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Areas of Practice



Richard A. Coppola


Richard A. Coppola is a commercial litigator with a focus on matters relating to real property, breach of contract and business tort claims, issues involving the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as restrictive covenant claims and non-competition and unfair competition matters.

He advises, strategizes with, and advocates on behalf of large and small businesses, financial institutions, not-for-profit corporation, religious corporations, and colleges and universities from pre-filing of lawsuits through trials and the appellate process.

 Areas of Concentration

  • Defense of financial institutions relating to disputes involving Articles 4, 5, and 6 of the UCC
  • Commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes including seeking and opposing provisional relief and litigating holdover and licensor-licensee summary proceedings
  • Accounting and breach of duty of loyalty actions
  • Defense of violations issued by New York State or New York City agencies relating to property, safety, fire and/or health issues.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Banking and Financial Services Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Contracts Disputes
  • Construction Contract Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Land Use Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Not-for-Profit and Religious Organizations
  • Higher Education

Representative Experience

  • Kamco Supply Corp. v. On the Right Track, LLC, 149 A.D.3d 275 (2d Dep’t 2017), leave to appeal dismissal 30 N.Y. 1036 (2017) (action by manufacturer of new product used in the construction industry against building supply companies for breach of contract to purchase minimum monthly and annual quantities for a two year period; Appellate Division affirmed lower court’s determination after trial that manufacturer had by its conduct prospectively waived the minimum quantities provisions of the contract)
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. 340 Flatbush LLC and Abraham Leser, Supreme Court, Kings County (2015) (breach of contract action to recover $720,451.00 plus interest and attorneys’ fees for failure to reimburse bank for payment of real estate taxes pending separation of tax lots by Department of Finance; bank granted summary judgment in full amount sought)
  • Breidbart v. Weisenthal, 136 A.D.3d 851 (2d Dep’t 2016) leave to appeal den. 30 N.Y.3d 907 (2017) and 108 A.D.3d 492 (2d Dep’t 2013) (in action to compel partnership accountings and distributions, representatives of retired partners held not entitled to share in gain on sale of partnership real property after dissolution as “profits” under Partnership Law § 73)
  • In Re Mount Manresa, 134 A.D.3d 721 (2d Dep’t 2015) (petition for Summary Court approval of sale of 15 acres of real property on Staten Island under Not-For-Profit Corporations Law opposed by community activists and politicians; sale held to be fair and reasonable and in furtherance of petitioner’s purpose and interests of its members)
  • Obtained a $5.5 million settlement for a subsidiary of The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in action for an accounting of profits generated from two shopping centers in New Jersey for a breach of fiduciary duty

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Subcommittee of Chaminade Lawyers Association
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association,  Litigation Committee
  • Volunteer and Mentor, Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers