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Cynthia B. Okrent is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. She has extensive experience in trial and appellate practice, with an emphasis on banking and finance litigation involving loan workouts, real estate, contracts, public utility and gas supply, labor and employment, bankruptcy, and general corporate and partnership law. She also represents the firm’s 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, trademark infringement, class actions, consumer banking, civil rights, malicious prosecution, and defamation.

Practice Areas

Industries

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University, 1975
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1969

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 Section 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 the 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 a 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 the 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 a 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 and Community Activities

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