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

Mikhail Sheynker

Mikhail Sheynker


  • B.A., Pace University
  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions:

  • State of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York

Mikhail Sheynker has a strong experience in all aspects of commercial, real estate, intellectual property, insurance, and administrative litigation. While attending the University of Minnesota School of Law, an institution that is consistently rated among the top law schools in the country, Mikhail showed great aptitude for the discipline of law, graduating in the top 15% of his class and receiving magna cum laude honors. After graduation, he assisted Judge Broberg of Minnesota State District Court with arraignments, court hearings, and trials, as well as handled inquiries to court and performed legal research.

Upon returning to New York, Mikhail joined New York State Supreme Court as a mentee to Justice Paul G. Feinman, currently, an associate justice on the New York Court of Appeals, and later served as a law clerk to Justice Saliann Scarpulla, the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court, New York County. Mikhail was then elevated to be the Principal Court Attorney to Justice Ellen M. Coin of New York State Supreme Court, New York County. In this position, he mediated complex litigation to final settlement, presided over discovery conferences and motions, assisted Justice Coin with the conduct of trials, and drafted motions and bench trial decisions. His experience working in the courts has given Mikhail a command of New York’s vast, almost ritualized, mechanism of civil practice.

After leaving the courts, Mikhail worked as a commercial litigator when he joined the team at Klein Slowik, PLLC. A decade of working as a court attorney, taking active social roles and advocating for clients in complex, non-standard circumstances has given Mikhail valuable insight into the subtle intricacies of civil litigation. Mikhail’s ability to consistently develop creative solutions to tackle complex legal issues has become a valuable asset to our firm.

For the past five years, Mikhail has also concurrently served as a General Counsel at Congregation Tifereth Torah. This role is a great honor to advise a religious congregation numbering in the thousands on matters of religious corporations law, real estate law, tax law, and legal issues pertaining to nonprofit institutions.

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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