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Michael P. Kozek

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Partner/Principal
Location:
New York, New York
Phone:
888-832-1780
646-448-9300
Fax:
212-385-9827
Email:

Mr. Kozek is a founding partner of Ween & Kozek

Mr. Kozek is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, participant in the 2008 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and CALI award winner.  While attending law school, Mr. Kozek served as a judicial intern for Hon. Gerald Lebovits, of the Civil Court, New York County, during which time he contributed research for an article entitled Drug Holdover Proceedings: An Overview From "Knew " to "Should Have Known, " to "Strict Liability", authored by Hon. Lebovits and Douglass J. Seidman, and published in the New York Real Property Law Journal in 2007.

Mr. Kozek has a diverse practice in real estate transactions and litigation, as well as elder and art law.  He practices in the Appellate Division, Appellate Term, Supreme Court, Surrogate's Court, Civil Court, and Civil Court housing part, as well as handling administrative proceedings before the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the New York City Loft Board, the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, and the New York State Division of Human Rights.  Mr. Kozek has represented numerous tenants in landlord-tenant disputes, focused on issued related to rent stabilization and the Loft Law.  As a Loft Law attorney, Mr. Kozek has represented large and small tenant groups, as well as individuals, seeking coverage and protection under the Loft Law.  Mr. Kozek has represented large tenant groups in seeking recourse for rent overcharges and damages for violations of their rights under rent stabilization.  He handles all aspects of litigation through trial, including researching and drafting pleadings, discovery, pretrial motions, court appearances, a settlement negotiations, and trial and post-trial matters.  Mr. Kozek additionally handles appeals, researching and drafting motions and briefs.

Mr. Kozek handles all aspects of representing clients in connection with real estate transactions, including in negotiating and drafting contracts of sale, reviewing pre-closing documents, facilitating execution of contracts of sale, and guiding clients through closing.

In addition to being a regular contributing attorney to the New York Times Ask Real Estate column, Mr. Kozek's expertise and advice has been sought out and featured in various media forums, including the following:

The New York Times, 'The Case for Hiring a Lawyer,' Sept. 29, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/realestate/the-case-for-hiring-a-lawyer-getting-started.html

The Real Deal Online, 'Tenants Seek Legal Recourse Over Bedbugs,' Nov. 18, 2010, http://therealdeal.com/newyork/articles/more-tenants-seek-legal-recourse-in-bedbug-epidemic-say-attorneys-michael-kozek-and-steven-wagner

Featured guest on Manhattan Neighborhood Network's 'Tenants and Neighbors' program, the video of which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUxfG9FDsNc&feature=share

Featured guest on "Loft Law and Order," hosted by Giovanni Muniz: http://bel-air.org/archive/20140331/loftLawOrder_20140331.mp3

Representative cases that Mr. Kozek has handled include the following:

Stellweg v. Welch, 2013 WL 6702832 (Sup. Ct., NY Co., Dec. 13, 2013) (Court ordered Defendant Co-Tenant to Pay Plaintiff Tenant portion of rent arrears and ongoing rent)

Mozafarri v. NYS Div. Human Rights, 63 A.D.3d 632 (1st Dep't, 2009) (upholding tenant's claim for denial of reasonable accommodation and attorneys' fees)

22 CPS Owner LLC v. Carter, 84 A.D.3d 456 (1st Dep't, 2009)

Green 333 Corp. v. Kwinter, 27 Misc.3d 1225 (A) (Civ. Ct., NY Co., 2010) (dismissing holdover petition for failure to sign an initial lease upon transition of tenant's apartment from Loft Law to Rent Stabilization Law coverage)

Paragon Imaging Group, Ltd v. Scandia Realty Ltd. Partnership, 2013 WL 6902212 (Sup. Ct., NY Co., Dec. 16, 2013)

In addition, Mr. Kozek maintains a blog focusing on issues related to real estate litigation and tenant advocacy, wherein he has published several articles relating to such issues as the 2010 amendment ot the New York City Loft Law, the 2011 extension of the rent regulation laws.  His blog can be found here: http://nyctenantlawyer.blogspot.com/

In his free time, Mr. Kozek is a regular volunteer at the Housing Conservation Coordinator's free Monday night legal clinic, and as a member of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, has represented numerous artists pro bono.

Areas of Practice

  • Art Law
  • Elder Law
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Hearings & Adjudication
  • Civil Rights
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability -- Plaintiff
  • Property Damage -- Plaintiff
  • Real Estate Law
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Condominiums & Cooperatives
  • Conveyancing
  • Foreclosure & Alternatives
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Residential Real Estate

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2009

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York - 2009
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Honor Society
    • Honors: 2008 Philip C. Jessup Int'l Law Moot Court Competition & CALI Award Winner

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Member
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Real Property Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New York City Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2010 - Present
  • Housing Conservation Coordinators, 2010 - Present