About Us

For over 40 years, Howard M. File, Esq. PC has competently and successfully represented numerous commercial and residential property owners, lending institutions, developers. contractors, and business entities in complex commercial and civil litigation matters throughout the Metropolitan/New York area in both State and Federal Court as well as the Appellate Court level.


Our firm has extensive experience handling real estate transactions and litigation involving specific performance and breach of contract, foreclosures. partition, and encroachment actions and we have one of the largest Landlord/Tenant practices in Staten Island, where we represent both large and small landlords in commercial and residential non-payment and holdover proceedings as well as lease preparation and review.

Attorneys at Law

Howard M File

The founding partner of the firm which succeeded the partnership of Lee, File, and Amtzis, Howard File is well known in the legal profession as an expert in Real Estate transactions and litigation, having been involved in many novel and precedent setting real estate, foreclosure, easement, encroachment, landlord/tenant, and contract cases during his 43+ years of practice.

In addition, Mr. File has wide-ranging experience and skills in all aspects of commercial litigation.


Presently, Mr. File represents several large commercial and residential developers and contractors.


A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. 1974, and Northeastern Law School J.D. 1977, he was admitted to the New York Bar in 1978 and is also admitted in all New York Federal Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the State of Pennsylvania. Mr. File was former Chairman of the Richmond County Civil Court Committee and is currently a member of the New York State and Staten Island Trial Lawyers Associations.


Mr. File is an active litigator in all New York Courts, predominantly in Staten Island where he has developed a reputation for hard work and a broad knowledge of the law. While aggressive in court, he is noted among his peers as warm and friendly with clients and adversaries alike. He has been married to his lovely wife Robin for over 44 years and has two children who are successful attorneys.

Robert Farrell

Joined the Law Offices of Howard M. File in 1999 after serving many years as an executive officer with several banks and private companies. His wide-ranging business background has assisted him greatly in transactional work, both real estate and business, which is his primary area of practice.


Since joining the Law Offices of Howard M. File, Mr. Farrell’s practice has expanded to corporate, real estate and landlord/tenant litigation, where he has become well-recognized as a competent and successful negotiator and dealmaker.


Mr. Farrell is likewise an active member of the New York Bar Association and Richmond County Civil Court Committee. A graduate of City University in 1984 and St. John’s University Law School in 1989, Mr. Farrell was admitted to both the New York and New Jersey Bars in 1989, as well as the Washington D.C. Bar in 1990. He is married and the father of five children.

Martin Rubenstein

Joined the Law Offices of Howard File in 2000 after practicing exclusively in the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice field, first with the Law firm of Kelner and Kelner and then as a solo practitioner in Manhattan.

Mr. Rubenstein, a graduate of St. John’s Law School in 1973, has over 40+ years of experience practicing primarily Personal Injury and Malpractice law and has several verdicts in excess of $1,000,000. to his name.

Since joining the Law Offices of Howard File, Mr. Rubenstein has successfully handled hundreds of personal injury and malpractice matters throughout Metropolitan and upstate New York. He is well known among his peers as a highly proficient and knowledgeable professional, who is dedicated to achieving the best results for his clients.

A graduate of Wagner College and St. John’s University Law School, Mr. Rubenstein is an active member of the New York State Bar Association and the Staten Island and New York Trial Lawyers Associations. His two sons are both successful attorneys.