Jennifer L. Stewart Partner
Jennifer L. Stewart, Esq. is a partner in the Firm’s New York Office. She was born in Wheeling West Virginia, but has made Brooklyn, New York her home. She focuses on defending cooperative corporations and condominiums, but also litigates a wide range of business and real estate disputes including civil rights and discrimination claims. Before joining the firm, she served as a law clerk in the Staff Attorney’s Office of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for several years, then practiced with two boutique real estate firms representing condominiums and cooperative corporations, as well as developers and other clients, both as general counsel and in litigation. Her practice now focuses on advising and defending board members and managing agents, as well as boards themselves, when litigation is filed or threatened. Jennifer has the distinct honor of being selected and listed in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Super Lawyers – New York Metro – Rising Stars lists which are limited to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in the state. Jennifer graduated from The George Washington University in 2001 and received her J.D. from Pace Law School in 2007 (since renamed the Elisabeth Haub School of Law), both magna cum laude.
ADMISSIONS, PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Jennifer is a member of the New York and federal bars as well as the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association and the Brooklyn Bar Association.
Pace Law School, Juris Doctor, 2007
Obtained summary judgment in favor of cooperative board where a shareholder alleged that the board had rejected two proposed purchasers in bad faith and for discriminatory reasons. Won finding of no probable cause and dismissal of EEOC complaint where former employee alleged that he had been unlawfully terminated from his employment as a medical technology consultant due to sex and sexual orientation discrimination. Drafted motion to set aside jury verdict and winning appeal from denial of that motion, overturning award of more than $2 million brokerage commission on the sale of a $38.5 million dollar Long Island property, where the plaintiff brokers had not proven they were the procuring cause of the sale, since the weight of the evidence demonstrated that the owners had independently initiated, negotiated and completed the sale of the property independent of the brokers’ efforts. Obtained summary judgment in favor of cooperative board restricting holder of unsold shares from voting for any more than a minority of seats on the board of directors — two of five seats — based on provision in the governing documents that holders of unsold shares would not elect a majority of the board even though the number of shares owned by them may enable them to otherwise do so.