Josh Spitalnik has over a decade of experience practicing construction and commercial law, representing a wide variety of clients mostly connected to the construction industry. His relationship building skills allow him to understand his clients and the potential difficulties associated with their businesses and their needs, and to proactively take steps to avoid litigation. He believes that the best time to retain a lawyer is before you need one. Josh believes that in any lawsuit, the lawyer who knows the most about the case is in the best position to succeed. Rather than focus his review on a case’s strengths, Josh spends the majority of his time addressing potential weaknesses in order to minimize the potential impact.
Josh received his Bachelors of Science in Human Development from Cornell University which included the study of psychology and sociology. This background helps to shape his view of the role as a “counselor” at law, which he takes very seriously.
Following college, he worked as a senior purchasing assistant for Loews Cineplex Entertainment handling purchasing for the construction of new movie theatres. This experience allowed Josh to understand the realities of working for a business and not just view business with the 20-20 hindsight that most lawyers take. As a side benefit, Josh was able to see almost every movie that came out in that time for free!
Upon graduating from Brooklyn Law School, he worked as an associate for Cohen & Krasner practicing construction law, commercial law and consumer debt collection. Later, Josh became a partner at the Law Offices of Melvin J. Kalish, PLLC, representing nearly exclusively construction clients in all matters of construction and commercial law.
Josh is the father of two cute and rambunctious boys, and a loving husband to his beautiful wife. He is also a big baseball fan and over the years has traveled around the country in an attempt to see every baseball stadium.
Josh is a frequent lecturer on Construction Law, Commercial Law and Women and Minority Business Enterprises, including seminars for: New York City Small Business Services Building Bonding Capacity workshop; MTA’s Mentor Program; SoBro (South Bronx Economic Development Corp.), LaGuardia Community College PTAC (Procurement and Technical Assistance Center); Nassau County Department Office of Minority Affairs; Nassau County Real Estate Bar; OSHA and EPA training seminars and various other organizations.