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William D. McCracken



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William McCracken is a Partner in the Business Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Cooperatives and Condominiums, and Professional Liability Practices at Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer.

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Mr. McCracken’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitrations involving contracts, partnership disputes and dissolutions, securities fraud, foreclosures, and real estate. He negotiates, drafts, and enforces settlements of complex commercial disputes.

Mr. McCracken represents private and public companies, real estate developers, condominiums, and property owners. His work often involves representing international real estate investors who are less familiar with the ins and outs of New York law. He strives to avoid or mitigate potential legal exposure, sets clear expectations, and directs clients toward the most effective, cost-sensible means to achieve their objectives.

Mr. McCracken frequently writes, speaks, and gives CLE lectures on legal and business ethics and professional responsibility.

Prior to joining Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer, Mr. McCracken was an associate at Venable and at Chadbourne & Parke, working on commercial litigation and complex international civil and criminal disputes.



  • Represented plaintiffs in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation involving oppression of minority shareholders
  • Represented cooperatives and condominiums in litigations involving terminations for objectionable conduct, disputes with the City of New York, and shareholder rights
  • Represented community group in successfully securing landmarks designation before the Landmarks Preservation Commission
  • Represented condominiums and property owners in disputes with nightclubs
  • Represented public companies in defense of securities fraud claims of former investors
  • Represented real estate developers in foreclosure proceedings and arbitrations
  • Represented employers and employees in breach of non-compete, raiding cases, and forfeiture-for- competition cases


  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 2000)
    Editor, Environmental Law Journal (1999-2000)
    Sive, Paget & Riesel Award for Outstanding Editor (2000)
  • Baylor University (B.A., 1997), with honors


  • New York (2001)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (2003)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (2003)


  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, Professional and Judicial Ethics Committee, 2012-2018
  • Member, Urban Green Council