It is with great sorrow and sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of our father, Warren A. Estis. Our father was a true titan of real estate who embraced litigation with the passion and enthusiasm of an avid sports fan. He was known to judges and opposing counsel for his fierce, colorful, and truly unique litigation tactics. He was quick on his feet, and a mercurial fighter with unshakable confidence in his own views. He had an incredible sense of humor and an unparalleled ability to make a deal.
Our father began his career at a construction litigation firm after graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 1973. In 1979, he co-founded Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. with Gary Rosenberg. One of our father’s greatest achievements was seeing the firm attain the recognition and reputation of becoming one of the top New York City Real Estate Firms.
Besides being a co-founder of the firm, our father once served as managing partner. He was the firm’s lead trial attorney and supervised and trained litigators in preparation for trial, a responsibility for which he truly enjoyed. Our father was a master of cross-examination and had an unmatched ability to frustrate even the most experienced attorneys against him. He was a mentor to many. His skills were incredible.
Over his 49 years in the legal field, our father kept very busy. He was editor and co-author of the Landlord/Tenant Law and Rent Regulations columns in the New York Law Journal and wrote the book The New York Rent Regulation Reform Act of 1997. He also co-authored the Landlord-Tenant chapter in West's multi-volume treatise General Practice in New York. He was a former member of the Housing Advisory Council of the Civil Court of the City of New York and was a member of the Supreme and Civil Court Practice Sections of the New York County Lawyers' Association and the Real Property Division of the American Bar Association. In addition to reading and writing, he also lectured judges and court attorneys at continuing legal education programs sponsored by the New York State Judicial Institute.
Our father was incredibly passionate about his work, traveling, and living every moment of his life to the fullest. He will be remembered as a co-founder, boss, mentor, feared opponent, fearless leader, and unbelievable negotiator, but most importantly—as our dad and the strongest man we have ever met. He lived and died on his own terms. He was larger than life and was able to achieve unprecedented success in ways that very few could ever do.
If you wish to donate by phone, please call (888) 936-6731 and speak with Laurie Kikel. If you wish to donate by mail, send check to:
CCF – In honor of Warren Estis
5526 West 13400 South, #510
Herriman, Utah 84096, USA