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Practice areas


  1. Landlord & Tenant: 90%
    40 years
  2. Real Estate: 10%



Hourly ($450/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)

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  • Brandon Alexander Robinson

    Attorney Steven Smollens is an authoritative, seminal resource for New York citizens on real property and landlord-tenant matters in that state. His deep experience and legal erudition set a gold standard for his colleagues, and his career has been to the benefit of countless New Yorkers. I gladly endorse him.


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  • Naveed Siddiqi

    I endorse this lawyer for his continued dedication in answering questions on avvo and his knowledge and experience in landlord tenant law.


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Law Office of Steven W. Smollens

Waterside Plaza
New York, NY, 10010


NYCurrently registered 197603/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Landlord and Tenant Top ContributerAVVO2014
Clients' Choice Landlord & TenantAVVO Award2013
Top Attorney Landlord & TenantAVVO2013
Top Contributor Landlord & TenantAVVO2013
Association's Continuing Legal Education ProgramNew York State Bar Association1992
Civil Court Practice SectionNew York County Lawyers' AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySteven W. Smollens1982 - Present
Staff AttorneyLegal Aid Society New York City1976 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York 74th Assembly District , Part CDistrict Leader2000 - Present
Waterside Tenants AssociationPast President1993 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
EKATERINA DERDERIAN v. DEBRA LEHMANN and VADIM HOFFMAN;Tenant defeated the owner's use eviction petition:
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Publication nameTitleDate
Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series, NYCLANonpayment Proceedings, Bed Bugs, Warranty of Habitability2007
Advanced Issues in Cooperative and Condominium Law,New York County Lawyers' Association CLENonpayment Proceedings, Warranty of Habitability, Objectionable Conduct, Nuisance, Pets and Noise2004
New York County Lawyers' Association, CLE, Jack Newton Lerner Lecture SeriesObjectionable Conduct, Nuisance, Pets and Noise Nonpayment Proceedings, Warranty of Habitability2004
New York County Lawyers' Association, CLE, Landlord and Tenant Practice: The Jack Newton Lerner Lecture SeriesNon-Payment Proceedings and the Warranty of Habitability2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
City University of New YorkPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2007 CLE entitled Jack Newton Lerner Lecture SeriesBed Bugs, Warranty of Habitability2007
2005 Jack Newton Lerner Lecture SeriesWarranty of Habitability and Non Payment Proceedings2005
2004 Jack Newton Lerner Lecture SeriesObjectionable Conduct, Nuisance, Pets and Noise2004
2004 CLEAdvanced Issues in Coop & Condo Law2004
Jack Newton Lerner Lecture SeriesTechniques in Defending and Prosecuting a Non Payment Proceeding2003
World Trade Center Owner and Tenant Forum in January 2002Commercial Tenant Issues2002
2002 Jack Newton Lerner Lecture SeriesTraverse Hearings and Non Payment Summary Proceedings2002
“Bridge the Gap” Continuing Legal Education for the Newly Admitted AttorneyIntroduction to Landlord and Tenant Law1999
Jack Newton Lerner Lecture SeriesLandlord and Tenant Practice Update, Faculty Chair and SpeakerN/A