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Who We Are


Disputes between co-op and condo residents, or between residents and boards, flare up easily. Most everyone wants to live in harmony with neighbors -- but most everyone wants autonomy in their own castle. In close condo or coop quarters, those desires often collide.  And the conflicts can be a bottomless pit.

In our 40 years representing co-op and condo boards and co-op residents, our practice group has witnessed too often the cost in time, aggravation and money triggered by residential disputes that escalate into a court fight. We have also witnessed that when a court battle ends with one side winning and one side losing, that this sets the stage for ongoing problems later on. Hostilities continue and new conflicts tend to arise out of new problems. 
 

Our Commitment


We formed the Co-op and Condo Mediation Center (CCMC) to help residents, boards, owners, managers and tenants sit down, de-escalate and achieve harmonious resolutions at a fraction of the cost of litigation. In addition to resolving current conflicts, mediation can help promote future harmony and better communication in buildings when new issues arise, because the winner/loser dichotomy has been eradicated. 

We've represented hundreds of boards and residents. When it comes to the conflicts that inevitably arise, we know the law and we've seen it all.  (Our q-and-a contributions* to the New York Times and top trade publications on dozens of potential flashpoints bear witness to that). Our mediators have had extensive training in mediation.  Under our impartial eye, your dispute may be resolved in hours rather than months or years.
 

Mediation Services


Voluntary

When you come to the CCMS, you are not at the mercy of one person who is going to decide whether you are right and the other party is wrong. Rather, you are in a forum where both parties have agreed to work at mutually resolving their dispute. The mediator is a facilitator of the conversation, there to guide the parties in crafting their own resolution. When the parties own the resolution, it is more likely to endure. 

Confidential

Before agreeing to mediate, the parties will also agree that whatever is said in mediation will not be used against the other side if any litigation does occur. The mediator is bound by confidentiality and will not disclose any information, unless the parties agree to disclosure. Confidentiality is particularly important in residential disputes because the issues at hand may be personal and the parties are members of a community.

Impartial

Impartiality is a sine qua non of mediation. At  the CCMC, impartiality is so central to our mission that we ensure by offering “co-mediation” -- that is, two mediators working to assist the parties. We have found that co-mediation provides vital extra insulation in residential disputes, as emotions are often at high pitch when dealing with issues relating to one’s home. 

De-escalatory

Residential disputes can be a black hole of sunk costs -- in time, money, stress, and damaged relationships. Mediation is not only faster and cheaper than litigation; it can be a channel for empathy, mutual understanding and confidence in a community's ability to resolve conflicts in a constructive manner, now and in the future.

 
 
 
 

Our Mediators


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Contact: (212) 278-1417
kagarwala@andersonkill.com

Kanishka Agarwala

Attorney/Mediator

Kanishka Agarwala is a shareholder in Anderson Kill's New York office and is chair of the Intellectual Property Group. He is also a member of Anderson Kill's Cyber Insurance Recovery and Regulated Products groups. His practice focuses on intellectual property, commercial and unfair competition litigation, and insurance recovery.

Kanishka has rendered advice on, strategized, litigated, and licensed patents, trademarks, trade dress, know how, and copyrights, as well as matters relating to cyber law, domain names, and trade secrets. His practice includes proceedings before federal and state courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Kanishka also has extensive experience in the transactional aspects of intellectual property, having negotiated and drafted several agreements pertaining to myriad facets of intellectual property.

Kanishka has defended and enforced patents on behalf of manufacturers of shoes, toys, food products, biochemical products and pharmaceuticals; represented financial institutions, electronics and luxury goods manufacturers, a sports league, and diverse other companies in trademark and trade dress disputes; designed and implemented a comprehensive, global policing and anti-counterfeiting program for a global Fortune 500 manufacturer of consumer durables; and defended or enforced copyright on behalf of publishers of literary works and music, authors, software manufacturers, architects and Internet-based forums, among others.

In commercial litigation, Kanishka has worked on breach of contract actions in a multitude of settings, breach of employment agreements and breach of government oil leases. Prior to practicing in the United States, he practiced law in India.

Kanishka is also a trained mediator, focusing on community-style mediation.

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Contact: (212) 278-1388
lgerstel@andersonkill.com

Linda Gerstel

Attorney/Mediator

Linda Gerstel is of counsel at Anderson Kill, based in the firm's New York and Stamford offices.

Linda also practices in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is on the panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association Complex Commercial Cases. She is also on the CPR (International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution) Arbitrator and Mediator Panel and the CPR ADR Employment Panel. She has mediated many commercial disputes. In addition, she is on a number of Court Rosters of mediators, including, the Southern District of New York and the New York Commercial Division Panel and the American Arbitration Association Storm Sandy Panel. She has been appointed by the Southern District of New York to the Mediation Advisory Committee which assists with mentoring and evaluating mediators, and acts as an informal ethics committee on mediation matters. She has also taught seminars on Arbitration with Fordham Law School Professors at The Catholic University in Ghana. She is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law where she teaches classes on ADR.

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Contact: (212) 278-1388
dkoplovitz@andersonkill.com

Deborah Koplovitz

Attorney/Mediator

Deborah B. Koplovitz is a shareholder in Anderson Kill's New York office and concentrates her practice in real estate litigation and general representation of condominiums, cooperatives and sponsors. She has handled housing discrimination claims, construction issues and sponsor-defect cases, vendor disputes, corporate governance issues, foreclosure matters, hoarding cases, alteration disputes, lease and By-Law defaults, and noise complaints, to name a few.

In addition to the specialized areas pertaining to cooperatives and condominiums, Deborah is also a zealous advocate for her clients in all areas of commercial litigation, such as legal malpractice prosecution and defense, civil rights issues, partnerships and business disputes, and representation of foreign sovereigns and their heads of state.

Deborah is recognized for her sound judgment and advice in the cooperative and condominium field, and is regularly quoted in The New York Times, Habitat Magazine, The Cooperator. In addition, she also regularly lectures in the areas pertaining to cooperatives and condominiums, with a particular emphasis in the areas of housing discrimination.

Deborah is also a trained mediator, focusing on community-style mediation, and is the founder of the Co-op and Condo Mediation Center.

Deborah is fluent in German and Norwegian, proficient in French.