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Richard Coppola Successfully Obtained Summary Judgment in Quiet Title Action Commenced on Behalf of Firm’s Not for Profit Client

November 29, 2022

Richard Coppola, a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, successfully obtained summary judgment and quieted title to property on the west side of Manhattan in favor of a religious order. Cullen and Dykman demonstrated that the defendant and his ancestors failed to timely file a declaration of intention to preserve certain restrictions on the use of land pursuant to New York Real Property Law Section 345 and, as a result, the defendant’s right of reverter was extinguished. The court declared that plaintiff was the sole and lawful owner and title holder of the property and was entitled to immediate possession of same.

Suzanne Melnyk Tripp greatly contributed to the success of the action and was integral in drafting the detailed pleadings.

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Cullen and Dykman is a leading commercial litigation firm serving clients throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and nationwide. Few firms of our size offer the same breadth and depth of experience in commercial litigation, and we have distinguished our practice by emphasizing client-first representation focused on achieving efficient, practical and cost-effective resolutions to complex commercial disputes.

About Cullen and Dykman

Cullen and Dykman ( has been providing legal services to institutional clients since 1850. The firm represents a wide range of clients, including banks and other financial institutions, energy, telecommunications and water companies, construction companies, insurers, educational institutions, religious organizations, and not-for-profits. With over 190 attorneys in seven offices located throughout the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions, Cullen and Dykman is strategically positioned to meet the changing needs and demands of our clients.

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