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Partner, Thompson & Skrabanek, PLLC
  • Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Business Law ...
  • New York, Texas
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J.R. is a problem-solver for successful businesses and individuals.

J.R. has distinguished himself as an exceptional trial advocate. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict in state and federal courts. He has successfully settled or prevailed in hundreds of cases in his career, sometimes with millions of dollars at stake. He has obtained complete dismissal of complex, multi-party disputes and has obtained verdicts in excess of $1.5 million for his clients.

A small sampling of J.R.'s representative engagements include: partnership disputes; foreclosure defense; architect and engineer defense; property owner construction defect claims; boundary disputes; real estate development claims; employment discrimination claims and defense; wage and hour claims and defense; copyright prosecution and defense; outside general counsel to thriving businesses; and many others.

Practice Areas
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Consumer Law
Class Action, Lemon Law
Arbitration & Mediation
Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation
Intellectual Property
Entertainment & Sports Law
Communications & Internet Law
Internet Law, Media & Advertising, Telecommunications Law
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Legal Malpractice
Trademark Litigation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
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State Bar of Texas
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5th Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Thompson & Skrabanek, PLLC
- Current
University of Kentucky College of Law
J.D. (2009)
Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Member, Law Review
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Rising Star - NYC Metro
Super Lawyers
The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. J.R. has been selected as a Rising Star every year between 2020 and 2024.
Texas Bar Foundation
Limited to top 1/3 of 1% of all Texas attorneys.
Texas Bar College
Recognition for voluntary additional Continuing Legal Education credits.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Texas
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New York State Bar Association
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New York City Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
13 Things Your Landlord Won’t Tell You—That Could Cost You Money
Reader's Digest
18 Experts On Running A Successful Non-Profit
Free Press Directory
3 Easy Ways to Royally Muck Up Your Freelance Contracts
Entrepreneur Magazine
For Consumer Problems, Sometimes The Best Advocate Has A Law Degree
Huffington Post
How to Break a Contract Without Paying Dearly
U.S. News & World Report
How to Tell if You Were Fired From Your Job Illegally
Huffington Post
Plaintiffs, Upset With Text Offering, Appeal Dismissal Of Class Action
What The 3D Printed Guns Battle Means For Bitcoin and DApps
Speaking Engagements
Copyright and Trademark Basics Every Attorney Should Know
International Association of Privacy Professionals
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered
Q. What opening document do I use for filing a CPLR 7511 motion--a summons & complaint? other?
A: Petition to Vacate.
Q. Commercial rent dispute in NY. Judge set prelim. conference after SJ motion. Should defense try to settle before prelim?
A: Either could work. Generally, settling earlier rather than later is often in the parties' best interests because they reduce their overall transaction costs. The longer the dispute continues, the more the parties have to expend in furthering their interests. However, often settling early is just not an option. There are a number of unique defenses available to NY commercial tenants due to COVID and various executive orders. It would be wise to consult with a lawyer to understand all your options.
Q. Does an easement appurtenant ends when the servient estate obtains title to the Dominant estate?
A: Title is taken by an individual or entity, not the land. If the same owner takes title to both the dominant and servient estates, then the easement is extinguished through the "merger" of the estates. I hope this helps answer your question.
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Thompson & Skrabanek, PLLC
New York
515 Madison Avenue
31st Floor
New York, NY 10022
Toll-Free: (646) 568-4280
Telephone: (646) 568-4280
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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