Overview
Overview
Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
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Case Studies

Extracurricular
Conor has been an Associate with the firm’s Litigation Group since 2014. His practice concentrates on matters involving commercial and residential lease disputes, including holdover and nonpayment proceedings; land use, zoning, and real estate litigation; and commercial contract disputes. While in law school, Conor interned with Hon. Judge Richard J. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, served on Pace Environmental Law Review, and was a research assistant for Professor John R. Nolon of the Land Use Law Center. Conor’s student comment, Executive Power and Regional Climate Change Agreements, was published in the Summer 2014 edition of Pace Environmental Law Review. In his third year of law school, Conor successfully argued a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a group of environmental plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Education

  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Certificate in Environmental Law; 2014
  • University of Utah, M.S., Philosophy; 2011
  • Westminster College, B.A., Philosophy & Sociology, summa cum laude; 2008

Admissions/Courts

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Awards + Recognitions

  • Law School Faculty and Valedictorian Award, Pace University School of Law; 2014
  • Full Tuition Law Trustee’s Scholarship, Pace University School of Law; 2012-2014
  • Distinguished Service Award, Land Use Law Center; 2014

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Presentations + Publications

“Executive Power and Regional Climate Change Agreements”
Pace Environmental Law Review, Vol. 31, No.3, Summer 2014
Author

  • Achieved summary dismissal of breach of contract and other claims against a shopping center owner-landlord brought by a tenant for whom the shopping center was being expanded. The claims sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages based on allegations that the expansion project breached the tenant’s lease and interfered with its business.
  • Successfully represented the Sponsors of a 74-lot luxury home development in Rockland County in a dispute with the HOA regarding the parties’ compliance with the HOA’s Declaration and other governing documents and with a Settlement Agreement, which the parties had entered into in 2011.  In an initial Decision from April 2016, the Arbitrator ruled that the HOA had breached multiple provisions of the relevant agreements, particularly relating to the HOA’s interference with the Sponsors’ ability to market and sell lots, and reserved a determination on the amount of damages following further hearings on that issue.  The damages hearings took place last summer and in a decision, dated December 31, 2016, the Arbitrator awarded our clients over $1.8 million in damages and directed that the HOA fund a $300,000 shortfall in its reserve funds.  (the Arbitrator also ruled that we owed the HOA approximately $350,000 too.)  All told, when combined with the first decision, which ordered the HOA to forfeit $470,000 in escrow funds that it had previously received, the Sponsors were awarded a net of approximately $2.1 million.
  • Successfully represented a landlord against a former tenant claiming over $4 million for breach of lease and negligence. In response to the tenant’s complaint, interposed a counterclaim for rent and possession of the premises, the latter of which was granted in 2015. Thereafter, in October 2016 applied to the Court for summary judgment dismissing all of the tenant’s claims against the landlord on the basis of certain provisions in the lease. In January 2017, the Court granted the motion and dismissed all of the tenant’s claims against the landlord and ordered the parties to appear for a settlement conference at which Cuddy & Feder secured a settlement of $100,000.00 for the landlord on the counterclaims for unpaid rent.

Extracurricular

  • Conor lives in Manhattan with his wife, Maria, and enjoys brewing beer, exploring the Hudson River Valley, and partaking in the many social and cultural opportunities offered in New York.
Practices
Litigation

 

Creative problem-solving has always been a passion of mine, and a career in law has provided me the opportunity to do something I love and have an impact on real people in the process.
Conor
On Thursday, July 27, the firm’s litigation team enjoyed a fun-filled evening watching the New York Yankees play against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Smith owns Greenacre, a large parcel of land that she subdivides and then sells piecemeal. Jones, looking for somewhere nice to build his home, purchases one of the lots, which just happens to be landlocked and inaccessible from the local roads.