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Suzanne M. Berger

Counsel

, Bryan Cave LLP
New York

Tel

1 212 541 2034

Fax

1 212 541 1334
smberger@bryancave.com
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Suzanne M. Berger

Counsel


New York



1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10104-3300

Phone:

1 212 541 2034

Fax:

1 212 541 1334

email:

smberger@bryancave.com

Suzanne Berger’s practice has a special emphasis on litigation arising out of commercial loan enforcement, mortgage foreclosures, landlord-tenant disputes and construction issues.  Currently, she represents a leading national financial institution, as loan servicer, in connection with a portion of its New York portfolio of litigated residential foreclosures.  She also represents various special servicers in connection with multi-million dollar distressed commercial real estate loans in New York City and its suburbs.  Ms. Berger has argued numerous foreclosure cases before the Appellate Division.  Representation includes a leading national financial institution regarding the proper forum for a borrower to challenge a securitized mortgage loan and Dollar Dry Dock Savings Bank v. Piping Rock Builders, 181 A.D.2d 709, 581 N.Y.S.2d 361 (2d Dep’t 1992), which clarified certain aspects of New York’s “election of remedies” rule.

Ms. Berger has argued numerous Freedom of Information Law cases before administrative agencies and trial and appellate courts in New York and other states.  She successfully argued the oft‑cited Court of Appeals case, Encore College Bookstores, Inc. v. Auxiliary Services Corporation of the State University of New York at Farmingdale, 87 N.Y.2d 410, 639 N.Y.S.2d 990 (1995).  Ms. Berger has been with Bryan Cave LLP since 2002.  Previously she was special counsel at Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman LLP.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

  • New York Women’s Bar Association

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Fordham Law Review – Associate Editor, 1983-1984

  • Greenburgh, New York, Democratic Town Committee, Chairwoman

Suzanne Berger’s practice has a special emphasis on litigation arising out of commercial loan enforcement, mortgage foreclosures, landlord-tenant disputes and construction issues.  Currently, she represents a leading national financial institution, as loan servicer, in connection with a portion of its New York portfolio of litigated residential foreclosures.  She also represents various special servicers in connection with multi-million dollar distressed commercial real estate loans in New York City and its suburbs.  Ms. Berger has argued numerous foreclosure cases before the Appellate Division.  Representation includes a leading national financial institution regarding the proper forum for a borrower to challenge a securitized mortgage loan and Dollar Dry Dock Savings Bank v. Piping Rock Builders, 181 A.D.2d 709, 581 N.Y.S.2d 361 (2d Dep’t 1992), which clarified certain aspects of New York’s “election of remedies” rule.

Ms. Berger has argued numerous Freedom of Information Law cases before administrative agencies and trial and appellate courts in New York and other states.  She successfully argued the oft‑cited Court of Appeals case, Encore College Bookstores, Inc. v. Auxiliary Services Corporation of the State University of New York at Farmingdale, 87 N.Y.2d 410, 639 N.Y.S.2d 990 (1995).  Ms. Berger has been with Bryan Cave LLP since 2002.  Previously she was special counsel at Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman LLP.

Bar and Court Admissions

New York, 1985

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Education

Fordham University, J.D., 1984

Barnard College, B.A., cum laude, 1978

Publications

  • Contributing Author – West New York Practice Series General Practice in New York (1998), Chapter on Mortgage Foreclosure
  • N.Y.S. Bar Association 2008, 2010 and 2012 CLE Westchester Panel Chair-2006 Panel Member – “Mortgage Foreclosures and Workouts,” 2002 and 2004; “Foreclosures and other Receiverships,” April and October 2003
  • N.Y.S. Bar Association, CLE, Representing a Political candidate, New York Law Primer, April 2008
  • Rockland County Bar Ass’n, CLE, Basics of Mortgage Foreclosures, Fall 2010 and Spring 2013

Speeches and Seminars

  • Speaker, The Path to Victory: Representing a Candidate under New York's Election Law, May 2014
  • Panelist, "Sanctions: Their Proper Use and Reach," National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys 22nd Annual Convention, April 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York Women’s Bar Association

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Fordham Law Review – Associate Editor, 1983-1984
  • Greenburgh, New York, Democratic Town Committee, Chairwoman

Education

  • Fordham University, J.D., 1984
  • Barnard College, B.A., cum laude, 1978

Admissions

  • New York, 1985
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York