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New York’s Premier
Tenants’ Rights Law Firm

New York’s Premier
Tenants’ Rights Law Firm

Elizabeth Donoghue

  • Partner since 1997


New York, NY



Elizabeth Donoghue, a partner at our law firm since 1997, has diligently represented tenants throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Known as a fierce litigator, Liz does not back down. She has successfully represented those facing unjust evictions and has helped many fight for improvements that threaten life, health and safety. Liz has particular experience in cases involving lead paint, mold, leaks and other environmental hazards.

Liz prides herself on being an advocate for tenants' rights. When a landlord acts in bad faith, Liz has a track-record of bringing them to justice. In two recent cases, she succeeded in having Landlords held in both civil and criminal contempt for their failure to fulfill their legal obligations to her clients. In addition, Liz represents shareholder and unit owners when their boards unjustly fine or assess them.

In 2019, Liz was recognized as one of New York's top tenant and real estate attorneys as she was selected to New York Law Journal and New York Magazine's AV-Rated Women Leaders in Law.

Liz previously served as a New York City Bar Association Vice President, and Chair of its Executive, Judiciary, and Housing Court committees, as well on the City Bar Task Force on Town and Village Justices. Liz is also a member of the New York County Lawyers Association where she regularly teaches CLE courses. Liz speaks at Fordham, NYU and Brooklyn Law Schools on a regular basis.

In September 2019, Liz was named to the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section's Housing Law Task Force on the Housing Stability & Tenant Protections Act of 2019. 

In 2018, Liz served on the Special Commission on the Future of New York City Housing Court. As a current Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, she has been recognized for her outstanding achievements and dedication to the legal profession.

After graduating with honors from Stockton State College, Liz earned her law degree from Antioch School of Law and her LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center.

Liz has represented tenants in New York City as a staff attorney at Municipal Employees Legal Services Plan, District Council 37, a Housing Specialist at Bronx Legal Services, and a Supervising Attorney at the Lower East Side Local Enforcement Unit, MFY Legal Services.

Areas Of Practice

  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Condominiums & Cooperatives

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1985
  • Illinois, 1985
  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • United States Supreme Court, 2005


  • Antioch School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.M. - 1990
    • Major: Advocacy
  • Stockton State College, Pomona, New Jersey
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in Mattoon, Illinois
  • Institute Fellow, Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • 2019- New York Law Journal and New York Magazine AV-Rated Women Leaders in Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York City Bar Association, Chair: Executive, Judiciary, Housing Court committees
  • New York County Lawyers
  • Network of Bar Leaders
  • New York Bar Foundation Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Vincent L. Broderick, S.D.N.Y, Clerk, 1985 to 1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • Yorkville Youth Athletic Association