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From an office centrally located on East 60th Street in the heart of New York City’s midtown, the law firm of Gary J. Wachtel, Esq. has successfully represented clients in the State and Federal Courts located throughout New York for over 20 years.

The cornerstone of Mr. Wachtel’s success lies in his personalized client services. His practice has proven that unwavering attentiveness to a case generates the best results for his clients. Mr. Wachtel performs every function of your case personally, always bearing in mind your distinct objectives and interests. In fact, most of his new business is received from satisfied clients and other attorneys who know of his unique reputation for personalized services and excellence in representation. To read some of these outstanding testimonials, see What Clients Say and assess his professional merit for yourself.

As a veteran litigator, Gary J. Wachtel provides effective representation on matters of:

Landlord and Tenant Litigation

In conjunction with his established real estate practice, the law offices of Gary J. Wachtel, Esq. both prosecutes and defends in litigation involving tenants, landlords, subtenants, licensees, property managers, and related parties of both residential and commercial properties. In this practice, he represents either party on all landlord and tenant litigation matters, including on issues of rent in arrears, collections, evictions, landlord liability, property damage, 7A and HP proceedings, applications for certificate of no harassment, holdovers, nuisance, abatements, wrongful evictions, overcharges, fair market rent appeals, illusory prime tenancy, breach of warranty of habitability, illegal profiteering, judgment vacatur, bankruptcy, appeals, and numerous other common matters in landlord and tenant law.

Commercial Landlord and Real Estate Management Company Representation

Attorney Gary Wachtel provides comprehensive services to commercial landlords and real estate management companies in New York. His broad range of services in landlord and tenant litigation includes such services as holdover and nonpayment proceedings, and defense of Yellowstone Injunctions, ECB and Fire Department Violations.

Residential Landlord Rights

Attorney Gary Wachtel provides comprehensive litigation services to protect the rights of residential landlords and residential real estate management companies in New York. Apartments may contain rent-controlled tenants, rent-stabilized tenants, or free-market rent tenants; and each type of tenant has certain rights and privileges. New York residential landlords and residential management companies need a strong advocate to protect their rights and maximize their investment in their buildings.

Real Estate Transactions and Litigation

Mr. Wachtel provides legal advice and general counsel for all aspects of both residential real estate transactions and commercial real estate transactions, including services related to mortgages and financing, drafting and review of purchase and sale agreements, title examinations, real estate closings, leasing and subleasing, condominium and cooperative matters, and much more. His real estate transactional practice has experienced unsurpassed success, with an exceptional 100% closing rate on all signed Purchase and Sale Agreements.

In real estate litigation matters, Mr. Wachtel has obtained successful results for property buyers and sellers, mortgagors, mortgagees, construction companies, real estate brokers, and other businesses, individuals, and corporations in many actions such as quiet title actions, specific performance actions, bankruptcy, foreclosures, Yellowstone Injunction actions, partition actions, injunctive relief and declaratory judgment actions, shareholder derivative suits, and many other real estate contract disputes.

Business and Commercial Litigation

Mr. Wachtel frequently serves as counsel for small and large businesses, real estate companies, and multi-state corporations, handling all business transaction issues such as entity formation, drafting of bylaws, employment and shareholder agreements, sales and transfers of businesses or business assets, and business dissolution and wind-up. In addition to his comprehensive business transaction services, he also provides skilled and aggressive representation in all business litigation matters, including breach of contract, judgment enforcement, specific performance, declaratory judgment, temporary restraining order and injunctive relief, shareholder derivative suits, appeals, and numerous other business disputes.

Consumer Protection

In his consumer protection practice, Gary J. Wachtel, Esq. provides defense services for clients facing foreclosure, credit card debt actions, collection agencies, and unfair debt collection practices. He can also help you safeguard your property and financial resources from being liquidated to settle your debts, and can help you reach a more practical and fair resolution with your creditors. He also represents creditors and others in the collection of their unpaid accounts. He is acutely aware that your ongoing business productivity relies on a speedy and affordable resolution of your collection matters, and he strives to accelerate collections claims in litigation. Whether you chose to litigate your claim or reach a settlement through negotiation or mediation, he has the ability to quickly advance your claim and collect the money that is rightly owed to you.


Mr. Wachtel also can guide you through an individual Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcy or a corporate Chapter 11 business bankruptcy. In this practice, he helps consumers and businesses to keep their hard-earned assets and resources, while discharging debts, eliminating aggressive collection practices and creditor harassment, stopping garnishment of wages, canceling judgment enforcement, avoiding foreclosure and keeping your home and other business assets. Overwhelming debt and unexpected expenses are common misfortunes that many consumers and businesses face at some point. Gary J. Wachtel, Esq. can advise you on the best form of bankruptcy debt relief for you or your business, and help you safeguard your important assets as well as the ongoing success of your business operations.

If you are looking for a Commercial and Real Estate Litigation law firm in Manhattan with an unbeatable reputation for results, contact the law offices of Gary J. Wachtel now, or call today and let his experience be your advantage – 212-371-6500.