Altagracia Pierre-Outerbridge is founder and owner of New York city-based law firm Outerbridge Law P.C., a firm with a focus on landlord tenant, real estate and immigration law.
She is a multilingual attorney with an MBA and a passion for helping others. As the principal of the firm, and an immigrant, she stands as a unique amalgam of businessperson, lawyer, and humanitarian who, at 39 years old, founded her own law practice. With over a decade of experience, she sees her age and gender as unique differentiators that her clients appreciate. “My age makes a difference, but also the fact that I am a woman—and a woman of color, an immigrant woman of color, at that. Unfortunately, folks do not see this often. My age and life experiences help me cater to a different age demographic and the marginalized. I am easily able to cater to a younger generation and folks who are marginalized because I understand them. I have lived in their shoes. My clients often say I am not stuffy, or intimidating; I am relatable,” she shares.
Altagracia launched Outerbridge Law P.C. nearly one ago in Midtown Manhattan, the heart of New York City, bringing with her over a decade of diverse legal skill and expertise in landlord-tenant issues, and experience in the areas of labor and employment, and immigration. She is a technologically savvy attorney leading a forward-thinking firm with its finger on the pulse of ever-changing technology and the ways in which people communicate—all while grounded in the ethics that govern their work. “We are not held back by old standards or traditional methods. We deliver quick service using technology. Our clients have my personal phone number, so I have a personal relationship with each and every single one of them, and that’s the way it should be,” she explains.
In terms of real estate, Altagracia and her team of legal experts serve clients in New York City, focusing 70 percent of their work on landlord-tenant litigation and 30 percent on transactional matters, including closings, development, and leasing. With experience on both sides, they defend clients against eviction and represent landlords, protecting each client’s best interest. Altagracia represents both landlords and tenants in housing litigation matters such as no-defense holdovers, nuisance cases, owner’s use cases, licensee cases, succession claims, non-primary residence claims, rent overcharge claims, nonpayment of rent cases, harassment claims, repair cases and tenant buyouts. As a landlord’s attorney, she diligently protects a landlord’s property rights. As a tenant’s attorney, she meticulously defends against unnecessary evictions.
Armed with a law degree and an MBA in taxation from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College—one of the toughest business schools in the country—she serves clients with a unique perspective of the business, not just from the legal side.
The immigration arm of Outerbridge Law P.C. is committed to helping people secure the right to live and work in the U.S. and to defend themselves against government enforcement actions. As one who speaks French, Creole, Spanish, and English, Altagracia and her team cater to clients in many demographics, serving people in all areas of immigration matters, whether seeking asylum, facing deportation, or pursuing citizenship. As an immigrant herself, Altagracia serves her clients with valuable personal insight and experience from one who understands intimately the struggles to become a U.S. citizen. “I came here at age 15, was soon thereafter orphaned and went through an intense struggle to become a U.S. citizen. I went through it all myself, so I understand my clients.” she explains.
As a tenacious litigator, Altagracia’s persistence and desire for successful outcomes for her clients has resulted in unparalleled service.
In a field where there is often little opportunity for women of color, Altagracia’s unbridled desire to help others, and her unrelenting determination to succeed, drove her to overcome barriers that many would find insurmountable. A wise person, a judge, once quoted Shirley Chisolm to her and it has become her motto ever since: ‘If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.’
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