Over the last decade or so, Phil has been my “go-to” guy for every real estate transaction I’ve undertaken in New York City. I’ve relied on his excellent services at least five times. I never hesitate to call on his expertise. Why? Because Phil knows the complexity of New York City real estate law inside and out and patiently explains every step of the process. He is prepared, has all the necessary documentation ready for filing on the closing date and is readily available to answer my questions throughout the process. Additionally, Phil is constantly looking out for the best interests of his clients and will go the extra mile to protect them from an advertent error. Always ensuring that all payments are accurately made, Phil has made every of my closings hassle free, painless and quick (as quick as a closing can be :-)).
We were referred to Philip Lavender by our realtors and it was a winning recommendation. A warm, reassuring presence, Phil is also a crackerjack attorney. We always feel in safe, well-protected hands with him. We have bought and sold several properties in the last year and he and his Marcus Attorneys team have been unruffled, organized, proactive, instructive and responsive. We feel lucky to have had Phil in our corner. You will, too.
Philip J. Lavender is incredibly competent and kind. I am a recent widow and needed to transfer some ownership documents. My Coop management company was unhelpful and also made a serious error, which Philip Lavender caught. He talked me, and the Management Company, through the entire process, in detail, clearly, and he spent (too much) time compensating for others’ mistakes. He did so willingly with my best interests at heart. I felt cared for and that my interests were being looked after far better than I could do. I am grateful. He went beyond and never once complained. He was only concerned that I be legally protected. I trust him completely.
Over the years I’ve worked with Phil on three different deals for apartments in New York City: two purchases and one sale. He’s terrific! Not only are Phil and his staff conscientious and competent in performing due diligence; he is also capable of explaining the details of a real-estate transaction in a way that is clear and accessible to a layperson (like me). Buying an apartment in this city can be stressful. A lawyer like Phil can help you make sure you are making a good deal, and help you stay calm and focused as the deal unfolds.
I was originally referred to Philip J. Lavender when a real estate deal started to go sideways and my attorney at the time was unable to help.
Much to my relief, Mr. Lavender was able to rectify the mistakes made by my previous attorney in a very short period of time. Not only was he thorough, responsive, and effective, he also has a calm and warm demeanor, which were a true comfort during a very stressful time.
Since then, he has represented me on the purchase of a condo, consulted with me on some real estate investments, and has always made himself available to answer whatever questions I may have.
I could not recommend him more highly.
I can’t speak highly enough of Phil and the team at Marcus Attorneys. I’ve needed his help many times over the years — both personally and professionally — and he has always gone out of his way for me, my family, and my clients. Recommending him to my friends and clients is easy; in part because I have his office number memorized, but mostly because I know that he cares.
Phil Lavender is an incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate professional, his team assisted us with a situation that required tremendous skill and careful handling. Phil Lavender and Marcus Attorney’s not only made what seemed impossible an actual reality, they made us feel completely confident and at ease. I would recommend Marcus Attorney’s and Phil Lavender to anyone!
Philip Lavender has been a trustworthy confident and executed legal transactions competently. Through difficult negotiations, Philip has provided the advice I needed in a timely manner, enabling me to make the decisions needed to close the deal. He is a thorough professional.
We just worked with Phil Lavender on our purchase of a brownstone in Brooklyn. Phil was very knowledgeable and assisted us throughout the entire process, from when we put in our offers and counteroffers, through closing and post-closing. We were so happy with his services that I decided to sing my praises on Yelp, despite my not having posted in a long, long time.
He was always available to speak to us, explain, and answer our questions (and we had many). He was a calm and steady presence throughout the transaction, helping us navigate through the process whether it was the bank or the seller that raised unexpected issues. He drafted riders to the purchase agreement that were favorable to us and went above and beyond at the closing, paying attention to details and meticulously ensuring we were protected.
All in all, two thumbs up. We would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney for real estate transactions. This is a review coming from two attorneys, so I hope that gives you some further assurance!
Phil was a consummate professional. He displayed incredible patience and was personally involved with every step of the process.
Would highly recommend him
Phil represented me and my husband in a wonky purchase with c of o issues. He was great. I am an attorney myself and chose not to represent myself but have Phil do. I will go back to him for future transactions.
Phil has been not only a trusted lawyer through a tangled real estate transaction, he has been responsive, thoughtful and level headed every time I had a meltdown. I referred Phil as my ‘therapist/lawyer.” He took time to conference with me a few times even before I retained him. His assistant, Katrice Clermont is ‘steady Eddy’, equally calm, thoughtful and competent. Believe me, a deal can fall apart if you do not have the right lawyer. Go with this guy, you will not be disappointed.