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Why We Do Not Hire Law School Graduates from the Ivy League Schools

Adam Leitman Bailey | Posted 07.13.2016 | College
Adam Leitman Bailey

In order to strive to become one of New York's best real estate law firms we do not hire law school graduates from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia or any of the other traditional highest tier schools.

The Hiring Guru: Eric Gonchar "Firm" Interviewing

David Jensen | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
David Jensen

Like any respectable East Coaster, Eric Gonchar puts family first. And like a true Attorney, work is a close second. He does, however, have an abundance of hobbies including snow skiing, water skiing, tennis, bicycling, hiking, running, photography, fishing, guitar playing and music memorabilia.

Hear No Hardship

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 02.02.2013 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

I'm not a member of a book club, so I don't know if it's de rigueur for literary associations to throw back a few cocktails and to unsheath verbal knives at holiday get-togethers. If it is, then I was in the presence of a masterful group of readers.

May I Practice Law... On You?

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 11.11.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

Is the counselor fresh from 15 years of seeking property tax reductions for shopping centers any more qualified to represent a home buyer than a fresh-faced law graduate? Probably not, but only one of them is claiming "I have been focused on property law since 1997."

Middle Class Masquerade

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 01.31.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

The home seller sobbed when she heard her real estate transaction fell through. "I've got to get out of here," she let me know for the umpteenth time. "I can't keep pretending to be middle class."

Distressed Domiciles

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lita Smith-Mines

If all that remains after foreclosures are distressed properties, the human toll taken by our economic downturn will continue to be largely ignored.