NEW YORK, NY – Dec. 5, 2018 – Scott Lanin was the keynote speaker at a business networking event on 12/4/18 hosted by BNI Chapter 53 concerning commerical litigation. Business Networking International is the largest networking organization in the world. The 3 West Club, a historic hotel mansion off 5th Avenue in Manhattan, was bustling with business professionals early Tuesday morning as proactive entrepreneurs gathered to learn about how Scott became a commercial litigation attorney.
Scott Lanin practices law in Midtown and has an office at 505 8th Avenue, near Penn Station. He has 30 years of experience in the legal field. He represents individuals and businesses in a variety of cases involving money and property, including business and real estate disputes, breach of contract, fraud, mortgage foreclosure and debt collection.
Scott discussed how how he applies his martial art training, strategies, and philosophy to his commercial litigation practice. To him, litigation is a martial art. Both require hard work, discipline, strategy, attention to detail, creative thinking, and a mindset to overcome adversity. He holds a 2d Degree Black Belt in Karate and is preparing to test for his 4th Degree Black Belt in ITF Taekwon-Do. His clients call him the Blackbelt Litigator.
Lanin developed an interest in commercial litigation in 1988 while in law school when he worked for a Garden City Long Island firm. In 1999, he sat for the New York bar exam at the Javitz Center in Manhattan. Notably, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was in the room taking the same test.
After Scott passed the bar, he worked as an associate attorney at Whitman Ransom, an international firm located at 200 Park Avenue in the Met Life building (then known as the Pan Am building). He later returned to his prior Garden City firm where he gained court experience, often appearing in a court on multiple cases at the same time. Scott then had the opportunity to work for Farrell Fritz, the largest law firm on Long Island, where he represented lenders and banks like Great New York Savings Bank in foreclosures on commercial properties like medical office buildings and warehouses. He represented the Broadway Mall as a creditor/landlord in major Chapter 11 cases filed by tenants like McCrory’s. He worked on matters involving non-profits like the Salvation Army. Scott then joined a Manhattan firm as a senior associate where he was responsible for running their commercial litigation department. He represented major creditors like European American Bank (now Citibank), CIT Group (then the largest asset based lender), The Money Store, and auto finance companies like Mitsubishi Finance and BMW Auto Finance.
Scott always wanted to have his own law firm. His experiences at both large and smaller firms for 10 years taught him how to handle complex litigation, corporate and bankruptcy matters and also how to effectively manage and market a law firm. His education at the NYU Stern School with a double major in Finance and Management gave him a strong business background.
In 1999, when his daughter Samantha was 1 years old, Scott decided to form his own law firm. His motto came from the Kevin Costner movie “Field of Dreams” – “if you build it, they will come.” And clients did come. Since then, Lanin Law P.C. has maintained an office in Midtown Manhattan. The firm has gone through a few name and location changes, with offices formerly located in the Lincoln Building at 60 East 42nd Street (now called 1 Grand Central Place) and at 1065 Avenue of the Americas (near Bryant Park) before moving to its current office at 505 8th Avenue.
For more information about Attorney Scott Lanin, please visit www.laninlaw.com.