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Steven R. Wagner, Partner

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Direct Contact: 646-791-2083

srwagner@wagnerberkow.com

Co-ops & Condos, Real Estate & Corporate, Litigation, and Internet Defamation.

Steven R. Wagner has been a litigator focusing on corporate and real estate law for more than 30 years. He founded the firm of Wagner Davis P.C. in 1984, was a principal at the firm of Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C. from 2013 to 2014 and founded the firm of Wagner, Berkow & Brandt LLP in December, 2014. Mr. Wagner litigates corporate, commercial and real estate matters as well as Internet defamation, and practices in all areas of co-op and condominium law. His ability to “cut to the heart of the matter” and clearly explain legal issues quickly established him as a leading attorney in the rapidly expanding field of internet defamation claims and in the co-op and condominium arena.

Mr. Wagner’s litigation background, common sense and intellectual fortitude has attracted clients with a variety of issues including disputes for control of partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies; disputes between adjacent landowners; zoning and land use disputes; commercial and residential landlord/tenant matters; regulated housing issues including Mitchell-Lama and Section 213 housing; succession rights claims; rent control and rent stabilization disputes; complex foreclosures and actions to clear title; tenant buy-outs; negligence claims; and commercial and corporate disputes.

Mr. Wagner also represents a large number of cooperatives, condominiums and individual owners of apartments on a variety of issues including construction defects, sponsor defaults, “Pullman” actions, claims against defaulting unit owners, and discrimination/human rights claims. He also services corporations, commercial and residential real estate developers and landlords, real estate and investment entities, individual directors and partners involved in corporate or partnership disputes, residential and commercial tenants and tenants’ associations, and a number of high-profile restaurateurs.

Mr. Wagner is frequently quoted in respected publications including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the New York Observer, The Real Deal, and Crain’s New York Business. He is also a regular contributor to BrickUnderground.com, a website specializing in real estate issues.

Mr. Wagner has also written on for both The Cooperator and New York Habitat, publications that specialize in co-ops and condominiums. He is frequently interviewed for articles focusing on New York City real estate issues, and has lectured for the Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and the Council of New York Cooperatives. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, CNN’s First Edition, Campbell Brown, and other national television and radio programs.

Mr. Wagner serves on the board of the Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare and Rehabilitation, and supports and participates in charitable activities involving mental health.

Honors and Awards: Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Organizations/Memberships: American Bar Association; New York City Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; New York State Trial Lawyers Association

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Bonnie Reid Berkow, Partner

Direct Contact: 646-791-2084 

brberkow@wagnerberkow.com

Co-Ops & Condos, Real Estate & Corporate, and Litigation.

Bonnie Reid Berkow is a founding member of Wagner, Berkow & Brandt LLP, and a long-time partner with Steve Wagner. With over thirty years’ experience litigating in State and Federal Courts in New York State, Ms. Berkow focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, at both the trial and appellate level. Ms. Berkow has handled cases involving breach of contract, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, in addition to real estate disputes and commercial actions. Ms. Berkow is experienced in all facets of landlord/tenant law and procedure. She also has extensive experience in appellate practice representing both appellants and respondents.

Representative clients include cooperative and condominium boards, residential unit owners, sponsors, and individuals or corporations involved in contract disputes. Ms. Berkow has successfully litigated cases involving construction defects in large residential cooperatives and condominiums, challenges to sponsor control and excessive ownership in cooperatives and condominiums, mediation of Martin Act claims before the New York State Office of the Attorney General, intra-shareholder disputes, noise complaints, constructive eviction and breach of warranty of habitability arising out of leaks or other damage to the apartment and Article 78 proceedings challenging Board actions. Ms. Berkow also deals with disputes surrounding corporate governance and election law, challenges to by-laws and other corporate documents, preliminary injunction and declaratory judgment actions, termination of commercial leases, condominium lien foreclosures, arbitration and mediation, discrimination, and negotiating access and license fees from developers for protection of adjoining property.

In Board of Managers of Parkchester N. Condominium v. Quiles, Ms. Berkow successfully challenged the applicability of the NYC Pet Law to condominiums in the First Department, obtaining a result contrary to the position of the Second Department. In her appeal in Tener v. Cremer, the Appellate Division, First Department, in a case of first impression, established guidelines for e-discovery from a non-party.

Ms. Berkow has been a guest panelist at the NYARM Real Estate Expo and a contributor to the New York Law Journal, Habitat Magazine and BrickUnderground.

Ms. Berkow’s calm, resolute demeanor, deep knowledge of the law, attention to detail and strong writing skills have contributed to her success in the field.

Ms. Berkow was born in Canada. After moving to New York, she became enamored with the law during her years as a legal secretary, during which she assisted defense counsel in the Rubin “Hurricane” Carter case. In her leisure time she enjoys riding her Ducati motorcycle, ballroom dancing and Zumba.

Organizations/Memberships: New York State Bar Association; New York City Bar Association

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Ian J. Brandt, Partner

Ian Brandt

Direct Contact: 646-791-2086 

ijbrandt@wagnerberkow.com

Co-ops & Condos, Real Estate & Corporate, Litigation, and Employment & Housing Discrimination.

Ian J. Brandt is a member of Wagner, Berkow & Brandt LLP. For more than twelve years, Mr. Brandt has represented homeowners’ associations, co-op shareholders, condominium unit owners, landlords, tenants, and business owners in a wide variety of real estate litigations, including property casualty losses, warranty of habitability violations, evictions, housing and employment discrimination, corporate governance and tort claims (including breach of fiduciary duty claims against corporate directors) and Americans with Disabilities Act Title III (public accommodation) suits.

Mr. Brandt also litigates commercial landlord-tenant disputes, negotiates residential and commercial tenant buyouts, and handles a wide variety of other landlord-tenant issues, including rent stabilization law, tenant succession rights, commercial tenant appurtenant leasehold rights, nuisance law, Yellowstone applications, Pullman terminations, holdovers, and nonpayment proceedings.

Having defended cooperatives and condominiums throughout New York City for 10 years as panel counsel to several insurers, Mr. Brandt represents clients, including homeowners’ associations, tenants, and unit owners, in insurance coverage and indemnification matters. Mr. Brandt also has experience in mortgage fraud litigation and representing claimants and attorneys in legal malpractice actions.

Mr. Brandt regularly practices in the Civil Court of the City of New York, including both the housing and commercial landlord-tenant parts, New York State Supreme Court, the Federal District Courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, as well as before the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Even in complex and acrimonious conflicts, Mr. Brandt looks to achieve favorable results for his clients, through a combination of vigorous courtroom advocacy, adept motion and trial practice, practical analysis of legal issues, and honest brokering.

Mr. Brandt is also general counsel to various condominiums and cooperatives in the New York City area.

Mr. Brandt graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2003 and is admitted to the State and Federal Courts in New York. He was an associate with Braverman Greenspun, P.C. from 2003 to 2013, and counsel to Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C. from 2013 to 2015.

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Jeffrey R. Rendin, Partner

Direct Contact: 646-931-5711 

jrendin@wagnerberkow.com

Jeffrey R. Rendin is a member of Wagner, Berkow & Brandt, LLP.  In addition to representing condominiums and cooperatives in transactional and litigation matters, he has particular expertise in the organization, offer and sale of cooperative interests in realty.   His practice includes representing property developers in their offerings of the cooperative interests in realty (including condominiums and cooperatives) as well as in investigations and litigation conducted by the New York Attorney General.

Prior to joining Wagner, Berkow & Brandt LLP, Mr. Rendin served as Special Counsel and Chief of Enforcement in the Office of the New York Attorney General, Real Estate Finance Bureau.   While there, he led several major fraud investigations involving cooperative interest in realty and drafted several of the New York Attorney General’s regulatory guidance documents concerning cooperative interests in realty and compliance with New York’s blue-sky law, the Martin Act.  Mr. Rendin is one of very few attorneys practicing today with experience in Martin Act litigation involving cooperative interests in realty.

Mr. Rendin is a trained mediator, and has facilitated the resolution of numerous disputes between condominium developers and unit owners.

Mr. Rendin holds a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University.  He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Niki Khindri, Associate

Direct Contact: 646-699-7845

nkhindri@wagnerberkow.com 

Niki Khindri joined Wagner, Berkow & Brandt LLP as an Associate Attorney in 2015. Ms. Khindri focuses her practice in the areas of real estate transactions, cooperative and condominium law, mortgage foreclosure litigation, and Intellectual Property law.

Having worked as an associate at a general practice firm prior to joining Wagner, Berkow & Brandt, Ms. Khindri’s practice areas also include corporate law and governance, family law litigation, entertainment law, and animal law. In addition, Ms. Khindri has represented lenders in residential mortgage foreclosure litigation throughout the five boroughs.

Ms. Khindri earned her J.D. from New York Law School in 2011 and her B.A. in Journalism/Psychology magna cum laude from New York University in 2006. During law school, Niki was a staff editor for New York Law School’s Media Law & Policy Journal.

Ms. Khindri is a member of the Animal Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and offers pro bono assistance to clients with animal-related legal issues.

In her spare time, Ms. Khindri enjoys oil painting, figure skating, Netflix binge-watching, and all things animals. She lives in Greenwich Village with her diabetic and high-maintenance Maltese, Oliver. Niki is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

Jason Mohabir, Associate

Direct Contact: 646-862-6582 

jmohabir@wagnerberkow.com

Jason Mohabir joined Wagner, Berkow & Brandt LLP as an Associate Attorney in 2019.

Mr. Mohabir represents residential and commercial property owners, landlords, tenants, management companies, and co-op and condo boards in a wide array of real estate and commercial litigation in New York City Civil Court, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Term and Appellate Division. His practice focuses on contract disputes, housing laws (rent overcharge, nonpayment and holdover proceedings) and torts. Also, Mr. Mohabir represents companies and owners in administrative proceedings before numerous agencies such as the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York City Department of Buildings (DOB).

Mr. Mohabir graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and received a Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Leisl Kerechek, Associate

Direct Contact: 646-931-5710 

lkerechek@wagnerberkow.com

Leisl Kerechek joined Wagner, Berkow & Brandt LLP as an associate attorney in 2017.  Leisl has focused her practice in the areas of business and real estate law, cooperative and condominium law, and real estate and business litigation.

Prior to joining Wagner, Berkow & Brandt LLP, Leisl worked for several years at a boutique real estate law firm in Brooklyn with a focus on commercial and residential real estate transactions, where she represented investors, businesses, and families in a variety of commercial and residential real estate sale, purchase, leasing, and financing matters.  Leisl also handled business law matters, including formation, partnership, and corporate governance issues.

Leisl received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2014, and she is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey.

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