Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP | Beatrice Lesser
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Beatrice  Lesser

Primary Practice Areas

Cooperative and Condominium Law
Real Estate Law
Litigation

EDUCATION

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
New York, J.D. 1981

Yeshiva University
M.S. Special Education, 1975

Brooklyn College of the City of New York

ADMISSIONS

  • New York, 1981
  • United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1998
Beatrice Lesser
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Tel: 212-935-3131, Ext. 308
Fax: 212-935-4514
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​For more than 20 years, Ms. Lesser has been counsel to numerous co-ops and condos, individuals and businesses, landlords and tenants, and homeowners associations, advising them regarding all aspects of litigation in real estate law, contracts, leases, discrimination, restrictive covenants, Loft Law, and related issues. Ms. Lesser taught CLE class under the auspices of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on the fiduciary obligations of cooperative boards of directors, May 2014. As a result of her extensive experience in this area of the law, Ms. Lesser has often been quoted in various publications, including The New York Times.

Ms. Lesser has represented the prevailing party in numerous published cases, including:
 
  • 511 West 232nd Street Owners Corp. v. Jennifer Realty Co., 98 N.Y.2d 144; 746 N.Y.S.2d 131 (2002) (Cause of action in contract to force cooperative sponsor to sell units in cooperative offering plan, upheld.)
  • Gordon v 476 Broadway Realty Corp. and Board of Managers of 476 Broadway Condominium, 129 AD3d 547 (1st Dept. 2015) (order of Supreme Court granting summary judgment to cooperative in objectionable conduct eviction and holding that tenant/shareholder has no right to cure objectionable conduct, unanimously affirmed.)
  • 76th Street Owners' Corp. v. Elshiekh, 27 Misc.3d 1237(A), 910 N.Y.S.2d 765 (Table), N.Y. City Civ.Ct., 2010 (judgment of eviction awarded against cooperative shareholders based upon cooperative's determination that shareholders were objectionable tenants; tenants' defense of unlawful discrimination dismissed.)
  • 1050 Tenants Corp. v. Lapidus, 39 A.D.3d 379, 835 N.Y.S.2d 68, Iv den 9 N.Y.3d 807 (2007) (judgment of ejectment of cooperative shareholders based upon cooperative's determination that shareholders were objectionable tenants.)
  • 1050 Tenants Corp. v. Lapidus, 13 Misc.3d 1220(A), 831 N.Y.S.2d 348, affd 17 Misc.3d 133(A), 2007 WL 3086690 (App.Term, 1st Dept. 2007) (Cooperative shareholder/attorney who testified falsely at trial gets maximum sanction and cooperative landlord awarded attorney’s fees incurred in sanctions hearing.)
  • 1050 Tenants Corp. v. Lapidus, 16 Misc.3d 70, 842 N.Y.S.2d 127 (App. Term 1st Dept. 2007)
  • Forest Hills Gardens Corp. v. West Side Tennis Club, 23 A.D.3d 338, 806 N.Y.S.2d 591 (2d Dept. 2005) (Once caps on tennis club’s maintenance fees under original declarations for private residential community were terminated and club agreed to increase its maintenance charges at a rate comparable to the millage rate of the other property owners, homeowners’ association was authorized to require tennis club to pay increased fees, absent showing that charges were unreasonable, or tainted by fraud, self-dealing, unconscionability, or other misconduct.)
  • 360 West 51st Realty v. Cornell, NYLJ 9/6/05, p. 18 (Civ. Ct., NY Co.)(Cavallo, J.) aff’d, NYLJ 2/5/07, p.31, col. 2 (App.Term 1st Dept.) (In non-payment proceeding, after 17-day trial, landlord’s petition dismissed and tenant awarded judgment of $17,050 for period of time she paid rent despite apartment being uninhabitable due to presence of mold.)
  • Engel v. Forest Hills Gardens Corp., NYLJ 5/21/04, p. 19, Col. 1 (Sup. Ct., Qns. Co.) (Class action against homeowners association alleging overcharge in booting fees and violation of statutes, dismissed.)
  • Forest Hills Gardens Corp. v. Velonskis, 309 A.D.2d 732; 765 N.Y.S.2d 267 (2d Dept. 2003) (Restrictive covenant upheld regarding homeowners’ architectural alteration.)
  • Kew Forest Neighborhood Assn, Inc. v. Lieberman, 306 A.D.2d 443; 761 N.Y.S.2d 502 (2d Dept. 2003) (Restrictive covenant limiting use of lots to single-family homes upheld against developer of apartment building.)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York - Member, Committee on Co-Ops and Condos, 2013-2015
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York - Member, Committee on Housing Courts, 2006-present
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York - Member, Committee on Land Use and Zoning, 2003-2004