Allison Schoenthal is an experienced litigator, concentrating her practice on lender liability, complex commercial litigation, and electronic discovery.
Allison regularly appears in both state and federal courts, as well as in alternative forums such as the American Arbitration Association and private mediations.
Due to the extensive number of cases handled during her career, she has unparalleled knowledge of the procedures and practices of the New York state and federal courts, and is an experienced and effective writer and advocate.
In April 2010, Allison accepted an award on behalf of the firm from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) for "Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year" recognizing the firm's pro bono work. Allison currently serves on the board of AJC NY and is a Vice President.
In 2011, Allison was appointed to a three year term on the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics. Allison also lectures frequently on ethical issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Allison worked for Cristyne Lategano, Director of Communications for Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani; Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States and former Secretary of Defense; and Lynne Cheney, former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Allison is also actively involved in a broad range of pro bono matters through the firm's Community Services Department.
Foreclosure and Lender Liability
- Successfully represent the lending industry, including banks, loan servicers, and trusts, in all New York state and federal courts.
- Defended over 500 litigations regarding real estate mortgage loans, including claims under the New York Deceptive Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, as well as allegations of fraud, negligence, and predatory lending.
- Represent clients in bankruptcy adversary actions and appeals.
- Represent clients in complex business disputes, involving all types of business torts, contract claims and intellectual property matters. Recent experience includes: litigating multimillion dollar real estate and construction disputes between contractors, building owners, and investors; successfully defending, through appeal, precedent-setting class actions concerning validity of automatic renewal provisions and late fees in lease agreements; and representing a major technology company in patent, trademark and copyright cases
- Avid speaker at professional education seminars on current issues regarding e-discovery.
- Worked closely with New York State justices to reform rules for e-discovery in New York.
- Drafted rules and guidelines on e-discovery for New York State Court practitioners, effective in 2009 and published on the New York State Courts' website.
- Routinely advise clients on data preservation and collection issues, as well as e-discovery requirements under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and New York law.