Happening in the Hamptons


“Gripping from the first page... a roadmap to an enriching life... for all ... and especially for those who want the joy of the challenge, rewards, community, and artistry of property ownership, the book is inspirational... Alan makes the tools to success accessible to even the most hard-pressed of us...”

Theresa Quigley, Executive Managing Director & General Counsel, Saunders & Associates

“Alan’s obsession and passion for Hamptons real estate is obvious from page one. With or without the sand, you can, must, and will find this a fun and informative read.” 

 Jonathan J. Miller, President/CEO Miller Samuel Inc.

"How many lives has Alan J. Schnurman lived? It is exhilarating. Just how many adventures can one man have? It is bursting in optimism. And you have convinced your dear reader that, dagnabit, if you can do it (and keep doing it) then we can do it, too!”

 John McMahon, Former CEO, Long Island Power Authority

“I’ve known Alan for more than 20 years. I can truly say he is the best partner you can have. He’s honest, smart and hardworking. Great insight. Great nose for real estate. Five stars.”

Asher Bernstein, Chairman, Bernstein Real Estate

“Alan’s brilliance, tirelessness, exuberance, along with no small amounts of humor all make for great success in business and longevity in friendship.” 

Gary Seff, President, Fountainhead Construction

"This is a book for every audience… especially young people who ponder the enormity of life and wonder how it is possible to move forward, how to even start... Everyone will enjoy this memoir because there is a little bit of Alan J. Schnurman in all of us.”

John McMahon, former CEO, Long Island Power Authority

"Alan probably knows more about real estate in the Hamptons than anyone else.”

Andrew Saunders, President, Saunders & Associates

“In the 20+ years I’ve known Alan Schnurman as a client and friend, I have continually marveled at his real estate acumen. From ground up new construction, to purchasing houses that become rental properties or personal residences to developing large tracts of land in some of the most sought after locations in the Hamptons, Alan has constantly shown that he understands what it takes to succeed in a very competitive environment. I CAN, I WILL, I MUST is not just a book title but the mantra that guides Alan's entire life.  A must read, co-written so aptly by Eric Feil, for those who want to understand how to navigate the byways of real estate in order to be successful.”

Gary DePersia, Associate Broker, The Corcoran Group

"What's going on in the Hamptons? When to buy? Where to buy? Real estate guru Alan Schnurman and Dan’s Hamptons Media Executive Eric Feil tell all.” 

Joan Hamburg, 77WABC, "First Lady of Radio"

About the Authors

Alan Schnurman


ALAN SCHNURMAN is a real estate investor, attorney and broker based in the Hamptons and New York City. He is best known to the public for his distinguished legal background via the 1800LawLine firm Zalman Schnurman & Miner for which he was a founding partner; and as host of PBS TV legal news program “LawLine” which he launched in 1983 and became the longest running show devoted to law in the United States running for 28 years. He has purchased, developed and sold some of the most significant properties in the Hamptons over the last 30 years including the 26-acre Ocean Highlands and 42-acre Sagaponack Greens. After four decades as a trial attorney, he retired and joined Saunders & Associates as a real estate broker in the Hamptons. A native of Brooklyn, Alan graduated from New York Law School where he currently sits on the Board of Trustees.

Eric Feil


ERIC FEIL is the COO and Editorial Director at Dan’s Hamptons Media, the largest, most diverse media company on the East End of Long Island best known for its flagship publication, Dan's Papers, affectionately referred to as the “bible of the Hamptons” for the past six decades. He has been instrumental in launching and marketing the industry leading, Dan’s Taste of Summer, the largest food-and-wine event series on Long Island, as well as the award-winning Behind the Hedges publication and website celebrating Hamptons real estate and luxury living. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Eric began his career at the national entertainment-publishing company TVSM, launching the first-ever TV-listings-based online property, TotalTV before moving on to TV Guide Magazine Group as Executive Editor, ESPN’s Cold Pizza morning show as live on-air talent, and Meredith Corporation's ACCESS Magazine as Editor-in-Chief.



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