Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

COVID-19 and the Commercial Landlord: Reacting to the Nonpaying Tenant in the COVID Era

Program Number: 3151

Program Date: 02/11/2021


This program will cover the various legal issues that commercial landlords are confronting in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the various statutes and executive orders restricting landlords’ rights and how landlords are adapting. During the program, we will discuss the arguments that commercial tenants have made to avoid paying rent, and how courts have dealt with those arguments. We will also discuss the strategies and tools that commercial landlords can and should use to get around the various restrictions on their ability to collect unpaid rent or evict tenants, and how courts have responded to those efforts. Further, we will discuss non-litigation options available to commercial landlords including lease amendments and lease termination and surrender agreements, and the issues that frequently confront commercial landlords during the negotiation of those documents.

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California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.00 General CLE credit
60 minute credit hour - 1.00 General CLE credit

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Jonathan Gerstein, Esq.

Gerstein Strauss & Rinaldi LLP

Jonathan Gerstein is an attorney at Gerstein Strauss & Rinaldi LLP, a boutique law firm practicing in the areas of real estate and real estate finance law. Mr. Gerstein's practice focuses on commercial leasing both on the landlord and the tenant side. He has represented the owners of large office buildings along with a variety of tenants including office tenants, yoga studios, schools, cafes, and clothing stores. Before joining the firm, Mr. Gerstein practiced as an associate at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP.

Mr. Gerstein received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2004.


Joshua Wurtzel, Esq.

Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP

Joshua Wurtzel is counsel at high-end litigation boutique Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP. Mr. Wurtzel’s practice focuses on high-stakes, complex commercial litigation and corporate governance disputes, including sophisticated commercial landlord-tenant disputes arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Wurtzel has successfully represented public and private companies and prominent individuals in both federal and state court. Through his focus on aggressive litigation and his ability to develop creative and novel solutions to complex disputes, Mr. Wurtzel brings a unique and out-of-the-box perspective to his clients’ most pressing legal needs.

Mr. Wurtzel received his B.A. from SUNY Binghamton in 2010, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2013, where he graduated first in his class and served as Business Manager of the Cardozo Law Review. Before joining the firm, Mr. Wurtzel practiced as an associate in the Securities Litigation and Corporate Governance group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Mr. Wurtzel also previously worked as an intern for the Honorable Kiyo A. Matsumoto of the Eastern District of New York.