Steven D. Skolnik

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy LLP
 | 630 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Phone: 866-716-3813
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1976
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (70%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Steven D. Skolnik, of Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy LLP, has been representing clients in New York City in a wide range of legal matters for decades. He regularly handles cases involving employment law, business and commercial law, real estate law and intellectual property. While he has years of experience in traditional litigation, he is also skilled in arbitration and negotiation outside of the courtroom. What's more, his background in corporate law gives him the perspective to effectively advise business and real estate clients about when to pursue traditional litigation and when to choose more affordable methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Skolnik is a 1975 graduate of Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, he attended Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1972.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Skolnik has also given lectures for New York Law School and the National Institute for World Trade. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association, the American Association for Justice and the business, litigation and family law sections of the American Bar Association. On the local level, he is a member of the New York Civil and Criminal Courts Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. He is also active in community organizations such as the New York Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Skolnik has been honored on several occasions for his hard work and professionalism. The National Trial Lawyers named him to its list of the top 100 trial lawyers in New York and Avenue Magazine named him as one of the best litigation attorneys in New York City. He has earned the AV Preeminent* rating from the attorney peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (70%)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)

Intellectual Property Litigation (10%)


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018

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About Steven Skolnik

Admitted: 1976, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • AV Preeminent Rating™, LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected in the October 2010 edition of Avenue Magazine as one of Avenue Magazine’s Legal Elite
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of New York, The National Trial Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • New York City Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Judge, National Moot Court Competitions
  • United States Soccer Federation, Referee
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • New York Civil and Criminal Courts Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section on Family Law, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section on Corporation & Business Law, Member
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member
  • American Arbitration Association, Former Member, Panel of Arbitrators
  • New York Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs Subcommittee, Former
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1977
  • Texas, 1997
  • Colorado, 1997
  • New York, 1976

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Membership on committees or counsels of the New York Chamber of Commerce and Town of Scarsdale

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, New York Law School
  • Lecturer, National Institute for World Trade


  • In action, third-party action and related actions, represented owner of a building that was demolished by order of the New York City Department of Buildings as a safety hazard, against adjoining owner, engineers, contractor and sub-contractors and insurance carriers, in case involving underpinning of adjoining building in the construction of a hotel, in discovery, multiple depositions, motion practice and mediation resulting in settlement and an order providing for entry of judgment against adjoining owner in the event of default in payment of multiple seven figure settlement. Supreme Court, New York County,  Index No. 603102/2008, Filed 11/29/16, NYSCEF Doc. No. 1159., 2016
  • In case before the Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State of New York, represented landlord where issues were whether a prior holdover proceeding where money damages were not awarded barred a subsequent action to collect and whether liquidated damages clause providing for collection of undiscounted accelerated rent where landlord had collected seven figure rent from a commercial tenant was a penalty.  First issue ruled no bar, and second issue remanded for a hearing.   , 2014
  • Represented domestic and foreign clients in international arbitrations before different arbitration tribunals., 2012
  • Firm was retained after a lower court had ruled against the client and enforced a seven figure judgment obtained overseas  and previously domesticated in New York, The judgment had been enforced against a mixed use building in Manhattan owned by the client, depriving it of its major asset. On appeal we obtained two rulings in favor of our client. The first  order of the Appellate Division, First Department, modified the decision of the lower court in the interest of justice to preclude enforcement of the judgment against our client’s asset in what the court described as an unusual case involving two unrelated business entities operating under the same name. The second ruling involved a claim that the firm had brought, taking the offensive on behalf of the principals of the building owner against the judgment creditor, a claim that also had been dismissed in the court below. The second order held in our clients’ favor that they had standing to sue and stated claims for unjust enrichment and imposition of a constructive trust against the judgment creditor and the funds against which the judgment was enforced. G.F.A. Advanced Systems, Ltd. v. Local Ocean LLC, 137 A.D.3d 479, 26 N.Y.S.3d 285 (1st Dep’t 2016); Haberberg v. G.F.A. Advanced Systems Ltd, 137 A.D.3d 481, 28 N.Y.S.3d 12 (1st Dep’t 2016)
  • In action in federal court involving music production and distribution, in dispute between company and former employee now competing with company, achieved TRO and preliminary injunction in claim under Lanham Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and common law against former employee regarding access to electronically stored information, solicitation of clients, diversion of funds, and filing of take-down notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. United States District Court, Southern District of New York,   Case 1:17-cv-02084-ER, Document 31 filed 5/02/17.

Educational Background:

  • Yale University, B.A. summa cum laude, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, 1972
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630 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 866-716-3813


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Last Updated: 5/23/2018

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