Debra J. Guzov

Founder/Partner

Home » Our Team » Debra J. Guzov

Debra Guzov

Debra J. Guzov

Founder/Partner

    212 371 8008

Debra J. Guzov, founder of the New York City-based law firm Guzov, LLC, represents clients in both the private and public sectors, including Fortune 500 companies. Her clients come from various industries, such as industrial, real estate, financial services, hospitality, entertainment, telecommunication, fashion, manufacturing, and energy. She serves a wide range of clients, including multinational corporations, small independent businesses, and service entities in the United States and overseas.  

Known for her strategic counsel, negotiating skills, and litigation successes, Debra offers clients representation on discrete matters, or more broadly as outside general counsel. She also provides a flexible, cost-effective concierge approach via the Your GC™ program for clients who prefer a round-the-clock advisor and consultant on any and all legal matters, as well as business concerns, without the pressure of hourly billing associated with traditional models for legal services.   

With Debra’s vast experience comes a network of attorneys worldwide whom Debra frequently partners with for clients engaged in cross-border transactions and international litigation. Debra’s clients enjoy seamless experiences even when involved in complex international transactions and litigation.  

Commercial Litigation

With an extensive history of successful advocacy in high-stakes business litigation, Debra has represented clients in both state and federal appellate courts on issues ranging from complex commercial contracts to disputes involving intellectual property, in addition to fraud, securities fraud, securities, unfair trade practices, real estate, and estates. 

Not all matters require litigation, and Debra carefully evaluates whether alternative dispute resolution methods are appropriate before making an informed recommendation for the best way to proceed. With prior international law firm experience, Debra is well-versed in the complexities of international litigation and arbitration, including procedures for taking evidence abroad and the prosecution and defense of lawsuits before international tribunals, Hague Convention, and seizure of assets located abroad. 

Debra also frequently serves as outside general counsel to businesses, providing strategic advice on legal issues relative to potential litigation and also about operations, including negotiating licensing and distribution agreements, structuring employment agreements, and protecting intellectual property. Clients also turn to Debra for counsel about a range of corporate services, from regulatory compliance to deal structuring and securities laws, as well as capital financings, mergers, and acquisitions.  

Cooperative and Condominium Representation 

Debra represents cooperative and condominium boards, as well as managing agents and real estate developers, primarily in New York City, on the myriad of issues that come up for boards, associations, unit holders, and shareholders. Over the past 25 years, she has worked with hundreds of New York’s buildings and individual owners, providing solutions to the complex problems these entities and individuals can encounter.  

With firsthand experience in running and attending annual meetings for her clients, Debra knows New York’s condo and co-op market, as well as the trends, legislation, and cultural shifts that affect governance, structure, viability, community living, and market value.  

Active in the real estate industry, Debra has earned the Counselor of Real Estate distinction from the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE®), a group of international experts who serve as trusted advisors and devise solutions to real estate challenges in all asset classes. In addition, she serves in an advisory capacity to the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, volunteering her time to guide small businesses that require pragmatic real estate solutions. Debra is also a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), an organization dedicated to the advancement of professional women in commercial real estate. 

In the field of co-op and condominium law, Debra represents high-net-worth shareholders and developers involved in new construction, handling disputes and issues related to purchases and sales. 

Labor and Employment

Debra assists corporate and individual clients with negotiating high-level executive offer letters, compensation negotiation, and employment contracts. Through Your GC,™ she also provides corporate clients with day-to-day employment counseling. Debra also frequently litigates in labor and employment. 

Education

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D.
Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A., with honors

Distinctions

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Editor of the Moot Court Board
Eastern Region Finalist in the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition
Invitee to the International Law Journal

Affiliations

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
Counselors of Real Estate (CRE®)
American Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
WBENC Certified Women Owned Business

Admissions

State of New York
State of New Jersey
U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Southern District of New York
U.S. Eastern District of New York

Contact Debra J. Guzov

ph. 212.371.8008

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

News & Insights