Practice Areas

Litigation

Education

Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus (B.A. cum laude 1997)

New York Law School (J.D., 2002)

Bar Admissions

New York

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

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Gerard Schiano-Strain
Associate

Email: gstrain@kanekessler.com
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Tel: 212.519.5164
Fax: 212.245.3009


Gerard Schiano-Strain is an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group. Mr. Schiano-Strain has civil trial and appellate experience litigating issues concerning complex construction agreements, real estate transactions, general commercial contracts, shareholder disputes, partnership dissolutions, constructive trusts, actions for partition, fraudulent conveyances, and defamation.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Schiano-Strain gained significant litigation and trial experience while serving as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department. During his tenure for the Law Department, he litigated and tried cases involving government contracts, construction disputes, employment matters, and civil rights in both state and federal court.

In private practice, Mr. Schiano-Strain has used his litigation, trial and appellate skills to represent manufacturers, land owners, developers, employers, restaurant owners, shareholders, and individuals with various types of legal matters.

Memberships and Associations

New York State Bar Association

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Representative Engagements

  • Represented condominium and cooperative boards and individual unit owners against sponsors, architects, contractors and other professionals for claims arising out of construction and/or design defects
  • Represented corporations and individuals in various types of contract claims, including, among others, enforcement of corporate resolutions, asset purchase agreements, promissory notes, stand-by letters of credit, and non-competition agreements
  • Represented property owners in cases of partition of real property, claims for a constructive trust, conversion, breach of contract of sale for real property
  • Represented real estate brokers in successfully obtaining payment of broker's fee
  • Represented restaurant owners in connection with contractual agreements with vendors and commercial leases with landlords
  • Represented employers in connection with discrimination claims arising out of Title VII, ADA, ADEA and various state and local statues
  • Recently argued and prevailed in a matter involving electronic discovery, the decision of which has been publicized in the New York Law Journal and other treatises and articles as having helped to define the rule under New York law  regarding cost-shifting
  • Conducted trials and litigates matters in both federal and state courts which have issued numerous decisions published in Official Court Reporters and the New York Law Journal.