Today we have with us, Attorney William Lienhard.
Bill Lienhard, who has over 27 years of experience as a practicing attorney graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and Boston College Law School. After clerking for a federal district court judge, Bill was awarded a fellowship at the NLG/Sugar Law Center to represent the NAACP and several community groups in NAACP v. Engler, an environmental case brought in Flint, Michigan. He then spent two years as a staff attorney in the Housing Unit at Queens Legal Services before moving to the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project in 2000. In 2002, Bill was promoted to Project Director. Over the next seven years, under Bill’s innovative leadership, the Mental Health Project more than doubled in size and developed several class actions that have so far resulted in more than a billion dollars in benefits and services for low-income and homeless people with mental illness. For his accomplishments, Bill was selected to serve as a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School. He was the Executive Director of Volunteers of Legal Services, NY. Bill’s current law practice focuses on stopping the extraction of intergenerational property wealth from communities of color in Brooklyn through predatory lending, real estate fraud, equity-stripping, and deed theft. His firm represents the Plaintiff in Bruce v. Solny, a Brooklyn Supreme Court case in which it is alleged that a team of scammers fraudulently induced our client to sign a deed giving title to her Brooklyn home to one of their LLCs, then installed tenants in her home and took hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent. His groundbreaking legal work of the teams he led has been covered by the New York Times, C, WABC, CNN.com, WHCR (“Voice of Harlem”), and the New York Law Journal among others.
Our topic today is the rising cases of real estate fraud and deed theft in New York City. We will also talk about Sanford Solny’s case.