Practice Areas: Real Estate Litigation

Many cases have been handled by the Firm involving real estate holdings, including disputes arising from real estate investments by foreign clients in Manhattan.  The Firm has often been called upon to vindicate partnership or development rights and also to resolve claims to ownership, commissions or fees or for damages arising from construction or infringement of property rights.
 
Representative Cases

  • Marshall v. Stark.  Secured summary dismissal of partnership claims at both trial and appellate levels in the New York State courts on behalf of Hawaiian developer of luxury condominium project on David’s Island off New Rochelle in Long Island Sound.
  • Au Bon Pain, Inc. v. Fine.  Secured summary dismissal of right of redemption claim in Housing Court in Manhattan brought by one of the infamous Village Voice “Top Ten Slumlords.”
  • Snider v. Leibovitz.  Represented owner of historic 19th Century Townhouse in Greenwich Village in Manhattan on claims against celebrity photographer arising from structural damage caused by construction malpractice on adjoining property.
  • Sultan v. Connery.  Represented owner of landmark condominium on the Upper East Side in Manhattan on claims arising from faulty construction commissioned for adjacent unit by famous “James Bond” actor.
  • Penthouse Terraces, Inc. v. McGrath.  Lead counsel in jury trial in New York Supreme Court vindicating Austrian purchaser’s right to convert rooftop maids’ rooms into luxury penthouse condominium atop landmark building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
  • Symphony Space, Inc. v. Pergola Properties, Inc.  Represented Astor family interests in title dispute involving real estate used to develop The Symphony Space Theatre on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  • Motjan N.V. v. Lebow.  Represented Saudi interests in landlord tenant matter in Housing Court in Manhattan involving Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.
  • Dumba v. Newmark.  Represented plaintiff in federal bench trial in Manhattan on abuse of process claim arising from wrongful filing of lis pendens.
  • Rudey v. Landmarks Preservation Commission.  Represented owner of luxury Fifth Avenue condominium in proceedings in the New York State courts against the Landmarks Preservation Commission to uphold development rights.
  • Kelly & Stone Architects, Inc. v. Brown.  Representation in Denver arbitration of luxury homeowner in Copper Mountain, Colorado, in dispute over architectural services.
  • Transport Properties, Inc. v. ABC Treadco, Inc.  Secured summary dismissal in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of a nationwide trucking concern of a real estate brokerage commission claim arising from sale of a Mid-Atlantic trucking terminal.

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