Jessica J. Kastner

Senior Associate
Commercial Litigation Department
Intellectual Property Department
Jessica J. Kastner

“Is my philosophy that a great attorney must be honest, confident, analytical, attentive, trustworthy, responsive and have a great work ethic. I bring these qualities to each case and work toward solutions in a timely and economical fashion. Additionally, my time spent on various business and charitable boards ”

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Ms. Kastner works closely with the Partner & Chair of the Litigation Department, Jonathan B. Nelson, and the team in the New York office, to provide representation to clients on both coasts. Ms. Kastner provides comprehensive litigation and risk management services to the firm’s diverse array of financial services clients, including national, regional and local banks, direct lending institutions, credit unions, investment funds, trustees of mortgage-backed securities and REITs, and mortgage services.

Ms. Kastner has considerable experience achieving successful outcomes for clients in state, federal, and appellate courts, as well as before arbitration panels, in a range of matters, which have included: creditors’ rights in complex and highly contested bankruptcy actions (Chapter 11, as well as Chapter 7 and 13), commercial lending disputes, mortgage and consumer fraud actions, predatory and unfair lending actions, complex escalated foreclosures, and disputes arising from the impairment of collateral.

Ms. Kastner is highly skilled in investigating and resolving title disputes for owners, lenders and title insurance companies involving defects in title, fraudulent conveyance claims, broker or agent fraud and negligence claims, equitable enforcement of mortgages, priority enforcement of liens, the purchase and sale of distressed properties, insurance coverage claims, subrogation claims, adverse possession, easement disputes, and cases of eminent domain or other municipal action that impairs title.

Ms. Kastner also represents real estate developers, investors and owners in disputes with sellers, owners’ associations, management boards, adjoining landowners and contractors. Additionally, Ms. Kastner handles general litigation matters for individual and corporate clients in the areas of contract law, business torts, antitrust and unfair competition, intellectual property, constitutional civil rights and employment law.

Prior to joining Dorf Nelson & Zauderer LLP, Ms. Kastner was a Litigation Associate with Proskauer Rose LLP in New York, NY, where she represented Fortune 500 clients in complex commercial litigation matters involving contract claims, business torts, real estate disputes, antitrust claims, and enforceability of secured claims in bankruptcy.

Ms. Kastner has served as General Counsel for the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) in New York, NY, an international not-for-profit organization, where she managed all in-house litigation and advised on corporate compliance issues. Ms. Kastner also served as a law clerk for a New York State Supreme Court judge and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Admissions:

United States Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York
New York State

Education:

Albany Law School of Union University
Connecticut College.

Memberships:

American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Westchester County Bar Association.

Ms. Kastner works closely with the Partner & Chair of the Litigation Department, Jonathan B. Nelson, and the team in the New York office, to provide representation to clients on both coasts. Ms. Kastner provides comprehensive litigation and risk management services to the firm’s diverse array of financial services clients, including national, regional and local banks, direct lending institutions, credit unions, investment funds, trustees of mortgage-backed securities and REITs, and mortgage services.

Ms. Kastner has considerable experience achieving successful outcomes for clients in state, federal, and appellate courts, as well as before arbitration panels, in a range of matters, which have included: creditors’ rights in complex and highly contested bankruptcy actions (Chapter 11, as well as Chapter 7 and 13), commercial lending disputes, mortgage and consumer fraud actions, predatory and unfair lending actions, complex escalated foreclosures, and disputes arising from the impairment of collateral.

Ms. Kastner is highly skilled in investigating and resolving title disputes for owners, lenders and title insurance companies involving defects in title, fraudulent conveyance claims, broker or agent fraud and negligence claims, equitable enforcement of mortgages, priority enforcement of liens, the purchase and sale of distressed properties, insurance coverage claims, subrogation claims, adverse possession, easement disputes, and cases of eminent domain or other municipal action that impairs title.

Ms. Kastner also represents real estate developers, investors and owners in disputes with sellers, owners’ associations, management boards, adjoining landowners and contractors. Additionally, Ms. Kastner handles general litigation matters for individual and corporate clients in the areas of contract law, business torts, antitrust and unfair competition, intellectual property, constitutional civil rights and employment law.

Prior to joining Dorf Nelson & Zauderer LLP, Ms. Kastner was a Litigation Associate with Proskauer Rose LLP in New York, NY, where she represented Fortune 500 clients in complex commercial litigation matters involving contract claims, business torts, real estate disputes, antitrust claims, and enforceability of secured claims in bankruptcy.

Ms. Kastner has served as General Counsel for the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) in New York, NY, an international not-for-profit organization, where she managed all in-house litigation and advised on corporate compliance issues. Ms. Kastner also served as a law clerk for a New York State Supreme Court judge and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

  • Chairman of the Board, LittleMissMatched, LLC. (privately held iconic tween apparel company)
  • Trustee, Board of Trustees of Albany Law School
  • Board Member, Former Executive Committee Member and Former General Counsel of the Business Council of Westchester
  • Board Member, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation
  • Former Vice President, Executive Committee and Board Member, Westchester County Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Westchester County Bar Association, Law Office Management Special Committee
  • Former Acting President, Orienta Point Association (neighborhood organization)
  • Former Chair, Law Practice Management Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Former Town Prosecutor, Town of Mamaroneck
  • Former Member, Village of Mamaroneck, Harbor Commission
  • Gender Fair Award, for recognition as a true model for diversity and inclusion, presented by the NBA’s New York Liberty, 2019
  • 2019 Gender Fair Certification, for being the first and only law firm certified for diversity and inclusion, by Gender Fair NYC
  • 2017 Small Business Award, for Excellence in overall firm growth, featured in the Fall issue of 914Inc.
  • 2012 Equal Access to Justice Award recipient, an honor extended by Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021
  • Business Hall of Fame’s Small Business Success Award, sponsored by The Business Council of Westchester and received on behalf of the Firm, 2009
  • Pace Setter Award, for excellence in professional and community work, sponsored in part by Pace Law School and the Westchester County Bar Association, 2008
  • Family Friendly Employment Policy Award, presented by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and received on behalf of the Firm, 2008
  • Presenter, “How to Navigate the Sale and/or Merger of a Small to Midsize Law Practice: What are the Options?”, CLE program, NYSBA 50+ Section Annual Meeting Program, NYC (2023)
  • Presenter, “How to Navigate the Sale and/or Merger of a Small to Midsize Law Practice: What are the Options?” Webinar, Virtual CLE program, NYSBA 50+ Section (2023)
  • Panelist, “How Employers Have Implemented New Opportunities in DEI… and the Challenges that Remain” presented by the Business Council of Westchester (2022)
  • Panelist, “Men as Allies: It Takes All of Us,” 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit, Manhattanville College (2019)
  • Presenter, “Origination Credit and Partner Compensation: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due”, CLE program, Center for Competitive Management (2015)
  • Presenter, “Real Property Law Update”, New York State Bar Association, Senior Lawyers Section Fall Meeting (2014)
  • Co-Panelist, “Partners’ Compensation”, New York State Bar Association, Law Practice Management Committee and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education (2014)
  • Orientation Presenter, Albany Law School (2014)
  • Presenter, “Hot Tips for Building Client Relations” CLE program, New York State Bar Association Marketing Conference (2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “See How Technology Makes the Business Side of Law Easier & More Effective” CLE program, Westchester County Bar Association (2013)
  • Co-Presenter, “Essential Residential Real Estate Law: Contract to Closing Without a Headache” CLE program, Pace Law School (2013)
  • Panelist, Westchester Grow Forum for Entrepreneurs, presented by the Westchester County Office of Economic Development and the Gateway to Entrepreneurship at Westchester Community College (2012)
  • Program Faculty, New York State Bar Association, “Strategies for Progressing Equity Partners”, LPM CLE webcast (2012)
  • Co-Presenter, Westchester County Bar Association Real Property Section CLE, “Commercial Properties – The Nuts and Bolts of Buying, Selling and Leasing” (2012)
  • Presenter, Westchester County Bar Association CLE program entitled “10 Hot Management Tips for Driving the Bottom Line to Profitability and Creating Professional Satisfaction” (2012)
  • Co-Presenter for the Westchester County Bar Association webinar, “Tech Tips to Enhance Profitability and Competitiveness” (2011)
  • Co-Presenter, “BANKRUPTCY Defalcation and Rooker-Feldman Doctrine/Res Judicata”CLE program (2011)
  • Co-Presenter, “Commercial Purchasing, Leasing and Workouts” seminar, sponsored by Skyline Title, Inc. and promoted in part by the Westchester County Bar Association and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (2009)
  • Guest Speaker, Pace Law School’s New Directions Program (2008)
  • Presenter, Westchester Women’s Bar Association Real Estate Expo on the subject of commercial real estate transactions (2008)

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