Luisa M. Kaye, of Counsel

Luisa M. Kaye (formerly Hagemeier) is a native New Yorker and born advocate. Over the two decades following her graduation from NYU Law School and completion of her federal clerkship with Judge Robert W. Sweet of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, she has amassed extensive experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, across a broad spectrum of subjects, in all types of forums: state and federal trial courts; appellate courts; and arbitral tribunals. Luisa is valued by clients and respected by adversaries and judges for her outstanding written and oral advocacy, as well as her responsiveness, preparedness, professionalism, and conviviality. While she is thoroughly comfortable litigating any commercial matter, and an even broader range of subjects on appeal (including criminal law), Luisa has especially substantial experience resolving disputes over NYC commercial and residential real estate. She has represented buyers, sellers, owners, cooperative and condominium boards, developers, landlords and tenants in disputes concerning leases, purchase agreements, offering plans, proprietary leases, purchase options, defective construction, easements, mortgage foreclosure, and real estate finance. Luisa also represents owners and members of closely-held corporations and limited liability companies in all manner of disputes, including buy-outs and dissolution proceedings. Though willing and able to try any case to verdict, she is also acutely aware that litigation is expensive, time consuming, and exhausting for clients. Always sensitive to her client’s specific goals, needs, and concerns, and aided by her training as a mediator, Luisa strives at all stages of a representation to obtain an optimal result with minimal strife.

Luisa has written many articles for the New York Law Journal, is active in the New York City Bar Association, where she is a member of the Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction (and chair of the Breakfast Series Subcommittee); the New York State Bar Association, where she is a member of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; and the New York Women’s Bar Association, where she is a co-chair of the Litigation Committee. Luisa also sits on the Board of Directors of the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (“JALBCA”). She enjoys challenges of all kinds, whether it’s solving the Times crossword puzzle, running a marathon, sweating through a Bikram yoga class or rooting for her beloved New York Rangers. She lives in New York City with her three children.

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • General Commercial Law and Counseling
  • Business Divorce, Dissolution and Valuation Proceedings
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Appelate Advocacy
  • Representation in Arbitration and Mediation
  • Mediation of Commercial and Other Disputes


  • Amherst College, B.A., 1987
  • New York University School of Law, J.D. Magna cum Laude, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
    • Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Commercial Division Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Real Estate Law Committee (2013-2014)
    • State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction (2010-13; 2014-Present)
    • Professional and Judicial Ethics (2003-2006)
  • Panel of Neutral Mediators, New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division
  • Board of Directors, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA)


  • “ʻRoberts’: Issues Yet to Be Decided, Part II,” NYLJ (12/19/12) (co-author)
  • “Post-‘Roberts’: How Issues ‘Yet to Be Decided’ Were Decided,” NYLJ (8/29/12) (co-
  • Applying ILSA to Sales of Condominium Units,” NYLJ (1/11/12) (co-author).
  • “Construction Lenders: Keep Your Priorities Straight!,” NYLJ (11/9/11) (co-author)
  • “Applications to Appoint Temporary Receivers,” NYLJ (8/17/11) (co-author)
  • “Current Conditions in the Real Estate Mezzanine Market,” Real Estate Fin. & Inv. (5/31/10) (co-author)

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “The Ethics Game Show” (ABCNY CLE, June 2012)
  • Panelist, “Don’t Break the Rules: Uniform Rules of N.Y.S. Supreme Court” (ABCNY CLE, June 2012)


  • Voted a SuperLawyer 2014

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