Jennifer S. Recine, Co-Chair of the firm's Real Estate Litigation practice, is a first-chair trial lawyer with extensive experience handling complex real estate disputes, civil RICO and other securities actions, professional malpractice, tax and other high-stake matters. She regularly represents private corporations and partnerships, publicly traded companies, political bodies, state and municipal governments and high-net-worth individuals.
In the real estate sector, Jennifer advises clients with commercial real estate, land use and environmental matters involving the investment, development, construction, sale and management of billions of dollars in real estate assets and infrastructure projects.
Jennifer’s securities experience includes representing activist investors, class action defense and defending against short-selling attacks on publicly traded companies on civil RICO and other grounds.
In addition, Jennifer has successfully litigated and arbitrated complex commercial matters and sensitive tax disputes on behalf of numerous clients.
Jennifer was was included on Crain’s New York’s list of 2020 Notable Women in Law and Lawdragon’s list of 2021 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Benchmark Litigation recognized Jennifer as Litigation Star and as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation. She was named a Litigation Trailblazer by the National Law Journal, a Woman to Watch by Diversity Journal, and one of Bisnow’s Female Power Players, which recognizes NYC commercial real estate's top women leaders.
Real Estate Disputes, Land Use and Environmental Actions.
- BD Hotels and Chelsea Hotel Owner LLC, owners of the iconic Hotel Chelsea, in successfully ending a two-year dispute with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation Development prompted by a vocal minority of hostile tenants objecting to the redevelopment of the historic hotel. After finding crucial evidence of an HPD exemption in the Department of Building’s files during an on-going trial against HPD -- that HPD had failed to turn over in discovery -- that undercut HPD’s jurisdiction over the building, and after seeking emergency relief from the trial court demanding the immediate dismissal of HPD’s case, HPD conceded by voluntarily dismissing its lawsuit and the Department of Buildings instantly lifted a stop work order that had stalled construction for more than two years.
- Beverly Hills Unified School District in its ongoing NEPA action against the Federal Transit Administration challenging the proposed route for the extension of the purple line subway in Los Angeles, CA, which is set to run under Beverly Hills High School.
- Won dismissal of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims against Workspace, a mixed-use cooperative corporation that owns two buildings in New York City’s SoHo brought by a minority shareholder, 106 Spring Street Owner, a portfolio company managed by 60 Guilders and funded by both Carlyle Realty Partners and 60 Guilders. Jennifer also successfully opposed 106 Spring Street Owner’s motion for leave to amend its complaint.
- Secured a $1.25 million settlement on behalf of Real Estate Investments Developers resolving a dispute arising from its termination of an agreement to sell a 5-acre development parcel in Long Branch, New Jersey, because the purchaser failed to timely obtain government approvals required by the agreement.
- Obtained reversal of a taking of a parking lot from developer Steel Equities to satisfy the zoning requirements for Calpine’s newly constructed Long Island Power Plant on the grounds that it violated the Fifth Amendment by conferring a private benefit on Calpine.
- Defended a foreclosure action on behalf of distressed investors in Miami Savoy Hotel permitting them to purchase the debt for a substantial discount.
- Secured sole ownership for real estate investor Eric Hadar and the Eric Hadar Family Trust of what his adversaries called “invaluable” Manhattan real estate development sites and the “crown jewels” of the disputed partnership’s assets.
- Negotiated the successful resolution of disputes arising from construction defects and delays on residential, commercial, and public/private development projects.
Complex Business and Tax Disputes. Jennifer has successfully litigated and arbitrated complex commercial matters and sensitive tax disputes on behalf of numerous clients, including
- New York investment banker Denis Bovin.
- New York architect Robert Siegel of Gwathmey, Siegel & Associates Architects.
- Developer Eric Hadar and his development company Allied Partners.
- JFK Holdings Company in contract disputes with the City of New York, the Department of Homeless Services and The Salvation Army.
Securities, Corporate Governance, and Civil RICO. Jennifer’s securities experience includes representing activist investors, class action defense, and defending against short-selling attacks on publicly traded companies on Civil Rico and other grounds. In these contexts, Jennifer has represented Fairfax Financial Holdings, Lehman Brothers Holdings, AmTrust Financial Services, Soroban Capital Partners and Energy Transfer.
Trust & Estate and Fiduciary Duty Litigation. Jennifer has handled high-profile and hotly disputed Trust and Estate controversies for high-net worth individuals and families, as well as trustees, including
- Secured the reinstatement of trustees removed for purported misconduct.
- Reinstatement of directors improperly ousted from the board of 1035 Fifth Avenue Corp.
- Successful Third Circuit appeal dismissing breach of fiduciary duty verdicts against certain officers and directors of the historic Lemington Home in Pittsburgh, PA.
- Procured the dismissal of a lawsuit by Alexis I. duPont-de Bie Sr., a seventh-generation heir to the duPont family fortune, against his trustee, Tredegar Trust Company.
Professional Malpractice. Jennifer has prosecuted and defended malpractice claims against attorneys, accountants and other professionals including the recent successful defense of a high-profile suit by prominent female performer Rihanna against her former representatives.
Criminal and Regulatory Enforcement. Jennifer has successfully represented individuals and organizations in white collar criminal and regulatory inquiries by the U.S. Justice Department, the Department of Labor, securities regulators, and state prosecutors and regulators.
- New York State Assembly in the Moreland Commission investigation.
#MeToo Complaints. Jennifer has handled sensitive anti-harassment issues, including relating to “#MeToo” complaints and opposing #MeToo lawyers who have frequently been in the press, on behalf of both companies and individuals.
Pro Bono. Jennifer secured a reversal from the 11th Circuit of a federal district court’s dismissal of contract claims by 11 federal guest workers against their employer, Fancy Farms, for repayment of recruitment fees illegally charged to the workers in their home country, Honduras, by the farm’s recruiter. In a matter of first impression, the 11th Circuit overturned the district court’s ruling, concluding that the District Court improperly failed to consider the purpose and policy behind regulations prohibiting recruitment fees in interpreting provisions mandated by the Department of Labor in the contracts between the guest workers and the farm.