partner of the firm which succeeded the partnership of Lee, File,
and Amtzis, Howard File is well known in the legal profession as an
expert in Real Estate transactions and litigation, having been
involved in many novel and precedent setting real estate,
foreclosure, easement, encroachment, landlord/tenant and contract
cases during his 35 years of practice.
Mr. File has wide-ranging experience and skills in Divorce and
Family Law as well as all aspects of commercial litigation.
Mr. File represents over 60 condominium and cooperative boards, as
well as several large commercial and residential developers and
of the State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. 1974 and
Northeastern Law School J.D. 1977, he was admitted to the New York
Bar in 1978 and is also admitted in all New York Federal Courts and
the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the State of Pennsylvania. Mr.
File was former Chairman of the Richmond County Civil Court
Committee and is currently a member of the New York State and Staten
Island Trial Lawyers Associations.
Mr. File is
an active litigator in all New York Courts, predominantly in Staten
Island where he has developed a reputation for hard work and a broad
knowledge of the law. While aggressive in court, he is noted among
his peers as warm and friendly with clients and adversaries alike.
He has been married to his lovely wife Robin for over 30 years and has
two children who are embarking on their own legal careers.
Rubenstein joined the Law Offices of Howard File in 2000 after
practicing exclusively in the Personal Injury and Medical
Malpractice field, first with the Law firm of Kelner and Kelner and
then as a solo practitioner in Manhattan.
Rubenstein, a graduate of St. Johnís Law School in 1973, has over 30
years of experience practicing primarily Personal Injury and
Malpractice law and has several verdicts in excess of $1,000,000. to
joining the Law Offices of Howard File, Mr. Rubenstein has
successfully handled hundreds of personal injury and malpractice
matters throughout Metropolitan and upstate New York. He is well
known among his peers as a highly proficient and knowledgeable
professional, who is dedicated to achieving the best results for his
of Wagner College and St. Johnís University Law School, Mr.
Rubenstein is an active member of the New York State Bar Association
and the Staten Island and New York Trial Lawyers Associations. His
two sons are both successful attorneys.
Farrell joined the Law Offices of Howard M. File in 1999 after
serving many years as an executive officer with several banks and
private companies. His wide-ranging business background has
assisted him greatly in transactional work, both real estate and
business, which is his primary area of practice.
joining the Law Offices of Howard M. File, Mr. Farrellís practice
has expanded to corporate, real estate and landlord/tenant
litigation, where he has become well-recognized as a competent and
successful negotiator and deal-maker.
is likewise an active member of the New York Bar Association and
Richmond County Civil Court Committee. A graduate of City
University in 1984 and St. Johnís University Law School in 1989, Mr.
Farrell was admitted to both the New York and New Jersey Bars in
1989, as well as the Washington D.C. Bar in 1990. He is married and
the father of five children whom he enjoys coaching when not in the
Rafter joined the Law Offices of Howard M. File in October 2012
following over two years of experience in public-interest
Mr. Rafter is a graduate of the University of Chicago, B.A. in 2003
and Brooklyn Law School in 2009 Ė where he was president of the
Environmental Law Society, and a member of Brooklyn Law Students for
the Public Interest. He was admitted to the New York Bar in April
Mr. Rafter resides in Brooklyn, with his wife Pamela, and enjoys fly
fishing in his free time.
New York is now a no-fault divorce state. Our highly
competent matrimonial attorneys are well-versed in proving or defending
against the limited grounds for divorce in New York. We diligently use
our vast business and tax backgrounds to arrange an equitable
distribution of marital assets with the least tax consequences.
Preparing and reviewing contracts, business
agreements, wills, trusts, partnership and shareholder agreements, and
leases is a work of art on which we pride ourselves. Given our varied
commercial and civil litigation experience, of over 30 years, we go to
great lengths to ensure your business transactions are successfully
concluded and enforceable, if necessary, in a court of law.
Under new divorce laws, non-moneyed spouses may be
entitled to attorney's fees and spousal maintenance from their spouse at
the beginning of a divorce action. These new laws may make bringing a
divorce action far more affordable to you. Contact our experienced
matrimonial attorneys to learn more.
Experienced Real Estate litigators can prevent or
delay foreclosures. See how we can assist you in keeping you in your
Our courts are regularly consumed with family
disputes over property and other assets. A large part of our practice is
devoted to resolving and, if necessary, litigating intra-family
financial, business and property disputes, as well as will contests.
Condominium, Coop, and Homeowners Association
Boards are typically comprised of volunteer homeowners who often depend
upon competent and experienced attorneys to guide and protect them in
their decision making . Our firm has effectively represented over 50
such boards during the last 30 years.
Homebuyers have certain rights and protections
against structural defects. Our firm has been very successful in
recovering significant monetary awards on behalf of defrauded purchasers
of new and resale homes. We also have successfully prosecuted many
actions against unscrupulous home improvement contractors.
Birth abnormalities and deformities due to medical
error are unfortunately on the rise. Experienced and well-trained
medical malpractice attorneys at the Staten Island Law Offices of Howard M. File, Esq.
PC can help you through these difficult times.