Lawyer barred from his of­fice build­ing

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“False,” he snapped. “False.” Schloss­berg grew up out­side of Philadel­phia, grad­u­at­ing from the tony all-boys Haver­ford School on the Main Line.

In his year­book page, the lawyer with­out a fil­ter ram­bles on about rules, bound­aries and stay­ing in­side the lines.

“If one shines within bound­aries,” he writes, “it is ev­i­dent that one is ex­cep­tional.”

He goes on say that “although (rules) seem re­stric­tive, in ac­tu­al­ity, they fos­ter one’s in­ge­nu­ity and one’s drive to­ward ex­cel­lence.”

He grad­u­ated from Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity un­der­grad in 1998 and Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Law School in 2002. Schloss­berg clerked for a New Jer­sey judge be­fore joined the New York Bar at the end of 2003.

Schloss­berg’s pub­lic si­lence sig­naled a dras­tic de­par­ture from his froth­ing at­tack on Span­ish speak­ers dur­ing the Tues­day lunch hour in­side the Fresh Kitchen restau­rant on Madi­son Ave.

A video shot by a cus­tomer cap­tured the lawyer be­rat­ing the man­ager af­ter over­hear­ing a con­ver­sa­tion in Span­ish be­tween a cus­tomer and an em­ployee.

Work­ers said the at­tor­ney swore at them and threat­ened to call fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties to raid the restau­rant — as­sum­ing all the Span­ish speak­ers were un­doc­u­mented.

“So my next call is to (Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment) to have each one of them kicked out of my coun­try,” barked Schloss­berg in the video that quickly went vi­ral.

“If they have the balls to come here and live off my money — I pay for their wel­fare, I pay for for their abil­ity to live here. The least they can do is speak English.”

A trio of New York politi­cians came to the Fresh Kitchen to praise its em­ploy­ees — par­tic­u­larly the man­ager — and con­demn Schloss­berg.

The restau­rant staff “stood up to big­otry and ha­tred . . . (We) com­mend them for be­ing the essence of what this city is about,” said state Sen. Brad Hol­man.

City Coun­cil mem­bers Car­los Men­chaca and Ju­maane Wil­liams stopped in to eat lunch.

“We’re here as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive voice of those peo­ple who are say­ing, ‘Not in our city. Not in our state. Not in our coun­try,’ ” said Men­chaca.

Schloss­berg went un­der­ground as the coast-to-coast crit­i­cism mounted over his crude commentary.

Thou­sands of web posters left one-star re­views for his law firm ac­com­pa­nied by an­gry de­nun­ci­a­tions of the lawyer.

A Google spokes­woman, asked about the dis­ap­pear­ance of some Schloss­berg-bash­ing re­marks, ac­knowl­edged that re­views are sub­ject to re­moval by the com­pany.

“Re­views that vi­o­late Google po­lices can be re­moved,” said spokes­woman Liz David­off. “Both users and busi­ness own­ers can flag re­views they think may vi­o­late the pol­icy.”

For­mer neigh­bors of Schloss­berg in New Jer­sey said they were shocked to see the at­tor­ney ex­posed in the video and fea­tured on the evening news.

“I al­ways thought he was a nice guy,” said a em­ployee at the Jer­sey apart­ment build­ing. “He would leave early and come home late, so we didn’t see him too of­ten.

“I guess he was frus­trated in there — who knows?”

Man­age­ment com­pany at 275 Madi­son Ave. posted sign (above right) say­ing Schloss­berg no longer has ac­cess to his law of­fice. Left, City Coun­cil­men Ju­manne Wil­liams (far left) and Car­los Men­chaca (sec­ond from right) and State Sen. Brad Hoyl­man (far...

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