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Samuel J. Himmelstein - New York, NY

15 Maiden Lane17th Floor New York, NY 10038

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Updated: 02/02/2024

New York Individual Residential Lawyer


Samuel 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...

About Samuel J. Himmelstein

Practice Areas

  • Individual Residential
  • Commercial Tenant
  • Tenants' Rights Litigation
  • Tenant Group Representation

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Founding Partner

Representative Clients

  • Metropolitan Council on Housing
  • New York State Tenant and Neighborhood Coalition
  • The Chelsea Hotel Tenants Association
  • The Embassy House Tenants Association
  • The 600 West 161 Street Tenants Association
  • The 156-775 Riverside Drive Tenants Association


Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1981

Other Affiliations

  • National Lawyers Guild (Member, 1976)
  • New York County Trial Lawyers Association (Member, 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

Past Positions

  • Housing Units of East Brooklyn Legal Services, 1979 - 1982
  • South Brooklyn Legal Services, 1982 - 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Rock Band The Love Handles (Keyboard and Vocals)

Classes and Seminars

  • Frequent Lecturer, Tenants Rights and Cooperative Conversions


Other Sources of Feedback About Samuel J. Himmelstein

Included on the 2023 New York Metro list

Past Lists

  • 2022 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Samuel J. Himmelstein on Super Lawyers


  • 2021 Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell
  • 2019 – 2021 – Selected to New York Metro Super Lawyers


Office Information


15 Maiden Lane17th Floor New York, NY 10038



  • A Tenant's Guide to Housing Court, 1983
  • How to Get Your Landlord to Correct Violations, 1983
  • Tenants' Rights and How to Protect Them, New York City Commission on Human Rights, 1992

Representative Cases

  • 224 East 18th Street Associates v. Sijacki, 524 N.Y.S.2d 964 (N.Y.City Civ.Ct. 1987)
  • 1202 Realty Assoc. v. Evans, 481 N.Y.S.2d 208 (N.Y.City Civ.Ct. 1984)
  • Chen v. Allen, 496 N.Y.S.2d 651 (N.Y.City Civ.Ct. 1985)
  • Wertenteil v. Coe, 503 N.Y.S.2d 692 (N.Y.City Civ.Ct. 1986)

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