In Matter of Wassman, after a nine-day trial, Administrative Law Judge Alessandra Zorgniotti found that David’s clients were protected by the Loft Law. In this case, in order to prevail David had to prove that a third unit in the building was residentially occupied by the deceased owner. The current owner claimed that the prior owner had lived in the basement and not his fully outfitted fourth-floor apartment. As a result of David’s efforts, including a successful cross-examination of the landlord’s witnesses, Judge Zorgniotti found the claim to be incredible while also rejecting the landlord’s attempted character assassination of his clients.
The judge prefaced my trial with a statement that 'owner’s use' cases were difficult for tenants to challenge successfully. David Frazer had also told me that, but he also believed we had a better-than-fair shot. After a protracted trial, the decision came down in our favor! This outcome was largely the result of David’s knowledge of landlord-tenant law and litigation experience, as well as his clear thinking and presentation skills in the courtroom. He was also an excellent predictor of legal fees -- his estimate at the onset was right in the ballpark in terms of the actual charges over the 18 months of the law suit. I would recommend him without reservation.