Shari S. Laskowitz, Of Counsel
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP
Shari Laskowitz is counsel for the firm’s Landlord-Tenant group. She has been representing clients in real estate litigation for more than 15 years, with significant experience at trials, appeals, and in private negotiations. Shari has successfully resolved a broad array of real estate-related disputes, including landlord/tenant and co-op/condo conflicts as well as business-related matters such as partnership disputes and Surrogate’s Court litigation.
She represents commercial landlords and tenants in matters, including those related to breach of contract, real estate taxes, adjacent properties, construction delays, community opposition, brokerage agreements, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Shari has particular experience in the area of landlord-tenant disputes relating to office, retail, and restaurant properties, as well as multifamily residential properties. Additionally, she has experience resolving real estate partnership disputes through litigation in New York state courts as well as negotiation and arbitration before the American Arbitration Association and JAMS. She also represents shareholders in disputes with co-op boards.
Rick Ostrove, Counsel
Leeds Brown Law, P.C.
Rick Ostrove is principal trial counsel for Leeds Brown Law, P.C. Rick has won numerous jury verdicts including a $15M verdict in a sexual harassment case, one of the largest jury awards to an individual plaintiff in an employment discrimination case. During the same year, he obtained a $5.25M award in a workplace retaliation claim. On three occasions, Rick has appeared in Verdict Search’s publication Top New York Verdicts.
In 2013, Rick was recognized by the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association for having “the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership in the field of labor and employment law.” For each of the past five years, Rick has been selected to the New York “Super Lawyers” list, as published with the New York Times Magazine. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
United States District Judge Arthur D. Spatt commented that “Mr. Ostrove is one of the premiere trial lawyers in the field [of employment law] and has tried many cases before me. Mr. Ostrove is outstanding.” Similarly, United States District Judge Joanna Seybert, described Rick as having a “marvelous way with juries” and achieving “fantastic results.”
Although his primary practice areas are employment and civil rights law, Rick has extensive experience handling complex litigation, including commercial, estate, and matrimonial litigations. As lead trial counsel in a federal Unfair Competition case, he managed more than a dozen lawyers from four separate law firms; the action involved over fifty deposed witnesses and approximately twenty expert reports. After closing statements, United States District Judge Leonard D. Wexler described the trial performance as “fantastic,” “superb,” and “excellent.” Judge Wexler added in his published post-trial decision, “[t]his case was highly contested and well-tried by all counsel. Indeed, the court is hard pressed to recall a trial in which the claims of the parties was so competently and clearly presented by counsel to a jury.”