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New York’s Premier
Tenants’ Rights Law Firm

New York’s Premier
Tenants’ Rights Law Firm

Kevin R. McConnell

  • Partner




KEVIN R. McCONNELL, a graduate of the Catholic University of America (l973, Political Science) and the New York University School of Law (l976, J.D.) concentrates on tenants rights and cooperative and condominium law. Since beginning private practice in 1984, Kevin has represented tenants and tenants associations in all aspects of the conversion process as well as apartment corporations, condominium boards and shareholder groups and non-purchasing tenants after conversions. Kevin handles most of the transactional work for the firm. He represents buyers and sellers of co-op and condominium apartments as well as houses and apartment buildings from initial due diligence, through contract negotiations, closings and post-closing work, He is assisted in these real estate transactions by Paul Ricks, who has been in the real estate transactional business for over 20 years. Kevin also reviews and negotiates commercial leases and, as necessary, litigates on behalf of commercial tenants. He has also served as a lecturer for the City of New York's Department for the Aging for their service providers on commercial leases and how to negotiate terms and conditions of the leases. Attorney General James appointed Kevin to her task force on the Real Estate Financing Bureau to advise on ways the office can be more responsive to the consumer community. Kevin is also a member of the New York City Bar Association's Co-operative and Condominium Law Committee.

Areas Of Practice

  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Tenants Rights
  • Cooperative and Condominium Law

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1976
  • New York, 1977
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1976


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1976
  • Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Blue Key
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • As general counsel to Co-op Apartment Corporations, has routinely represented Corporations in the refinancing of their mortgages. Recently represented three Apartment Corporations in each’s mortgage refinancing in the amount of $2.250 million, $5.250 million and $2.250 million.
  • Represented movie set construction company in defeating its Landlord’s attempt to evict; and, subsequently the company in negotiating the terms of three different leases, including a large commercial space for its set design work.
  • People v. Katz, 446 N.Y.S.2d 307, 1982, N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., 1982104788
  • East Midtown Plaza Housing Company Inc. v. Cuomo, 20 NY3d 161 (Court of Appeals 2012)
  • Walsh v. Wusinick, West Village Associates et al, 32 A.D.3d 743 (Appellate Division First Dept., 2006)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Housing Unit of South Brooklyn Legal Services, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Brooklyn Legal Services, Member, Board of Directors
  • Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Real Estate Financing, Assistant Attorney General
  • New York City Bar Association’s Co-operative and Condominium Law Committee, Member
  • Brooklyn Bar Association, Member


  • Phi Beta Kappa