A 2016 Warburg Top Ten Broker, Rachel Ostow Lustbader was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from the Fieldston School in Riverdale, New York, received a B.A. summa cum laude from Tufts University in Boston, and then returned to Manhattan to attend Columbia University School of Law where she was a Kent scholar and received a J.D. in 1978. She practiced labor law at two of the city's most well-respected corporate law firms, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Graubard Moskovitz McGoldrick Dannett & Horowitz. For twenty years Rachel has successfully applied her expertise in negotiation and her high degree of integrity and professionalism to the Manhattan residential real estate market. She has consummated sales in a wide range of properties throughout the city, including townhouses and large family apartments in cooperative and condominium buildings on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, downtown in Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, the West Village and NoMad, and in many areas of Brooklyn, including Williamsburg, Boerum Hill, and Fort Green.
Rachel is married to Brian G. Lustbader, an attorney specializing in construction and environmental law at the Manhattan firm of Mazur Carp Rubin & Schulman. Brian is also a former President of the Park Avenue Synagogue. They live on the Upper East Side and have two daughters, Sarah, a graduate of the Fieldston School, Stanford University, and NYU Law School, who is an attorney with The Vera Institute of Justice; and Ilana, an alumna of the Dalton School and Pomona College, who holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from New York University. Rachel serves on the Board of Trustees at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan and has devoted herself to numerous other fundraising and other philanthropic activities on behalf of her children's schools, the Park Avenue Synagogue, and Kids of NYU Medical Center, a group devoted to improving the quality of pediatric care and facilities at one of New York's most renowned hospitals.