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Steven D. Skolnik

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy LLP
630 3rd Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 646-949-8633
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1976
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate, Intellectual Property Litigation
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
  • 60%Business Litigation
  • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Intellectual Property Litigation


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022

About Steven D. Skolnik

First Admitted: 1976, New York

Professional Webpage:


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

Pro bono/Community Service

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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

Educational Background

  • Yale University, B.A. summa cum laude, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, 1972


  • Dismissal of claims brought by insurance company in federal court against client individual defendant in multi-defendant case involving parties in multiple jurisdictions , 2020
  •   Settled action in federal court  involving multiple defendants on claims arising from actions allegedly violative of fiduciary duties and fraud, on behalf of a defendant where claimed fraud derived from alleged manipulation of technology. , 2020
  • Stipulated dismissal of claims in federal court brought by major business entities against client defendant closely-held out of state seller of products allegedly in violation of intellectual property rights. , 2019
  • Achieved resolution in federal court action in international entertainment industry in favor of plaintiff against defendant former associate alleged to have violated IP rights and engaged in tortious conduct., 2019
  • Resolved on behalf of defendant businessperson contested real estate and other business-related claims, related to a substantial matrimonial proceeding , 2019
  • Achieved stipulated dismissal of action in federal court on behalf of individual defendant in multi-plaintiff and defendant case in securities industry, 2019
  • Achieved voluntary dismissal of action in New York federal court by plaintiff on behalf of defendant in technology industry after motion practice. , 2021
  • Represented a local judgment debtor in collection proceedings after all appeals were exhausted which resulted in creditor to date has failed to collect a multi-million dollar judgment., 2018
  • In litigation in New York and a foreign jurisdiction that had been the locus of previous litigation, successfully positioned the New York proceedings to achieve pursuit of claims in New York to advantage of foreign jurisdiction client, with adverse party dropping claims in foreign jurisdiction., 2018
  • Represented a domestic based worldwide food distributor and successfully opposed the application by a foreign exporter seeking to confirm an industry panel arbitration award under the Federal Arbitration Act and the New York Convention that led to the voluntary dismissal of the federal court action., 2018
  • Represented a major distributor of nationally branded automotive products in a lawsuit before the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York over the international sale of goods and successfully dismissed several causes of action which led to the ceasing of active litigation in favor of possible mediation and resolution of an alleged seven figure dispute., 2018
  • Represented shareholder bank in successfully defending and achieving dismissal of all claims prior to joinder of issue in case involving alleged breach of fiduciary duty and other wrongs, in Commercial Division, New York County., 2018
  • Represented household name Media company as landlord in successful Landlord-Tenant commercial litigation in Civil Court, New York County, to obtain back rent and rent going forward., 2018
  • Where cooperative corporation had commenced action against owners in landlord-tenant court and would not permit sale of apartment, defended out-of-state cooperative apartment owners and pursued affirmative action in Supreme Court proceedings to settle claims and permit sale of apartment and obtain waiver of various alleged charges all to satisfaction of client., 2018
  • In arbitration before eminent panel of arbitrators, mediation and negotiation of dispute involving contested equity ownership and alleged breach of restrictive covenant by client officer/owner, negotiated complex settlement involving seven figure payments over time, settlement agreement, purchase agreement, promissory note, pledge agreement, guarantee, escrow arrangements with multiple counterparties., 2017
  • In dispute involving consulting firm represented by major national firm, represented officer, first in achieving seven figure benefits in acquisition and then in formulating exit strategy in light of allegations of harassment and retaliation to successfully achieve settlement waiving restrictive covenants., 2016
  • 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 international arbitration between governmental entity and private entity achieved significant award in favor of governmental entity in contested hearings before international panel of arbitrators, 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
  • 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., 2018
  • 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), 2016


  • Via organization and dissolution of business entities in international business, achieve desired control of business on behalf of client principal owner/manager , 2021
  • For firm working in submersible drone space, negotiated and drafted investment and operating agreement., 2018
  • For firm handling ongoing platform for securities industry transactions, negotiated and drafted operating agreement., 2018

Bar/Professional Activity

  • National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers New York State, 2021
  • American Association of Justice, 2021
  • New York City Bar Association, 2021
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1977, 2021
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Member, 2021
  • American Bar Association, Judge, National Moot Court Competitions
  • Colorado, 1997, 2021
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1977, 2021
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991, 2021
  • American Arbitration Association, Former Member, Panel of Arbitrators
  • United States Soccer Federation, Referee
  • New York, 1976, 2009
  • The National Trial Lawyers, 2021
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1977, 2021
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1991, 2021
  • New York Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs Subcommittee, Former
  • American Bar Association, Section on Corporation & Business Law, Member, 2021
  • Texas, 1997, 2021

Industry Groups

  • Attorney Compliance
  • Construction; Development; Regulatory
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail
  • Technology
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Office Location for Steven D. Skolnik

630 3rd Avenue
23rd Floor
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 646-949-8633

Last Updated: 6/16/2022

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