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Himmelstein, Samuel J.

15 Maiden Lane17th FloorNew York, NY 10038
Phones: 646-666-8496
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...Read moreSamuel J. Himmelstein, a graduate of Brooklyn College (1975, Psychology) and the New York Law School (1979, J.D., cum laude), concentrates on individual residential and commercial tenant and tenants' rights litigation, representation of tenant associations and cooperative conversions. He has practiced in the Housing Units of East Brooklyn Legal Services (1979-82) and South Brooklyn Legal Services (1982-83). He has written two manuals, A Tenant's Guide to Housing Court (1983) and How to Get Your Landlord to Correct Violations (1983) and a manual entitled Tenants' Rights and How to Protect Them, published by the New York City Commission on Human Rights in 1992. He has also served as legal advisor on two pamphlets, A Tenant's Guide to Subletting, Apartment Sharing and Apartment and Apartment Succession (1998) and A Tenant's Guide to High Income Decontrol Under Rent Regulation in New York State (2006). He is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of tenants rights and cooperative conversions, and has been a guest on WBAI's Housing Notebook, WNYC-AM's New York and Company, Tenant Talk, Crosswalks, Tenants and Neighbors and other television programs, and frequently teaches Continuing Legal Education courses and training sessions for attorneys and community advocates in landlord-tenant law. He is frequently quoted in the New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The New York Law Journal and other publications, and has written articles published in the New York Law Journal. In the summer of 2008 he and William Gribben taught two classes for Housing Court Judges as part of the Judicial Seminars sponsored by the New York State Judicial Institute. In January, 2009, Sam was appointed a tenant representative on the Housing Advisory Council, the official body which screens Housing Court Judge applications and reappointments. In his spare time, Sam is a member of the rock band The Love Handles (keyboard and vocals), which plays regularly at The Cutting Room and other venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn.Read less
Current Employment Position(s)
Frequent Case Types
Practice Areas
Individual ResidentialCommercial TenantTenants' Rights LitigationTenant Group Representation
Representative Clients
Metropolitan Council on HousingNew York State Tenant and Neighborhood Coalition
Bar Admissions
New York, 1980U.S. Federal Court, 1981
Other Affiliations
National Lawyers Guild, 1976 - Present (Member) New York County Trial Lawyers Association, 1983 - Present (Member)
Classes and Seminars
Frequent Lecturer, Tenants Rights and Cooperative Conversions
Pro Bono Activities
Member, Rock Band The Love Handles (Keyboard and Vocals)
Past Positions
Housing Units of East Brooklyn Legal Services , 1979 - 1982South Brooklyn Legal Services , 1982 - 1983
New York Law School, New York, New York, 1979
Honors: cum laude
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York, 1975
Honors: cum laude
Honors: With Honors
Major: Psychology
New York State Tenant and Neighborhood CoalitionMetropolitan Council on HousingWest Side Tenants Union
Accepts Credit Cards
Published Works
A Tenant's Guide to Housing Court, 1983How to Get Your Landlord to Correct Violations, 1983Tenants' Rights and How to Protect Them, New York City Commission on Human Rights , 1992
Office Information
15 Maiden Lane17th FloorNew York, NY 10038
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