Christopher A. Priore Associate

     

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Christopher Priore is a commercial litigator with broad experience across multiple industries and areas of the law. He quickly grasps the issues facing his clients and works to resolve disputes in an effective and efficient manner. In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Chris is well versed in appellate practice in state and federal courts across New York.

Chris has routinely 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. He is keenly aware of what is necessary to resolve disputes related to distressed and/or defaulting assets. Chris also has been involved in significant matters, including shareholder disputes, mergers and acquisitions−related litigation, and executive compensation and employment litigation.

While Chris focuses on 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. He has represented commercial developers in negotiating construction contracts for large-scale projects, including a $20 million project in Albany, New York. Chris also has obtained significant victories for clients in residential and commercial tax certiorari matters.

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

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.