Christopher M. Tarnok

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Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

D'Agostino, Levine, Landesman, Lederman, Rivera & Sampson, LLP
 | 345 7th Ave, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-624-4185
Fax: 212-564-9802
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Business (40%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Christopher M. Tarnok is an associate at New York City-based D’Agostino, Levine, Landesman, Lederman, Rivera & Sampson, LLP. He attended St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in 2004. Mr. Tarnok remained on campus for his legal studies, and in 2008, he obtained his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. He was admitted to practice before all New York state courts in the following year.

    Mr. Tarnok focuses his practice primarily on civil litigation, with a strong emphasis on construction, commercial and real estate matters. His cases have involved commercial lease disputes, mechanic’s lien foreclosures, insurance coverage disputes, lien priorities disputes, and construction agreement disputes. Mr. Tarnok’s client base has been comprised of developers, property owners, architects, landlords and contractors throughout the state.

    Mr. Tarnok has significant experience in the negotiation of access/license agreements and the prosecution and defense of special proceedings commenced under Section 881 of the New York Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law.  Mr. Tarnok also has significant experience in the negotiation, preparation, and review of residential and commercial real estate construction contracts. He draws on his background in litigating these types of agreements when doing so, and this helps his clients minimize the potential risks of future disputes. In addition to his New York State bar admission, Mr. Tarnok is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

    Mr. Tarnok’s professional memberships reflect his interest in staying abreast of current developments in his practice areas. They include the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Real Estate Construction Committee of the same organization.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Construction Litigation: Business
    • 20%Real Estate: Business
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 10%General Litigation
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
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    Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020

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    About Christopher Tarnok

    Admitted: 2009, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • Super Lawyers, New York Metro Rising Star (2015-2019)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Panel Member, New York State Bar Association
    • Member, New York State Bar Association
    • New York State Bar, 2009
    • Member of the Committee on Real Estate Construction, New York State Bar Association 
    • United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts, 2010
    • Young Lawyer Co-Liaison to the Real Property Section of the New York State Bar Association, 2016

    Educational Background:

    • St. John’s University, B.S., 2004

    Industry Groups

    • Commercial Lease Disputes
    • Construction agreement disputes
    • Insurance Coverage Disputes
    • Lien priorities disputes
    • Mechanic’s lien filings and foreclosures
    • Negotiation of access/license agreements under RPAPL 881
    • Negotiation of construction agreements (for commercial and residential projects)
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    Office Location for Christopher M. Tarnok

    345 7th Ave
    23rd Floor
    New York, NY 10001

    Phone: 212-624-4185

    Fax: 212-564-9802

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    Last Updated: 5/27/2020

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