Christopher A. Priore Associate

     

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Christopher Priore is a commercial and appellate litigator with broad experience across multiple industries and areas of the law who routinely practices before state and federal appellate courts. Chris’s appellate practice includes successfully litigating complex commercial cases and cases involving novel constitutional issues.

Chris has represented construction firms and owners in construction defect and lien law disputes as well as creditors and lenders in various creditors’ rights, loan workouts and bankruptcy matters. Chris also has experience with shareholder disputes, litigation related to mergers and acquisitions, as well as noncompetition matters. Additionally, Chris represents large hospitality groups in various matters, including liquor licensing.

While Chris focuses on commercial litigation, he also has significant experience in real estate transactions and development in the commercial and residential markets, zoning and land use regulations, and all real estate–related litigation, including tax certiorari.

Chris served as a law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee while in law school. He is the author of “Lending Intermediaries: The Implications of Fraud on Unsuspecting Debtors & Lessons from In Re Montano,” American Bar Association, Consumer Bankruptcy Newsletter (2014).

Representative Matters

Successfully defended a condemnation claim by a major railroad pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 24311 and closed the transaction on the targeted land acquisition.
 
Represented clients in litigation disputes with local governmental entities involving takings, vested rights, and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act (RLUIPA).

Obtained a favorable ruling at the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court for the Third Department in a case involving right of ingress and egress on disputed strip of land.

Secured summary judgment in favor of a client for a money judgment in excess of $600,000.

Defended a condemnation claim by a major railroad pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 24311 and successfully closed transaction on the targeted land acquisition; also successfully moved for dismissal of an action based on failure of the plaintiff to join all necessary parties pursuant to CPLR 1001(a).

Negotiated construction agreement, including a $20 million agreement on behalf of an owner, for the development of a large-scale commercial real estate project.