Rachael G. Ratner
Real Estate, Litigation
B.A. | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2004)
J.D. | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007)
Rachael Ratner is a partner of the firm. Specializing in all matters involving cooperatives and condominiums, Ms. Ratner counsels boards, unit owners, shareholders, landlords, tenants, property owners and managing agents on a wide range of issues, including governance, sales and share transfers, alterations, transient occupancy and subletting issues, collections, employment contracts, construction defects and access disputes, as well as housing and employment discrimination claims.
Ms. Ratner is regularly featured in The Cooperator, Habitat Magazine, Mann Report and The Real Deal, and has been named as a Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers for the past four consecutive years. A vigorous advocate for her clients, Ms. Ratner has also participated in shaping case law on many key issues facing New York cooperatives and condominiums, both in state and federal courts. Her reported decisions include: Board of Mgrs. of 100 Congress Condominium v SDS Congress, LLC, 152 A.D.3d 478, 59 N.Y.S.3d 381 (2d Dep’t 2017) (prevailed in appeal concerning an engineer’s liability for construction defects); Plotch v 375 Riverside Dr. Owners, Inc., 92 A.D.3d 478, 938 N.Y.S.2d 524 (1st Dep’t 2012) (preserved seller’s right to retain down payment on purchase of cooperative apartment following buyer’s breach of the sale terms), Sayeh v 66 Madison Ave. Apt. Corp., 73 A.D.3d 459, 901 N.Y.S.2d 26 (1st Dep’t 2010) (successful defense of cooperative board against housing discrimination claim); Seeman v. Gracie Gardens Owners Corp., 794 F. Supp. 2d 476 (S.D.N.Y 2011) (achieved dismissal of employment discrimination claim against cooperative board).
Ms. Ratner received her law degree in 2007 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004.