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Matthew Tobias


Special Counsel


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Matthew Tobias is Special Counsel in the Title Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Business Litigation, and Cooperatives and Condominiums Practices at Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer.

Calm Under Pressure

As a member of the Title Litigation Practice, Mr. Tobias defends property owners and mortgage lenders against attacks on their real property interests. He frequently represents condominiums, cooperatives, and sponsors in a variety of real estate-related matters, including construction litigation and landlord-tenant litigation, as well as and providing general counsel and corporate governance advice. Additionally, Mr. Tobias has extensive experience representing companies, partnerships, and individuals in complex commercial litigation, including contract, securities, trademark, and general commercial matters.



  • Defended condominium sponsor and related entities against claims alleging breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, negligence, and fraudulent conveyance arising from alleged construction defects in a $5.2 million penthouse unit of a major newly constructed condominium
  • Represented condominium and owner of residential unit in a two-unit condominium in a dispute concerning the defendant commercial unit owner’s refusal to participate in the condominium’s Board of Managers
  • Represented residential cooperative in a “Pullman”-type proceeding where cooperative terminated an undesirable tenant-shareholder’s proprietary lease and shares due to objectionable conduct
  • Represented tenant-shareholder of an HDFC cooperative in a dispute concerning the cooperative’s unauthorized institution of a flip tax and wrongful interference with the sale of apartment
  • Obtained an order requiring a recalcitrant condominium unit owner to allow the condominium access to a terrace appurtenant to the unit to conduct repairs
  • Obtained order preventing brokerage from enforcing margin call and selling stock pending arbitration
  • Represented national real estate developer in a dispute concerning development in Ulster County, New York


  • Fordham School of Law (J.D., 2000)
  • Cornell University (B.S., 1996)


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


  • Member, New York City Bar Association