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Education

J.D., Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey
B.A., University of Michigan

Cynthia B. Okrent

Partner

Cynthia B. Okrent has extensive experience in trial and appellate practice, with emphasis on banking and finance, including loan workouts, real estate, contracts, public utilities and gas supply, employment, bankruptcy, and general corporate and partnership law. She represents firm clients in matters relating to secured and unsecured loans, real property leases and sales, foreclosures, oil and gas leases, gas transportation and purchase contracts, energy management contracts, construction contracts, insurance coverage, health care law, computer software contracts and licensing and trademark, class actions, consumer banking, civil rights, malicious prosecution, defamation, and labor and employment.

Representative Experience

  • Kamco Supply Corp. v. On the Right Track, LLC, 149 A.D.3d 275 (2d Dep’t 2017), leave to appeal dismissed 30 N.Y. 1036 (2017) (action by manufacturer of new product used in the construction industry against building supply companies for breach of contract to purchase minimum monthly and annual quantities for a two year period; Appellate Division affirmed lower court’s determination after trial that manufacturer had by its conduct prospectively waived the minimum quantities provisions of the contract).
  • Breidbart v. Wiesenthal, 136 A.D.3d 851 (2d Dep’t 2016) leave to appeal den. 30 N.Y.3d 907 (2017) and 108 A.D.3d 492 (2d Dep’t 2013) (in action to compel partnership accountings and distributions, representatives of retired partners held not entitled to share in gain on sale of partnership real property after dissolution as “profits” under Partnership Law § 73).
  • In Re Mount Manresa, 134 A.D.3d 721 (2d Dep’t 2015) (petition for Supreme Court approval of sale of 15 acres of real property on Staten Island under Not-For-Profit Corporations Law opposed by community activists and politicians; sale held to be fair and reasonable and in furtherance of petitioner=s purpose and interests of its members).
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. 340 Flatbush LLC and Abraham Leser, Supreme Court, Kings County (2015) (breach of contract action to recover $720,451.00 plus interest and attorneys’ fees for failure to reimburse bank for payment of real estate taxes pending separation of tax lots by Department of Finance; bank granted summary judgment in full amount sought).
  • Carlyle International LLC v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., 2011 U.S. LEXIS 44754 (S.D.N.Y. 2011) (action for alleged discrimination based upon race in denial of $50 million loan; District Court granted motion to dismiss because plaintiff failed to allege facts that would support an inference of discrimination).
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank v. Reibestein, 34 A.D.3d 308 (1st Dep’t 2006) (proceeding to stay arbitration of rent for renewal term granted on the grounds that determination of third appraiser was binding under terms of lease modification).
  • GreenPoint Bank v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., Supreme Court, Kings County (2005) (Jury verdict awarded in favor of bank in action against insurer to recover amounts paid by bank to settle claim brought against bank on behalf of infant poisoned by lead paint at foreclosed premises; jury found that bank proved that infant was injured during the policy period although blood tests were not taken until after policy term ended).
  • North Atlantic Utilities, Inc. v. Keyspan Corp., 307 A.D.2d 342 (2d Dep’t 2003) (action by gas marketer to restrain utility from discontinuing marketer=s access to and utilization of utility’s pipeline system; marketer=s complaint dismissed for failure to state a claim under the State antitrust statute).

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association