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Sarah Fiona Phillips

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Telephone: (212) 431-1300, ext. 616
Facsimile: (212) 965-2743


Sarah Fiona Phillips is the firm’s expert in all state and city issued violations and related compliance issues. She has been very successful in getting transient use (“Airbnb”) violations dismissed or the fines reduced. She recently won an important Appeals Board decision, DOB v 25 Avenue C Realty, LLC.,  that found the City failed to have sufficient evidence to prove transient use, dismissing almost $10,000 in fines.

Ms. Phillips appears at the Office of Administrative Trial and Hearings (or OATH, formerly ECB) on a wide variety of matters including transient use, illegal occupancies, public assembly, work without a permit, construction site, fire safety, cooling tower and water tower violations. She appears in criminal court on criminal court summonses and before the Department of Buildings to lift stop work and vacate orders.  Ms. Phillips also represents property owners on DHCR matters including rent overcharges, harassment, decrease in service complaints and Certificate of No Harassment applications.

Ms. Phillips spent twenty years working for the City of New York.  From 2004 through 2015 Ms. Phillips prosecuted administrative Building Code violations for the Department of Buildings.In 2012, Ms. Phillips was voted the 2nd Vice President of the Civil Service Bar Association, the union representing City agency attorneys.

In 2015 she joined Rosenberg and Estis, PC.  In 2017 Ms. Phillips joined Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, PC.

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.


Practice Areas:


  • SUNY Buffalo School of Law, J.D. – 1994
  • Barnard College, Columbia University – 1987
  • Groton School, Diploma cum laude – 1983

Bar Admissions:

  • New York – 1995
  • California – 1995