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Real Estate Litigation

Our litigation lawyers have extensive experience representing owners, managers, lenders, developers, contractors and corporate tenants in a wide variety of federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels. We have helped clients in disputes involving mortgage foreclosures, lien priorities, construction, title issues, partnerships, leases, condominium and coop issues and insurance. We are frequently called upon to analyze and prosecute the rights of creditors in bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings. Our firm has unique experience and is especially prepared to deal with institutional “workouts,” from the perspective of both the lending institution and the debtor.

Outside of the courts, our litigators often play a critical role in analyzing potential real estate transactions to minimize litigation risks and as part of our clients’ due diligence process. We recognize the value of non-judicial alternative dispute resolution, and have significant experience arbitrating and mediating large and small disputes in the real estate area.

  • Achieved a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a condominium against the sponsor after asserting claims for widespread construction defects in a luxury New York condominium.
  • Successfully litigated real estate foreclosure actions throughout New York State for a commercial saving bank.
  • Prosecuted and defended landlord/tenant proceedings for several large commercial landlords in New York City.
  • Successfully defended a commercial real estate services firm from attempts by a party seeking to implicate the firm for the party’s own breach of its contract with another party.  Ultimately reached a favorable settlement, imposing no liability whatsoever on the client for the matter in dispute.
  • Defeated an attempt by a general partner of a real estate partnership owning a Manhattan office building to dilute the interests of limited partners through repeated capital calls.
  • Successfully represented a co-op owner in a renovation dispute with the co-op board.