Debra Bodian Bernstein

Counsel

P 212.216.8027    F 212.216.8001
1350 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

 

Debra Bodian Bernstein

Counsel

P 212.216.8027    F 212.216.8001   dbernstein@tarterkrinsky.com

Debra Bodian Bernstein is counsel at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP. She joined the firm in 2002, having practiced in the area of commercial litigation since 1990.

She handles complex business disputes from inception through trial and appeal, including contract disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, title insurance claims, landlord-tenant issues, mortgage foreclosures and other real property matters, art restitution, intellectual property litigation, attorney malpractice and defamation.

Representative Matters:

  • A prominent retail jeweler in an action against a luxury watch distributor based on breach of contract and tortious interference with business relations.  Obtained a favorable settlement after defeating motions to dismiss and for summary judgment and successfully defending appeals.
  • The majority owner of an established wholesaler of women’s apparel in a shareholder dispute with the estate of the deceased minority owner.
  • Heirs in an action to recover artworks that had been lost during the Nazi period.
  • Lenders and borrowers in actions on promissory notes and guarantees, including obtaining dismissal on appeal of an action to collect over $6 million on a defaulted promissory note.
  • A national bank in an action based on a sweeping mortgage fraud scheme whereby the bank was induced to fund mortgage loans with respect to several properties based on overvalued appraisals, false information regarding the prospective borrowers, and false closing documentation.  Obtained a favorable settlement for the bank, and cooperated and coordinated with investigations by governmental agencies concerning the fraudulent scheme.
  • Numerous real property owners and mortgage lenders in defense of title insurance claims.  Successfully moved to dismiss many of the actions based on statute of limitations, res judicata/collateral estoppel and summary judgment.
  • A regional high-end candy store in a trade dress infringement action by a national retail candy chain.
  • A well-known financial advisor in an action against a competitor based on trademark infringement, unfair competition and defamation.
Community Involvement
  • Debra has been actively involved with the New York City Bar Association, where she has served on several committees, moderated programs, and participated in the Monday Night LAW program, providing legal advice to the community.
  • Debra has been active for many years as a board member and an executive  committee member of her synagogue, an historic congregation in Manhattan.
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. 1990
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S. 1987
Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Community Involvement
  • Debra has been actively involved with the New York City Bar Association, where she has served on several committees, moderated programs, and participated in the Monday Night LAW program, providing legal advice to the community.
  • Debra has been active for many years as a board member and an executive  committee member of her synagogue, an historic congregation in Manhattan.
Memberships
  • New York City Bar Association, Litigation Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
Articles
  • The TKD Advisor: You’ve Been Served with a Summons and Complaint — What Next?
  • The TKD Advisor: The Mortgage Market Crisis: Mortgage Foreclosure ‘Rescue’ Scams
  • The TKD Advisor: In Some Cases, The Real Battle is Enforcing, Rather than Obtaining, the Judgment

What I do when I'm not practicing law:
You can find me on the sidelines cheering on my daughter's soccer team

Last read:
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Website I frequent:
Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes - I can no longer go to a restaurant or a movie without checking these sites first!

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Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. 1990
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S. 1987
Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Memberships
  • New York City Bar Association, Litigation Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
Articles
  • The TKD Advisor: You’ve Been Served with a Summons and Complaint — What Next?
  • The TKD Advisor: The Mortgage Market Crisis: Mortgage Foreclosure ‘Rescue’ Scams
  • The TKD Advisor: In Some Cases, The Real Battle is Enforcing, Rather than Obtaining, the Judgment