Bio & References – NEIL SISKIND
-President, The Siskind Law Firm
-Founder & Chairman, The Fatherhood Assignment™
-Conservator, The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
-Founder, National Fatherhood Day™
-Founder, Caring is Free®, Free Global Charity Promotions
-Counsel to The Siskind Group, LLC, New York, New York
-Counsel to JRT Apparel, LLC, New York, New York
-President, Barony Real Estate Management, New York, New York
Neil Siskind, Esq. founded The Children’s Sevices Watchdog™- a government watchdog for reported child abuse cases
Neil Siskind is the author of The Complete Guide To The Ways To Manufacture & Sell Your Products©
Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Learn more at: http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/
Neil Siskind is the Conservator of The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 9 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.
Neil Siskind Defends New York’s Seniors
Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com
Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day“- March 29th
Volunteer, Pro Bono, Philanthropic and Government Background:
Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes:
Caring is Free® www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: Comfort for Kids
- Donorschoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: NeilSiskindGiving
- Make-A-Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Make-A Wish: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm
- Champion Children– We seek to inspire people with stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/
Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work:
- Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com
- Senior FreeStart Business- Pro Bono– We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/
- Veteran FreeStart Business- Pro Bono– We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/
- Debt Aid (pro minus enim)- As part of The Siskind Law Firm’s heritage of providing pro bono legal counsel and fairly priced legal programs to benefit the most challenged and vulnerable citizens of New York, we have launched our “Debt Aid” service for New Yorkers across the state who are single mothers.
In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.
Neil Siskind’s Government Work:
– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern
Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:
Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.
Legal Background and References:
THE SISKIND GROUP New York, New York
In-House Counsel January, 2000- November, 2010
HERRICK, FEINSTEIN, LLP New York, New York
Real Estate Law Associate July, 1998-December, 1999
GOLDBERG, WEPRIN & USTIN, LLP New York, New York
Real Estate Law Associate June, 1997-June, 1998
Guest Speaker: Bond New York, January 30, 2015: Bargaining Power Strategies in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Guest Speaker: JRT Apparel, June, 2015: Trademark Due Diligence and Trademark Licensing
-Real Estate (including real estate asset management)
-Business and Personal Debt Aid/Business Structuring and Turnarounds
Pro Bono and Advocacy:
-Military Veteran Pro Bono; Senior Citizen Pro Bono; Public Advocacy; Child Abuse Prevention Advocacy
Neil Siskind focuses his practice on real estate, business operations and product-related matters. Neil Siskind has been an attorney for nearly 20 years, spending half of that time handling product development, product licensing, product distribution and brand-building issues and challenges in the areas of apparel, home goods, and accessories in the mens, ladies, childrens and infant categories, including in the sportswear, luxury, home goods and urban markets. Neil Siskind acted as In-House Counsel and now outside counsel to a major manufacturing, licensing and distribution organization where he handled in-licensing and out-licensing of brands and trademarks and design patents. Neil Siskind also advises distributors in the structuring of product distribution deals and agreements. Neil Siskind can handle your license agreements whether you are the licensor or licensee of a trademark or copyright to be used on or in connection with products, and your distribution agreements whether you are the distributor or the owner of valuable Intellectual Property. Neil Siskind has handled transactions for licensees of internationally known brands including ABS ® by Allen Schwartz, Cross Colours®, Stanley Blacker® and Fila® to name a few. Neil has handled distribution agreements for distributors of the world’s most well-known brands from Adidas® to Fila® to Benetton® and FUBU®. Neil Siskind has consulted to professional athletes and nonprofit organizations and is a person to trust for an honest evaluation of brand value. Neil has also helped numerous product distributors set-up distribution channels for proprietary products nationwide. Incidental to such transactions, Neil Siskind handles the related financing, partnership, deal structuring and office leasing aspects of businesses and transactions.
Along with counseling businesses and investors, Neil works with companies in a variety of industries to structure, re-structure, strategize and operate their businesses in the most efficient and profitable manners. Neil has advised businesses on corporate structure, operational structure, employment structure, office operations, shipping policies, accounts payable and receivable, contracts, loans and debts, partnership issues and agreements, business licenses, administrative structure, product licensing, vendor agreements, and all issues related to product development and service offerings and sales and distribution of those products and services.
Neil Siskind is also an experienced real estate attorney who has worked in Manhattan’s most reputable real estate firms. Over the course of the past 19 years, Neil Siskind has handled residential and commercial real estate transactions for clients including condo, co-op and single family home purchases and sales, apartment and office building acquisitions and sales, representation of lenders on real estate loans, and negotiation and drafting of office and retail leases.
Many residential real estate attorneys do not have the experience to handle commercial transactions that are made for investment purposes. Likewise, most commercial real estate lawyers lack the experience to handle co-op purchases, condominium apartment deals or purchases and sales of houses. Neil has worked in the areas of residential real estate and commercial real estate equally and knows the important issue on which to focus in both genres. Often commercial real estate transaction lawyers focus on purchases and sales and the related partnership and financing issues, are not adept with leases for their clients’ properties. But in addition to handling such transactions, Neil Siskind has handled a variety of office and retail leases for landlords and tenants and rounds-out his services with this expertise.
In addition to providing legal counsel to entrepreneurs and investors, over the years, Neil Siskind has invested in and operated his own businesses in the areas of manufacturing, Intellectual Property licensing, real estate investing and management, office suite management and retail services. Neil not only finds entrepreneurship using his own capital and experience to be exciting, risky and rewarding, but it also makes him a better attorney to his entrepreneur clients as the result of his first-hand experiences in a variety of industries.
Neil Siskind has long-devoted half of his professional career to helping those in need and who are less fortunate to achieve their professional hopes and dreams, either through pro bono work and philanthropy, or by simply doing free work for those in financial and professional desperate straights, including advocating for children’s needs, and helping seniors, single mothers and Military Veterans. While it it true that the phrase “no good deed goes unpunished” has a lot of validity- it must be remembered that a lifetime of good deeds is its own reward.
Call Neil Siskind today to discuss your legal needs if you are licensing-in, licensing-out, distributing or contemplating distributing products, if you are a small business with operational, business contract, real estate, or business strategy needs.
In Neil’s free time, in addition to enjoying outdoor and athletic activities, writing, fly-fishing and looking at real estate, especially land, he gives back to the community. Neil assists senior citizens who are being harassed or taken advantage of financially by helping them fight back with free legal counsel. See http://savingseniorcitizens.com/. For senior citizens who have big needs but few resources, they turn to Neil Siskind as a trustworthy source of support and guidance. Neil Siskind also volunteers time every week working with cancer patients at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Neil also is passionate about land conservation and the protection of rare resources and seeks out opportunities to protect and conserve land.
Neil also operates a think tank to raise awareness for children without fathers. Neil believes in giving-back. Helping those who seek free counsel and direction for their lives can sometimes be thankless and taxing efforts, but it is worth the sacrifices when you know that you have helped those in need with your special set of skills.
Neil is an active real estate investor with various interests in commercial properties, including office buildings and apartment buildings, as well as single family homes and condominiums, and vacant development in New York State and across the southeast. Our real estate management company handles our client’s real estate investments. http://siskindlawfirm.com/investment-property-management/
Neil Siskind’s detailed Curriculum Vitae can be found at: http://neilsiskind.com/
Neil Siskind’s Law Blog: https://neilsiskindlawyerline.wordpress.com/
Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/
References: “If 99.9% of the people who’ve worked with you over a 20 year career love you- you’re doing pretty well. Thank you to all of you who have shown me loyalty and gratefulness over the years- the most important attributes in business- and in life.”
“As an attorney myself, I have confided with Neil Siskind on numerous business, real estate and legal matters over the past 15 years in connection with my own business, and in connection with various clients I have referred to him. Neil always handles his work professionally, competently and rapidly. I look forward to a long-lived professional relationship with Neil Siskind.“
-Michael A. Rose, Founding Partner, Hach & Rose LLP
New York, NY
“As a Financial Advisor, I have confided in Neil Siskind many times over the years and have referred clients of mine for similar counsel and for real estate deals. Neil Siskind is always responsive, knowledgeable and helpful and has been a great lawyer and confidant to me.”
-Seth L. Blumenthal, Financial Advisor
New York, NY
“Neil Siskind is the best lawyer with whom I have ever worked. He is professional, kind, reliable, honest, intelligent and always responsive. I have worked with him for over 3 years. Not only is he our lawyer, he is a friend and an extension of our company.”
-Lori Zaslow, Media Personality
Bravo TV’s “Love Broker”
Project Soulmate, Co-founder
“Neil Siskind is a very honorable guy, a great friend and attorney and a great listener.”
-Andrew Scheck, licensed real estate broker, NY, NY
“Neil Siskind is such a nice guy. I can always talk to him about problems or issues in my life. He is very understanding and a loyal friend.“
-Karen L. Doyle
Boca Raton, FL
“Neil Siskind is an extraordinary attorney with great business and legal insights. I have benefitted from his wisdom and longevity as an attorney in New York City. Neil has successfully and capably handled every client whom I have sent his way for legal and real estate management services. Because I am a CPA (for over 30 years), I know many of Neil’s clients, whom we share, and they all say similar things about his work, skill and care as a lawyer. I am sure we will work together for years to come.”
-Gilbert B. Sherr, CPA
New York, NY
“I have known Neil Siskind since about 1996. He is an honest, reliable and funny guy and a good friend who always gives me good advice. He did a great job on my house purchase.”
Long Island, NY
“Neil Siskind has been an amazing attorney and loyal confidant to me and my business. His real estate and general business acumen are second to none, and his advice and response time are invaluable assets to my business.”
-Jennifer Zucher, Plaza Real Estate Group, Owner
New York, NY
“Even before coming on board with Neil Siskind, Neil was giving me his thoughts and advice, which I found invaluable. Once we made our business relationship official, he took off right out of the gate with amazingly creative and commercially viable concepts that we got right to work on. His mind is one-half creative, and the other half business, which is exactly what someone with my multifaceted career requires. Neil thinks in the broadest of terms and in multiple dimensions, which has given me a whole other way of looking at and approaching my career. Neil Siskind has given me so much so fast that I can only imagine what the future holds for me.”
-Tom Bentey, actor/writer/ director
Awards: Official Selection in the Garden State Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, and “Stephen Colbert’s” Montclair Film Festival.
“Neil Siskind is a lawyer whom I have turned to to not only start my business but deal with all of the headaches that have arisen. He always finds a way to keep my business moving forward and alleviating my concerns about customers, employees and products. Neil will be my lawyer for life- or at least for as long as my business is sustained. It has been 6 years, so with Neil’s continued help, I expect only the best.”
-David R. Kayen, Business Owner
White Plains, NY
Thank you so much for the generous gift to our classroom. My class and I are very excited about the overhead projector. We have been using it everyday and learning so much. Thank you so much for giving us the gift to learn.”
-3rd Grade Teacher PS 22, recipient of donation of overhead projector from Neil Siskind to a classroom lacking enough text books for all students.
“I have worked with Neil Siskind on a variety of business projects over the years and have found Neil to be honest, fair, loyal, trustworthy and fun to work with.”
-Jonathan Gilson, eXion Studios
“Neil Siskind is a very passionate guy who always has creative things happening. I know Neil Siskind professionally and personally and he always keeps me on my toes and always has interesting perspectives. I have seen him make many sacrifices and go the extra mile to help people on his own dime. Unfortunately, I have also seen it go unappreciated as people often do not know all he does behind the scenes without seeking credit for it. He feels obligated to do whatever he can to help out those he makes commitments to. Neil Siskind is a good guy.”
-Mark L. Orsen
“Neil Siskind is a very reliable and honest person. I can always depend on Neil to do what he has promised, a rare quality these days. He’s a great guy whom I have known for 10 plus years. Neil has worked on many of my real estate deals and is always on the ball.”
-Jon J. Gordon
“As a working film, television and theatre actor, I have almost never met an industry professional with Neil Siskind’s level of care, integrity and responsiveness. Neil has made wonderful introductions for me and has filled me with great ideas and motivation towards growing and expanding my career. He is the most giving, professional and experienced person I have come across in years in this industry. He has never taken from me and keeps on giving. He took me to brunch last week and was fighting me for the bill!“
-Herman Wilkins, actor
“I love Neil. It has been my pleasure to work with him. He has been so supportive of my TV Pilot role which is now being marketed and is receiving a great response. Neil Siskind provides so many ideas and angles that I never would have considered without his help. Neil just keeps on giving, building and helping me climb the ladder in this business. I look forward to the day when I can give Neil something in return for all of his guidance.”
-Jessica Devlin, actor
“Neil Siskind has been my long-time friend and attorney and has provided me with great advice and confidence in my business, real estate investment and management concerns, and personal matters. I recommend Neil Siskind to anyone seeking a capable counselor and concerned friend.”
-Stanley Gold, Real Estate and Classic Car Investor
Palm Coast, FL
“Neil Siskind came to me highly recommended by his clients and it was immediately clear to me why. Although he is an accomplished attorney and businessperson, he has a passion for the arts and sympathy for the plight and challenges of artists in the industry today. The time and great detail that Neil takes during conversations about my career, combined with his interest in exposing me to new ideas, is moving and inspiring. I am looking forward to continuing this great experience with Neil in the same manner as Neil’s other clients.”
-Virginia Dutton, Best Actress, SATURNALIA
New York, NY
You can find a variety of additional endorsements on Neil Siskind’s linkedin profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile
When winners criticize the way I operate, I am devastated.
When losers criticize the way I operate, I am vindicated.
NEIL SISKIND PROUDLY SUPPORTS
Pro bono counsel for veterans
& senior citizens
Image of The Hudson River and The Bear Mountain Bridge photographed from the bluffs of The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve, Hudson Valley, New York © 2015 Neil S. Siskind