Counselors At Law

2555 Richmond Avenue,
Staten Island, New York 10314

Telephone: (718) 983-9400
Facsimile: (718) 494-4192


All Aspects of Commercial & Residential Real Estate

Civil Litigation & Appeals

Trusts, Estates & Wills

Representing Developers, Builders, Lenders, Sellers, Purchasers, Landlords and Tenants

History of the Firm

The roots of Gaines & Fishler, LLP date back to 1924 when Herbert Ginzburg began practicing law on Staten Island. Mr. Ginzburg quickly gained a reputation as a fierce litigator and astute lawyer. Consequently, his practice quickly grew and upon his retirement, he was widely respected throughout all of New York City. Ginzberg had two sons, Spencer Gaines and Alan Gaines who both became lawyers. The firm then became known as Ginzburg, Gaines & Gaines. The practice expanded even further. Spencer Gaines concentrated his practice in the areas of real estate development and finance.  Ultimately, Ginzberg, Gaines & Gaines became the preeminate law firm for builders and developers on Staten Island. Robert M. Fishler became associated with the firm in 1984. Throughout his association with Gaines, the practice continued to grow. Mr. Fishler continues to carry on the traditions and practice of Ginzburg. The firm represents owners and developers throughout New York City and nationwide. Mr. Fishler's  expertise in residential and commercial development, leasing, and transactional matters is widely sought out by individuals and large entities alike. An integral part of any real estate practice is a complete understanding title matters. Consequently, Gaines & Fishler, LLP maintains itself as an Agent of Stewart Title Insurance Company and Mr. Fishler as well as his staff have extensive experience in all aspects of the title insurance industry. We look forward to addressing your matters in a professional, effective and cost-efficient manner.


Admitted In New York,
New Jersey & Michigan

Robert M. Fishler, Esq.

Upon graduation from law school at the University of Detroit, Mr. Fishler decided to take the Michigan Bar Examination and then move to the New York Metropolitan area and seek employment. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey and Michigan as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and District of New Jersey. Mr. Fishler has extensive experience in all aspects of the practice of real estate law, including acquisition, sale, development, financing, leasing, IRC Section 1031 exchanges, preparation and filing of offering plans, zoning and municipal matters. In addition, Mr. Fishler has extensive litigation experience inclusive of trials and appellate practice. 

Representative Matters Include

. The closing of a 40M retail shopping center loan
. The purchase of a freestanding Walgreens store site for 8.1M
. The sale of property in Brooklyn for 17.5M
. The purchase and development of land from the NYCEDC
. Numerous leases for nationally prominent landlords and tenants
. The sale and purchase of a large scale residential development in Staten Island
. The representation of national lenders for both residential and commercial loans

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