Alan Jay Axelrod
New York Real Estate Lawyer
I was a scholarship recipient at Union College, Schenectady, NY from which I graduated with honors with a B.A. degree in 1968. After, then, serving in the U.S.Army, I continued my education as a Presidential Scholar at Boston College Law School from which I graduated with honors with a J.D. degree in 1973. While at Boston College School of Law, I served as a staff member of the Boston College Industrial and Commercial Law Review and also did research for an attorney who was in private practice in Boston.
Areas of Practice
- Real Estate (Residential & Commercial)
- Wills & Estate Planning
- Probate & Estate Administration
- Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice
- Business Organization
- New York, 1974
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1978
Professional Associations and Memberships
- United Way of Orange County, Chairman,
Professional Division, 1980 – 1990
- Orange County Bar Association, Member, 1974 – Present
- New York State Bar Association, Member, 1974 – Present
- The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, Member of Board of Directors, June 2016-Present
- Cigar Box Studios, Inc.
- P&P Quick Copy Center, Inc.
- M & T Bank
- BC & N Carpet, Inc.
Pro Bono Activities
- Families of Victims of 9/11, 2001 – Present
- Member of Ninos Adelante, organization in which members sponsor poor Mexican teenagers in Zihuatanejo who would otherwise not be able to attend high school.
- Volunteer- Teacher of Basic English to Mexican to teenagers in Zihuatanejo for 5-6 weeks each winter.
- Guardian for Hudson Valley Honor Flight
- Phi Sigma Delta
- Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
- Honors: With Honors
- Law Review: Boston College Industrial & Commercial Law Review, Staff Member, 1971 – 1972
- Union College, Schenectady, New York
- Honors: With Honors
- Honors: Dean’s List
- Honors: Scholarship Recipient
- Honors: President Phi Sigma Delta fraternity
- Major: Political Science
Honors and Awards
- Distinguished Service Award, Newburgh Jaycees, 1981
- Scholarship Recipient, Union College, 1964 – 1968
- Presidential Scholarship Recipient, Boston College Law School, 1970 – 1973
- National Multiple Sclerosis Elite 200 Club, 2003 – Present
Past Employment Positions:
- Greenblatt & Axelrod, P.C., Partner, 1974 – 1989
- Larkin, Axelrod, Ingrassia Tetenbaum, L.L.P., Partner, 1989 – 2014
My parents were lower middle class working people. My father was a college graduate who attended night school while maintaining a fulltime job during the depression. My mother, who graduated from high school before her 16th birthday, was forced to drop out of college in her sophomore year when her father became seriously ill and was unable to work for a number of years. As the oldest of 3 children, she maintained 2 jobs to help her family make ends meet. What my parents instilled in both my brother and me was the importance of hard work and a strong sense of giving it your best regardless of whatever you were doing while treating all people equally. Helping others was paramount. It is these values that served to direct me to the practice of Law.
I recently represented a husband and wife who owned a business (in the name of a corporation) and the building (in the name of an LLC) in which the business was a tenant. The business guaranteed the bank mortgage and SBA (US Small Business Administration ) mortgage on the property. I was able to get consent from the two lenders of the LLC to sell the property, negotiated a deal where approximately $500,000.00 in debt against the property was written off for my client (the corporation) who had a successful business, and was able to have our client remain as a tenant of the new owner of the property at a lower rent than they had been paying before the sale. There was also approximately $20,000.00 in tax arrears that I was able to have forgiven. When the clients came to see me, they thought they were going to lose their business and have to file bankruptcy, due to some creative thinking, neither of which happened.
I have been a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Elite 200 Club since 2003 which membership is given to the top 200 fundraisers of the Southern NY Region of the National MS Society. Members of my family, as well as friends have participated in the annual MS Walk since 1991 under the team name "Madeline's Marchers" initially in honor of (and subsequently in memory of) my late wife who died in 2003 at the age of 60. The continued research in finding a cure for this debilitating disease is extremely important to me, my family and friends.
My basketball coach in high school told us that "winning" is an attitude, and is not necessarily about who scores the most points in a game. A "winner" is someone who always gives 100% in whatever he does throughout his life. Just as in life you do not always come out on top in all your endeavors despite giving "your all", but if something is worth doing, it requires your best effort. My coach's philosophy, coupled with the characteristics instilled in me by my parents, have helped shape my legal career and my burning desire to always give it my best shot.