Of counsel Andrew Kissner has been recognized with the prestigious New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the First Judicial District in 2023. The New York State Bar Association bestows the annual awards in recognition of the outstanding pro bono contributions made by individual attorneys, law students, law firms, corporate counsel, and/or government offices.
Andrew Kissner, a member of MoFo’s New York Business Restructuring + Insolvency Group, is a longstanding pro bono champion and has worked on a broad range of cases, from assisting with challenging fines and fees imposed on impoverished litigants by an Arkansas court to advising a father and son who were separated at the Mexican border.
Recently, Andrew utilized his expertise in bankruptcy law to provide pro bono services. Andrew was the lead attorney for associations representing more than 50 tenants in connection with the Chapter 11 cases of a portfolio of residential apartment buildings in Harlem. Andrew’s team reached a consensual settlement of over $1 million in claims relating to the poor condition of the buildings, which resolved a multi-year rent strike and afforded tenants substantial cash payments and rent relief.
Additionally, Andrew has been active in a range of other bankruptcy cases. He secured a negotiated settlement for a low-income tenant whose landlord filed for bankruptcy following a flood; secured a settlement for a client who had won an employment discrimination case only to see her employer file for personal bankruptcy under Chapter 7; and represented a 58-year-old disabled woman in a bankruptcy case, securing an agreement from her building’s management company for suitable accommodations.
Andrew was honored at an award ceremony held at the New York State Bar Association on May 1, 2023.