Helen Gavaris focuses her diverse, national litigation practice on complex commercial real estate, creditors’ rights and title insurance cases, as well as trust and estate litigation in the New York Surrogate’s Court and other trial and appellate courts.
In the real estate realm, Helen represents prominent financial services firms and title insurance companies. In the trust and estate area, Helen represents both individuals and corporate entities, including many leading corporate fiduciaries, such as Bank of America, Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust and U.S. Trust Company of New York. She has worked on several substantial estates, including those of Leona M. Helmsley, Harry Winston and Thomas Carvel.
I develop trusted relationships with my clients by providing strategic counsel to help them navigate through some of the most difficult times in their lives.
Helen has been successful in litigating and mediating high-profile contested estate matters involving will contests; claims of fraud, undue influence and lack of capacity; discovery, accounting, removal, advice and direction, and distribution proceedings; and various intestacy disputes.
Passionate about women’s rights, Helen continues to push for changes in societal norms and for laws that advocate for women and their participation in management. She co-chairs the Partnership Elevation Committee and is a member of the Diversity Committee at Loeb & Loeb. Additionally, she is a mentor in Hunter College’s pre-law advisory program, where she counsels students interested in pursuing a legal career. Helen is also actively involved in several community organizations dedicated to environmental issues.
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude
- Hunter College, B.A., magna cum laude
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- New York
Member, American Bar Association
Member, New York State Bar Association