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Steven J. Shore


Managing Partner


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Steven Shore is the Managing Partner of Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer. He is the head of the firm’s Litigation Practices, and a member of the Cooperatives and Condominiums and Employment Law Practices.

Tenacious Defender, Innovative Strategist

Mr. Shore has established a reputation as one of New York’s premier litigators, known for devising out-of-the-box solutions to commercial, securities, and real estate disputes.

Mr. Shore litigates in both the New York State and Federal Courts and represents major clients in commercial cases before the Commercial Division. A seasoned appellate attorney, he has argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Appellate Divisions of both the First and Second Departments. Mr. Shore has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Shore handles a wide variety of cases, from partnership disputes and dissolutions, to securities fraud claims, to major breach of contract cases. Among other things, he represents brokerage firms in breach of non-competes, raiding cases, and customer arbitrations. In real estate matters, he represents cooperative and condominium associations in shareholder and development and construction litigations.

Where others get immersed in the journey. Mr. Shore focuses on the destination, and the best way to reach his client’s goals. He brings a fresh perspective to every case. He explores all the options, developing creative strategies and ingenious approaches that often chart new legal territory.

In court and at the negotiating table, Mr. Shore leverages every opportunity with a relentless determination to obtain the optimal outcome for his clients. As a result, Mr. Shore has achieved an impressive record of wins. Dozens of clients have retained Mr. Shore after being on the opposing side – and losing.

Year after year, Mr. Shore is named to the “Super Lawyers Top 100 New York-Metro” list and is consistently recognized by Best Lawyers© and other major rankings organizations as a leader in real estate and securities litigation.

In 1979, Mr. Shore co-founded the firm Ganfer & Shore (now Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer) with Steven Ganfer. Prior to that, he was a staff attorney with the Division of Enforcement of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He began his legal career as a litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.



  • Represented corporation in a tender offer case that was adjudicated in client’s favor and affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Represented plaintiff in a securities fraud case that was cited by the Compliance and Legal Division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association as one of the most significant cases of that year
  • Represented a major comic book creator in multiple litigations involving intellectual property and contractual claims
  • Represented security brokerage firms and brokers in breach of non-compete and raiding cases.
  • Represented parties in partnership/LLP disputes and dissolution proceedings
  • Represented accounting firms and accountants in breach of non-compete and raiding cases.
  • Represented brokerage firms in customer arbitrations
  • Represented cooperative and condominium associations and property owners in shareholder litigations, among other things, involving renovations, access, shareholder rights, and board discretion
  • Represented cooperatives, condominium associations and in construction litigations
  • Represented parties in multiple real estate proceedings in which sanctions were awarded
  • Represented multiple real estate developers in foreclosure proceedings
  • Represented alleged securities violators in internal SEC investigations and successful Wells submission


  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 1971)
    Member of Staff, Annual Survey of American Law
    Moot Court Judge
  • University of Rochester (B.A., 1968)


  • New York (1972)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (1973)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (1973)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York (1998)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1974)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1977)


  • Member, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
  • Member, NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Commercial Division Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association, Banking and Business Law, Corporate Counsel, Corporation, and Litigation Sections
  • Member, Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)
  • Member, Board of Directors, New York University Law Alumni Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America