MITCHELL H. KOSSOFF
Mr. Kossoff is the founding partner of Kossoff PLLC. He has practiced complex residential and commercial landlord-tenant litigation, as well as real estate leasing and transactions, for over 30 years. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Kossoff has a principal interest in several businesses in New York City and has, for decades, worked with investment groups to buy, sell and manage multi-family buildings throughout the five boroughs. While the law firm of Kossoff PLLC is large enough to handle any real estate matter, it is also of a size where Mr. Kossoff can apply his unique blend of business development and legal experience to every matter the firm handles. Every client benefits from his strategic thinking.
Mr. Kossoff graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1978, and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and English from Haverford College in 1975. He has been asked to write for a number of publications and legal journals, and is often called upon by the press to comment on a variety of issues. Mr. Kossoff is admitted to practice law in the New York State Courts and the United States Federal District Court, Southern District of New York
STEVEN Y. STEINHART
Mr. Steinhart, who is both a partner and the managing attorney for the law firm, graduated from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 1993 and has been practicing law in New York since 1994. He joined the predecessor law firm in 2003. He has been a practitioner in landlord/tenant litigation throughout his career and has litigated matters pertaining to both commercial and residential real estate in all five boroughs of New York City. Mr. Steinhart has also been involved in the field of construction litigation and has represented several prominent contractors in addition to insurance defense companies in several Supreme Court actions. In one proceeding, Mr. Steinhart represented a major insurance defense firm regarding the construction work performed at Queens College Law School located in Flushing, New York. In that case he deposed recognized experts in window construction and performance and prominent architects in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. He has prepared briefs and argued appeals at the Appellate Term, First Department.
Mr. Steinhart is admitted to practice in the State Courts of New York and in the Federal Courts, Eastern and Southern District of New York.
JOSEPH S. GOLDSMITH
Mr. Goldsmith is a partner with the firm. Mr. Goldsmith specializes in identifying, creating and implementing strategies for the development of his client’s real estate investments and the maximization of their rent roll. Mr. Goldsmith’s practice concentrates on representing developers, commercial owners, hoteliers, and residential landlords and Mr. Goldsmith is one of New York City’s leading Loft Law experts. Mr. Goldsmith focuses on the laws, rules and regulations governing rent-stabilized and rent-controlled apartments, Interim Multiple Dwellings, City, State or Federally supervised or subsidized housing projects, and cooperative and condominium units.
Mr. Goldsmith received his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 2003. While at Hofstra, Mr. Goldsmith participated in a study and work abroad program in Shimla, India that culminated in a dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Mr. Goldsmith received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 2000 and attended Tel Aviv University for one semester where he was appointed Ambassador of the Lowy School for Overseas Students. Mr. Goldsmith is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York and in the Federal Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Mr. Goldsmith is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers’ Association.
STACIE B. FELDMAN
Ms. Feldman has been practicing real estate law since her admission to the New York State Bar in 1986. She joined the firm's predecessor law firm in 2004, and is currently a partner with the firm. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Feldman was a partner of her own law firm which she ran and managed for 15 years. Ms. Feldman is admitted to practice law before New York City and State Courts, and the Federal Courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Ms. Feldman's career has focused on representing and litigating diverse and complex claims on behalf of owners of multi-family buildings, large developers and management companies and has covered a wide and diverse gamut of issues. She has conducted both jury and nonjury trials and written and argued motions before the New York City and State Courts; has conducted hearings and trials before the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the Environmental Control Board and the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings; has written and argued appeals before the Appellate Terms in both the First and Second Departments, and the Appellate Division First Department; has prepared and argued motions in the Federal Courts, Eastern and Southern District; has represented and negotiated agreements with the Attorney General's office of the State of New York; has conducted transactions of multi-family properties, small properties and coop/condo purchases and sales, including new construction transactions; has negotiated commercial lease agreements; has represented cooperative shareholders in shareholder derivative actions; and, has represented Boards of Directors of Cooperative Buildings. Her practice has included securing and defending against Yellowstone Injunctions, Preliminary and Permanent Injunction Actions and TRO requests, commencing Declaratory Judgment Actions, defending against Foreclosure and Tax Foreclosure Actions, and commencing and defending against Breach of Contract Actions, Article 78 Proceedings, and both commercial and residential Summary Holdover and Nonpayment Proceedings.
Ms. Feldman graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1985.
ANTHONY R. RODRIGUEZ, JR.
Mr. Rodriguez is a partner with the firm and has a Bachelor of Engineering from SUNY at Stony Brook and graduated with a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He has practiced law in New York State courts since 1991, concentrating in civil litigation involving contracts, real estate transactions and commercial and residential landlord-tenant issues. Mr. Rodriguez has served as an arbitrator in the Civil Court of the City of New York, Queens County, Small Claims Part and he has lectured on behalf of the Queens County Bar Association on landlord-tenant issues.
Mr. Rodriguez is admitted to practice law in the New York State Courts and the Federal Courts, Southern District and Eastern District of New York.
LISA BREIER URBAN
Lisa Breier Urban joined the firm in 2014 as a partner in the transactional department. Prior to joining the firm Ms. Urban was the managing partner of Breier Deutschmeister Urban Popper Law Group PLLC. Ms. Urban graduated from Fordham Law School in 1990 and has been practicing in real estate law in New York City since her admission to the bar in 1991. Ms. Urban’s core practice consists of the representation of buyers and sellers of residential real estate in New York City including townhouses, cooperative and condominium purchase and sale transactions. She has also represented numerous owners in commercial and mixed use property purchase and sales and commercial loan closings as well as both landlords and tenants in retail and commercial lease negotiations. She has a particular expertise in the representation of first time home buyers and sellers, in real property dispute resolution, condominium and co-op issues and board matters and the representation of landlords and managing agents in real estate litigation. In addition to her breadth of legal knowledge, Ms. Urban’s ability to translate extremely complex legal jargon into understandable language helps to attract and retain clients, who often refer her to their family, friends and business associates – a true testament to her capabilities and reputation. Ms. Urban has served as a small claims arbitrator and is a member of New York State Bar Association. She has been featured in many leading trade and consumer media outlets including The New York Times, CNBC.com, SmartMoney.com, National Public Radio, WNBC-TV, Brokers Weekly, Real Estate Weekly and The Real Deal as well as appearances on OpenHouse-NYC and NY1.
Vladimir Favilukis joined the firm as a partner in 2019. He is co-chair of the firm’s Administrative Law Department.
Mr. Favilukis focuses his practice on the regulatory elements surrounding multi-family dwellings in New York City, including rent regulation, zoning and tax. His expertise in the industry spans more than fifteen years, during which time Mr. Favilukis has counsled owners, developers, investors, Real Estate Investment Trusts and landlords in general, in all aspects of the New York City regulations concerning real estate, including performing due diligence review of all regulatory matters.
Mr. Favilukis has extensive experience in matters relating to J-51, 421-a, 421-c and 421-g tax benefits, the Loft Law, the Zoning Resolution and the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and has represented clients before the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), the Departments of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), City Planning (DCP), Buildings (DOB) and the Environmental Control Board (ECB). He has represented his clients in proceedings before and against these agencies in Article 78 proceedings, involving overcharge allegations, exemption from regulation, major capital improvement projects, among other issues.
Mr. Favilukis earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, and his Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. He is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey, and has been named a Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2015-2019.
Mr. Favilukis is fluent in Russian.
DAWN R. MYERS
Ms. Myers is a partner with the firm. Ms. Myers is a real estate litigator with a strong background in administrative proceedings before the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR). Ms. Myers has an expert knowledge of the New York City and State rent regulations and laws. She has also appeared before Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings with respect to New York City Loft Board proceedings. Prior to her association with the predecessor law firm, Ms. Myers was employed by the DHCR for more than a decade. She was the Rent Administrator and Rent Program Manager of the Rent Overcharge Section at the DHCR. Ms. Myers also chaired the DHCR Tenant Advisory Subcommittee on Processing. Ms. Myers possesses a keen insight into the intricacies of DHCR procedure and policy having trained rent examiner staff and assisted in the development of processing procedures which are still utilized by the DHCR Office of Rent Administration. Prior to admission to the bar Ms. Myers also was part of the DHCR litigation unit before joining the predecessor law firm. Ms. Myers was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 1997. She received her Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law.
Ms. Tzortzatos received her undergraduate degree from New York University in 1995 and her law degree from New York Law School in 1999. She joined the predecessor law firm in 2006 and has been involved with all aspects of landlord-tenant and real estate practice since her admission to the bar in 2000. Her litigation background extends beyond Housing Court, and includes appearances and submissions in Supreme Court and Bankruptcy Court. During Ms. Tzortzatos’ time with the firm, she has demonstrated a keen ability to negotiate and expedite settlements. Ms. Tzortzatos is admitted to practice law in New York State Courts and the Federal Courts, Eastern District and Southern District of New York.
Mrs. Londoner has been an associate with the firm’s and the predecessor law firm’s litigation team since 2004. She is admitted to practice law before the New York State courts and the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Ms. Londoner is a skilled real property litigator, handling a variety of commercial and residential matters from inception through trial and appeal, including all discovery and motion practice. Ms. Londoner’s primary practice areas include complex landlord-tenant proceedings and actions; construction disputes and litigation; Supreme Court real property litigation, including Yellowstone injunctions and Article 78 proceedings; Article 7-C (“Loft Law”) litigation; administrative proceedings before the Environmental Control Board, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and the Division of Housing and Community Renewal; criminal defense against violations issued by various agencies of the City of New York; and housing discrimination complaints. Ms. Londoner is a member of both the New York and Queens Chapters of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts in 1991 from the City University of New York, Queens College and a Juris Doctorate in 1997 from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law.
MICHAEL I. COHEN
Mr. Cohen is an associate of the firm. Since his admission to the Bar in 1985, Mr. Cohen has been involved in all facets of Landlord/Tenant practice, including drafting of predicate notices and pleadings, motion practice, discovery and trials in both commercial and residential non-payment and Holdover proceedings. He has also represented landlords in HP and Article 7A proceedings and DHCR matters, including harassment and overcharge complaints, in addition to ECB and Department of Buildings matters. Having joined the predecessor law firm as an associate in May, 2010, his vast experience in Landlord/Tenant litigation gives clients a distinctly practical, result-oriented approach.
Upon being admitted to the New York State Bar in 2014, Alex became an associate attorney at Kossoff, PLLC. Alex became a supervising attorney in 2017, with a concentration in the due diligence aspect of real estate transactions.
Alex’s practice focuses primarily on counseling owners and developers through the myriad of regulations governing multi-family buildings in New York City. A large part of his practice is dedicated to ensuring that buildings comply with the regulatory requirements set forth in the Rent Stabilization Law and Code; he has significant experience in navigating issues and disputes arising from the receipt of J-51 and 421-a tax benefits. Over the course of his career, Alex has analyzed hundreds of buildings for buyers, sellers, and their investors.
Alex not only provides counsel to owners in connection with regulatory compliance, but also defends them at the trial, appellate, and administrative levels. He has successfully defended numerous audits before the Tenant Protection Unit of the New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal and has successfully argued before the Appellate Division and Appellate Term of the Supreme Court, First Department. He regularly defends owners in rent overcharge cases and regulatory coverage applications.
Alex earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Fordham University Law School and his B.A. from New York University. He is fluent in Greek.
Mr. Eiben joined the firm in 2015 as an associate attorney and has extensive litigation experiences. His practice is concentrated in complex residential and commercial real estate litigation before the Civil, Supreme and Appellate Courts of the City and State of New York. Mr. Eiben's experience includes conducting/defending depositions, drafting and arguing motions and appeals, and conducting trials. He has litigated a diverse array of real estate matters, including: complex holdover and nonpayment proceedings; rent overcharge actions and administrative proceedings; disputes concerning rent regulatory coverage; HP proceedings commenced by tenant groups and by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development; proceedings before OATH pertaining to applications for Certificates of No Harassment; brokerage fee disputes; construction license disputes; disputes concerning cooperative and condominium law; and partition actions. Mr. Eiben brings a result-oriented approach to litigation by blending aggressive advocacy for his clients with creative and pragmatic litigation strategies.
Mr. Eiben graduated from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 2010, and has been practicing in Real Estate Law with a focus in litigation since being admitted in 2011. Mr. Eiben is admitted to practice law before the City, and State Courts in New York State and the Federal Courts, in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Decisions of Interest:
DFS of Springfield Inc. v. DiMartino, 40 Misc. 3d 70, 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 23231 (2nd Dept. 2013)
SMJ Associates, LLC v. Taubenfeld, 126 A.D.3d 533, 2015 N.Y. Slip Op. 02060 (1st Dept. 2015)
Lamb v. 118 2nd Ave NY LLC, et. al., 2017 WL 2936787 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty.)
Napolitano v. 118 2nd Ave NY LLC, et. al., 2017 WL 2936786 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty)
John Ferentinos v. CF E 88 LLC, et. al., 2018 WL 660424, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 33247(U)(Sup. Ct. NY Co.)
Vogel v. Vogel, 172 A.D.3d 464 (1st Dept. 2019)
ERIC N. PITTER
Eric N. Pitter joined Kossoff, PLLC in 2015 and is an attorney with our litigation department. Eric has regularly appeared and successfully litigated in a variety of forums including the Civil, Housing, Supreme, Criminal, Bankruptcy and Appellate Courts. Eric's practice involves complex commercial and residential real estate litigations including landlord-tenant proceedings, Yellowstone injunctions, Supreme Court actions and administrative proceedings. Eric's personal, client-oriented approach has resulted in numerous favorable outcomes in all contexts.
Eric received his J.D. from NYLS and his B.S. from the University at Albany (cum laude). He is admitted to practice law in New York State and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
ASHLEY R. ELEM
Ashley R. Elem joined the firm in 2014 as an associate in the firm’s litigation department. Since joining, Ms. Elem is involved in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate litigation, including drafting and arguing motions, conducting discovery, negotiating settlements, and handling appearances in court. Ms. Elem earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology from DePaul University in 2008. She received her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 2011, and graduated from the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University with a M.B.A. in Real Estate Finance in 2013. Ms. Elem is admitted to practice law in the New York State Courts and New Jersey State Courts.
CARLA Y. BUCHANAN
Mrs. Buchanan joined the firm in 2014 as an associate attorney. Mrs. Buchanan practices all aspects of residential and commercial landlord-tenant law, including but not limited to litigating Holdover and Nonpayment Proceedings, Declaratory Judgment Actions, and Preliminary/Permanent Injunction Actions. Mrs. Buchanan has appeared before the Civil Court, Supreme Court and the Appellate Term and also represents clients in DHCR and other administrative proceedings. Ms. Buchanan specializes in litigation and transactions involving complex rent regulatory issues and plays an integral role in helping landlords/owners navigate investigations commenced by the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) by participating in settlement negotiations, supporting clients during compliance periods, and regularly communicating with the OAG.
Mrs. Buchanan received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 2008, where she was a member of the New York Law School Moot Court Association, and was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Buchanan worked as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society, representing children in various New York County Family Court proceedings. Mrs. Buchanan received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2003 and worked as a paralegal at the predecessor law firm prior to entering law school.
MEREDITH P. GRASSO
Ms. Grasso joined Kossoff, PLLC as an associate in 2014. At the firm, Ms. Grasso plays an active role in all aspects of landlord/tenant litigation, including drafting and arguing motions, conducting discovery, negotiating settlements and handling court appearances. She also represents landlords in various administrative proceedings before the Division of Housing and Community Renewal.
Prior to her association with the firm, Ms. Grasso was a litigation associate at one of the most significant firms in New Jersey, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin, Davis and Himmel LLP, where she was involved in complex construction defect litigation on behalf of major builders and developers. She was also a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Edwin J. Stern, P.J.A.D., at the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Ms. Grasso graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, and received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law in 2000. She is admitted to practice law before the State Courts in both New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Dylewski is an associate at the firm. Mr. Dylewski began his legal career as a prosecutor and, in that capacity, first developed his skills as a trial attorney and advocate. Subsequently, he was an associate at a respected matrimonial law firm in New York where, in litigating and negotiating the distribution of high net-worth marital estates, he developed skills in the areas of financial analysis, the drafting of sophisticated legal agreements and appellate brief writing. Thereafter, Mr. Dylewski served as Assistant General Counsel to a publicly traded company that was one of the largest home-owner insurance carriers in the State of Florida.
Mr. Dylewski now brings his blend of skills to the service of Kossoff, PLLC. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and admitted to practice law before all the courts of the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Ms. Arzeno practices as an Associate in the firm’s Administrative Department. Ms. Arzeno joined the firm in 2015 and has litigated many cases at DHCR, dealing with complex issues of rent overcharge and substantial rehabilitation. Additionally, Ms. Arzeno has represented numerous clients in performing due diligence in acquisitions and advises owners and buyers in assessing compliance under DHCR.
Ms. Arzeno earned her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in 2014.
Nicole joined the firm’s litigation department in 2015. Her experience encompasses all stages of litigation, including initial fact investigation, discovery, dispositive motions, trials, and appeals. She has handled a broad variety of litigations, including, but not limited to, Supreme Court actions for breach of contract, specific performance, injunctive relief, as well as the defense of class action lawsuits.
Nicole graduated cum laude from the Pace University School of Law in 2014. While attending Pace, Nicole served as an Article Editor for Pace Law Review, the Treasurer for Pace’s Chapter of the American Constitutional Society, and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.
Nicole is admitted to practice before the New York Bar and the New Jersey Bar. She is also fluent in Polish.
Elisabeth Smee joined Kossoff, PLLC in 2016 as an associate with the firm’s litigation department. She has handled a wide range of residential real estate matters in New York City and State courts.
Ms. Smee’s practice now focuses on rent regulatory due diligence and administrative proceedings involving the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Ms. Smee earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2010 and her B.A. from Boston College in 2007. She is admitted to practice law in New York State.
Bessie Hadjigeorghi has been an Associate with the firm since 2016. She received her law degree from Cardiff University (United Kingdom) in 2009 and her Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC/Solicitor) from the same University in 2010.
Her practice focuses on the sale and acquisition of commercial and residential properties, including cooperatives, condominium, townhouse and vacant land purchase and sale transactions, commercial and residential lease review, commercial and residential refinances, coordination of 1031 exchanges, residential due diligence and drafting and negotiating of a wide variety of agreements.
Ms. Hadjigeorghi is a dual-qualified attorney that was admitted to practice law in Cyprus (Europe) in 2011 and thereafter admitted to practice law before the New York State and United States Federal Courts (Eastern and Southern Districts) in 2015.
MICHAEL F. CUTTITTA
Michael F. Cuttitta joined Kossoff, PLLC in 2016 as an Associate Attorney. Mr. Cuttitta advises clients on a wide array of real estate matters, including landlord-tenant litigation, administrative law, residential and commercial leasing, and real estate transactions. Mr. Cuttitta earned his J.D. from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in 2016, where he was a staff member of the Hofstra Law Review and worked as a law clerk in the in-house counsel’s department for a Fortune 300 Company. Mr. Cuttitta received a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Business from Gettysburg College.
Mr. Cuttitta is licensed to practice in the state of New York and is awaiting admission in the State of New Jersey.
Marina Theodoris is an associate with the firm’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on counseling and representing clients in a wide variety of residential and commercial matters including landlord-tenant proceedings, loft law litigation, and administrative proceedings with the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) and Department of Housing Preservation and Development (DHPD).
Ms. Theodoris earned her J.D. from Pace University School of Law, where she also was part of the Environmental Law Program and her B.A., with honors, from New York University. She is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York. Ms. Theodoris is also fluent in Greek.
Ms. Someras has been an associate at the firm since 2018. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2007, where under the supervision of licensed attorneys she rendered pro-bono legal services to indigent and low-income tenants in Washington, DC. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Someras moved back to New York, where she has spent the majority of her legal career representing landlords in housing court, Supreme Court and administrative (DHCR) proceedings, as well as before the Appellate Term and Appellate Division. She is admitted in New York, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Ms. Someras was employed as associate in-house counsel by a property management company based in Manhattan, and also managed her own law practice for five years.
A lifelong New York City resident, Ms. Someras earned a B.A. from New York University in 2004. She is a native speaker of both English and Greek, with a conversational understanding of Italian.
DANA B. FRIEDMAN
Mr. Friedman is an associate of the firm and has a Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College and graduated with a J.D. from Touro College School of Law. He has practiced law in New York State courts since 1986, concentrating in civil litigation personal injury, matrimonial, custody and support matters, contracts, lemon law and other civil litigation issues. Mr. Friedman is admitted to practice law in the New York State Courts, the United States Court of Military Appeals and the Federal Courts, Southern District and Eastern District of New York.