Overview
Overview
Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Presentations + Publications
Community Service
Extracurricular
Josh is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Group. He has spent his entire law career at the firm and offers 35 years of experience in both real estate and commercial litigation. His practice includes commercial litigation, zoning disputes, all aspects of real property litigation, trial practice and appellate work. Clients include real estate developers, commercial landlords, property owners, professionals and corporations involved in general commercial litigation, real property claims and defenses, contract disputes, corporate litigation and estate litigation.

Many of Josh’s cases have been reported and cited frequently by the Appellate Courts of New York. Sample matters include: Jury trial of breach-of-contract action against multinational publicly held corporation with high seven-figure recovery; negotiation, arbitration and litigation of construction defect claims against general contractors, architects, engineers, home inspections firms and construction managers; trial of multi-million dollar condemnation claims on behalf of condemnee; Federal Court claims on behalf of real estate developers under §1983 of Civil Rights Act; representation of Condominium Associations in construction contract disputes and breach of warranty claims; adverse possession, easements, foreclosures, mechanic’s liens and commercial landlord-tenant; Article 78 proceedings challenging denial of zoning approvals; general counsel to many Westchester commercial property owners, landlords and developers; representation of shareholders, partners, corporations, condominiums and partnerships in all aspects of business disputes including interpretation and enforcement of contracts, restrictive covenants, dissolution proceedings, breach of contract, warranty and fraud claims, and judgment collection and enforcement; successful lifting of landmark designations during administrative hearing process and in Article 78 proceedings; and representation of developers and property owners in applications to and hearings before Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Boards.

Education

  • Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, J.D.; 1980
  • Washington University, B.A.; 1977

Admissions/Courts

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Awards + Recognitions

  • Lifetime Commitment Award, The Hebrew Institute of White Plains; 2006
  • Parents of the Year, The Westchester Hebrew High School in Mamaroneck; 2003

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • White Plains Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

Presentations + Publications

“Decisions Give Glimmer of Hope to Internet Defamation Plaintiffs”
NY Law Journal, December 2015

“The Failure to Preserve the Status Quo as a Bar to Appellate Review in Zoning Disputes”
Westchester Bar Journal
Vol. 38, No. 101 (Winter/Spring 2012)
Co-author with Anthony P. Luisi

“If I Win–Can I Recover My Attorneys Fees?”
The Westchester Bar Journal
Fall/Winter 2007
Author

“The Big Sale That Would Not Close,”
The Westchester Bar Journal
Spring/Summer 2005
Author

“Real Estate Development from Beginning to End,”
January, 2008
Lecturer

“Legal Aspects of Condominium Development and Homeowners’ Association,”
March 17, 2006
Lecturer

“Zoning and Land Use,”
2004, 2005, 2006
Lecturer

“Legal Aspects of Condominium Development and Homeowner’s Associations in New York,”
March 18, 2005
Lecturer

“Commercial Real Estate and Commercial Landlord/Tenant Issues in New York,”
December 12, 2003
Lecturer

“Litigation of Contract Disputes to Trial, Judgment and Collection in New York,”
2002, 2003
Lecturer

“Real Estate and Landlord Tenant Issues in New York,”
1999, 2000, 2001
Lecturer

Community Service

  • The Hebrew Institute of White Plains
  • The Westchester Hebrew High School in Mamaroneck

Extracurricular

  • Josh and his wife Jane are lifelong resident of White Plains.
  • They have two married sons living in New York City and an infant granddaughter.
  • Josh enjoys basketball, lap swimming, and cycling and is an active member of The Hebrew Institute of White Plains.
Practices
Litigation

Whether it be high-stakes litigation or everyday legal issues, it is important to have a unique combination of skills and focus on client objectives in order to be successful. I pride myself in being both a masterful legal strategist and a savvy, street-wise pragmatist to achieve unparalleled and well-known success. — Josh
On Saturday January 6, 2018, Josh Grauer attended the Westchester Day School 2018 Anniversary Dinner at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook, NY.