Joshua Kopelowitz

Joshua Kopelowitz

Member
Location:
New York, New York
Phone:
212-551-8464
Fax:
212-551-8484
E-mail:

Joshua Kopelowitz, AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell, is a member of the firm's Litigation department. He is a fierce advocate for his clients, practicing in the area of civil litigation. His results-oriented approach gives his clients the confidence to engage Mr. Kopelowitz in a broad array of lawsuits, appeals and transactions involving a variety of issues such as leasing, landlord-tenant law, air rights, complex commercial litigation, easements and construction law.

A substantial part of Mr. Kopelowitz’s practice focuses on representing landlords and developers in negotiations, complex litigations and alternative dispute resolution in an array of areas including commercial/residential leasing, rent regulatory matters, brokerage claims and contracts.

Most recently, Mr. Kopelowitz used his litigation acumen in a New York Supreme Court case involving a rent-controlled tenant who used her Central Park duplex apartment as a bed and breakfast by soliciting transient guests on Airbnb.com. As reported by the New York Post, Law360.com and other media outlets, Mr. Kopelowitz successfully secured a temporary restraining order in favor of a landlord which enjoined the rent-controlled tenant from using her apartment as a bed and breakfast.

Mr. Kopelowitz's ability to comprehend complex issues quickly has allowed him to aid his clients in matters both within the real estate sphere and out. He has successfully defended a respondent before the New York Immigration Court; negotiated valuable air rights; defended debtor in bankruptcy; negotiated an adverse possession claim; successfully tried a commercial lease holdover proceeding on behalf of a landlord; and represented a major developer in a mesothelioma action. Of late, he successfully secured a dismissal from the Supreme Court of Queens County of all of plaintiff's negligence and construction law claims against a landlord.

Joshua Kopelowitz, AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell, is a member of the firm's Litigation department. He is a fierce advocate for his clients, practicing in the area of civil litigation. His results-oriented approach gives his clients the confidence to engage Mr. Kopelowitz in a broad array of lawsuits, appeals and transactions involving a variety of issues such as leasing, landlord-tenant law, air rights, complex commercial litigation, easements and construction law.

A substantial part of Mr. Kopelowitz’s practice focuses on representing landlords and developers in negotiations, complex litigations and alternative dispute resolution in an array of areas including commercial/residential leasing, rent regulatory matters, brokerage claims and contracts.

Most recently, Mr. Kopelowitz used his litigation acumen in a New York Supreme Court case involving a rent-controlled tenant who used her Central Park duplex apartment as a bed and breakfast by soliciting transient guests on Airbnb.com. As reported by the New York Post, Law360.com and other media outlets, Mr. Kopelowitz successfully secured a temporary restraining order in favor of a landlord which enjoined the rent-controlled tenant from using her apartment as a bed and breakfast.

Mr. Kopelowitz's ability to comprehend complex issues quickly has allowed him to aid his clients in matters both within the real estate sphere and out. He has successfully defended a respondent before the New York Immigration Court; negotiated valuable air rights; defended debtor in bankruptcy; negotiated an adverse possession claim; successfully tried a commercial lease holdover proceeding on behalf of a landlord; and represented a major developer in a mesothelioma action. Of late, he successfully secured a dismissal from the Supreme Court of Queens County of all of plaintiff's negligence and construction law claims against a landlord.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2007

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation (Commercial)
  • Litigation (Real Estate)
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • Condominium/Cooperative Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Accidents

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2006

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
    • J.D. - 2003
  • Indiana University
    • B.S. - 2000
    • Honors: Fanny Henning Memorial Scholarship, Jewish Community Centers of America

Published Works

  • Common Law Right to Use Self-Help to Evict a Commercial Licensee - New York Law Journal, September 1, 2016
  • Are Yellowstone Waivers Enforceable? - New York Law Journal, April 16, 2014
  • Who Is Responsible For Eradicating Bedbugs? - New York Law Journal, February 9, 2012

Representative Cases

  • Noah Trading Co. Inc. v. Bell, 54 Misc3d 134(A) (App Term 1st Dept 2017)
  • Queens Canaan Church v. Fellowship Deaconry Inc., 2015 WL 5164648 (Sup Ct Queens Co 2015)
  • Brookford, LLC v. Penraat, 2014 WL 7201736 (2014), 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 24399 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2014)
  • Flushing Expo, Inc. v. New World Mall, LLC, 116 A.D.3d 826, 985 N.Y.S.2d 247 (2d Dep’t 2014)
  • 679 Realty, LLC v. Smith-Bernet, Inc., 2011 WL 1480905 (2011), 2011 N.Y. Slip op. 30943(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2011)

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubble