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Eva C. Talel

PARTNER, NEW YORK



Eva Talel is a Partner in Stroock's Real Estate Department and heads its Co-op and Condominium Board Representation Group. She counsels and litigates on behalf of cooperative housing corporations and condominium associations – Stroock represents over 200 co-ops and condos – in every facet of their management and operations. She and her Stroock colleagues serve as counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York's Residential Management Council. Her leadership in this industry is underscored by receiving REBNY’s Residential Management Council's 2014 Community Service Award for her leadership in 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 serves as an adjunct law professor at New York Law School and as 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. She 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.

Stroock is one of the largest firms in New York City with a substantial practice representing co-ops and condos, and its 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). In addition to co-op and condo matters, Ms. Talel works closely with the Real Estate Group's tax certiorari practice and the firm's Litigation, Labor and Tax Practice Group generally, thereby affording the Stroock client a one-stop, integrated problem-solving approach that features early intervention, risk management and dispute resolution, so as to minimize the need for litigated outcomes. Stroock is counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York.

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/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

  • Listed in New York Super Lawyers for work in real estate since 2006.
  • Recognized by AVENUE Magazine as a "Legal Elite litigator."
  • Recipient of the Service Award for leadership in the co-op and condo community.
  • Named one of "Top Women to Watch for 2014" by New York Residential Magazine.

Memberships
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Committee on Cooperative & Condominium Law, Chairperson, 2007 – 2010 and Secretary, 2004 – 2007
    • Committee on Federal Courts, 1999 – 2002
    • Committee on Women in the Profession, 1989 – 1992
    • Council on Judicial Administration, 1982 – 1985
    • State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, 1979 – 1982
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
  • "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
  • "Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: Cases and Marketplace Developments in the Last Six Months," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, October 2, 2009
  • "Seeking Approval: Board Governance in Co-ops and Condominiums," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, April 16, 2009
  • "Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, April 1, 2009
  • "Cooperatives and Condominiums – Attorneys' Fees," New York State Judicial Institute (Webcast), March 30, 2009
  • "Cooperatives and Condominiums in New York," Maine State Bar Association, October 2008
  • "Cooperatives and Condominiums: Significant Legal Decisions and Principles," New York State Judicial Institute, August 25 – 29, 2008
  • "Cooperatives and Condominiums: Significant Legal Decisions and Principles," New York State Judicial Institute, July 7 – 11, 2008
  • "Cooperatives and Condominiums: Significant Legal Decisions and Principles," New York State Judicial Institute, June 23 – 27, 2008
  • "Seeking Approval: Board Governance in Co-ops and Condominiums," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, April 16, 2008
  • "Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, April 1, 2008
  • "Reasonable Accommodation Requests from Persons with Disabilities in Co-ops and Condos: Practical Considerations," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, October 18, 2007
  • "Cooperatives and Condominiums: Governing Legal Principals and Recent Developments," New York State Judicial Institute, June – July 2007
  • "Principles in Residential Cooperative Law – for Court Attorneys of the Housing Court of the City of New York," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Cooperative & Condominium Law, April 18, 2007
  • "Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, March 2007
  • "Cooperatives and Condominiums: Legal Update for Court Attorneys," New York State Judicial Institute, March 20 – 21, 2007
  • "Cooperatives and Condominiums: Significant Decisions and Legal Principles," New York State Judicial Institute, March 13, 2007
  • "Cooperatives and Condominiums: Legal Update for Court Attorneys," New York State Judicial Institute, January 8 – 9 and 11 – 12, 2007
  • "Cooperatives and Condominiums: Significant Decisions and Legal Principals," New York State Judicial Institute, July 2006
  • "Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, March 2006
  • "Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, April 2005
Publications
Ms. Talel's publications since 2005 have included (author or co-author):
  • 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
  • "Bringing Boards Into the Electronic Age," New York Law Journal, November 4, 2009
  • "Price as a Basis for Disapproval Of Apartment Sales," New York Law Journal, September 2, 2009
  • "Impact of New Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Rules," New York Law Journal, July 1, 2009
  • "Business Judgment Rule: Board Protection Continues," New York Law Journal, May 6, 2009
  • "Legal Fee Recovery When Disputes Arise With Apartment Owners," New York Law Journal, March 4, 2009
  • "When Boards Fail to Exercise Or Waive First-Refusal Rights," New York Law Journal, January 12, 2009
  • "Dealing With Bedbugs," New York Law Journal, November 5, 2008
  • "Co-ops: Subchapter T and Related New Tax Developments," New York Law Journal, September 3, 2008
  • "Co-op and Condo Apartment Alterations – New NYC Department of Buildings Requirements for Work Permits," Stroock Special Bulletin, August 12, 2008
  • "Impact of New York City's Amended Noise Control Code," New York Law Journal, July 2, 2008
  • "When Boards Determine Not to Act," New York Law Journal, May 7, 2008
  • "Constraints on Board Action—BCL §501(c)," New York Law Journal, March 5, 2008
  • "Document Retention and Disposal," New York Law Journal, December 31, 2007
  • "Package Delivery and Storage Space," New York Law Journal, November 7, 2007
  • "'Levandusky' and Unprecedented Board Influence," New York Law Journal, September 5, 2007
  • "Interested Directors: Applicable Statues, Cases, Guidance," New York Law Journal, July 5, 2007
  • "Condominiums: Restraints on Alienation," New York Law Journal, May 2, 2007
  • "Reasonable Accommodations for Disabled Residents," New York Law Journal, March 7, 2007
  • "Restraints on Board's Pet Policies: Emotional Support Pets," New York Law Journal, January 3, 2007
  • "Use of Defibrillators: Guidance to Boards and Managers," New York Law Journal, November 1, 2006
  • "Dealing with Secondhand Tobacco Smoke," New York Law Journal, September 6, 2006
  • "Dealing with the 80/20 Test," New York Law Journal, July 5, 2006
  • "The Warranty of Habitability, 2006," New York Law Journal, May 3, 2006
  • "Noise and the Warranty of Habitability," New York Law Journal, March 1, 2006
  • "Personal Liability of Condominium Unit Owners," New York Law Journal, January 4, 2006
  • "Procedures for Issuance and Sale of New Shares," New York Law Journal, November 2, 2005
  • "Apartment Transfers: Fiduciary Duty to Shareholders," New York Law Journal, September 1, 2005
  • "Dealing with Mold; 'Beck', Health Hazards, Risk-Management," New York Law Journal, July 6, 2005
  • "New York City's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act," Real Estate Finance Journal, Summer 2005
  • "Cumulative Voting Revisited," New York Law Journal, May 4, 2005
  • "'Pullman' Interpreted," New York Law Journal, March 2, 2005
  • "New York City's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act: A Practical Guide for Co-op and Condominium Managers," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 7, 2005
  • "Diplomatic Immunity Revisited," New York Law Journal, January 6, 2005
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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