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Y. David Scharf

Partner & Chair, Real Estate Loan Work-Outs, Restructurings & Foreclosures
Tel: 212.735.8604
Email: dscharf@morrisoncohen.com

One of the country’s leading trial lawyers and litigators, David has more than 20 years of experience representing clients involved in complex real estate disputes and other high-stakes business crises. Throughout his career, David has won successful outcomes for parties linked to iconic properties, including the Plaza Hotel, the Sears Tower, and the General Motors Building.

Recognized by Crain’s “40 Under 40” and a New York Super Lawyer, David has broad national experience representing various stakeholders, including private equity funds, hedge funds, public companies, condominium and co-op sponsors, developers, hospitality companies, tenants and landlords, purchasers, brokers, and mortgage lenders. His experience extends to all facets of business and real estate litigation. During the recent financial crisis, David has focused on significant restructuring, counseling, advisory work, and related litigation matters, representing a mix of opportunistic investors, lenders, and borrowers in states across the country. He has also successfully litigated multi-million-dollar corporate takeovers, shareholder disputes, and securities-related matters.

In addition to his business cases, David has also built a practice advising business celebrities and artists in the music industry. David is a mentor to young law students, organizes and heads various pro-bono projects, and is a frequent lecturer at the Urban Land Institute, local civic groups, and the Learning Annex. Born and raised in New York, David is fluent in Yiddish.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Real Estate Board of New York
  • Orthodox Union
  • United States Holocaust Museum


  • The U.S. Tennis Association Foundation, the USTA’s charitable organization - Vice President, Board of Directors
  • Lifetime Care Foundation for the Disabled, Inc. - Trustee and Member, Board of Directors


Crain’s “40 Under 40”
New York Super Lawyer
Leadership Award – Ezer Mizion’s Service For Life
Distinguished Alumni of the Year – Brooklyn Law School – Jewish Law Student Association