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Steven Warren Smollens

Landlord or tenant Attorney at New York, NY

4.7   67 reviews

Licensed for 46 years

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Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    80%
    All aspects of housing law including trials and appeals in New York State Courts, including defense of the home in all holdover grounds for rent regulated and not regulated tenants, including cooperatives. Specialist in bedbugs, mold and warranty of habitability.

    48 years

  2. Litigation
    10%
    NYC and NYS Mitchell-Lama, Rent Stabilization, Bed Bugs, Pets, Tenancy Surrender (Buy Outs)

    48 years

  3. Real estate
    10%
    Representation of tenant associations, cooperative board, residential cooperative closings. Mitchell-Lama, HDFC,

    48 years

TENANT REPRESENTATION, ADVOCATE, AND ATTORNEY SINCE 1976.
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Licensed for 46 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1976
Updated 11/17/2022

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Law Office of Steven W. Smollens
25 Waterside Plaza
New York, NY, 10010

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  67 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
Steven received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Steven Saved the Day
When I went into a panic over COVID rent arrears collections Steven was there to guide me exactly how to deal with my landlord. He is kind, knowledgeable "salt of the earth" attorney that is so rare to find these days. Thanks a million.
Posted by Emmanuel | June 19, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very detailed explanations
Seems very knowledgeable and detailed when answering a response. Very clear and precise response.
Posted by Ryan | May 16, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremly knowlegable and caring Lawyer
Mr Smollens, is an A class Lawyer. Every question and legal matter he gave me input on has always been 100 percent accurate. He is responsible for me retaining my apartment and being able to sleep at night. He is amazing!!!!!!! I consulted with him on a number of occasions many years ago and he has always been consistent in the quality of information as well as his responsiveness in dealing with legal matters at hand. I also love the fact that he is the type of Lawyer that does not trick you into hiring him for a legal matter that he knows can be easily handled by the client. He will always be first on my list to represent me in any legal matter should the situation arise.
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Posted by Jenny | May 12, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive and great advice
Steven is an amazing attorney that is always so quick to respond to all of my questions. I truly appreciate all his time and advice. Thanks so much for your support to this community!
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Goes the extra mile
Mr. Smollens gave me info I didn't want to hear, but I appreciated his brute honesty and navigation thru a complex tenant situation. I was frustrated with my professional tenant, but he gave it to me straight. Only thing I wish was if he'd at least let me buy him a gift card or cup of coffee for the sobering consultation. I'd hire him if the situation warranted. As for now, I'll have to rely on cash-for-keys for a holdover tenant with no lease.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and helpful.
Steven is a knowledgeable and helpful attorney. I would highly recommend. Thank you for all your help!
Posted by Joe | November 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Truly Special Attorney
Simply put, Steve Smollens is the best! I was in a very tough situation and reached out to Steve for advice and guidance. He was incredibly knowledgeable, caring, patient, refreshingly honest, and definitely went above and beyond. He was a great help to me. Don’t hesitate to reach out to him.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt Feedback on consultation
I shared my issue with Steven, and while my issue was outside his locality, he still provided his time to respond. Really appreciate that and will consider using him in the future.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Advice
Although I was dismayed to learn about the mistakes I made trying to handle my late-paying tenant myself, Mr. Smollens provided straightforward information. My situation is somewhat unique with details in the lease varying from NYS law. I know what I will not do next time thanks to Mr. Smollens and now admit I need an attorney even for the next lease.
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Posted by Omar | October 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
GReat and informative and prompt
I appreciate Mr. Smollens advice and how quick and prompt he was able to help me out with my issue I would highly recommend him. he is knowledgeable and efficient.
Posted by Keith | October 2, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great help
Guided me in the right direction with knowledge I did not have so I could make a case, very informative and quick with responses. Mr.Smollens was a great help.
Posted by Dave | September 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful and detailed!
I shared my issue with Steven and Steven was able to ask important questions before going any further. That was helpful.
Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you!
Very helpful....I have been desperately trying to find the answer to this question. I highly recommend Mr. Smollens.
Response from Steven Smollens August 25, 2019
Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thorough and willing to go the extra mile to give good answers--- FOR FREE
Provided great answers to my question and even did research to help me talk to the right people. He really went above and beyond by getting me that information. I plan to tell my friends about my experience and recommend him to anyone asking for a real estate lawyer. He puts in alot of good work.
Response from Steven Smollens August 23, 2019
Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Steven Warren Smollens
After a few messaging back and forth, I feel that this Lawyer spoke honestly and listened to my Facts to give me the best answers to my dilemma. Too bad he does not live closer to me as I might have hired him to fight our battle. I thank him for his Candid answers and willingness to volunteer his services to comment on this and other legal matters. This will be a very challenging fight for any Attorney and finding the right one may not be easy. I pray that the Legal System would see the Truth in this case and admit where there has been wrong doing against us and bring back the dignity that this system should show to all.
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Posted by Michael | June 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledge about Jury Service responsibilities.
I consulted Attorney Steven Warren Smollen about Jury Service with English Second Language. Though I did not hire this Attorney, he paid a lot of attention to my case with details. The answers of the Attorney are precise. This is very valuable thing for gaining knowledge about Jury Service responsibilities.
Response from Steven Smollens June 27, 2019
Thank you.
Posted by Miguel | March 9, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ethical, Smart and Detailed Responses
Mr. Smollens always gives us detailed responses in layman's language while indicating the legal statutes and provisions, he's drawing from, in his responses. He's helped us from making many little mistakes because he gives us a framework in his answer and a few different ways we can approach it. We get a lot from reading his take on the problems we encounter, smart advice, handy tips and just good judgement in addition to the strict legal aspects. Thank you Mr. Smollens.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
VERY HELPFUL
Steven gave me legal advice on a very specific matter, that was imperative to my situation. I'm truly grateful for his help.
Posted by Ayesha | January 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
AWESOME !!
I had a very important question related to unlawful occupancy of the basements,and Mr Steven's answer helped a lot. One word sums it all,AWESOME !!
Posted by Elliot | May 31, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best
Steven is the real deal. Gave me good advice. Thanks again Steve for sharing your expertise. Much appreciated
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-500 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-24%
  • Pro bono 15 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Steven W. Smollens
  • 2000 - Present
  • Partner
  • Smollens Guralnick & Frazer
  • 1990 - 2000
  • Partner
  • Smollens & Guralnick
  • 1984 - 1990
  • Attorney
  • Steven W. Smollens
  • 1982 - 1984
  • Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society New York City
  • 1976 - 1982
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Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • City College, CCNY
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • EKATERINA DERDERIAN v. DEBRA LEHMANN and VADIM HOFFMAN;
  • Tenant defeated the owner's use eviction petition:

Associations

  • New York 74th Assembly District , Part C
  • District Leader
  • 2000 - 2015
  • Waterside Tenants Association
  • Past President
  • 1993 - 2001

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney Landlord and Tenant AVVO Rating Superb
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Landlord & Tenant
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top Contributer Landlord & Tenant
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Landlord and Tenant Top Contributer
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney Landlord & Tenant
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor Landlord & Tenant
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice Landlord & Tenant
  • AVVO Award
  • 2013
  • Association's Continuing Legal Education Program
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 1992
  • Civil Court Practice Section
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • N/A
  • Superb Top Attorney Landlord & Tenant Law
  • AVVO
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series, NYCLA
  • Nonpayment Proceedings, Bed Bugs, Warranty of Habitability
  • 2007
  • Advanced Issues in Cooperative and Condominium Law,New York County Lawyers' Association CLE
  • Nonpayment Proceedings, Warranty of Habitability, Objectionable Conduct, Nuisance, Pets and Noise
  • 2004
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, CLE, Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series
  • Objectionable Conduct, Nuisance, Pets and Noise Nonpayment Proceedings, Warranty of Habitability
  • 2004
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, CLE, Landlord and Tenant Practice: The Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series
  • Non-Payment Proceedings and the Warranty of Habitability
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2007 CLE entitled Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series
  • Bed Bugs, Warranty of Habitability
  • 2007
  • 2005 Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series
  • Warranty of Habitability and Non Payment Proceedings
  • 2005
  • 2004 Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series
  • Objectionable Conduct, Nuisance, Pets and Noise
  • 2004
  • 2004 CLE
  • Advanced Issues in Coop & Condo Law
  • 2004
  • Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series
  • Techniques in Defending and Prosecuting a Non Payment Proceeding
  • 2003
  • World Trade Center Owner and Tenant Forum in January 2002
  • Commercial Tenant Issues
  • 2002
  • 2002 Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series
  • Traverse Hearings and Non Payment Summary Proceedings
  • 2002
  • “Bridge the Gap” Continuing Legal Education for the Newly Admitted Attorney
  • Introduction to Landlord and Tenant Law
  • 1999
  • Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series
  • Landlord and Tenant Practice Update, Faculty Chair and Speaker
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (115)
Given (5)
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Litigation Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not just good but some great answers. Mr. Smollens' answers are really customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. His answers embody the qualities that every client would look for when hiring a lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Me. Smollens demonstrates daily his expertise, client commitment, and experience. If you’re looking for an attorney in any field, find one that can compare to Mr. Smollens in his attention to detail and thorough answers."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from Steven's education, experience and responses on AVVO that he is a knowledgeable and capable advocate who cares about his clients. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Smollens."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smollens is consistently offering sage advice and meaning analysis in the Avvo community. He would be the kind of attorney I would trust with a legal issue."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smollens dispenses valuable, well-reasoned and wise analysis in this forum. I endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This attorney provides sound legal advice throughout the AVVO legal community."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Smollens is a well-regarded and driven attorney who has provided exceptional legal representation to numerous clients throughout the U.S. With his extensive knowledge, broad experience and impressive professional skills, he is bound to invest his time and energy into achieving the best outcome for each case, regardless of its level of complexity."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Steven is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered his primary area of practice over the course of his professional experience. His sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of his cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for his services."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smollens is thoughtful, conscientious, and may be the most experienced attorney practicing landlord/tenant law on Avvo and in his geographic practice area."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Smollens is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and have meant to do this for some time now. Having read many of his contributions in Avvo, Mr. Smollens' knowledge and skills in New York landlord tenant law are quite remarkable."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smollens is very knowledgeable in Landlord Tenant law. If you are looking for a smart, practical and experienced lawyer, he is the one you want to want to have on your side. Hire him before your opponent does."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"100% the best tenant attorney in NYC!"
Landlord or tenant Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.His knowledge of landlord & tenant matters is truley outstanding."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smollens brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to any matter he is involved with. I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His responses on the AVVO forum are indicative of his mastery of land-lord tenant matters; same responses being thorough, concise, and rooted in legal fundamentals that achieve the intended goal of providing insightful assistance."
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New York Landlord or tenant Lawyer Steven Warren Smollens
Steven Warren Smollens
Landlord or tenant Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 46 years
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