Beatrice Lesser

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 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.)

  • 1050 Tenants Corp. v. Lapidus, NYLJ 10/17/06, p. 27, col. 1 (Civ. Ct., NY Co.)(Lebovits, J.) Slip Copy, 13 Misc.3d 1220(A), 2006 WL 2918080 (N.Y.City Civ.Ct.), 2006 N.Y. Slip Op. (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, NYLJ, 5/15/06, p. 18, col. 1, Slip Copy, 12 Misc.3d 1196(A), 2006 WL 2367490, 2006 N.Y. Slip Op. 51593(U), (Sup. NY Co.)(Diamond, J.) (Cooperative’s motion for summary judgment in ejectment action brought on the ground shareholders were objectionable, granted.)

  • 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.)
Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1998

  • 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
Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 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
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