Leonard I. Ackerman
Founder and managing partner
Leonard I. Ackerman, the firm’s founder and senior partner, has been an indomitable force in real estate law on the East End of Suffolk County for the past four decades. His practice focuses primarily on residential and commercial real estate, construction transactions and litigation involving projects ranging from $1 million to $50 million. He represents buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants, brokers and developers, architects, contractors and owners. He also has broad experience with estates, trusts, wills and corporate matters. In addition, he provides personal representation to select high-net-worth clients.
Attorney Ackerman has developed numerous, significant real estate projects on the East End. He brings unique and practical insight and real-world experience to offer creative solutions to the complex issues that often arise in property transactions.
Sharing ethical guidance
Leonard Ackerman has co-chaired and lectured at numerous continuing legal education programs related to legal ethics. In 2004, he was appointed by the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, to the New York State Grievance Committee for the 10th Judicial District.
He also has served on the Eastern District of New York Federal Court Mediation Panel.
Attorney Ackerman graduated from Rutgers University with his B.A. in 1962 and his J.D. in 1964. He was admitted to practice in New York in 1965. Immediately thereafter he began practicing in New York City with varied experience in commercial litigation, corporate matters, including a brief period in the Law Department of CBS. In the 1960s while associated with the firm of Cooper, Osterin and DeVarcco, Mr. Ackerman assisted in the organization of and represented Republic National Bank and practiced in the banking area. In the early 1970s he established his permanent residence and office in East Hampton and founded this firm in 1978.
He is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, where he has served on the Grievance Committee since 1990.
Mr. Ackerman authored and published “The Divorce Manual for Married Couples” in 1985 and “The Real Estate Guide for Married Couples” in 1987.
Over the years, he has served in numerous capacities in government, including as attorney for the Union Free School District of East Hampton from 1974 to 1975 and Special Counsel to the Town of East Hampton from 1981 to 1985.
His expansive civic activities include serving on the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Center of The Hamptons from 1974 to 2008, as well as serving on the board of the East Hampton Historical Society and the Nature Conservancy for several years.
Practical advice. Aggressive advocacy.
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