Attorneys for Property Owners, Developers, Contractors, Design Professionals, and the Construction Trades in New York City

Christina Chillino-Vessio

Christina Chillino-Vessio
Of Counsel


  • B.A., St. John’s University
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
  • LL.M., Taxation, University of San Diego School of Law

Bar Admissions:

  • State of New York
  • State of New Jersey
  • State of California (inactive)
  • State of Texas (inactive)

Christina Chillino-Vessio maintains a solo practice and serves as of-counsel to Klein Slowik PLLC in the area of administrative law. Christina has developed a reputation as one of the pre-eminent attorneys in New York City for administrative hearings and appeals at the Hearings Division of New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, commonly known as the Environmental Control Board. Christina has developed thorough knowledge of the substantive and procedural law for such hearings by representing property owners, construction tradesmen, design professionals, and tenants at thousands of hearings over more than ten years.

Christina also appears at hearings under the jurisdiction of the Department of Consumer Affairs and other City agencies, as well as criminal court matters heard in Part SAP2A of the New York City Civil Court, for violations issued by the New York City Department of Buildings, Fire Department of New York, and other agencies regarding enforcement of the New York City Charter, New York City Administrative Code, and the Rules of the City of New York.

Previously, Christina practiced in San Diego, California providing transactional services in taxation, trademarks, real estate employment, corporate compliance, contracts, and commercial litigation.

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning

We have many years of representing property owners before the regulatory agencies for land use in New York City:
• New York City Department of City Planning: The New York City Zoning…

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Our attorneys handle a wide range of civil litigation cases in the Supreme Courts of New York State, in the Counties of Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond, and in the United States District Courts…

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Licensure and Discipline of Design Professionals and Building Trade Licensees

The New York State Education Department issues licenses to Professional Engineers (PEs) and…

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Construction License Agreements and Proceedings under Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law §881

The geography of New York City…

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Property Law

American law governing the use, transfer, and enjoyment of real property was inherited from English common law, and its foundational principles are based in English statutes and court decisions that…

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Opposition Work

It is common in New York City for neighborhood associations, individuals, and ad-hoc groups to oppose construction projects of all sizes, both public and private. Stu Klein, Chris Slowik, and…

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Hearings at the NYC Environmental Control Board (ECB)/OATH Hearings Division

Property owners, contractors, and construction licensees are all familiar…

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New York City Criminal Court for Building and Fire Code Violations (Part SAP2A)

Before Stuart Klein led the effort to draft legislation that led to the establishment…

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New York City DOB Matters

The New York City Department of Buildings regulates the construction, alteration, and demolition of buildings in the five boroughs, by enforcing the New York City Construction Codes, including…

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Commercial Landlord/Tenant

For building owners and commercial tenants alike, the commercial lease is the foundation of their business, and its negotiation and enforcement is a top priority. Our attorneys are experienced in…

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Civil Rights

Many of our clients face some sort of adverse action by a government agency or official, such as the revocation of a professional license or an order to demolish an allegedly dilapidated…

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Lot Mergers, Lot Consolidations, and Transfer of Development Rights (Air Rights)

New Yorkers offhandedly refer to “lots,” but there is a distinction between a tax…

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Mechanic’s Liens

New York State’s Lien Law enables a contractor or materials supplier to place a lien on a property if its owner withholds payment for services or goods. The Lien Law has its own unique procedures for…

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Multiple Dwelling Regulation

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development: HPD regulates the City’s stock of rental housing. Certain multiple dwellings, including “single room occupancy”…

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Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Litigation

According to the United States Courts web site, 13,552 bankruptcy cases were filed in the New York City area as of September 30, 2017.* These cases run the gamut from Chapter 7 liquidation…

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