Howard M. Stein

Howard M. Stein - Long Island Financial Lawyer - Certilman Balin

Howard M. Stein manages our Real Estate Practice GroupHis diverse roster of clients count on his counsel in matters related to real property acquisitions, Downtowns redevelopment, sales, leasing (including obtaining economic benefits incentives), real estate finance and loan workouts. For closely held businesses and public companieshe structures complicated transactions for retail, industrial, office, hotel, wineries and residential developments. He is also actively involved in all legal facets of Assisted Living Communities and Senior Condominium Living. 

Mr. Stein represented the land sale of the Melville “pumpkin farm” to Canon USA for its North American Headquarters, which kept the Fortune 500 Company on Long Island. In 2013, Long Island Business News honored him with a Real Estate Award for “Top Office Lease” on behalf of Hain Celestial Group. 

In 2011, the Suffolk County Executive appointed Mr. Stein to serve on the Board of Directors of the Suffolk Judicial Facilities Agency. That same year, he was inducted into the Inaugural Class of Touro Law Center Builder’s Society.  

At Touro Law Center, Mr. Stein teaches courses in Real Estate Law. He also serves as Chairman of its Board of Governors.  

An advocate of Smart Growth, Mr. Stein serves as a board member of Vision Long Island, the Association for a Better Long Island, and the Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra  

The Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island (“CIBS”) named him “Associate Member of the Year in 2013; Long Island Business News has counted him among its “Who’s Who in Real Estate Law;” and from 2012 consecutively until 2020, he was named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list. 

He actively champions for charitable causes. Mr. Stein is a member of the President’s Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, and was honored with its Presidential Award. Long Island Cares bestowed upon him The Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award. The American Heart Association honored him at its Go Red for Women Luncheon. Long Island Business News recognized him with its “50 Around 50” Award for his professional achievement and community service.  

Mr. Stein earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1978, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in 1975 where he once pitched back-to-back four-hit shutouts in a double-header over Hobart College. This feat appeared in Sports Illustrated. He now serves as a member of their George Eastman Circle.  

Admitted to practice in the State of New York and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, he is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association. He achieved the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell.  



Case Western Reserve University, Juris Doctor, 1978 

University of Rochester, B.A., 1975 


Bar Admission 

New York 


Court Admission 

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York 


Bar Associations 

Nassau County Bar Association 

New York State Bar Association 



New York Metro Super Lawyers list, 20122020 

Long Island Business News, “Who’s Who in Real Estate Law”   

American Heart Association, Go Red for Women, Honoree, 2014 

CIBS, Associate Member of the Year”, 2013 

“Top Office Lease” (Hain Celestial Group),  

Long Island Business News, 2013 

Inaugural Class of Touro Law Center’s Builders Society, 2011 

Long Island Business News, “50 Around 50” Award, 2009 

The Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award, Long Island Cares, 2007 

Presidential Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, 2000 



Chairman, Board of Governors, Touro Law Center, 2006-Present 

Board of Directors, Suffolk County Judicial Facilities Agency 


Teaching/Speaking Engagements 

Adjunct Professor of Law, Touro Law Center 


Community Involvement 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, President’s Council 

Association for a Better Long Island, Board Member  

Vision Long Island, Board Member 

Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island  

(CIBS), Associate Member 

Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra, Board Member   

George Eastman Circle, University of Rochester 

Hamlet Golf & Country Club, Chairman, Board of Governors 


Noteworthy Deals 

Represented the Seller of the “Pumpkin farm” to Canon USA for its North American Headquarters 

Represented a national publisher in connection with a 170,000 square foot lease and economic incentives in Nassau County. 

Represented the Master Developer on the acquisition of multiple properties assembled for the development of over 1400 dwelling units in the Ronkonkoma HUB. 

Represented local developer in acquisition of numerous properties for construction of assisted living facilities. 

Represented a public company on the leasing and financial incentives of a 110,000 square foot facility in Lake Success. 

Representation of a national company in the acquisition of a 100 +/- acre mixed use site in Syosset. 

Represented a joint venture in the negotiation of a Master Development Agreement for the acquisition and development of seven (7) mixed use sites in New Rochelle and multiple properties in the Village of Hempstead. 

Represented a multinational company in the acquisition of a 200 acre parcel utilized as a winery on the East End of Long Island.


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