Question Details:I broke a lease on my business because I was going broke trying to stay there. I am being sued for the lease, do I need a lawyer that handles only landlord-tenant matters? I'm in East Islip, NY.
You want an attorney with commercial real estate or lease experience, not necessarily a traditional landlord-tenant attorney, whose experience will most likely be primarily be apartments and other residences. Note that "going broke" is not a valid ground to break a lease, so if unless there was some other clause or term giving you the right to leave the lease that you took advantage of, if you did break the lease *just* because it was so costly, you probably do not have a good defense or case. Your best bet may be to look to settle with the landlord; you may also need to look into bankruptcy as an option if you cannot afford it.
If this is a commercial lease, you need a landlord who specializes in business leases and one who primarily represents tenants (not building owners). You can find one in many ways. You can try your state's bar and county and city bar associations for such specialization. You can try www.attorneypages.com and you can also try local business networking organizations that might have legal resources.
Did you break your lease simply because you were going broke as you mention? If you did, that may not be a justifiable breach of your lease terms and your landlord will probably be able to prevail. Most states require even commercial landlords to mitigate damages by attempting to relet the premises but you need to determine how much of your lease term is left and the maximum for which you may be liable.