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Sarah Fiona Phillips

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Practice Areas:

  • Administrative Law

Biography

Sarah Fiona Phillips joined Borah, Goldstein Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C in 2017. Ms. Phillips spent twenty years working for the City of New York. Ms. Phillips prosecuted administrative Building Code violations for the Department of Buildings from 2004-2015. Ms. Phillips has extensive experience defending property owners against City issued violations and advising owners in related compliance issues.

Ms. Phillips regularly represents property owners at OATH (formerly ECB) on transient use, illegal occupancies, public assembly, work without a permit, construction site, fire safety and other violations. She also appears on criminal court summonses and before the Department of Buildings to lift stop work and vacate orders.  Ms. Phillips also represents clients in DHCR matters including substantial rehabilitation applications, lease renewal complaints, and decrease in service complaints.

Significant cases involving transient use and fines for illegal occupancies include:

  • DOB v 25 Avenue C Realty, LLC, DOB OATH decision that found the City failed to prove transient use, dismissing almost $10,000 in fines.
  • DOB v SJS Properties, OATH decision where the fines for illegal occupancies were reduced by $34,000. Ms. Phillips was successful in arguing transient use summonses dismissed based on JNPJ Tenth Ave LLC v Dept of Buildings of New York 178 A.D. 3d 636 (1st Dept 2019).

Ms. Phillips received her J.D. from SUNY Buffalo School of Law and is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and Groton School. She is admitted in New York and California.


 

Education

  • SUNY Buffalo Law School, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
    • J.D. - 1994
  • Barnard College, Columbia University
    • Groton School
      • Honors: cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • New York, 1995
    • California, 1995

    Honors

    • Voted the 2nd Vice President of the Civil Service Bar Association

    Representative Cases

    • DOB v 25 Avenue C Realty, LLC

    Past Positions

    • Rosenberg and Estis, PC

    Current Employment Position

    • Partner