Lycoyannis, Alexander

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Alexander Lycoyannis joined Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. in 2002 and is a Member with the firm's Litigation and Appeals Departments. Alex represents owners, developers and landlords in all phases of litigation and appellate practice before the New York City, New York State and federal courts.

Alex is a prominent legal writer and strategist, and one of New York's go-to practitioners for real estate-related matters. His writing and oral argument abilities frequently result in victories for his clients at both the lower court and appellate levels. In addition, his keen business sense and negotiation skills have consistently led to favorable settlements for the firm's clients, including the resolutions of many seemingly intractable stalemates that have freed clients from the inherent expense and uncertainty of a trial.

Alex possesses broad knowledge and experience in a wide range of real estate and complex commercial matters, and has represented clients ranging from the country's largest real estate developers to individuals who own a single building. He has successfully litigated disputes arising out of commercial leases and contracts for the purchase and sale of real property; commercial and residential landlord/tenant litigation; New York City rent regulation; applications for Yellowstone and preliminary injunctions; corporate, partnership and LLC disputes; the New York City Loft Law; brokerage commissions; condominium and cooperative disputes; construction litigation; adjacent landowner disputes; UCC and mortgage foreclosures; Airbnb and short-term rental disputes; and the enforcement of guaranties and promissory notes. Alex has also drafted a residential lease utilized by a prominent New York developer in its Manhattan portfolio and has negotiated purchase and sale agreements, buyout agreements, real estate brokerage agreements, occupancy agreements and lease amendments. In short, in over two decades at R&E, Alex has more or less seen and done it all.

Alex fights not only for his clients in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, but for the New York real estate industry in the legislative arena. Alex is a prominent public voice in the fight against ruinous legislative proposals such as "good cause" eviction and commercial rent control. He has testified in opposition to these proposals before the New York State Senate and New York City Council; published op-eds in the New York Post, Albany Times-Union, Law360 and other prominent outlets to explain why these proposals would harm not only the real estate industry but New York State as a whole; and has appeared on several podcasts to further the public education campaign against destructive anti-owner legislation. Alex closely monitors legislative developments that would affect the New York real estate industry, and news outlets frequently seek out his views on hot-button issues. He frequently comments on such issues and provides timely industry updates on his LinkedIn page.

In addition to his advocacy for clients and the real estate industry, Alex (together with firm founder Gary M. Rosenberg) is the co-author of the New York Law Journal's "Landlord-Tenant" column, which reviews and analyzes the latest case law and other important developments affecting New York landlord-tenant law. Alex is also a long-time member of the New York City Bar's Real Property Law Committee, and is currently the Chairman of its Litigation Subcommittee. In addition to being admitted to practice in New York, Alex is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas Of Practice   

  • Rent Regulation & Administrative Law
  • Litigation (Commercial)
  • Litigation (Real Estate)
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • Appellate Law
  • Condominium/Cooperative Law

Bar Admissions   

  • New York, 2002
  • United States Supreme Court, 2023
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2002

Education   

  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2001
  • State University of New York at Binghamton
    • B.A. - 1998

Published Works   

  • “New York’s Good Cause Eviction Bill Is Problematic,” Law360, March 2022
  • “Good Cause Eviction legislation an absurd proposal,” Albany Times Union, March 2022
  • “Albany’s ‘No Eviction Ever’ bill will devastate landlords — and NY’s housing stock,” New York Post, February 2022
  • Conditional Limitation v. Condition Subsequent: An Important Distinction in the COVID-19 Age, New York Law Journal, October 2020
  • The Rise of Ejectment Actions During the COVID-19 Pandemic, New York Law Journal, August 2020
  • Temporary Suspension Of Personal Guaranties, New York Law Journal, June 2020
  • Landlords Should Not Waive Small Businesses’ Rent, Law360, April 2020
  • Proposed New York City Commercial Rent Regulation: An Improper Usurpation of State Power, New York Law Journal, April 2020
  • Proposed commercial rent regs an improper usurpation of state power, Real Estate Weekly, March 2020
  • Kuzmich et al. v. 50 Murray Street Acquisition LLC: A Deal Gone Bad for Developers Who Helped Revitalize Lower Manhattan, New York Real Estate Law Reporter, November 2019
  • "ATTORNEY'S ADVICE: Housing Insights," SPONY, October 2018
  • “Yellowstone Injunctions When Prompt Cure Is Impossible,” New York Real Estate Law Reporter, April 2017
  • "The New Anti-Airbnb Law: An Overview,” Commercial Observer, November 2016
  • "Airbnb: Boon Or Bane For NYC Residential Real Estate?" Law360, April 2015
  • "The Enforceability of No-Waiver Provisions in Commercial Leases," ALM, January 2015
  • Landlord/Tenant Law Column, New York Law Journal, June 2013
  • "The Obligations to Permit Pets Notwithstanding No-Pet Provisions," New York Real Estate Law Reporter, March 2013
  • "The Enforceability of Liquidated Damages Clauses in Real Estate Leases," New York Real Estate Law Reporter, June 2012
  • '''Piercing the Corporate Veil' with Respect to Monetary Claims Against Commercial Tenants," New York Real Estate Law Reporter, October 2011

Representative Cases   

  • Kuzmich et al. v. 50 Murray Street Acquisition LLC, 157 A.D. 3d 505 (1st Dept 2018)
  • Tap Tap, LLC v. 558 Seventh Ave. Corp. et al., 144 A.D. 3d 409 (1st Dept 2016)
  • Bowery Residents' Committee, Inc. v. Lance Capital LLC, 121 A.D.3d 505 (1st Dept 2014)
  • Bowery Residents' Committee, Inc. v. Lance Capital LLC, 2014 WL 3707981 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty)
  • Bowery Residents' Committee, Inc. v. Lance Capital LLC, 2013 WL 2642960 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty)
  • Gordon v. Board of Managers, 36 Misc.3d 1210(A), 2012 WL 2914168 (Table), 2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 51245(U) (Sup Ct. N.Y. Cty 2011)
  • Tennant v. Manhattan Skyline Management Corp., 925 N.Y.S.2d 330, 85 A.D. 3d 557, (1st Dep't 2011)
  • Southbridge Towers Inc. v. Pion, 25 Misc 3d 132(A), 901 N.Y.S.2d 911, 2009 WL 3384469 (App. T. 1st Dep't 2009)
  • Southbridge Towers Inc. v. Yagman, 22 Misc 3d 142(A), 881 N.Y.S.2d 367, 2009 WL 737407 (App. T. 1st Dep't 2009)
  • Durst Buildings Corp. v. JPR 2 Inc., 2009 WL 2221468 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty)
  • Durst Buildings Corp. v. JPR 2 Inc., 2008 WL 195614 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty)
  • 2170-2178 Broadway LLC v. Ross, 14 Misc. 3d 137(A), 836 N.Y.S.2d 495, 2007 WL 489205 (App. T. 1st Dep't 2007)
  • Yenom Corp. v. 155 Wooster Street Inc., et al., 33 A.D.3d 67, 818 N.Y.S.2d 210 (1st Dep't 2006)

Classes/Seminars   

  • Moderator of CLE panel discussion, “AirBnB Under Siege: The Evolving Legal Landscape for Short-Term Rentals in NYC” - April 20, 2017
  • New York City Bar Real Property Law Committee: Airbnb.com, June 2, 2015
  • R&E's 2013 In-house Lecture Series: Appellate Law 101, May 21, 2013
  • CLE: Mastering Airbnb & Short-Term Rental Law, Speaker, January 2020
  • Small Property Owners of New York (SPONY) Rent Regulation Seminar, Speaker, July 2019
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