Luise A. Barrack became the firm’s first Managing Member of Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. in 2010 and heads the firm’s litigation department. Ms. Barrack maintains a diverse client roster, comprised of not-for-profit companies, owners, developers, and educational institutions, many of which she has represented for nearly three decades. Ms. Barrack also serves on the leadership council of the YMCA of Greater New York.
As the Managing Member of Rosenberg & Estis, Ms. Barrack had one primary goal: to enhance the breadth of the firm’s services in every aspect of residential and commercial real estate. Thanks to this strategy, the firm has grown from 45 attorneys to more than 80 attorneys today, distinguishing the firm as one of the largest real estate practices in New York City.
“We did not set out to be New York City’s largest real estate law firm—just the best,” Barrack notes. “ There are a wide variety of disciplines in real estate. As a client centric firm, we want to be able to handle all of our clients’ real estate needs, due diligence to transactions, lender work, land use and litigation.”
Given its depth of knowledge, Rosenberg & Estis is the first choice among the city’s most prominent developers, landlords, and institutions. Concrete examples of the firm’s work can be seen throughout New York City, including One Bryant Park, One World Trade Center, and Four Times Square.
“As far as local knowledge and dealing with New York real estate, no one knows it better than our attorneys,” Barrack says. “Whether we are working on large-scale development projects or smaller ventures, we create unique solutions for clients that help them overcome roadblocks, resolve disputes, and complete deals.”
Barrack, the first woman to serve as its Managing Member, has been an integral part of Rosenberg & Estis for more than three decades. Before entering private practice, she served as an assistant district attorney for four years, and brought to the firm a fearlessness that can only come from having tried criminal cases. Ms. Barrack has brought that same tenacity to her dual role as head of both the firm and its litigation department.
“In leaving the district attorney’s office to go into private practice, I looked for work that would be just as challenging, and I found that at Rosenberg & Estis,” Barrack says. “I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have joined a firm that practices law at the level at which we practice, and also to have shaped the growth of the firm.”