New York Firm Expanding Real Estate Litigation

Becker and Poliakoff Law Firm

This New York firm welcomes the seasoned real estate attorney and commercial litigator, Joseph J. Ceccarelli to their team.

New York law firm Becker and Poliakoff is seeking to expand its real estate litigation practices, by adding noted litigator Joseph J. Ceccarelli to their team, according to an article recently completed by Market Wired.  Joseph J. Ceccarelli graduated from Fordham University, where he received his J.D, Degree and his B.A. in Economics, including the prestigious honor of graduating magna cum laude.

Ceccarelli is a seasoned real estate attorney and commercial litigator, with over twenty five years of experience in New York City law. Prior to joining Becker and Poliakoff, Ceccerelli was the founder and managing partner of Ceccarelli Weprin PLLC, a law firm serving in business, commercial real estate and transactional cases for the last twenty years.  Ceccarelli himself focuses on real estate transactions of many varieties; his extensive litigation background brings added dimension to his defenses, including a level of analysis to transactions. Finally, Ceccarelli works to serve all his clients, with an emphasis on cases involving service and construction contracts, commercial leasing of office and retail space and other building-related agreements.  He’s had much experience in the courts of New York, being admitted in the past to argue in front of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States Court of International Trade and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts.  Ceccarelli is also a member of the New York Bar.

Victor DiGioia, the managing shareholder of Becker and Poliakoff’s New York office, is thrilled with the firms recent hiring of Ceccarelli. DiGioia believes Ceccarelli brings a wealth of talent and experience to the New York practice.  He is a proven leader and trusted advisor with a client-first attitude.  Ceccarelli’s work has also demonstrated his ability to deliver practical, cost-effective solutions to complex legal challenges.  Ceccarelli, in turn, is also excited to joint he firm, believing that Becker and Poliakoff’s well-established Wall Street and real estate practices in various offices ranging from Florida to Washington, D.C. will certainly provide the resources and capabilities needed to support his existing corporate and real estate clients.

Lawsuit by Investors of Empire State Building Thrown Away

The Empire State Building is one ov New York City's most valuable and recognizable landmarks.

The Empire State Building is one ov New York City’s most valuable and recognizable landmarks.

Empire State Building investors claim to have been cheated out of millions by the real estate professionals, Peter Malkin and son Anthony, who were involved in a lawsuit that they ended up throwing out. Justice O. Peter Sherwood of the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan stated early this week that based on an agreement that was made between the Malkins and the investors in May of last year, the investors lost their privilege to sue them. This agreement was a settlement of $55 million in regards to the fortune of the Empire State Building.

The Malkins were accused of rejecting offers that were almost $4 billion, made by individuals looking to have share in the building, as well as the Empire State Building Associates LLC, ESBA. The Malkins were said to have abandoned the bidding war. This lawsuit took place in December 2013. The Malkins were also said to have taken other properties that were under their control and include them in the Empire State Realty Trust Inc. (real estate trust), and deceptively raise the value of those properties.

Sherwood went on to say that the plaintiffs had already asserted this claim against these defendants, and being that they had previously accepted a “covenant not to sue,” Sherwood said that this claim would be disallowed. As the lawyers of the investors clearly disagreed with the court’s actions and decisions, the lawyers of the Malkins, on the other hand, were thrilled.

It is no wonder that people are fighting to get a piece of this nostalgic, charming New York City landmark.  The Empire State Building is featured in countless movies and television shows, as well as famous lyrics, photos and other arts. It is a representation of New York’s strength and beauty. Also contributing to its city’s diversity, the Empire State Building changes its colors in celebration of holidays of all religions, special events, and other causes.

In 1961, 30 years after it’s opening, the Empire State Building Associates LLC was created by Peter Malkin’s father-in-law, Lawrence Wien and was supervised by Malkin Holdings LLC. The Malkins have a long history of being a part of this building.