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Darryl M. Vernon
Mr. Vernon is a founding partner of the firm. He represents clients in both litigation and transactional aspects of real estate and commercial law, including cooperative and condominium law; commercial leasing; sales, purchases and financing of commercial and residential property, including condominiums and cooperatives; all aspects of rent regulation; representation of the disabled in rental housing, cooperatives and condominiums; representation of persons with companion animals, as well as related animal law issues; and general commercial law.
In the area of cooperative and condominium law, Mr. Vernon represented a disabled prospective purchaser in a successful challenge to a board's discriminatory rejection of the purchaser. The doctrine that a board may not inquire into a person's disability as part of the application process was successfully argued in the lower court and affirmed by the Appellate Division. The New York Law Journal article discussing case can be found in our news section.
Mr. Vernon also represented Cyndi Lauper and David Thornton in their challenge against a rent-stabilized landlord involved in an unlawful scheme to raise rents at the landmark Upper West Side building known as The Apthorp. The firm prevailed in the New York Supreme Court, the Appellate Division First Department, and the Court of Appeals. The decision, which provides protection for rent-regulated tenants of all means throughout the city, was hailed by South Brooklyn Legal Services at their annual fundraiser. The firm obtained similar results for many other Apthorp residents.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Vernon has also chaired and been a speaker at various Continuing Legal Education courses and conferences.
1982, New York, U.S. Dist Court, for the Eastern and Southern Districts of NY, U.S.Ct. App., Second Circuit.
Yeshiva University, J.D., 1981; Tufts University, B.A., 1978.
Board of Editors, New York Real Estate Law Reporter; Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee Member, Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals); Coop and Condo Committee of the Association of the Bar of New York City; American Bar Association.
- "The Tyranny of the Majority in Small Co-ops" New York Real Estate Law Reporter, July 2013
Click here to read article in its entirety.
- Program materials for the Civil Rights Roundtable sponsored by the Department of Heath and Human Services, which included participants from the Department of Justice, the Department of Education and the New York State Division of Human Rights.
- Materials for the Division of Human Rights programs concerning the disabled and cooperative, condominium, and rental housing.
- Materials for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York program entitled Monday Night Law training lawyers for pro bono service.
- CLE program materials for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York course chaired by Mr. Vernon on the issues of companion animals in housing.
- "When Is a Settlement Binding?" New York Real Estate Law Reporter, June 2008.
- "When Is a Settlement Not a Settlement?" New York Real Estate Law Reporter, December 2006.
- "The Court of Appeals Limits Fraudulent Rent Registrations" (Part One of a Two-Part Article), New York Real Estate Law Reporter, November 2005.
- "The Court of Appeals Limits Fraudulent Rent Registrations" (Part Two of a Two-Part Article), New York Real Estate Law Reporter, December 2005.
- "Companion Animals in NYC Apartments", Association of the Bar of the City of New York, December 1997 with online updates.
- "The Hottest Dish in Real Estate: Satellite TV and the Telecommunications Act of 1996," New York Real Estate Law Reporter, May 2003.
- "Figuring Fees in Warranty Habitability Cases," Yoram Silagy and Darryl M. Vernon, New York Real Estate Law Reporter, December 1991.
- "When a Sponsor Defaults, Is It Real or Personal?" Jonathan Weinberger and Darryl M. Vernon, New York Real Estate Law Reporter, January 1991.