Jeffrey D. Buss

Jeffrey D. Buss

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Yonkers, NY

Spolzino, Smith, Buss & Jacobs, LLP
 | 733 Yonkers Avenue, Suite 200
Yonkers, NY 10704
Phone: 914-476-0600
Fax: 914-457-0040
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010, 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (70%),
  • Energy & Natural Resources (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jeffrey D. Buss heads the Litigation Department and the Energy Practice Group at Spolzino, Smith, Buss & Jacobs. Mr. Buss has successfully tried numerous jury and non-jury trials before the State and Federal Courts, and successfully drafted and argued appeals before the Appellate Divisions for the First, Second and Third Departments, the New York State Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Buss is currently General Counsel for Coop City, the largest residential cooperative in the United States with more than 55,000 residents, General Counsel for the Vostecs Corporation, a multinational energy and water services corporation, and General Counsel and Senior Vice-President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs at Waste Services of America.  Mr. Buss is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Asssociation, the Association of Corporate Counsel and a former Reginald H. Smith Fellow.

About Jeffrey Buss

Admitted: 1980, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mr. Buss sits as an Arbitrator for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of N.Y. Mr. Buss has been a member of the Federal Bar Council, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Association of Corporate Counsel. Mr. Buss began his legal career as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow and as staff counsel for the Public Utility Law Project (PULP). He served as the Governor’s appointee and Chair of the New York State Low Income Energy Assistance Block Grant Advisory Committee, and a Board Member of the NYS Weatherization Program Advisory Council and the Title XX Block Grant Advisory Council; performed a legal compliance audit of a regulated New York utility on behalf of the NYS Attorney General; was a member of the NY Attorney General’s Martin Act Task Force; served on the NYS Bar Association SubCommittee recommending changes to the Mitchell-Lama Housing program; and is active in numerous community, charitable, educational and public organizations.
  • Managing Partner of Litigation Department

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mr. Buss served as a member of the Pro Bono Discretionary Appeal Panel for the U.S. 2d Circuit Court of Appeals  and for the Pro Bono Panel for the U.S. District of the Southern District of N.Y.


  • Interesting cases handled by Mr. Buss include: Weissman v. Hassett, 47 B.R. 462, (judicial immunity for bankruptcy trustee); In re OPM Leasing Services, 35 B.R. 854 & 48 B.R. 824, (right to a jury trial in fraudulent transfer litigation); Manti v. NYCTA, 165 A.D.2d 373 & 568 N.Y.S.2d 16, (right of private business to recover damages under the civil rights laws for competitive injury caused by governmental agency); Robinson v. Olivarez, 659 F.2d 1061, (right of tenants to participate in federal energy assistance program); Seidman v. Merchants Bank, 214 A.D.2d 109 & 631 N.Y.S.2d 309, (bank liability for improper set off against corporate pension fund); Nadler v. FDIC, 899 F.Supp. 158 & 92 F.3d 93, (scope of the financial and trade secret exemption to the Freedom of Information Act); Gold v. Feinberg, 1996 WL 743354 (E.D.N.Y.) & 97 F.3d 680, (1983 action challenging state judicial primary requires willfull or knowing conduct and state law provides adequate remedy; Nicolai v McKay, Nicolai v Kelleher, 2007 WL 5826072 (N.Y. Supp.), and Nicolai v Kelleher II, 45 A.D.3d 964 & 844 N.Y.S.2d 508, (standing of judicial candidates to challenge nominating convention); Farrell v Sunderland, 173 Misc.2d 787 & 662 N.Y.S.2d 381, (NYS ballot access law);  DaSilva v Kinsho International Corp, 229 F.3d 358, (supplemental jurisdiction of federal courts to determine state discrimination claim); Annabi v the City of Yonkers, 47 A.D.3d 856, (failure of municipality to refer ordinance to county planning board is jurisdictional defect precluding land use development); the Congregation Yetev Lev d’Satmar cases; 31 A.D.3d 480;  820 N.Y.S.2d 69;  9 N.Y.3d 297; 879 N.E.2d 731;  849 N.Y.S.2d 192; 308 A.D.2d 446; 764 N.Y.S.2d 204; 9N.Y.3d 282; 879 N.E.2d 1282; 849 N.Y.S.2d463; 308 A.D.2d 447; & 764 N.Y.S.2d 140, (5 trial court, 4 Appellate Division and 2 Court of Appeal decisions establishing New York law on the non-justiciability of internal religious controversies and the separation of church and state); HSBC v. Sofer (2010)(improper assignment and lack of standing defeat mortgage foreclosure); First National Bank of Chicago v Silver, 73 AD3d 172 (2010) (failure to follow notice requirements under NY Home Equity Theft Protection Act defeats residential mortgage foreclosure); Cylich v Riverbay, 74 AD3d 646 (2010) (failure to join necessary parties to board election dispute defeats challenge); and Brodsky v Board of Managers of Dag Hammerskold Plaza, 1 Misc.3d 591 & 765 N.Y.S.2d 227, (use of proxies to defeat quorum in corporate election), .


  • Mr. Buss successfully represented Riverbay Corporation (Co-op City), an affordable housing cooperative established under the New York Mitchell-Lama Program, in the complex refinancing of a $621.5 Million dollar mortgage, with guaranties issued by HUD, NYS and NYC.  The transaction was the first of its kind in the Country, the largest loan guarantee ever issued by HUD, and the largest single residential cooperative refinancing in the City of New York.   , 2012

Representative Clients:

  • Mr. Buss is currently General Counsel for the Riverbay Corporation, commonly known as Coop City, the largest affordable housing complex in the United States, for the Vostecs Corporation, a multi-national energy services and technology firm, and for Waste Services of America.
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Office Location for Jeffrey D. Buss

733 Yonkers Avenue
Suite 200
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Last Updated: 4/18/2019

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