About

mfile team

For over 35 years, Howard M. File, Esq. 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. 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.  We represent over 50 Condominium, Cooperative and Homeowner Association Boards, and numerous property management firms in all areas of condominium and co-op law.

Mr. File’s widely diversified litigation experience includes a rapidly growing matrimonial practice, primarily in Staten Island, where he has successfully represented hundreds of clients in divorce, separation, custody, support, and visitation matters and where he has combined his vast business knowledge and expertise to formulate, negotiate, and resolve complex property settlements and distributions.

This general business knowledge and experience, combined with the banking background and experience of Robert Farrell, Esq., enables the Law Offices of Howard M. File, Esq., P.C. to use our expertise in representing numerous clients in the purchase and sale of businesses and commercial and residential properties, the formation and dissolution of business entities, corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, and the preparation and review of shareholder and partnership agreements, buy-out agreements, and all forms of business contracts.

With the aging of some of our clientele and the advent of more sophisticated estate planning and elder care issues, we have greatly expanded our Trust and Estate work to include not only Will and Trust preparation and probate, but more involved procedures and methods to protect and preserve clients’ and decedents’ assets with the least tax consequences.

Since Martin Rubenstein, Esq. joined our firm after many years of personal injury experience at Kelner & Kelner, he has successfully litigated and resolved hundreds of personal injury and medical malpractice cases, involving automobile accidents, slip and fall, construction accidents, and product and premises liability.  He has also successfully obtained several verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000 in complex medical and dental malpractice cases.  Since Mr. Rubenstein exclusively handles personal injury and malpractice matters, he is able to devote, together with our highly experienced staff, the time and resources necessary to achieve the best results for our clients.

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