Smith, Buss & Jacobs, LLP

Jeffrey D. Buss


Smith, Buss & Jacobs, LLP

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Jeffrey D. Buss heads both the Litigation Department and the Energy Practice Group at Smith, Buss & Jacobs. Mr. Buss has successfully tried numerous jury and non-jury trials, and has successfully argued and drafted appeals before the Appellate Divisions for the First, Second, and Third Departments, the Appellate Term for the First and Second Departments, the New York State Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His trials and appeals have involved significant and complex issues in the areas of environmental, fraud, bankruptcy, civil rights, health, construction, corporate, constitutional, religious, election, cooperative, condominium, and real estate law.

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 Attorney General’s Martin Act Task Force; served on the NYS Bar Association Committee recommending changes to the Mitchell-Lama Housing program; and is active in numerous community, charitable, educational and public organizations.

Mr. Buss is currently General Counsel for Riverbay Corporation, commonly known as Co-op City, the largest affordable housing complex in the United States, and for the Vostecs Corporation, a multi-national energy services and technology firm. As General Counsel for Riverbay, Mr. Buss represented his client in a historic $621.5 Million dollar refinancing of the Corporation’s debt. The transaction financed by Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital and guaranteed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and the New York City Housing Development Corporation, was the first of its kind.

Mr. Buss is a founding member of the firm, which has an AV rating, the highest ranking possible, from Martindale-Hubbell and has been a SuperLawyer for the past three years.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Administrative Law Administrative Litigation
Appellate Practice Civil Appeals
Business Law Business Arbitration, Business Associations Law, Business Cooperatives, Business Development, Business Dissolutions, Business Enterprises, Business Formation, Business Fraud, Business Litigation, Business Mediation, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Regulation, Business Start-Ups, Business Succession Planning, Business Successions, Business Torts, Business Transactions, Business Transfers, Business Trusts, Business Valuation, Buy-Sell Agreements, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Law, Complex Business Litigation, Emerging Business Law, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Successions, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law, Privatization, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Trade and Professional Associations, Trade Association Law
Class Actions Class Action Defense
Commercial Law Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Bad Faith, Commercial Constitutional Law, Commercial Crimes, Commercial Fraud, Commercial Liability, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Mediation, Commercial Torts, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Transfers, Commercial Trusts, Complex Commercial Litigation, Negotiable Instruments, Retail Liability, Sale of Goods, Secured Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code
Commercial Real Estate Commercial Conveyancing, Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions, Commercial Real Estate Contracts, Commercial Real Estate Development, Commercial Real Estate Finance, Commercial Real Estate Foreclosure, Commercial Real Estate Litigation, Commercial Real Estate Sales, Commercial Real Estate Syndication, Commercial Real Estate Workouts, Industrial Real Estate Law, Retail Development, Shopping Center Acquisitions, Shopping Center Development, Shopping Center Law
Contracts Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation
Corporate Law Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Banking Law, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Control Contests, Corporate Dissolutions, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Fiduciary Law, Corporate Formation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Insurance, Corporate Insurance Defense, Corporate Investigations, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Successions, Family Corporations, Incorporation, Nonprofit Corporations, Professional Corporations, Proxy Contests, Public Corporations, S Corporations, Small Business Corporations
Energy Alternative Energy, Cogeneration, Electric Power, Electric Power Joint Ventures, Energy Acquisitions, Energy Competition, Energy Conservation, Energy Contracts, Energy Deregulation, Energy Facility Siting, Energy Finance, Energy Project Development, Energy Regulation, Independent Power, North American Energy Trade, Power Pooling Contracts, Renewable Energy, Wholesale Power Contracts, Wind Energy
Housing Law Affordable Housing, Apartment Projects, Fair Housing, Housing Development, Housing Discrimination, Housing Finance, Low Income Housing, Multi-Family Housing, Public Housing, Senior Citizen Housing, Subsidized Housing
Litigation Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Trial Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation
Property Law Personal Property, Personal Property Leasing
Regulatory Law Regulated Industries, Regulatory Agency Practice, Regulatory Investigations
Torts Civil Liability, Intentional Torts, Mass Torts, Tort Defense, Tort Liability
Zoning, Planning and Land Use Building and Public Safety Codes, Environmental Land Use, Improvement Districts, Land Conservation, Land Development, Land Entitlement, Land Use, Land Use Litigation, Land Use Permitting, Land Use Regulation, Rezoning, Special Districts, Subdivisions, Water Districts, Zoning Law, Zoning Variances


  • New York

Employment History

  • Partner | Smith, Buss and Jacobs, LLP

    1991 - 2017


  • JD | Brooklyn Law School

    1980 - 2017

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  • New York, New York, New York County

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