013 Some of the most intense combat occurring in modern times may not be that which has taken place on the battlefield, but rather in the ongoing conflicts that occur between shareholders, owners, and renters of apartments in multiple dwelling buildings, between themselves and/or with their respective cooperative boards of directors, landlords, or condominium boards of managers, over the infiltration of secondhand cigarette smoke into personal living spaces. However, like...

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  • State Legislators, Insurers and Courts to Homeowner Associations: We Will Not Insure Intentional Torts

    State Legislators, Insurers and Courts to Homeowner Associations: We Will Not Insure Intentional Torts

    Probate & Property

    By Adam Leitman Bailey & Adam Blander September 1st, 2013 Adam Leitman Bailey is the principal of Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., in New York, New York. Adam Blander was a legal intern at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., and is now a law clerk for New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe. This article discusses the personal liability that the volunteer members of homeowner association boards face for conduct that is deemed intentional and, therefore, uninsurable under many insurance policies and...

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  • Condominium & Cooperative Board & Building Representation
    Owners’ Rights to Inspect Management Records

    Owners’ Rights to Inspect Management Records

    New York Law Journal

    By: Adam Leitman Bailey April 10th, 2013 Since the Legislature gave birth to the first cooperative and condominium laws, very few issues have had as much attention and confusion as boards’ concerns about the extent of unit owners’ access to inspect the management books and records. Regarding cooperative buildings, many of the most prominent questions regarding these little governments have been answered. On the other hand, condominiums have been left without law or a statute to handle these questions and...

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  • Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Obtains Extension of Time to Make Mortgage Payment for Bronx Building Owner Using Arcane Legal Theory That Gets Lender’s Attention

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Obtains Extension of Time to Make Mortgage Payment for Bronx Building Owner Using Arcane Legal Theory That Gets Lender’s Attention

    Many of the commercial and residential tenants in the Bronx during the pandemic could not afford to pay their rent during the pandemic or chose not to because the government did not make payment mandatory.  As a result the owner of the building, Adam Leitman Bailey’s client, could not make its mortgage payment. Adam Leitman Bailey’s mission was to seek a modification of the loan or an extension of the time to pay or a reduction in the payments to...

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  • Breach of contract sign next to gavel
    Rules Governing Anticipatory Repudiation of Contracts

    Rules Governing Anticipatory Repudiation of Contracts

    New York Real Property Law Journal

    By John Desiderio June 11, 2019 In the practice of real estate law today, very few legal issues are getting as much attention and at the same time being applied incorrectly by practitioners as anticipatory repudiation (or breach) of contract. In this article, John Desiderio discusses the rules of anticipatory repudiation and attempts to discard the myths and mistruths. In the practice of real estate law today, very few legal issues are getting as much attention and at the same...

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    A Practitioner’s Guide to Litigating Party Walls

    A Practitioner’s Guide to Litigating Party Walls

    New York Law Journal

    New York Law Journal  By: Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman April 8th, 2015 A Practitioner’s Guide to Litigating Party Walls One developer-client once told us, “horse racing is not the sport of kings—litigation is.” During the greatest high end real estate market in the history of our country, the ultra wealthy or the corporate kings have battled in our courts for every inch of land. Because only the wealthiest own townhouses in Manhattan and Brooklyn, these plots­—built 50 feet...

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  • The New Rules of Foreclosure Litigation

    The New Rules of Foreclosure Litigation

    New York Law Journal

    By Adam Leitman Bailey, Dov Treiman & Alison Weisman April 11th, 2012 Since the first loans and mortgages changed hands with cloaks and stone in Israel[1] and Greece[2] thousands of years ago[3], never previously had mortgages caused a worldwide economic collapse of financial markets. Unfortunately, as the federal and state government as well as some judges place barriers and hurdles breaking contracts and preventing lenders from collecting monies owed to them, or foreclosing on the homes pledged as collateral, lenders...

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