Joel Binstok founded York Consulting Associates LLC more than 15 years ago, a real estate auditing and forensic firm that has been recouping and saving millions of dollars for such clients as Bank of America, Vivendi Universal, Bear Stearns, Harper Collins, Thomson Financial, West Publishing and Nautica. Prior to forming York Consulting Associates LLC, Joel’s background was as a real estate and commercial lawyer. He last practiced law in the New York office of the national law firm of Gaston & Snow, representing landlords, tenants, and equity investors. In his 20 years of legal practice, he has specialized in commercial real estate leasing and commercial law, becoming an expert in the drafting, interpretation and enforcement of leases, and has extensive experience with clients in the intellectual property business.
Joel has published articles on commercial leases and lease auditing and is the author of the “Operating Expense” chapters in a textbook on Commercial Leasing soon to be published by the New York State Bar Association. He has also published several articles on subjects such as contract due diligence, contract enforcement, Real Estate Issues Facing Corporations and “Synthetic Leases”. He actively conducts seminars in leasing for attorney and corporate real estate executive groups such as Julien J. Studley, Grubb & Ellis, GVA Williams, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the New York State Bar Association, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and First American Title Insurance Company.
During his practice of real estate and commercial law, he represented Tishman Hotel Company (a division of Tishman Realty & Construction) in various matters. He was involved in the creation of the Dolphin and Swan Hotels in DisneyWorld. He also represented several other hotel owners and managers in matters involving hotel sales and acquisitions, financings and management.
He was the real estate chairperson of the New York Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association and is an active member of the Commercial Leasing Committee of the New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section, and of the Association of the Bar of The City of New York. Joel is a member of the CoreNet Global Corporate Real Estate Network and is an active participant in the Economic Development Committee of the New York City Chapter. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida.