David Pfeffer is a partner and chair of the Construction Group at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin.
David works with clients in the commercial real estate and construction
As a business partner to his clients, David not only provides sound legal
In addition, David has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States and before various alternative dispute resolution boards, gaining a solid reputation as a litigator who develops innovative solutions to complex disputes. He is widely experienced in prosecuting and defending construction and real estate related disputes such as:
David is a frequent speaker, published author and quoted
Entrepreneur Matthew Viragh approached David Pfeffer, Chair of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Construction Practice, for legal and business counsel relating to a new and unique cinema to be opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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Construction chair David Pfeffer and partner Eric Zipkowitz have been named to Euromoney’s Legal Media Group's 2019 Construction & Real Estate Expert Guide, a reference used by in-house counsel worldwide for more than 20 years. This recognition is based on independent research, telephone interviews and general nomination by legal practitioners in more than 90 jurisdictions.
Construction chair David Pfeffer is quoted in Brick Underground’s article, “Closing credits: What are they and why would you negotiate for them?” The article explores the many risks associated with transactions that involve closing credits, which as the article explains, is a sum of money the seller pays the buyer at the closing, helps to reduce the actual price of a property while allowing for a higher recorded selling price. David explains, “If you misrepresent the price in a closing document, that would be a fraud.”
Construction chair David Pfeffer was quoted in The Real Deal’s article, "Brooklyn’s Inventory Balloon,” which discusses the concerns some are having in regard to Brooklyn’s many new residential projects and how quickly the inventory can be absorbed. David states, "Developers feel there’s a lot of inventory in most neighborhoods, and sophisticated developers want to see absorption. There’s definitely going to be a pause in the market.” He continues, "We’re in a market that’s cooled off.”
Construction chair David Pfeffer was extensively quoted as a source in Law360’s year-end feature article, "NYC Real Estate Legislation, Regulation to Watch in 2019.” The article covered trends in the legislation and regulation areas that top real estate lawyers in New York will be watching in 2019, and included rezoning in various neighborhoods and the many questions that arise with short-term rentals, which are currently illegal in New York.
Construction chair David Pfeffer was quoted in a recent Law360 article on “Real Estate Cases to Watch in 2019” on the legal implications of short-term rentals in densely populated cities across the United States. The article notes that short-term rentals continue to present a complex set of challenges to lawmakers in cities across the country.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Construction Group chair David Pfeffer played a significant role in the opening of the long-awaited Nitehawk Prospect Park, a 650-seat cinema in the completely redesigned and refurbished historic Pavilion Theater. David has represented founder Matthew Viragh and Nitehawk Cinemas in bringing the innovative concept of dine-in cinemas with alcohol service and film-related programming to NYC since its inception. David has been representing Nitehawk on business and legal services related to the acquisition, financing and construction and development of Nitehawk Prospect Park.
Construction chair David Pfeffer was featured in a Commercial Observer article that covered its 2nd Annual Healthcare Construction Forum, a half-day conference that explored the current national and regional healthcare issues in construction markets.
Thirty lawyers from Tarter Krinsky & Drogin have been named to the 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists as top lawyers in New York. The annual Super Lawyers list recognizes the top five percent of lawyers in New York for their professional achievements. Lawyers are selected through a process that includes independent research, peer nominations
Construction Group chair David Pfeffer was quoted in Real Estate Law360’s feature, "NY Real Estate Legislation to Watch in the 2nd Half Of 2018." The article highlights areas of legislation and regulation that top New York real estate lawyers will be keeping a close watch on in the second half of the year. David is quoted in two areas: the rezoning of Gowanus and the potential impact of imminent legislation to regulate short-term rentals.
Construction Group chair David Pfeffer was quoted in Real Estate Law360’s feature, Real Estate Cases to Watch in the 2nd Half of 2018. In the article, David weighed in on the implications of the $76 million judgment against construction contractor Navillus Tile for its improper use of non-union labor.
Construction chair David Pfeffer was featured in a Commercial Observer article that highlighted its 2nd Annual Higher Education Construction Forum, a half-day conference on the future of higher education development in the New York Metropolitan region. David moderated the panel, "Managing Higher Education’s Capital Programs, Development and Large Scale Renovations.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is pleased to announce that the 2018 edition of Chambers USA has once again recognized our Immigration and Construction lawyers, and Immigration practice. For the 13th consecutive year, Chambers highlighted Construction practice chair David Pfeffer as being among the top practitioners in the New York Construction field. In the New York Immigration category, the firm was recognized as a notable firm for the fourth time and, for the sixth consecutive year, Immigration partner Roxanne Levine was highlighted for representing multinational banking and cultural institutions in employee visa issues.
Construction chair David Pfeffer was quoted in a CoStar article, “NYC Office Market Grapples with Old Buildings, New Work Styles.” The article addressed the shift in how companies are using space and how the shared working environment trend is affecting older buildings. Regarding shared workspaces, David stated, "Large companies are starting to embrace shared workspaces with more frequency for large numbers of employees. Younger professionals want dynamic environments.
Construction chair David Pfeffer was quoted in two Construction Dive articles, “The Opioid Crisis: The Construction Industry's Simmering Threat” as well as its follow up, “The Opioid Crisis: Waging Battle Against a Deadly, Costly Problem.” Part one of the report addressed the opioid crisis and safety concerns in the construction industry and part two addressed preventing abuse, drug testing and treatment.
Construction practice chair David Pfeffer was quoted in a Real Estate Weekly article, "U.S. Opioid Crisis Putting Focus on Construction Sector Drug Testing.” The article explores the issue of adding mandatory drug testing to the NYC Council’s construction safety bill as part of improved training standards for construction workers, but this remains a tension point between organized labor and merit shop workers.
Construction chair David Pfeffer was recently quoted in a Commercial Observer article, "Putting on Developers’ Hard Hats, Private Equity Managers Break Risky New Ground.” The article discusses the increase in real estate private equity funds that are making ground-up development a prominent part of their business strategy.
Several notable Brooklyn development projects have one thing in common – middle-market, full-service law firm Tarter Krinsky & Drogin has helped the principals avoid various legal potholes and set the projects on the road to completion. The firm’s top-ranked Construction practice partners with clients on some of the most significant development projects in New York and elsewhere across the United States.
This year, 28 lawyers from Tarter Krinsky & Drogin have been named to the 2017 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists as top lawyers in the state. The annual Super Lawyers list recognizes the top five percent of lawyers in New York for their professional achievements. Attorneys are selected through a process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Four Tarter Krinsky & Drogin attorneys were ranked on the Rising Stars list, which recognizes the top 2.5 percent of lawyers who either are under the age of 40 or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
Leaders in the Law recently featured two of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s recent high-profile construction matters in a recent article, "Tarter Krinsky’s Construction Practice Leads Cultural Revivals in Brooklyn and Queens.” The highlighted matters reinforce the firm’s focus on advising the development community behind the latest hotel, residential, retail and arts projects in cutting-edge New York City neighborhoods.
Construction chair David Pfeffer, an alumnus of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was profiled by his alma mater in an article that highlighted his ability to resolve disputes and help clients achieve their business goals while also doing positive things for the community.
We are representing ScreenBid in the acquisition, lease and reconstruction of the famous 1930 Vogue Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. This is a significant move for Screenbid as it is the web-based company’s first foray to a 'bricks-and-mortar' premises, particularly as retail has moved from the street to the web. The deal will breathe new life to the thriving Hollywood theatre district and restore this iconic theatre back to its original splendor.
Globest.com featured Tarter Krinsky & Drogin and Construction Chair David Pfeffer’s recent lead role in the joint venture behind the Brooklyn Mirage in its acquisition and development of the enormous dance club and entertainment complex in the industrial corridor of East Williamsburg in its Middle Market Digest Northeast column, which includes a roundup of recent deals, leases and executive moves from the past week.
Construction Practice Chair David Pfeffer and his team represented the joint venture behind the Brooklyn Mirage in its acquisition and development of the enormous dance club and entertainment complex in the industrial corridor of East Williamsburg.
Construction chair David Pfeffer was quoted in an ENR New York article, "Revenue on the Rise for Regional Firms," which highlighted the surge in construction activity and spending in New York in 2017. David said that "the pace of new construction, while adding to the employment numbers, has actually caused a shortage of experienced, skilled laborers." But he also pointed out that "lenders have begun tightening the spigot for financing of new projects as vacancy rates in both the office and residential sector level off."
Commentary from Construction Chair David Pfeffer was featured in a Law360 article, “Real Estate Construction Labor Shortage Making Banks Wary.” The article discusses the strain that the frenetic pace of real estate construction has put on core U.S. markets – particularly in New York – on the labor workforce, which in turn is causing banks to be wary about providing construction loans.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is pleased to announce that the 2017 edition of Chambers USA has recognized the Immigration practice and Immigration and Construction lawyers.
Construction Group chair David Pfeffer was featured in a Commercial Observer article that highlighted the speakers at the April 5 Commercial Observer’s Development University Conference on higher education. The event featured speakers from top construction and engineering firms, as well as universities in the New York metropolitan region.
Bisnow recently featured an article on key concepts on the New York real estate market that emerged from the Anchin Construction & Development Forum. Tarter Krinsky & Drogin had a strong showing at this year’s Anchin Forum, with Construction chair David Pfeffer and partner Laurie Stanziale moderating panels.
Our client, Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based Nitehawk Cinema was featured in The New York Times for blazing the trail to repeal a Prohibition-era law banning the sale of alcohol in movie theaters.
New York Metro Super Lawyers has named 21 Tarter Krinsky & Drogin lawyers in 10 practices to its 2016 list.
David Pfeffer was quoted in The Real Deal article, "The New 421a is a Mixed Bag for Union Labor."
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is pleased to announce that the 2016 edition of Chambers USA has recognized the Immigration Practice and Immigration and Construction attorneys.
David Pfeffer was profiled by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the article “Building a Legal Career with David Pfeffer.”
David Pfeffer and John Walsh authored, “The Future of Modular Building in New York City” for Construction Today.
David Pfeffer was quoted in “Reinventing New York Real Estate” in Crain’s New York Business. The Bronx is experiencing residential and commercial real estate development growth. Incentives have encouraged mixed-income residential growth but David explains that the challenge will be if market-rate housing can be made without incentives.
David Pfeffer was quoted in Real Estate Weekly's article, "Worker's Death Leads City to Form New Task Force."
David Pfeffer was honored at Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island’s Ninth Annual Mildred and Samuel Levine Memorial Golf Classic for his ongoing support of the organization.
David Pfeffer and John Walsh wrote the article "Good Agreements Make Good Neighbors: The Benefits of Negotiating License Agreements to Access Neighboring Property."
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is pleased to announce that the 2015 edition of Chambers USA has recognized the Construction and Immigration Practices.
Cayuga Capital Management was featured in The Real Deal article “Bushwick’s Buzz” which covered their acquisition of 626 Bushwick Avenue. The former St. Mark’s Evangelical Church is being converted to 99 rental units.
Construction Chair David Pfeffer was quoted in the New York Post’s article “Judge shutters Chelsea CrossFit location over noise complaints.” Noise complaints from residents of The Steiner Building led to the closing of Brick NYC.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin represented Cayuga Capital Management LLC, a private real estate investment firm based in New York City, in the acquisition of the Colossal warehouse at 85 Wythe Avenue.
Construction Chair David Pfeffer was quoted in the Real Estate BISNOW article “Atlantic Yard’s Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios.” Forest City Ratner and Skanska are in court over construction of the first residential building at Pacific Park (formerly Atlantic Yards).
Construction Chair David Pfeffer was quoted in The Real Deal’s article “City construction costs break $1,000 per foot barrier.” The article states that the cost of constructing a building in New York City is breaking price records.
The 2014 edition of Chambers USA has recognized the Construction Practice Group as one of the top construction practices in New York City. Chambers has also recognized Practice Chair David Pfeffer, and Partners Andrew Koerner and Roxanne Levine as leaders in their field.
We represented The Masters School, a coed day and boarding school for fifth through twelfth grade students, in connection with a $32 million tax exempt bond offering with the Dobbs Ferry Local Development Corporation and TD Bank, N.A.
Tarter, Krinsky & Drogin represented Prestige Plumbing & Heating, Inc., a plumbing and heating subcontractor, in a case against B&B Construction, Inc., a general contractor, related to certain renovation activities at a residential property in New York City.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP represented Gracie Terrace Apartment Corp., a cooperative apartment corporation, against a shareholder who sought to enjoin the co-op from effective repairs to their apartment.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin represented Cayuga Capital Management LLC, a private real estate investment firm, in the purchase, leasing and financing of the new Playland Motel on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin represented Link Real Estate NYC in the acquisition of Key New York. Link Real Estate is a young, full service firm that handles residential marketing and leasing, as well as sales.
In a lawsuit filed on June 5, 2013, our client, the Board of Managers of the 150 Nassau Condominium, is seeking an injunction to protect the safety and well-being of the condominium's residents and its landmarked and historic building located at 150 Nassau Street in New York City. The lawsuit alleges that the owner of the retail unit, Spruce NYC LLC, recently leased its unit to a "Denny's," a fast-food chain open 24-hours a day and often an incubator for violent and disorderly conduct.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is pleased to announce that the 2013 edition of Chambers USA has recognized the Construction Practice Group as one of the top construction practices in New York City. Chambers has also recognized Construction Practice Chair David Pfeffer and Immigration Practice partners Roxanne Levine and Andrew Koerner as top practitioners in their fields.
David J. Pfeffer, Co-chair of the Construction Practice, moderated “New Developments in Higher Education,” a seminar hosted by the Greater New York Construction User Council.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin represented Cayuga Capital Management LLC, a private real estate investment firm based in New York City, in the sale of 44 Berry Street to ING Clarion Partners for $27 million on May 12, 2011.
David J. Pfeffer, a Partner in Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Construction Practice Group, was quoted in the New York Construction magazine article on “Deal Builders.”
David J. Pfeffer, a Partner in Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Construction Practice Group, was recently retained by the National Dance Institute (NDI) in connection with the design and construction agreements for its new headquarters in Harlem. NDI expects to occupy its new space in 2011.
Partner David J. Pfeffer and Counsel Andrew S. Koerner recently coauthored an article in Real Estate Weekly titled “Foreign Investments Help Fund Commercial Development.”
HRH Construction LLC filed a Chapter 11 petition with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York on September 6, 2009. The Creditors’ Committee selected Tarter Krinsky & Drogin as its counsel to represent it in HRH’s Chapter 11 case.
Recent news coverage of real estate development in the Bushwick and Williamsburg sections of Brooklyn featured Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s client Cayuga Capital Management LLC and its principals Jacob Sacks and Jamie Wiseman.
Construction chair David Pfeffer will once again speak at the Anchin Construction and Development Forum. This year’s event will held on February 6 in New York City, and David will speak on the afternoon panel, "Boomtown USA: The 200 Million Square Foot Pipeline,” which will explore how top development leaders are dealing with key pain points arising from today’s environment, including high construction costs, tightness in the labor market, open shop difficulties, risk management headaches, materials pricing and design challenges. This panel, comprised of leaders representing tens of millions of square feet under development, will discuss current activity in New York’s construction market and future pipeline of office, residential and industrial development and what it means to the industry.
Construction chair David Pfeffer will be a speaker at the Bisnow National Healthcare East conference on November 7. David and his fellow panelists will discuss, "Investment & Acquisitions: The Micro & Macro Level Impacts on Healthcare.”
On October 11, Construction chair David Pfeffer will moderate the discussion at the Greenpearl Construction Risk & Safety Roundtable. The event is a closed-door, invite-only, peer-to-peer roundtable for construction safety and risk professionals.
On September 13, Construction chair David Pfeffer will once again moderate a panel at the Commercial Observer’s 2nd Annual Healthcare Construction Forum at The CUNY Graduate Center. David’s panel will feature a discussion on, "Master Planning and Healthcare Development Key Expansions in NYC."
On May 14, Construction chair David Pfeffer will moderate a panel discussion at the Commercial Observer’s 2nd Annual Higher Education Construction Forum, a half-day conference on the future of higher education development in the New York Metropolitan region. David and his fellow panelists, who are leaders in the higher ed development field, will discuss, "Managing Higher Education’s Capital Programs, Development and Large Scale Renovations."
Construction chair David Pfeffer participated in the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit’s roundtable discussion titled, “Navigating the Government.”
Construction chair David Pfeffer will once again moderate a panel at the 2018 Anchin Construction and Development Forum on February 15. David’s panel, "Infrastructure Now: Understanding New York’s Needs in the Modern Era,” will address how New York’s infrastructure will adjust to demands of a growing population in an already densely inhabited metropolis, as well as the available opportunities for development and construction professionals.
Our market-leading Construction practice continues to be active on the speaking circuit at the top industry events in New York City. In the next week alone, Construction chair David Pfeffer will be a moderator at the Anchin Construction & Development Forum on 2/15 and Construction partner Laurie Stanziale will be a featured panelist at the 7th annual Real Estate Women’s Forum (REWF) on 2/23.
Construction chair David Pfeffer will present a live webinar on December 18 for Lorman Education Services on "Architect and Engineer Liability." The webinar will explore how to avoid claims and increase profitability by understanding how to balance liability risk.
Construction chair David Pfeffer will be a featured speaker at Bisnow's National Healthcare East Conference where he will discuss healthcare design and construction with co-panelists from Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University Medical Center, Talisen Construction, Gilbane Building Co.
On October 31, Construction chair David Pfeffer will be speaking on "Healthcare Design & Construction” at the Bisnow National Healthcare East Conference.
On October 19, Construction chair David Pfeffer will moderate a panel at Bisnow’s annual Brooklyn State of the Market Event. The program will cover the future of construction and development in Brooklyn. This event brings together the top real estate figures in one of the nation's hottest and fastest growing markets. David has been a frequent speaker at various industry events focused on the state of development in Brooklyn stemming from his strong experience partnering with clients on some of the most significant construction and development projects in the borough.
On April 20, Construction Group chair David Pfeffer will moderate a panel at Bisnow's Brooklyn Hottest Projects & Neighborhoods Conference on the development of Downtown Brooklyn.
Construction chair David Pfeffer will moderate a panel at the Commercial Observer’s 2017 Design & Construction Conference: A Look at the Region's Higher Education Agenda on April 5.
Construction Group chair David Pfeffer will moderate a panel at the Anchin Construction & Development Forum on February 9.
Construction Practice Group Chair David Pfeffer will moderate a panel at Bisnow’s 5th annual Brooklyn State of the Market event on December 2 at the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg.
David Pfeffer will speak at the 7th Annual Brooklyn Real Estate Summit on September 7, 2016.
David Pfeffer will moderate a panel for Bisnow’s program “Brooklyn’s Hot Projects and Neighborhoods.”
David Pfeffer will moderate the panel "Ask not What You Can Do: Government Regulation & Policy Roundup" at the Anchin Construction & Development Forum.
Construction Chair David Pfeffer will moderate the panel "Brooklyn’s Finest: The Next Phase in Brooklyn’s Development" at the 6th Annual Greenpearl Brooklyn Real Estate Summit.
David Pfeffer will moderate a panel at Bisnow’s 4th Annual State of Brooklyn.
David Pfeffer, Chair of the Construction Practice, will moderate the “Fresh Start: Innovative Design & Construction” session of the Anchin Construction & Development Forum on February 12, 2015 in New York City.
Construction Chair David Pfeffer will moderate a panel at Bisnow’s “State of Brooklyn: The Hip Borough Grows Up” on November 18. This program will focus on the the success of Brooklyn development across asset classes and neighborhoods and panelists will offer predictions about what lies in store for New York's largest and fastest growing borough.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin partnered with Università Bocconi to host a full-day program as part of its In-Company Training Program. The presentation, titled “Setting up Shop: Key Legal Issues for the Retail Industry” focused on the key legal challenges for retail clients entering the U.S. market.
David Pfeffer, Chair of the Construction Practice, will moderate Bisnow’s Brooklyn New Development Frontiers event on February 27, 2014 at the Brooklyn Marriott.
David Pfeffer, Chair of the Construction Practice, will moderate the 4th Annual Bisnow Construction and Development Summit on November 14, 2013.
On October 27 Tarter Krinsky & Drogin partnered with Lawline to host “Business in a Box” – a one-day series of CLE presentations designed to address the top legal issues facing emerging companies in growing and protecting their businesses.
David Pfeffer and Andrew Koerner spoke on constuction and EB-5 issues at the Massey Knakal Brooklyn Real Estate Summit on September 17.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, in conjunction with Bisnow, is hosting the first-ever “Future of Brooklyn” event, bringing together the top real estate figures in one of the nation's hottest and fastest growing markets.
Green plumbing addresses some of the key aspects of sustainable building such as reducing water consumption and protecting water quality, reducing operating cost and improving the built environment.
David J. Pfeffer moderated a panel of distinguished speakers at Bisnow’s New York Construction and Development seminar. The event was held at the New York Bar Association in New York City. The seminar focused on critical issues facing the construction and development industry in New York City in light of the current economic situation.
In New York City, construction of some sort is always moving forward and, as such, worksite injuries and fatalities unfortunately will occur. The Commercial Observer's "The State of Construction Safety" conference on May 4 brought together major players in the enforcement and construction community, including the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings (DOB) Rick Chandler, to discuss strategies for keeping workers safe through proper training and supervision, and for reducing the number of deaths and accidents on construction sites in New York City and throughout the state. In case you missed it, Construction partner Laurie Stanziale provides five important takeaways from the conference.
Construction chair and partner David Pfeffer authored an article in Law360 on "The Conundrum With Short-Term Rentals." The article explores what New York City landlords and tenants need to know about how recent regulations on short-term apartment rental services such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VBRO and Roomorama affect their properties.