Arthur Gutman is a co-founder of Gutman Weiss PC and is the head of the firm’s real estate practice. Mr. Gutman is responsible for overseeing and handling all aspects of the firm’s real estate practice, and has a strong background in most areas of commercial real estate law, including purchase and sale transactions (industrial, multi family, houses, condo and coops), development projects, leasing, real estate financing, foreclosures and workouts, issues affecting not-for-profit institutions, and real estate partnerships and joint ventures.
Mr. Gutman attended Yeshiva University, and graduated with honors with a degree in Finance. Thereafter he graduated from Touro Law School where he received his Juris Doctor (JD) and Long Island University Business School with a Master in Business Administration (MBA). During law school he maintained an internship for the Honorable Leon Ruchulsman, Supreme Court of the State of New York. He began his law career in a Boutique Real Estate law firm of Shapiro and Shapiro LLP.
Mr. Gutman is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Eastern and Southern Federal District Courts.
Alan is an accomplished attorney whose practice focuses heavily on real estate and commercial matters. Equally adept at transactional work and litigation, Alan is able to represent his clients in a full range of matters. Alan prides himself on being a businessman as well as an attorney and always tries to keep his focus on helping his clients make the best deals possible.
Commercial Real Estate: Acquisitions, Sales and Financing:
Alan represents clients in the purchase and sale of real estate throughout New York State with a heavy concentration in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Long Island. Alan’s practice focuses substantially on real estate professionals purchasing or selling investment and development properties. Alan’s transactions typically involve the purchase and/or sale of vacant land, apartment buildings (over six units), office buildings, commercial condos and coops, as well as single and multi-family homes. Alan is regularly called upon to assist his client’s with their due diligence needs as well.
Additionally, Alan represents clients in their efforts to obtain financing for their transactions. For example, Alan has handled a wide variety of financing transactions including conventional acquisition financing, construction financing, SBA loans, purchase money financing and private financing. In addition to helping his clients organize and present their documents to lenders, Alan goes to great lengths to negotiate the best loan structure for his clients. His experience in negotiating various types of guaranties has helped his clients avoid unnecessary and potentially disastrous personal liability. Alan takes great pride in his work as general counsel to a real estate development company operating in Long Island’s South Shore.
Real Estate Leasing:
Alan represents both landlords and tenants in leasing transactions. Over the years, Alan has worked on all types of leases ranging from complex “triple net leases” to simple month to month residential house leases. Once again, the common denominator that runs through each and every leasing transaction is a focus on the “big picture” of what each individual client is trying to achieve.
Mechanic Lien Foreclosures and Construction Law:
Alan leads the litigation department at Gutman Weiss, P.C. Since its founding, the firm has represented numerous contractors seeking to collect payment for labor and materials provided for construction projects. The firm is very well versed in New York’s Lien Law and regularly prosecutes lien foreclosure actions and trust enforcement claims.
In addition to litigation matters, Alan represents clients in negotiating and drafting construction contracts. His client’s include contractors and subs negotiating with each other or with property owners on large projects and residential homeowners negotiating with their general contractors. Alan’s experience handling both litigation and transactional matters allows him to help his clients minimize their exposure to unwanted risk and potential litigation when negotiating their initial contract(s). Commercial Litigation:
In addition to construction litigation, the firm also handles general commercial disputes. Alan has handled breach of contract claims, specific performance actions and general collection matters. In addition to being admitted in New York’s State and Federal Courts, Alan regularly participates in arbitration(s), mediation(s) and alternate dispute resolution including Beth Din (Jewish Court) Arbitration.
Alan regularly advises clients with respect to their internal business agreements (i.e., operating agreements, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, etc…). Alan has represented clients who are just starting out as well as clients who are negotiating complex exits from established businesses. Alan also regularly represents clients in the purchase and sale of various types of businesses and business entities.
Shira Biegacz is Of Counsel with Gutman Weiss, P.C., and focuses her practice on the representation of companies and industry professionals in all types of construction litigation. She has extensive litigation experience, with work including breach of contract claims, mechanic’s lien foreclosure and resolving disputes on both private and public works projects. She is admitted to practice before the state bars of New York and New Jersey, and has experience litigating in various state courts.
Prior to joining the Firm in 2015, Ms. Biegacz was the owner and sole proprietor of Biegacz Law, PLLC, where she primarily represented wholesalers and retailers of construction materials. Ms. Biegacz has tried hundreds of cases involving all aspects of creditor’s rights, including asset recovery, debt collection and construction-related litigation. Prior to founding Biegacz Law, PLLC, she worked at the law firm of Blau, Brown & Leonard, P.C., and served as assistant corporation counsel to the New York Law Department, where she prosecuted juvenile delinquency cases as a Benjamin N. Cardozo Public Interest Fellow.
Ms. Biegacz received her B.A. with Honors from Brooklyn College-CUNY, where she was the President of the School of General Studies Student Government, and at 23, she was the youngest person to receive her J.D. as a member of the 2008 graduating class of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she served on the Student Bar Association and as an editor of The Cardozo Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal.