270 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10016
Steven D. Sladkus is a partner of the firm. His practice focuses primarily on representing clients in real estate-related litigation with a concentration on cooperatives and condominiums. He regularly handles a wide variety of construction defect, mold and general commercial and corporate-law cases as well as the defense of discrimination claims, including those against cooperative and condominium boards. Mr. Sladkus also provides general counseling to the boards and managing agents of the firm’s cooperative and condominium clients and also lectures on many of these topics.
His reported cases include Weinreb v. 37 Apartments Corp., dismissing shareholders’ cause of action for permanent injunction against directors of residential cooperative corporation where only substantive claim against them had previously been dismissed; 61 W. 62 Owner's Corp. v. CGM EMP LLC, granting injunction in favor of residential cooperative corporation against nearby bar from causing noise nuisance; Peacock v. Herald Square Loft Corp., dismissing shareholders’ claim for breach of fiduciary duty against board members in their individual capacities; Raimondi v. Board of Managers of Olympic Tower Condominium, granting summary judgment to condominium holding that an agreement between the board and a purchaser as a condition for waiving the board’s right of first refusal was enforceable; Teitelbaum v. Mordowitz, granting summary judgment on personal guaranty for real estate loan; Terk v. 40059 Owners Corp., reversing summary judgment against co-op where question existed whether tenant waived proprietary lease notice requirement for co-op’s repairs; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Barney Skanska Construction Company, granting summary judgment to defendant construction company dismissing plaintiff’s claim that defendant was liable for discrimination as a successor-in-interest of company purchased by defendant; and 178 East 80th Street Owners, Inc. v. Jenkins, denial of defendant’s motion to vacate the parties’ freely negotiated settlement agreement.
Mr. Sladkus serves as an arbitrator in the Civil Court of the City of New York and is a member of both the Cooperative and Condominium Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Sladkus also has been featured in articles concerning cooperatives and condominiums in The New York Times, Crain’s, The Real Deal, Habitat Magazine and the Cooperator and is regularly called upon to contribute to The New York Times Real Estate Section’s Q & A.
He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and before the United States District Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
Mr. Sladkus graduated from Brandeis University (B.A. 1991) and from Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 1994). He received a LL.M. (Masters of Laws) in Taxation degree from New York University School of Law (1995).
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