John C. Schnaufer

  • Adjunct Professor


B.A., The Colorado College
L.L.B., Brooklyn Law School

John C. Schnaufer started teaching real estate litigation in an LL.M program as an adjunct professor at Pace Law School in 2010.  In recent years he has appeared as a guest lecturer in Professor Walker’s class, Commercial Real Estate Transactions. 

John began his career as a real estate associate at Milbank, Tweed, and Hadley & McCloy.  During his stay at Milbank, Tweed, he worked on sophisticated real estate transactions for a major commercial bank and other corporate clients.  John’s experience on Wall Street enabled him to be lead counsel for a world renowned educational corporation in its acquisition of air rights over a heavily traveled thoroughfare in New York City.  After John left Milbank, Tweed in the early 1970s, he became a member of Doran, Colleran, O’Hara, Pollio & Dunne, P.C., in Garden City, New York, then one of the larger firms in Nassau County.  In 1975, John started his own practice where he represented real estate developers on Long Island, and from a business and legal standpoint transformed a summer rental beach community of 41 families into a permanent cooperative housing corporation.  In 1994, John joined with John W. Dean, a former partner at Milbank, to start the firm Dean & Schnaufer.  After John Dean’s retirement in 2002, John teamed up with Peter Metis to form Schnaufer & Metis, LLP.  Since John’s days at Milbank, Tweed, he has become an experienced litigator.  He has successfully tried cases in the federal district court, the New York State Supreme Court and before various state and city agencies, and argued appeals before the Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division and the Appellate Term.

He is a past President of Wiltwyck Golf Club and his former co-operative corporation.

As of September 1, 2015, John practices in Hartsdale, NY under the firm John C. Schnaufer, Esq., LLC.