Cyruli Shanks



Headquartered in New York City with a satellite office in New Jersey, Cyruli Shanks Hart & Zizmor LLP is dedicated to furnishing its clients with bold advocacy, dynamic thought, and pragmatic counsel, devoting personalized attention at favorable rates. All of the foregoing gives our firm its unique aspect, enabling it to satisfy the needs of a diverse roster of clients and to cultivate and sustain long term relationships.


We are formidable advocates of our clients’ objectives, yet sufficiently nimble in our ability to respond rapidly to evolving facts, events, or objectives. The Firm is staffed with talented, innovative professionals, each possessing an unrelenting sense of purpose. They bring to each matter significant experience and expertise across the broad spectrum of our practice areas.

Areas of Practice


The Firm can deploy its extensive knowledge of franchise issues and automotive litigation including termination disputes, government and regulatory actions, compliance, and investigations, financing disputes, lemon law, contractual disputes and general litigation involving vendors, partnerships, landlords, dealer arbitration, dealer fraud, consumer fraud, and consumer issues. Similarly, on the transactional side of automotive law, we have advised and represented major East Coast automotive franchises in sale and purchase agreements, real estate transactions, financing issues, corporate and partnership agreements, and general franchise issues.


The experience of the litigation department of the Firm is extremely broad, extending from straightforward to complex disputes involving closely held and publicly traded businesses, contracts, and commercial matters, real estate, construction, consumer credit, banking, employment and executive compensation, and matters involving professional malpractice. Our litigators have a well established record of success before the trial and appellate courts at the local, state and federal levels, as well as before the various administrative agencies and arbitration/mediation forums.


The Firm serves as counsel to issuers and underwriters in private placements and public offerings of equity and debt securities under the Securities Act of 1933. We also act as special counsel to corporations, controlling stock holders and employee groups in matters concerning mergers and acquisitions. The Firm regularly advises clients in connection with contractual matters, corporate governance, partnerships, strategic alliances, joint ventures, executive compensation agreements, stock option plans and other matters of business and commerce.


The Firm has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting a variety of complex and sophisticated transactions involving the leasing, sale, acquisition and financing of real property. Our real estate practice group represents institutional and publicly-traded landlords, REITS, asset managers and privately-held concerns in connection with their leasing of major commercial real estate properties, including office buildings, shopping centers, retail stores and industrial properties. We also represent small and mid-size concerns as tenants, in connection with their leasing and occupancy of retail, office and industrial premises.

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