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Representative cases
The following is just a sample of the reported decisions, both trial and appellate, which have resulted from the aggressive litigation pursued by Sperber & Stein, LLP:

  • Candlewood Holding v. Valle, 134 A.D.3d 872, 23 N.Y.S.3d 266 (2d Dept. 2015); successful trial and appellate counsel in an interesting matter whereby we prevailed in obtaining the dismissal of Plaintiff’s action under the legal theory of “in pari delicto,” which prohibits the Court in intervening in matters between two wrongdoers. In this matter, we successfully obtained a significant judgment in our clients’ favor.
  • Allain v. Oriola-Allain 123 A.d.3d 138, 995 N.Y.S.3d 105 (2d Dept. 2014); successful at both trial and appellate level in a matter, which set legal   precedence in the Second Department. Specifically, the appellate division extended the fugitive disentitlement doctrine, which prohibits fugitives of the court from seeking relief from the court, to a matter involving the enforcement of a child support obligation . In applying said doctrine, the Court dismissed the Respondent-Appellant’s appeal, holding that the Respondent-Appellant could not pursue a downward modification of her child support obligation while simultaneously evading a warrant on a related child support enforcement matter.
  • Flink v. Flink, 92 A.D.3d 833, 938 N.Y.S.2d 822 (2nd Dept. 2012); successful as appellate counsel in a matter upholding a pendente lite support award to the respondent-appellant wife.
  • In re Rokeach, 101 A.D.3d 1022, 956 N.Y.S.2d 127 (2nd Dept. 2012); successful appellate counsel on an appeal from a trial court decision which dismissed a suit to recover assets transferred by a testator prior to her death. The successful appeal resulted in the favorable termination of the lawsuit in favor of our client.
  • In re Jesse Lee H., 68 A.D. 3d 865, 889 N.Y.S. 2d 479 (2d Dept. 2009); successful as trial and appellate counsel in a matter upholding a father’s visitation rights with respect to his disabled adult child.
  • Weinberger v Frankel, 37 A.D. 3d 481, 830 N.Y.S. 2d 232 (2d Dept. 2008); successful as trial and appellate counsel in a case involving the obligation of a father to pay for private school tuition.
  • H.W. v J.F., 15 Misc. 3d 1142, 841 N.Y.S. 2d 820 (2007); successful trial counsel in a decision holding a father in contempt for violating the visitation terms of an order.
  • Nations Credit Financial Services Corporation v. Giannopoulos, Colorado Capital Investments, Inc., Supreme Court, Nassau, Index Number 2007/002765; representing a borrower against a lending institution.  This case successfully resulted in the discharge of the homeowner’s mortgage.
  • Allain v Allain, 35 A.D. 3d 513, 826 N.Y.S. 2d 411 (2d Dept. 2006); successful trial and appellate counsel in a 23-day trial where Leonard R. Sperber was successful in achieving an award of custody to a father.
  • Astrep Service Corp. v. Banco Popular North America, 19 A.D. 3d 341, 795 N.Y.S. 2d 907 (2d Dept. 2005); successful trial and appellate counsel representing a borrower against a lending institution.
  • Rugg v Rugg, 3 A.D. 3d 527, 770 N.Y.S. 2d 629 (2nd Dept. 2004); successful trial and appellate counsel.  Defended an ex-husband in a contempt proceeding brought by ex-wife.
  • Juman v. Louis Wise Services, 254 A.D. 2d 72, 678 N.Y.S. 2d 611 (1st Dept. 1998); successful counsel in a matter which established, for the first time in the state of New York, a cause of action for wrongful adoption. Leonard R. Sperber was interviewed by Mike Wallace and appeared on 60 Minutes in connection with this case.
  • In re Estate of Crockett, 247 A.D. 2d 286, 668 N.Y.S. 2d 620 (1st Dept. 1998); successful trial and appellate counsel in a matter involving ownership of a large quantity of antiques.


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