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Activities & Affiliations

New York State Bar Association
New York City Bar
New York County Lawyers Association

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Daniel J. Schneider is a founding partner of Farber Schneider Ferrari LLP.  After serving as General Counsel and Director of Operations at a swiftly growing California start-up, Mr. Schneider confirmed that his passion was in the Courtroom fighting for justice on behalf of his clients.


Mr. Schneider regularly represents real estate developers, design professionals, interior designers, contractors, construction professionals, property managers, hotel owners and operators, condominium and cooperative boards, medical professionals, and creative artists of varying background.  He is a trial lawyer who has both prosecuted and defended numerous jury and non-jury trials as well as binding arbitrations all around New York City and Long Island.

Mr. Schneider began his career at the Legal Aid Society (Nassau County) as a public defender protecting the rights of persons unable to afford a defense. As a zealous advocate, he was unafraid to push matters to a jury when necessary to obtain a just result. His passion for litigation arose while successfully fighting for those without a voice, and his tenacious advocacy was quickly recognized when one of his successful outcomes was cited in the NYLJ as a Decision of Interest.

Thereafter Mr. Schneider entered Civil arena building a successful track record in complex commercial litigation, real estate matters, construction defect litigation, insurance defense, personal injury defense, development, access, and land use. He has also been on the cutting edge on limitations of the First Amendment in connection with anonymous Internet speech, by succeeding in compelling Google to unmask an anonymous blogger. 

Mr. Schneider’s approach to the practice of law is a combination of diligent work ethic, quality work-product and attentive customer service. From his years working in the restaurant industry, he prioritizes client relations and customer satisfaction as paramount.  


Mr. Schneider received his B.A., in Economics, (minor - Fine Arts), cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.  He is licensed to practice law in New York; California; Illinois; and Massachusetts; the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Daniel J. Schneider

Founding Partner

Education

Admissions

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
B.A., Cum Laude, Economics, 2000

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2005

State Courts:

  • New York

  • California

  • Illinois

  • Massachusetts 
     

Federal Courts:

  • Southern District of New York

  • Eastern District of New York

  • 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Supreme Court of the United States 

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Michael Farber is a founding partner of Farber Schneider Ferrari LLP.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation representing real estate operations, owners and developers, construction companies, contractors, design professionals, and parties to complex landlord-tenant litigation. He regularly manages the legal concerns of various privately held or family-owned corporations with valuable real estate holdings.

 

Mr. Farber served as General Counsel to the owner-operator of more than 150 mixed-use Manhattan properties, acting as personal counsel to that company’s principals.  Earlier in his career, he structured the in-house legal department for a large property developer focused on the acquisition, rehabilitation, construction and management of revitalized affordable housing in New York City.

Mr. Farber was formerly affiliated with an Am-Law 100 firm, serving on the litigation team to manage discovery in the landmark, billion-dollar toxic tort litigation arising out of the September 11th, 2001 first-responder suits.

During law school, Mr. Farber completed the rigorous clinical coursework of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Eastern District of New York), where he worked closely with Federal prosecutors on high-stakes RICO, narcotics and wire fraud prosecutions. 

 

As an experienced courtroom litigator, Mr. Farber employs a tactical approach to critical thinking and problem-solving, inspired by chess game theory and the writings of Sun-Tzu.  Mr. Farber enjoys complex commercial trial practice and the art of jury selection, where he balances conscientious, aggressive representation with empathy and sound business judgment.

Mr. Farber is a New York City native, where he currently resides.  He was raised in Queens and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, SUNY at Buffalo (B.A., Psychology), and Brooklyn Law School.  

Michael S. Farber

Founding Partner

Education

Affiliations

BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2004

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
B.A., Psychology, 1999

  • New York State Bar Association

  • New York City Bar

  • New York County Lawyers Association

Contact

Email: mfarber@fsfllp.com
Telephone:  212-972-7040

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Michael Ferrari is a founding partner of Farber Schneider Ferrari LLP.  Mr. Ferrari brings with him the legacy of his partnership with his father, Robert V. Ferrari, who built a vanguard practice serving the restaurant, food and beverage industry over the course of a half-century.  

Mr. Ferrari has successfully negotiated leases for restaurant groups, bars and cafes, advised on purchases and sales of businesses, managed liquor license applications before the State Liquor Authority and sidewalk cafe applications before the Department of Consumer Affairs, and defended extensive disciplinary actions brought by governmental agencies as well as litigation and regulatory actions brought against such businesses. Upon joining his father, Mr. Ferrari enhanced their firm’s reputation as one of the premiere practices in that industry.

In this practice, Mr. Ferrari has become a savvy negotiator, able to navigate an often murky landscape of different state and city agencies, as well as community boards in achieving clients’ aims. He modeled his advocacy after the high bar set by his father’s decades-long practice.

Mr. Ferrari began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney's Office. There, he became an experienced trial attorney and developed an acute ability to quickly assess the strength, veracity and credibility of witnesses and case evidence, gaining a track record of successful outcomes.

He has also advised numerous clients in connection with Real Estate purchases and sales, including cooperative and condominium apartments and houses, and continues in criminal defense practice.

Mr. Ferrari tailors his style of advocacy to meet his client’s needs, whether circumstances dictate an aggressive or more nuanced approach. In meeting his philosophy that the client deserves the best advocacy at all times, he commits to providing reliable and honest communication and a seat at the table for devising case strategy.

Mr. Ferrari, born and raised in Manhattan, received his B.A. in History from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. After serving two years in the United States Peace Corps in Zambia, he attended Brooklyn Law School, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2004.

Contact

  • New York

Admissions

BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2004


DENISON UNIVERSITY
B.A., History, Political Science, 1994 

Education

Founding Partner

Michael Ferrari

Kara Halpern represents clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters. Ms. Halpern has extensive experience in commercial litigation, products liability law, employment law, cyber-security, construction law, and general liability matters. Her vast litigation experience enables her to effectively develop litigation strategies and to interface with and prepare witnesses and experts. This ensures that the best and most successful approaches are pursued in every case. In addition to being a skilled litigator, she is an effective liaison to the firm’s client base, corporate personnel and other representatives developing procedures and strategies to meet their particular legal goals and objectives.

Ms. Halpern launched her legal career at an Am Law 100 law firm developing a foundation in Complex Commercial Litigation before branching off to start her own law firm and cyber security consulting firm. As Ms. Halpern’s practice grew, she joined a boutique litigation firm, where she gained invaluable experience in e-discovery and managing large complex commercial and trade secret litigation. Most notably, she represented DSM Dyneema LLC in case alleging that Honeywell misappropriated trade secrets for ballistic materials in military combat helmets. DSM Dyneema LLC v. Thagard, et al (NC).  

Ms. Halpern employs a collaborative approach to disputes and potential litigation  based upon the goals of her clients. Whether through negotiation or adversarial proceedings, she is skilled at accomplishing her clients’ objectives and at developing potential strategies that to meet those ends. Her approach enables her to deliver superior advocacy, results and client satisfaction.

Ms. Halpern received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2010, from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor of the Hofstra Law Review.  She received her B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, in 2007 from the University of Rhode Island.  She is licensed to practice law in New York as well as the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

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Federal Courts:

  • Southern District of New York

  • Eastern District of New York

Admissions

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 2010
 

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Political Science, 2007

Education

Counsel

Kara Halpern

Mr. Lower is Counsel to FSF LLP.  He has extensive high-stakes litigation experience in a wide range of disputes in both state and federal courts including class actions, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, environmental, employment, product liability, and complex commercial litigation.  He is also frequently retained to counsel new and established businesses regarding strategies for obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights while limiting liability.  He frequently works with start-ups to negotiate outside capital funding and related IP agreements.

  

Mr. Lower currently acts as lead counsel in a class action lawsuit alleging systemic constitutional and civil rights deprivations against municipal defendants, and represents a NJ corporation in multi-billion dollar environmental action.  He formerly led the negotiations before an EPA-appointed ADR team, developing technical arguments to obtain >90% reduction in preliminary environmental liability assessments for a large corporation.  He formerly served on a joint defense group litigation strategy committees in multi-PRP Superfund matters and negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice.

Mr. Lower also has secured favorable settlements for products liability defendants in New York and New Jersey; represented numerous corporations and individuals in employment, real estate, and commercial litigation; represented a global conglomerate in trade secret misappropriation litigation, including initial investigation, discovery, and settlement; and drafted and prosecuted non-provisional patents and patent applications for emerging technologies, cited in dozens of subsequent USPTO filings and patent applications by entities including General Electric, Cornell University, and Lockheed Martin.

Mr. Lower is licensed to practice in New York, at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Southern District of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  He received his B.S. in Engineering at Clarkson University, and his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law.  

Email: rlower@fsfllp.com
Telephone:  +1 (917) 881-5834

Contact

  • New York

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • The Southern District of New York

  • The Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Admissions

WASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

Juris Doctor, 2009

 

CLARKSON UNIVERSITY

B.S., Engineering & Management, 2012

Education

Attorney 

Robert B. Lower

Farber Schneider Ferrari LLP

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