Gerald Morganstern

Commercial real estate attorney Gerald Morganstern died Jan. 29 at his home in Hewlett Harbor, New York. He was 76 years old.

Morganstern was a partner at the New York law firm Goetz Fitzpatrick, where he handled commercial and retail leasing of office, showroom, industrial and shopping centers and represented clients in the purchase, finance and sale of real estate, the firm said.

He also administered numerous estates and trusts. “Jerry had a great influence on our real estate practice and was widely respected in our firm and the industry,” said Aaron Boyajian, managing partner of Goetz.

Morganstern began his career as a specialist in real estate transactional law in 1967, at the law firm of Hofheimer Gartlir & Gross, rising to managing partner in 2000. He joined Goetz Fitzpatrick when Hofheimer Gartlir disbanded in 2014.

Morganstern also served as an arbitrator in commercial real estate broker disputes for the Real Estate Board of New York and was counsel to and director and president of The Bridge Inc., an organization providing social services and housing in Manhattan for the chronically mentally ill.

Morganstern was serving as chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Hewlett Harbor, where he had been mayor from 1990 to 2000, and previously police commissioner, trustee and deputy mayor.

He was president of B’nai Brith’s real estate group, which met monthly in New York City.

Born in the Bronx, Morganstern earned a B.S. at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and L.L.B. at Columbia University.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; sons, Jeffrey and Bradley; four grandchildren; and his brother, Andrew.