Adam B. Gilbert

Adam B. Gilbert is a litigation and trial attorney with decades of experience in the New York market. He focuses on complex commercial disputes, with a specialization in real estate litigation and real estate valuation issues in particular. 

What do you focus on?

I focus on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on commercial real estate disputes, including real estate valuation matters (ground lease and space lease rent re-sets in particular), partnership disputes and complex commercial tenancy disputes.

I have tried numerous cases to judgment during my 35 years of practice, including Bass v. Tax Commission, resulting in a $33 million judgment, and Alexander’s v. Board of Assessors, resulting in a $10 million judgment. Recently I tried a number of ground rent re-set arbitrations involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

I routinely rely on the experience I gained while working as general counsel of a publicly traded commercial real estate and financial services company. In my five years as general counsel, I oversaw the adoption of corporate governance initiatives, played a lead role in the acquisition of companies, negotiated retention contracts for senior personnel and directed outside counsel on litigated matters. Having been in my “client’s shoes” for many years provides me with unique perspectives and insights that my clients value.

I also spend a significant portion of my time representing clients in mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. I have conducted proceedings under the auspices of the AAA and JAMS and sometimes craft an ADR procedure tailored to a specific dispute.

What do you see on the horizon?

As long as long-term leases with rent renewal clauses remain and markets remain in flux, there will be multi-million dollar disputes over real estate values and the meaning of lease clauses that impact such values.


Adam B. Gilbert


New York

Phone: 212-940-3004

Fax: 866-780-0178

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

University of Chicago, Graduate Studies in Political Science

Kenyon College, B.A., magna cum laude

New York

District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

  • Selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the field of Litigation - Real Estate; listed in Best Lawyers since 2021
  • AMNY Metro and PoliticsNY Real Estate and Development Power Player (2022)
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