Joshua Rikon has practiced eminent domain law in New York since 2003 when he was admitted to practice as an attorney and counselor at law. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2002 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in 1999. Prior to being admitted to practice, Joshua completed his law school’s externship requirement at Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen, P.C., one of Michigan’s finest eminent domain, condemnation, and land use law practices.
Joshua is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations as well as the Westchester County Bar Association. He served as the Vice-Chairman of the Condemnation Committee of the ABA Section of Real Property, he has taught continuing legal education courses, and he is a member of Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers. Joshua has also been designated a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a lawyer rating company.
Some of Joshua’s cases are:
Matter of Village of Spring Val., N.Y. (Sport Club Intl., Inc.) 2016 NY Slip Op 00985 [2d Dept. 2016];Vil. of Port Chester v Bologna, 95 AD3d 895 [2d Dept 2012] lv to appeal denied, 2012-953, 2012 WL 5845649 [Ct App Nov. 20, 2012]; Matter of City of New York (Crown Hgts 5th Amended Urban Renewal Plan), 2007 NY Slip Op 51349 (U); Matter of City of New York (Udall’s Cove Park Preserve Addition), 2006 NY Slip Op 50629 (U); Matter of the Town of East Hampton (Windmill II Affordable Housing Project [9 Parcels]), 44 AD3d 963; Matter of City of New York (Sewer Easement Between Darlington Avenue and Lamont Avenue), 2009 NY Slip Op 52528 (U); Matter of New York State Urban Development Corp. (Atlantic Yards Land Use Improvement and Civic Project-Phase 1), 26 Misc 3d 1228(A); Pack It Away v NYSUD, 1686/2012, NYLJ 1202618546938 at *1 (Sup Ct, Kings County, August 9, 2013).
In the Matter of City of New York (Sewer Easement between Darlington Avenue and Lamont Avenue) proceeding, Joshua was successful in obtaining two favorable awards for his clients. The first award of $381,724 represented a 102% increase from the condemnor’s trial appraisal of $188,724. The second award of $358,712 represented a 71% increase from the condemnor’s trial appraisal of $209,212.
Joshua has also been successful in obtaining favorable results for his clients through settlement. For example, in the Matter of City of New York (Udall’s Cove Park Preserve Addition) proceeding, Joshua was able to secure a settlement of $4,050,000, plus interest in the amount of $1,666,283.83. The Condemnor’s advance payment in that case was $2,735,000. In the East Side Access Project proceeding, Joshua obtained a $2,169,555 award for Zanaca Ristorante Corp. when the condemnor, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, originaly offered to pay his client $410,096. In the Atlantic Yards Land Use Improvement and Civic Project-Phase 1 proceeding, Joshua obtained a $1,700,000 award for Pack It Away Storage Systems, Inc. when the condemnor, the New York State Urban Development Corp. had only offered to pay his client $48,533.
Joshua was born in New York City, and he currently resides in Irvington, New York with his wife and children.