Pankaj Malik

Top rated Family Law attorney in New York, New York

YK Law
Pankaj Malik
YK Law

Practice Areas: Family Law, General Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1994

Education: St. John's University School of Law

Languages Spoken: Bengali, English, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
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32 E 57th St
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A tenacious and compassionate attorney and partner at the New York, New York, law firm of YK Law LLP, Pankaj Malik accepts clients throughout the New York City metro, including Long Island, Manhattan, Westchester County and Rockland County. She has assisted them with a variety of sophisticated legal matters involving:

·       Immigration law: Employment visas, global mobility, citizenship, naturalization, green cards, permanent residency, entertainers and investor visas

·       Estate planning and probate: Will contests, probate and estate litigation, powers of attorney, advance health care directives, incompetency issues and surrogate proceedings

·       Real estate law: Landlord-tenant disputes, mergers and acquisitions, sales and purchase, leasing, financing and real estate litigation

·       Family law: Child custody and support, property division, divorce and domestic violence

·       Bankruptcy: Chapters 7, 11 and 13, adversarial proceedings, creditors’ rights

·       General civil litigation: Commercial disputes, corporate law, employment law and more

An honors graduate of Hindu College of Education in Delhi, India, Ms. Malik obtained her Bachelor of Arts in political science and government in 1989. She then earned a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law in New York in 1993. She is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Circuits; the Supreme Court for the United States; and the U.S. Tax Court.

Hailing from India, Ms. Malik is fluent in English and South-Asian languages such as Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Over her career spanning more than 28 years, she has successfully litigated cases in the state courts, federal courts, surrogates’ courts, bankruptcy courts and immigration courts on behalf of individuals, immigrants, families, businesses, employees and famous personalities. She also has experience helping many small businesses obtain Small Business Administration (SBA) funds and grants and minority certifications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Malik frequently appears on several news channels providing expert opinions on current immigration policies and laws. She is also quoted in many prestigious publications such as the New York Law Journal, The Daily News and Mother Jones Magazine. She is an active member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Queens County Women’s Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Practice areas

Family Law, General Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation, Immigration: Business, Real Estate: Business, Immigration: Consumer, Real Estate: Consumer

Focus areas

Asylum, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Litigation, Mortgage & Refinance, Naturalization & Citizenship, Will Contests

  • 40% Family Law
  • 30% General Litigation
  • 10% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10% Immigration: Business
  • 10% Real Estate: Business
  • 0% Immigration: Consumer
  • 1% Other

First Admitted: 1994, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New York Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Queens County Women’s Bar Association
  • NY Second Department, US District Court, Eastern District, Supreme Court of the United States, AILA, Queens County Women's Bar Association , 1994
Educational Background:
  • Bachelors of Arts from Delhi University, India, Hindu College, 1989
  • Supervisory Editor for the ABI St. John’s Bankruptcy Law Review;Member of the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary, St. John's University School of Law, 1993
Representative Clients:
  • 1998 to present  Blue Hill at Stone Barns Milos Carmen Marc Valvo Department of Housing & Urban Development  HSBC Bank    , 1998
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Publication:      The Savings Clause: Issues in Foreclosure Defense Cases, 12/30/2020 | New York Law Journal Navigating DACA After SCOTUS Halts Its Rescission: Key Points 07/09/2020 | New York Law Journal Juxtaposition In Foreclosure Defense Litigation: Legislative Intent vs. Practical Reality  03/12/2018 | New York Law Journal, Prosecutorial Discretion In Immigration Trials, 02/22/2012 | New York Law Journal Testing Health Care Workers for AIDS. Public Necessity for Private Intrusion?                         (St John’s Journal of Legal Comment. 359 (1991)) Podcast: Pankaj Malik on Immigration - Deportation and Removal - 02/02/2018, author, multiple, multiple, Immigration, Foreclosure Defense, Litigation, 2000
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • To Present: Featured: Queens immigrant finally holds green card after detention, decade long legal battle by Allegra Hobbs, 04/29/2019 | AMNY, Queens Man Wins Foreclosure Battle, 07/14/2011 | Desi Talk ePaper A spirited fight by a determined attorney restores a foreclosed house to homeowner by I.S Saluja, 06/10/2011 | The Indian Panorama, Home sweet foreclosed home, 06/05/2011 | Daily News, Queens man returns home after judge overrules foreclosure, By Robert Gearty, 06/05/2011 | Daily News As Filing Deadline Nears, Immigrants Seek Legal Help Where They Can Get It by Francia McCormack, 04/27/2001 | New York Law Journal Malik & Associates, P.C. providing client-focused legal services with a global perspective 05/25/2011 | Real Estate Weekly Quoted: A Model of a bad story 08/09/2016 | Daily News Former Models for Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally by James West, 08/30/2016 | Mother Jones, 2001
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • NYS Real Estate Brokers License  Section 8a Certification by the US SBA as a minority woman business owner.  Certified as a minority woman business owner by NYS, NYC, MTA, PORT AUTHORITY and Long Island Business Development Group. , 2003
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Provided foreclosure defense and Immigration representation to 5 clients from 2017 to present. , 2017
  • Won two appeals at the 2d Department - foreclosure defense cases.  Won a deportation trial and client obtained green card. 2019. In 2021 assisted over 100 small businesses obtain over $50 million dollars in grants and SBA loans. , 2019
  • 5 million dollar retail store transaction 7 million dollar trust owned real property   , 2020
Industry Groups:
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  • Consumer
  • Dentists
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  • Food Service
  • Franchises
  • Hotels
  • Lawyers
  • Medical Professionals
  • Non- Profits
  • Private Lenders
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Organizations and Churches
  • Small Businesses
  • Tax Preparers
  • Taxi Medallions
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Vehicle Financing
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Office location for Pankaj Malik

32 E 57th St
8th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 917-817-7660


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