Virginia K. Trunkes

Partner

Ms. Trunkes is a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation practice group. Focusing on the construction and real estate industries, Ms. Trunkes advocates in state and federal courts on behalf of developers, business owners, executives, contractors, subcontractors, property owners, title companies, municipalities, banks, individuals and families in resolving their complex disputes. Common issues include ownership, acquisition and development, the right to possession, the right to access, licenses, construction and design, contractual breaches, fiduciary obligations, LLC dissolution, breach of offering plan obligations, boundaries, ZLDAs, and interpretation of and compliance with administrative regulations.

Ms. Trunkes also drafts and negotiates construction-related agreements such as construction manager agreements, design services agreements and license access agreements, and other business agreements such as operating agreements and commercial leases. She is frequently published and is active in a multitude of industry and bar associations, including leadership roles as Chair on the Committee on Construction Law at the New York City Bar Association and Secretary of JALBCA, the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert. Prior to entering private practice at prominent Manhattan law firms, Ms. Trunkes served as a court attorney at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Department.

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School J.D., 1997; Richardson Merit Scholar, CALI Award for Excellence
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, 1994, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Memberships

  • New York City Bar Association, Construction Law Committee, Chair 2015-18
  • American Bar Association, Section on Litigation, Women’s Advocate Committee; Section on Real Property, Trust & Estate Law; Forum on Construction

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Judges & Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA), Board of Directors, Secretary
  • Women in Housing & Finance – NY

Publications

  • AIA 2017 Documents: Striking Just the Right Balance for Property Owners? NY Real Estate Journal, June 20, 2017
  • Settlement Releases and Waiving the "Unknown," NY Litigator, New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, December 2015
  • Apartment Building Residents Get Dogged About Acquiring Emotional Support Pets, Real Property Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, January 2015
  • Considerations for Co-op or Condo Board Service, CHATTERBOX, Newsletter of the NAPW NYC Chapter, March 1, 2014
  • The Mysterious Disappearance of the Private Right of Action Under the Automatic Renewal Statutes, NY Litigator, New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, August 2013
  • Key Items in Commercial Leases for Small Business Owners, CHATTERBOX, Newsletter of the NAPW NYC Chapter, July 1, 2013
  • The Appellate Division Digs Itself Out of Avalanche of ESI Discovery Disputes, WWBA News (Newsletter of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association), April 2012
  • Stringent Requirements for Dissolution of LLCs Survive Yet Another Year, WWBA News, December 2011
  • The Meaning of Unjust Remains in Dispute, WWBA News, October 2011
  • Court's Discretion in Changing Venue, Counsel's Obligation to Act Promptly, New York Law Journal, February 18, 2011
  • Getting Paid: The Interplay between the Judiciary Law and Part 137, New York Law Journal, June 17, 2010
  • FMLA: A Potential Safety Net for Workers with Mental Illnesses, New York Law Journal, June 23, 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Construction Contracts 101,” New York City Bar Association, July 18, 2017 
  • CLE Program Chair, “Neighboring Property Construction Matters,” New York City Bar Association, April 16, 2017
  • Moderator, “An Industry in Transition: Intellectual Property and Technology in the Construction Industry,” New York City Bar Association, April 7, 2016
  • CLE Program Chair, “Litigating Construction Project Disputes 201,” New York City Bar Association, October 5, 2015  
  • CLE Program Chair, “False Claims Act in Construction Projects,” New York City Bar Association, June 17, 2015
  • CLE Program Chair, “Litigating Construction Project Disputes 101,” New York City Bar Association, Mar 24, 2015
  • CLE Program Chair, “Don’t Break the Rules,” New York City Bar Association, June 5, 2012

Awards

  • New York Super Lawyer (2016-17)

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