Douglas Simmons was of counsel to Grad & Weinraub, LLP from 2006 to 2021 and has been of counsel to Catharine Grad, P.C. since 2021. He handles a variety of real estate litigation, mostly on behalf of residential and commercial tenants. He has successfully represented tenant associations at DHCR in opposing major capital improvement rent increases. And he regularly negotiates commercial leases for tenants.
Mr. Simmons was a partner at Hartman Ule Rose & Ratner, LLP for ten years. From 1988 to 1993, Douglas was an associate at Ween & Associates and then a partner at Ween & Simmons. At these firms, Douglas represented Rent Stabilized and Loft Law tenants and tenant associations. He appeared in Housing Court and Supreme Court and at the Loft Board and DHCR. He also handled commercial lease negotiations for landlords and tenants, including labor unions; and he represented clients buying and selling cooperative and condominium apartments.
Douglas Simmons worked as a staff attorney, and later as a supervisor, at Community Law Offices (a division of the Legal Aid Society) from 1980 to 1988. Most of his work there was representing tenants and tenant associations in Housing Court and Supreme Court. He also worked on some of the first conversions of City-owned buildings to cooperatives. Douglas began his career in the real estate department of Zissu Berger Halper and Barron in Manhattan, working primarily on commercial leasing for a large real estate developer.
Mr. Simmons graduated from Vanderbilt University (B.A. 1972, with honors) and from New York University School of Law (J.D. 1978). He was selected for the Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship in his graduating class at NYU.