Steven Riker

Top rated business & corporate attorney in New York, New York

Law Office of Steven Riker
Steven Riker
Law Office of Steven Riker

Practice Areas: Business & corporate, Business litigation, Real estate; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1995

Education: Pace University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

Law Office of Steven Riker

One Grand Central Place
46th Floor
New York, NY 10165 Visit website


Steven Riker, Esq. is an AV-rated® attorney who provides high-quality legal services at cost-effective rates to a diversified clientele in the New York metropolitan area.  Mr. Riker maintains a general commercial practice, with an emphasis on commercial and business litigation, real estate transactions, business law, and hotel/hospitality law. He represents individuals and entities in actions involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, specific enforcement of real estate contracts, landlord-tenant disputes, mechanic’s liens, brokerage disputes, and employment disputes. He also represents owners, developers, landlords, and tenants in commercial and residential real estate acquisitions, lease transactions, and related financing transactions. And he counsels businesses in a broad range of matters, including the formation of limited liability companies, corporations, and partnerships, the preparation and negotiation of operating agreements, shareholders’ agreements, and corporate governance documents, the sale and acquisition of businesses, and the day-to-day negotiation and drafting of various types of contracts and agreements. Mr. Riker also represents individuals and fiduciaries in various Surrogate's Court proceedings involving wills, trusts, and estates matters.


Mr. Riker’s clients have included large publicly-traded companies, corporate executives, prominent individuals, and many small business owners. However, every client and every project, whether big or small, receives the same level of commitment, diligence and ingenuity which distinguishes his practice.


Mr. Riker has been frequently honored for his legal ability and high ethical standards, as evidenced by his AV Preeminent* peer-review rating from Martindale Hubbell, his Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion awards, his inclusion in New York Magazine’s “New York Area's Top Rated Lawyers”, his selection for “Best Real Estate Law Services” by Corporate LiveWire, and inclusion in Marquis Who's Who in American Law. As a consequence of his recognized knowledge and expertise, Mr. Riker has also been a presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars given to other lawyers.


*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business/corporate, Business litigation, Real estate: business, Closely held business, Estate planning & probate

Focus areas

Business formation and planning, Limited liability companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter s corporations, Contracts, Business organizations, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Condominiums & cooperatives, Landlord/tenant, Living wills, Trusts, Wills

  • 30% Business/corporate
  • 30% Business litigation
  • 20% Real estate: business
  • 10% Closely held business
  • 10% Estate planning & probate

First Admitted: 1995, New York

Professional Webpage:

  • AV Preeminent Rated, 2015-2023, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo., 2018-2023, Superb Rating, Avvo
  • Client Champion Award - Platinum, 2017-2023, Martindale-Hubbell
  • New York Area's Top Rated Lawyers, 2015-2023, New York Magazine
  • Best Real Estate Law Services, New York 2018, Corporate LiveWire
  • Who's Who in American Law, 2017, Marquis
  • Client Distinction Award, 2015-2016, Martindale-Hubbell
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Casenote and Comment Editor, Pace Law Review, 1993
  • Moot Court Team, Pace Law School; 1st Place, Advanced Moot Court Competition, 1993
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • I was the lead presenter at a CLE entitled, "Sellers, Brokers, and the Rules of Engagement", which focused on 1) real estate listing agreements, 2) when commissions are earned, 3) the broker's duty of disclosure (statutory and common law), and 4) case law involving the rules of disclosure.    , Lecturer, CLE Seminar, Litigation and Real Estate Topics, Yale Club, Legal, Real Estate, Brokers, 2007
  • A primer on various real estate topics was provided to the public., Legal Editor, Restrictions on Right to Exclude Others from Real Property, Bar Association of the City of New York, Legal, 2017
  • A primer on various real property topics was provided to the public., Legal Editor, Financial Encumbrances – Liens, Bar Association of the City of New York, Legal, 2017
  • A primer on various real property topics was provided to the public., Legal Editor, Other Restrictions on Use of Real Property, Bar Association of the City of New York, Legal, 2017
Educational Background:
  • New York University, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Conflict and Dispute Resolution, 2011
  • SUNY Stony Brook, B.A., cum laude (1991), 1991
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Provided editorial services to the Bar Association of the City of New York in their publication of various real property law topics for the public.  Each year, I always provide pro bono services to the public, either handling a disputed/litigation matter or a transactional  matter., 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Bar Association of the City of New York Legal Referral Panel Member, Bar Association of the City of New York (Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Commercial Landlord-Tenant Matters) (2010-present), 2020
  • Member, Bar Association of the City of New York, 2020
Industry Groups:
  • Auctioned Goods
  • Consumer Goods
  • Health And Fitness
  • Hospitality
  • Hotel
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate
  • Technology
  • Wholesale and Manufacturing

Office location for Steven Riker

One Grand Central Place
46th Floor
New York, NY 10165

Phone: 212-661-6410


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

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