Representing individuals and businesses in commercial litigation and foreclosure cases in State, Federal, Bankruptcy, and Appellate Courts in New York and in business transactions.

  • New York State (passed July 1989 bar exam)
  • US District Court for Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York, Western District of New York
  • US Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York, Western District of New York
  • Pro hac vice appearances in CT, DE, FL, OR, IL, MI, and NJ


Law Review
 (Highest Law School Honor)
Top 12.5% of class

Dean’s List
American Jurisprudence Award – Lawyer as Negotiator
John J. Murphy Memorial Scholarship
Law Professor/Faculty Research Assistant.

Ranked Top 5 Business School


Entered at age 16; graduated at age 20
Top 5%, Cum Laude, 
GPA 3.64/4.0, Dean’s List
University Founders’ Day Scholar
Beta Gamma Sigma (Management Honor Society)
Phi Alpha Kappa (Finance Honor Society)


Authorized Law School Extern Program Mentor:

Benjamin N. Cardozo School Of Law, Yeshiva University (New York, N.Y.)
Brooklyn Law School (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Catholic University Law School (Washington D.C.)
New York Law School (New York, N.Y.)
St. John’s University School of Law (Jamaica, N.Y.)
Touro Law School (Central Islip, N.Y.)
Berkeley College (New York, N.Y.)

Assistant Taekwon-Do/Kickboxing Instructor, Team USA Taekwon-Do Fitness, Fort Lee, N.J. Scott currently trains in the evenings and on Saturdays with Master Alvin Bernard, 7th Dan, and occasionally teaches adult cardio kickboxing and children taekwon-do classes on Saturdays when Master Bernard is away at seminars or tournaments.  He is a 3rd Dan Black Belt licensed by the International Taekwon-do Federation.

Business Networking International  – Vice President BNI-3 (Times Square, NY) (2011-2016). BNI is the largest business networking organization worldwide, with over 160,000 members in 45 countries.

BNI Manhattan  – Chapter 53 (March 2016 – present) 3 West Club, 3 West 51 St. off 5th Ave, New York, N.Y. – Member, Top 10 Networking Chapter in New York.

Licensed New York Real Estate Broker

Director and Vice President 1266 Apartment Corporation (Horizon House: co-operative corporation with over $100 million in assets, 6 hi-rises, 1266 units, 32 acres and 115 employees  (2002-2005)

Avvo Expert Contributor (Volunteer Pro Bono – Question & Answer Panel)

Member of Creditor and Bankruptcy categories (formerly

see Scott’s profile and rank (1999-2000)

American Bankruptcy Institute(2002-2006)

Bankruptcy Lawyers Network

Commercial Law League of America: Bankruptcy & Insolvency Committee; Creditors’ Rights Committee; and Contributing Author – Bankruptcy & Insolvency Newsletter (1996-2001)

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys – nation’s largest organization and network of consumer bankruptcy attorneys helping individuals resolve debt problems and save their assets and homes (8/7/05 to 4/27/10)

Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors (1996-2001)

Judge, Civil Trial Institute St. John’s University School of Law School (1996)

Turnaround Management Association, Long Island Chapter (1996-2001)

New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; and Real Property Section

American Bar Association: Litigation Section: Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee, Commercial and Banking Litigation Committee, and Trial Practice Committee; Business Law Section; and Law Practice Management Section (1990-2007)

Nassau County Bar Association: Bankruptcy Committee; and Homeless Advocacy Program (1991-1997)

Bankruptcy Lawyers Bar Association of the City of New York (1990-1993)

International Executive Guild

International Whos Who


NY Business & Real Estate Litigator Blog ( – The Martial Art of Commercial Litigation

NY Foreclosure Law Blog ( – Solutions and Strategies for Mortgage Defaults

Foreclosure Guide For The New York Homeowner

New York Recognizes Exception to Waiver of Attorney – Client Privilege, 62 St. John’s Law Review 752 (1988)

Pre-Printed Invoice Terms, Course Of Dealing, And Possession Of Goods Did Not Give Creditor A Security Interest Under Articles 2 Or 9 Of The UCC, Commercial Law League Association, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section Newsletter, Vol. 13, Issue 10, pp.1-4 (April 1999)


Scott Lanin is originally from Queens and attended schools in New York City.  As a child he attended P.S. 165 in Flushing where he graduated as the valedictorian.  He attended 7th grade at Campbell J.H.S. in Flushing and 9th grade at I.S. 25 in Bayside Queens.  He was in the city’s “IGC” program and skipped the 8th grade.  He attended Bayside High School and was in the class of 82′ where he earned one year of college credit in Advanced Placement courses at the age of 15. He competed in the NYC Westinghouse Science Fair in Mathematics.

In 1982, at the young age of 16, Scott entered the N.Y.U Stern School of Business.  In 1986, he graduated with honors at the top 5% of his class with a dual major in Finance and Management.  He attended St. John’s University School of Law from 1986 through 1989 where he earned Law Review honors and also graduated at the top of his class.  Scott understands the concerns of our clients with financial struggles. He put himself through college and law school with scholarships, financial aid, student loans and work.

In 1989, Scott sat for and passed the New York bar exam at the age of 23.  He began his legal practice that year in the Park Avenue office of the corporate department of Whitman & Ransom, a large and prestigious international law firm which was home to former New York Governor Hugh Carey. (The firm is now known as Whitman Breed Abbot & Morgan.) Scott was formerly an associate attorney handling commercial litigation, creditor rights, and mortgage foreclosures with Farrell Fritz, the premier Long Island law firm. He was also associated with a boutique commercial litigation/creditors’ rights firm in Manhattan and with a bankruptcy firm and Chapter 13 Trustee in Garden City Long Island.

Scott is the managing attorney and founding principal of Lanin Law P.C., a firm that traces its roots back to 1999.  The firm has moved over the years from the Lincoln Building, One Grand Central Place, NY, NY (across from Grand Central Station), to 1065 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY (across from Bryant Park), and now to 505 Eighth Avenue, NY, NY (one block from Penn Station), always maintaining a Midtown Manhattan presence under Scott’s leadership.

Scott has extensive experience representing individuals and businesses, including lenders and borrowers, mortgagees and mortgagors, corporations, and trustees in commercial (business and real estate) litigation and in cases involving debt collection, replevin, asset recovery, orders of seizure (equipment and vehicle leases), mortgage foreclosure and receivership, contract and real estate disputes, Chapters 7, 13, and 11, and a wide variety of creditor rights and bankruptcy matters, including adversary proceedings and motions.  Scott also gained extensive experience in the areas of real estate and co-ops as the First Vice President of the Board of Directors of 1266 Apartment Corporation, the largest co-op in New Jersey, where he was responsible for 6 hi-rise buildings, 32 acres of property and over 114 employees in the Local Union 32BJ.

Scott is an experienced instructor and mentor to lawyers and law students. In 2015, Scott conducted a seminar in a national CLE (Continuing Legal Education) course on Access MCLE for attorneys entitled “How To Handle Commercial Litigation and Keep Your Clients Happy.” In 2016, Scott was retained by Access MCLE to present a new CLE seminar on New York Foreclosure Defense Litigation and Loan Modification based on his 27 years of representing lenders and homeowners. Since 2009, Scott has done pro bono volunteer work mentoring and supervising law student and college interns. He typically mentors 6 students each year (2 per semester in the Spring, Summer, and Fall) and is approved for internships/externships through accredited law programs at Brooklyn Law School, Cardozo Law School, St. John’s University School of Law, and Berkeley College. Students receive an evaluation for academic credit on their transcript and post-internship guidance and assistance with graduate school, the bar exam, and employment.

Scott stays current by constantly reading and studying the law and by always striving to improve.  He participates in at least 24 hours of Continuing Legal Education every two years. In his last CLE cycle during 2015 and 2016, he took these courses: Appellate Jurisdiction, Bankruptcy Avoidance Powers, Best Practices for Clear Contract Drafting, Bring Your Own Tech to the Office, Computer Security for Today’s Law Office, Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Law, Causes and Cures, Cyber Stalking: Who’s Watching Me, Dealing with the News Media, Digital Currencies, Bitcoin and the Law, Federal and State Tax Laws: Poe v. Seaborn – A Contrarian View, Hot Topics in Social Media Law, IT 4 The JD. Litigating Political Asylum Cases In Immigration Court, Mastering Legal Malpractice Insurance, Prevention Detection and Treatment of Mental or Physical Issues that Impair a Members Ability to Perform Legal Services with Competence, Recent Developments in Patent Law, Straight Talk: Social Media Ethics and Attorneys, and The Reduction of Bias in the Legal Profession.

Scott is also an annual presenter at an elite business networking organization on the topic of Commercial Litigation and Foreclosure Defense law.

On a personal note, Scott is married to Lisa Lanin, and is the proud father of Samantha, who is a student at the University of Maryland and Jessica who is a High School student.   He also holds a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Taekwon-do and a 2d Dan Black Belt in Karate and is a kickboxing instructor.  He has been training since 1984 and teaching since 1987 and finds martial arts philosophy and concepts useful in his law practice.  In 2016, Scott got closer to the world record for board breaking when he broke 10 boards with a side kick barefoot. Scott  is also an accomplished guitarist and enjoys recording music in his home digital recording studio. In 2016, he performed the Stars Spangled Banner at an International Taekwon-do Tournament, where he was also a Judge and Referee. He is an avid fan of the Mets, Jets, and Knicks but will accept Yankees, Giants, and Nets fans as clients. He has also been a member of the International Diabetic Athletes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association, having been a juvenile diabetic since age 12.  He was the Athletic Director of the New York Diabetes Association summer camp in upstate New York and has been a public speaker on diabetes and exercise.  He has never allowed diabetes to prevent him from doing anything.