Debra Bodian Bernstein is a partner in the litigation practice and is a seasoned litigator, having represented clients in a wide range of industries and disputes since 1990. Debra joined Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP in 2002 and began her practice as a litigation associate with Winston & Strawn in New York.
Debra handles complex business and other civil disputes from inception through trial and appeal, including contract disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, title insurance claims, landlord-tenant and cooperative and condominium disputes, mortgage foreclosures and other real property matters, fraudulent transfers, art restitution, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, probate litigation and defamation.
Debra also counsels clients in litigation avoidance and out-of-court settlement and insurance coverage, and has significant experience in post-judgment collection proceedings. She has extensive experience in New York State court, federal court, appellate practice and alternative dispute resolution, including the American Arbitration Association and JAMS.
Some examples of the wide variety of matters handled by Debra include representation of:
Favorite Band/Last Concert:
My favorites are soft rock and 80’s bands, and my all-time favorite band is the Cure. The last concerts I went to were the English Beat, New Order, the B-52s with OMD and Springsteen.
Favorite NY Landmark:
Central Park, especially the model boat pond and Belvedere Castle.
Quote I live by:
Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
On the latest episode of Law Brief®, Litigation Partner Debra Bodian Bernstein joins Partner and Host Richard Schoenstein to discuss the current status of commercial lease obligations in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and the options for landlords and tenants.
We are pleased to announce that Litigation Partner Debra Bodian Bernstein has been appointed to the New York City Bar Association’s Real Property Law Committee. As a committee member, Debra will have the opportunity to draft reports, comment on legislation, sponsor continuing legal education programs and help serve in an advisory capacity for the real property legal community. Debra has significant experience handling real property-related litigation matters and is part of our Commercial Landlord-Tenant Lease Disputes practice.
The New York Law Journal has highlighted the promotion of three counsels to partner and the promotion of five associates to counsel.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is pleased to announce the promotion of the below three counsels to partner and the promotion of five associates to counsel.
Debra Bodian Bernstein is a counsel in Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Litigation Department. Learn more about what she enjoys most about working at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin.
Bloomberg Law highlights Tarter Krinsky & Drogin's unique GOAL program, through which every lawyer and staff member is given the opportunity and the financial backing to accomplish, or continue to pursue, a professional goal or learning objective each year.
Throughout Women’s History Month, we have been shining light on the women of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin. They are talented leaders in their field, and indispensable assets to our firm, clients and community. In this installment, learn more about Litigation counsel Debra Bodian Bernstein.
Bloomberg Big Law Business featured Tarter Krinsky & Drogin in a feature story, "Improv, Golf Lessons All in a Day’s Work at This Firm.” The article highlighted TKD’s GOAL (Go Out Learn and Lead) Program, which encourages and sponsors employees to undertake a professional development goal or learning objective each year to enhance their skills. The article noted that TKD is unique in that in provides the GOAL opportunity to every employee annually, both lawyers and staff, which are hallmarks of TKD’s inclusive and supportive culture.
Counsel Debra Bodian Bernstein has been appointed to a three-year term on the Steering Committee of the Harpur Law Council by the Dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin successfully defended I love Sugar, a locally owned high-end candy retailer based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in a trade dress infringement case brought by their competitor It’Sugar.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin was retained to appeal a $6 million judgment against a client based on a purported failure to repay a loan.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued an opinion affirming the District Court’s dismissal of a legal malpractice claim against a client.
Counsel Deborah Bodian Bernstein has been elected to serve as the Executive Vice President and Secretary of Congregation Habonim.
We are pleased to announce that Edward Farrell and Debra Bodian Bernstein have been named Counsel to the firm.
As we start a new year, we would like to share with you some of our most popular legal alerts from 2020. Our top alerts range from bankruptcy, construction, COVID-19, labor & employment, immigration, trusts & estates, corporate & securities, litigation and intellectual property, reflecting the broad array of our full-service practice. We hope that our alerts have been helpful to you and your colleagues, and demonstrate our commitment to providing important information to you.
In a highly anticipated decision, Judge Ronnie Abrams of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, in Melendez v. The City of New York, dismissed a challenge to the “Guaranty Law” and related legislation that was enacted by the New York City Council in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Understandably lost in the shuffle amidst the myriad of new laws and regulations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is New York's new Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA). Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 6, 2019, the UVTA became effective on April 4, 2020, and governs fraudulent transfers made on or after that effective date.
As we start a new year, we would like to share with you some of our most popular legal alerts from 2019.
Our top-read alerts range from construction, labor & employment, tax, immigration, trusts & estates, cooperatives & condominiums, real estate, corporate & securities, litigation and intellectual property, reflecting the broad array of our full-service practice. We hope that our alerts have been valuable to you and your colleagues, and demonstrate our commitment to providing helpful information to you.
As we head into summer, we would like to share with you some of our most popular legal alerts from the first half of 2019.
Our top-read alerts range from construction, labor and employment, tax, corporate and securities, immigration, cooperatives and condominiums, commercial leasing, real estate, litigation and intellectual property, reflecting the broad array of our full-service practice. We hope that our alerts have been valuable to you and your colleagues, and demonstrate our commitment to providing helpful information to you.
For approximately 50 years, commercial tenants in New York facing potential action for breach of lease and possible eviction have enjoyed the use of a so-called "Yellowstone injunction," which, if granted by the court, froze the contractual cure period under a lease governed by New York law.