WHO WE ARE.
Cyruli Shanks 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. We are structured in order that our “bold advocacy…dynamic thought…pragmatic counsel”, in combination with our relative size, give the Firm its unique aspect. The Firm is a formidable advocate in pursuit of its clients´ objectives, yet sufficiently nimble in its ability to respond rapidly to evolving facts, events or objectives.
ROBERT J. CYRULI
Robert J. Cyruli, a member of the firm and an AV rated attorney as certified by Martindale-Hubbell, concentrates his practice on matters involving real estate law and commercial litigation. Mr. Cyruli represents both publicly-traded and privately-held commercial real estate concerns and major commercial asset managers in their leasing and management of office, retail and industrial properties, and in related commercial litigation (including commercial landlord/tenant litigation). Among his clients are many of the most prominent such concerns and trophy office properties in the New York metropolitan area. In addition, Mr. Cyruli represents various national and multinational corporate tenants in their real estate interests throughout the United States.
Mr. Cyruli has also represented various national title insurance underwriters as litigation counsel in matters involving title insurance claims, as well as various federally insured lending institutions in connection with the origination and enforcement of mortgage loans and secured obligations. In the field of governmental affairs, Mr. Cyruli has successfully represented clients in matters before the highest levels of New York State and City governments and their various agencies.
For many years, Mr. Cyruli has been counsel on a pro bono basis to the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a national not-for-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to fostering relations between the Jewish American community and various other ethnic American communities. Mr. Cyruli is also an ardent supporter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) and a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Real Estate Board of New York and the Lambda Chi Alpha national fraternity.
Mr. Cyruli received a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.
He is admitted to practice law before the courts of New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, the United States District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and before the United States Supreme Court.
Russell Shanks, a member of the firm, concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation, specializing within the automotive and real estate industries. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Shanks had previously served as general counsel to the Potamkin automotive organization for five years.
Mr. Shanks has represented clients in numerous matters of complex litigation involving the “Big Three” automotive manufacturers. In addition, he has represented clients in various litigated matters including commercial loan transactions, shareholder/partnership/contract disputes and commercial foreclosures.
Mr. Shanks has a wide range of experience before the State and Federal Courts in New York, as well as before numerous administrative and arbitration tribunals. He has previously lectured in a program operated by the Kings County Supreme Court in conjunction with the Kings County District Attorneys Office. He currently trains small claims arbitrators and has served on the Board and as President of the Association of Small Claims Arbitrators of the City of New York. He has also acted as a mentor in the Brooklyn Law School mentoring program.
Mr. Shanks received a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1983, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Andrew S. Zizmor
Andrew S. Zizmor, a member of the firm, is a corporate attorney with extensive experience in general commercial matters. Mr. Zizmor has represented both domestic and foreign concerns in their acquisition, divestiture, formation and restructuring of various business entities. In addition, Mr. Zizmor has substantial experience representing commercial lending institutions in various areas of commercial banking, and has represented clients in commercial real estate transactions involving the lease or sale of properties.
For many of his clients, Mr. Zizmor acts as outside general counsel regarding matters of corporate governance and other commercial endeavors. He has also represented clients before various governmental agencies.
Mr. Zizmor’s clients include automotive concerns, a chain of parking garages in Manhattan, a public utility company in the United Kingdom and the United States, software companies, high net worth individuals and start up ventures.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Zizmor was previously associated with the firms of Battle Fowler and Kronish, Lieb, Wiener & Hellman.
Mr. Zizmor received a Juris Doctor degree from The Cornell Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Cornell University Law Review, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Franklin & Marshall College.
Mr. Zizmor is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
Avely Hart, a partner of the firm, concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, corporate, and business law and related litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hart was a founder and senior partner in the Manhattan law firm of Hart & Hart LLP for over thirteen years.
Mr. Hart has extensive experience represented clients in matters involving commercial real estate sales, acquisitions and financing, as well as in matters involving the sale, acquisition, merger and restructuring of business entities. He also represented clients in numerous matters involving complex litigation of real estate and corporate disputes.
Mr. Hart received a Juris Doctor degree from CUNY Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and before the United States District of Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Jeffrey C. Ruderman
Jeffrey C. Ruderman, a partner of the firm, concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation and real estate transactions both in New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Ruderman has represented clients in numerous matters of complex litigation involving Federal RICO claims, insurance coverage issues, consumer fraud actions and the New York State Beverage Franchise Law. He has acted as outside general counsel for a consortium of real estate investors as well as a nationally recognized food and beverage manufacturer and distributor advising as to general commercial endeavors.
Mr. Ruderman has represented clients in their acquisition, divestiture, formation and restructuring of various business entities as well their associated commercial real estate acquisitions and commercial financing with major lending institutions. Mr. Ruderman has also represented defendants in commercial real estate foreclosure matters.
Mr. Ruderman’s experience also includes residential purchase and sale transactions and residential financing transactions representing lenders, borrowers and title insurance companies.
Mr. Ruderman received a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Information Systems from The City University of New York, Queens College.
He is admitted to practice law before the courts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, the United States District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States District Court of New Jersey.
James E. Schwartz
James E. Schwartz, a partner of the firm, concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on real estate related disputes.
His clients include real estate brokerage firms, institutional and private landlords and real estate management concerns, condominium and cooperative associations, title insurance underwriters and high net worth individuals. Mr. Schwartz has vast experience successfully litigating complex commercial matters at both the trial and appellate levels.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Schwartz was for many years a member of the law firm Carb Luria Cook & Kufeld LLP in Manhattan.
Mr. Schwartz received a Juris Doctor degree from the Duke University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Schwartz is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
STUART T. BASSEL
Stuart T. Bassel, a partner of the firm, concentrates his practice in commercial leasing matters, representing both landlords and tenants in the preparation and negotiation of complex office and retail leases, licenses and all related agreements.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bassel was an associate with the firm of Goldberg Weprin & Ustin LLP and prior to that was General Counsel, Vice President of Administration of Sam Seltzer’s Steakhouses of America, a restaurant operating company in Florida.
While in law school, Mr. Bassel served as an intern for Ernst & Young, LLP, and continued as a Senior Tax Consultant for several years after graduating from law school.
Mr. Bassel received his Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Mr. Bassel is a member of the New York State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in New York.