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Eva C. Talel

PARTNER, NEW YORK



Eva Talel heads Stroock's Co-op and Condominium Board Representation Group and is a Partner in its Real Estate Department.  Stroock represents over 200 co-ops and condos in every facet of their management and operations, and serves as counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York's Residential Management Council.  Ms. Talel's leadership in this industry is underscored by receiving REBNY's Residential Management Council's 2014 Community Service Award for her contributions to the co-op and condo community, recently being awarded "Top Women to Watch for in 2014" by New York Residential Magazine, and is further highlighted by her role as Chairperson of the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Cooperative & Condominium Law for the 2007 – 2010 term.

Ms. Talel is a permanent "Expert Opinion" columnist for the New York Law Journal, is regularly interviewed by reporters for The New York Times Sunday Real Estate Section (as well as the Times' online Real Estate Q & A column), has provided co-op and condo expertise to WNBC's "Today in New York" news program and has regularly appeared on NY1 News to comment on cutting edge legal issues.  Ms. Talel also frequently provides expert commentary to The Wall Street Journal, The Real Deal, Brick Underground, am New York, The Observer and other outlets on the co-op and condo marketplace.

Ms. Talel serves as an adjunct law professor at New York Law School and as a faculty member for the New York State Judicial Institute, where she educates State Court Judges and Court Attorneys on developments in cooperative and condominium law.

Stroock's co-op and condo representations include luxury apartment houses in Manhattan; residential and mixed-use condominium associations; and large hotel cooperatives (such as The Carlyle, The Pierre and The Sherry-Netherland).

Ms. Talel's counseling and litigation experience (at the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitration and mediation forums) includes virtually every type of matter that arises in the co-op and condo milieu, including proprietary lease interpretation, expiration, extension, amendment and adoption issues; director breach of fiduciary duty claims; shareholder derivative suits; Board of Directors proxy contests; commercial lease issues; unit transfer and transfer tax disputes; the Cooperative and Condominium Abuse Relief Act; "bonus" plaza spaces; liability and directors and officers insurance coverage disputes; apartment alteration agreements and related disputes; and mold, lead-based paint, second-hand smoke and bedbug infestation issues.

Honors and Awards

  • Named one of "Top Women to Watch for 2014" by New York Residential Magazine.
  • Recognized by AVENUE Magazine as a "Legal Elite litigator."
  • Recipient of the Service Award for leadership in the co-op and condo community.
  • Listed in New York Super Lawyers for work in real estate (2006-2013).
Memberships
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Committee on Cooperative & Condominium Law, Chairperson, 2007 – 2010 and Secretary, 2004 – 2007
Activities
  • Counsel, Residential Management Council, Real Estate Board of New York, 2003 – present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School, 2013 – present
  • New York State Judicial Institute, Member of the Faculty and Lecturer on Cooperative and Condominium Law, 2006 – present
  • Director, New York University Law School Alumni Association, 2009 – present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2008 – 2013
Speeches and Events
Ms. Talel is a frequent speaker and has participated in many legal symposiums and seminars.  Her most recent engagements include:
  • "Vets, Pets and Cigarettes," Argo University Boards Program, The Beacon Hotel, New York, NY, March 26, 2014
  • "The Future of Residential Real Estate in NYC," Fifth Annual Breakfast Forum, Center for Real Estate Studies at New York Law School, November 19, 2013
  • "Current Governance Issues in Coops and Condominiums," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, April 21, 2010
  • "Hot Topics Affecting Co-ops and Condominiums, 2010," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, March 24, 2010
Publications
Selected articles include:
  • Co-author, "Flip Tax: Reducing Exposure to Federal Income Tax Liability," New York Law Journal, November 5, 2014
  • Co-author, "Warranty of Habitability in 2014: Seeking to Strike a Balance," New York Law Journal, September 3, 2014
  • Co-author, "Business Judgment Rule: 24 Years Old and Still Intact," New York Law Journal, July 7, 2014
  • Co-author, "Control Over Cable Provider Access, Revisited," New York Law Journal, May 7, 2014
  • Co-author, "Nonresidential use of Residential Apartments- Can Enforcement of Use Restrictions be Waived?" New York Law Journal, March 5, 2014
  • Co-author, "Insurance and Subrogation For Buildings and Apartment Owners," New York Law Journal, January 8, 2014
  • Co-author, "Cooperative Housing Corporations -- Ownership by Trusts: A Retrospective and a Forecast," NYSBA Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter, Winter 2013, Vol. 46, No. 4
  • Co-author, "Revisiting Employment Claims and Policies," New York Law Journal, November 6, 2013
  • Co-author, "Board Authority to Impose Sublet and Leasing Fees," New York Law Journal, September 4, 2013
  • Co-author, "Subletting in Co-ops: Continuing Challenge for Boards," New York Law Journal, July 3, 2013
  • Co-author, "The 2013 Tax Abatement Statute," New York Law Journal, May 1, 2013
  • Co-author, "Second-Hand Smoke and Smoking Bans," New York Law Journal, March 6, 2013
  • Co-author, "Pet Issues Revisited: Questions Raised on Support Pets," New York Law Journal, January 3, 2013
  • Co-author, "Alienation and Alteration of Common Elements," New York Law Journal, November 7, 2012
  • Co-author, "Religious Displays in Common Areas," New York Law Journal, September 5, 2012
  • Co-author, "Compulsive Hoarding by Owners Presents a Challenge for Boards," New York Law Journal, June 29, 2012
  • Co-author, "Enforcing House Rules: Methods and Mechanisms," New York Law Journal, May 2, 2012
  • Co-author, "Adopting House Rules: Scope of the Board's Authority," New York Law Journal, March 7, 2012
  • "Revisiting 'Price Is Too Low' for Board Disapproval of Apartment Transfers," New York Law Journal, January 4, 2012
  • "Protecting Confidentiality Of Board Matters," New York Law Journal, November 2, 2011
  • "Duties and Liabilities of Managing Agents," New York Law Journal, September 7, 2011
  • "'Levandusky' at 21: Board Protection Continues," New York Law Journal, May 4, 2011
  • "Greenhouses and Structures In Condominiums," New York Law Journal, March 9, 2011
  • "Control of Access to Telecommunications," New York Law Journal, January 5, 2011
  • "Avoiding the Risks Of E-Mail Contracts," New York Law Journal, November 3, 2010
  • "Protecting Board Members From Personal Liability," New York Law Journal, September 1, 2010
  • "Board Rules and Laws To Deal With the Unruly Pet," New York Law Journal, July 7, 2010
  • "New EPA Regulations for Lead Paint Renovations: What Co-Op And Condominium Managers Need To Know," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 26, 2010
  • "Installing Security Cameras In Common Areas," New York Law Journal, May 5, 2010
  • "Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Revisited," New York Law Journal, March 3, 2010
  • "Co-op Indemnification Rights: New Development," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 11, 2010
  • "New Developments Regarding Apartment Alterations," New York Law Journal, January 6, 2010
Admitted to Practice
New York, 1974
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1974; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1979; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1974; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2001; U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
Education
J.D., New York University School of Law, 1973
B.A., magna cum laude, City College of the City University of New York, 1970; Phi Beta Kappa
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