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Attorney Peter A. Schwartz

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Transactions and Litigation


Peter A. Schwartz heads Graubard Miller’s real estate and litigation departments and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Schwartz has over thirty years of experience in transactions and litigation, with a particular concentration in rent regulation. He has litigated matters involving residential and commercial summary proceedings, Article 78 proceedings, injunctions, declaratory judgment, specific performance, partition and contract disputes, among others. He has practiced extensively before the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal ("DHCR") in various matters, including rent overcharge, substantial rehabilitation, deregulation, registration, and harassment, and has defended clients in discrimination matters before state and city human rights agencies. Mr. Schwartz challenges agency determinations in court and has argued numerous appeals, which at times have made new law. In transactional matters, Mr. Schwartz represents clients in the acquisition and conveyance of commercial and residential properties, joint venture agreements and mortgage transactions. He also negotiates and prepares commercial leases for professional and retail space. 

Mr. Schwartz often lectures on landlord/tenant law and rent regulation issues. He is a member of the advisory board of "Apartment Law Insider", has published articles on real estate law and is frequently quoted by the media.

Mr. Schwartz is AV® PreeminentTM Martindale Hubbell Peer Review rated and has been named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters.


  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • J.D. - 1981
  • Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey
    • B.A. - 1978
  • The Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    • M.P.A. - 1981

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1982
  • New Jersey, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1982

Professional Associations

  • Advisory Board, Apartment Law Insider


  • AV Preeminent Martindale Hubbell Peer Review rated

Past Positions

  • Fromme Schwartz Newman & Cornicello, LLP, Founding Partner