Steven D. Sladkus
Real Estate, Litigation
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educationB.A. | Brandeis University (1991) J.D. | Brooklyn Law School (1994) LL.M. in Taxation | New York University School of Law (1995)
Steven D. Sladkus is a founding partner of the firm. He zealously represents clients in all facets of real estate-related litigation including on behalf of cooperatives and condominiums. He also regularly handles a wide variety of construction 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 of the firm’s cooperative and condominium clients and also lectures on many of these topics.
His reported cases include Constantiner v. Sovereign Apartments, Inc., et al., granting a protective order prohibiting destructive testing and creating artificial conditions for sound testing in connection with a noise dispute in a cooperative; 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 judgement 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 judgement on personal guaranty for real estate loan; Terk v. 40059 Owners Corp., reversing summary judgement against cooperative where question existed whether tenant waived proprietary lease notice requirement for cooperative’s repairs; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Barney Skanska Construction Company, granting summary judgement to defendant construction company dismissing plaintiff’s claim that defendant was liable for discrimination as a successor-in-interest of company purchases 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, is a member of the Cooperative and Condominium Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is the former co-chairman of the Cooperative and Condominium Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He has also been selected to Super Lawyers from 2010 to 2021.
Mr. Sladkus has also been featured in articles concerning cooperatives and condominiums and real estate-related matters in The New York Times, The New York Post, Crain’s, The Daily News, 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).
Mr. Sladkus is on the Ambassador Board of ConnectOne Bank and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York.