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Susanna S. Fodor

  • Partner
  • Scarola Zubatov Schaffzin PLLC
  • 1700 Broadway, 41st Floor
  • New York, New York 10019
  • Email: ssfodor@szslaw.com
  • Phone: (646) 412-3257
  • Cell: (917) 734-9055
  • Company Phone: (212) 757-0007
  • Fax: (212) 757-0469

Education

  • Undergraduate: B.S. University of Wisconsin
  • Law School: University of Wisconsin Law School

Career History

Susanna Fodor is one of three attorneys in the United States having the distinction of being elected both a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. This unique dual skill set, coupled with a pragmatic business sense, has made her counsel of choice to a diverse client base undertaking transactions in the real estate and construction spaces throughout the World. She also has a long-standing dispute resolution practice, serving as a Neutral Arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Large Complex Case Panel.

Prior to joining her current Firm, Susanna was a Partner for 26 years at Jones Day, a Partner for 4 years at Shea & Gould, a Partner/Associate for 6 years at Weil Gotshal & Manges and an Associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, The American College of Construction Lawyers (1992)
  • Fellow, The American College of Real Estate Lawyers  (1987)
  • Member, CoreNet Global/NACORE
  • Member, CoreNet Learning Advisory Board
  • Member, Large Complex Case Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association
  • Founding Member, Commercial Real Estate Woman Network (CREW)
  • Member, Real Estate Board of New York
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Member, Construction Management Association Of America
  • Member, Urban Land Institute

Honors:

  • “PLC Which Lawyer?” (2009 – Present)
  • “Legal 500” (2008 – Present)
  • “America’s Leading Construction Lawyers and America’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers by Chambers USA” (2005 – Present)
  • “New York Super Lawyers of the Year” (Real Estate) (2006 – Present)
  • “New York 50 Top Female Super Lawyers of the Year” (All Practice Areas) (2006 – Present)
  • “Best Lawyers in America” (1995 – Present)
  • “The Best Lawyers in New York”  (1995 – Present)
  • “The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers” (2005 – Present)
  • “The International Who is Who of Real Estate Lawyers” (2006 – Present)
  • Chambers – Woman in Law Awards “Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” (2013)
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Women In Business Law
  • “International Legal Professional of the Year” 2004 by IBC (Cambridge, England)
  • “Euromoney,” Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers 
  • “Apgard Award of Excellence for Best Article in the Corporate Real Estate Executive,” Institute for Corporate Real Estate (1999)
  • “MCRS/h (with honors) Designation,” Institute for Corporate Real Estate (1999)
  • “Top Rated Faculty,” Institute for Corporate Real Estate” (1999)
  • “Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Presentation for the Institute” Institute for Corporate Real Estate (1998)
  • “The Journal of Corporate Real Estate” Founding Board Member (Henry/Stewart Publications) (1997)
  • “MCRS Designation,” Institute for Corporate Real Estate (1997)
  • “Outstanding Presentation at the Annual Symposium and Exhibition” Institute for Corporate Real Estate (1996)
  • “Outstanding Presentation at the Annual Symposium and Exhibition,” Institute for Corporate Real Estate (1994)
  • Martindale – Hubbell AV Rating

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • “The Rooftops Conference – Property Perspectives for Not-for-Profit Organizations,” New York Law School, Center for Real Estate Studies (2017 and 2015)
  • The Rooftops Project – Perspectives on the Tenant Improvement Process,” New York Law School, Center for Real Estate Studies, 2016
  • “Advance Real Estate Negotiation” NYU School of Professional Studies, Schack Institute of Real Estate (2015 & 2012)
  • “The Rooftops Project – Leasing Workshop for Not-for-Profit Organizations” (2011)
  • “Hot Topics in Real Property Law and Practice,” The New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section Continuing Legal Education Services (2010)
  • “Arbitrating Commercial Real Estate Lease Disputes,” American Arbitration Association’s Dispute Resolution Journal (2010)
  • “Design Construction Law/From Contract to Closeout,” Construction Committee, New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section (2009)
  • “Sorry you have to pay a break-up fee to the Concept Architect,” Inside Construction and Design, Real Estate Weekly (2009)
  • “The Potential Upside of the Economic Stimulus Plans for the Infrastructure Market” (2009) 
  • “Construction Loans – Tenth, Ninth, and Eighth Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute” Practicing Law Institute (2009, 2008, and 2007)
  • “Construction Management,” Tenth Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute (2008)
  • “Understanding the Sophisticated Real Estate Practice/”Construction Loans and Construction Agreements” (Practicing Law Institute 2005 & 2006)
  • “Diversity in the Workplace”, Faculty Member, American Arbitration Association (Summer 2004)
  • “Advanced Real Estate Negotiation,” Faculty Member, CoreNet Global 2nd Annual Symposium and Exhibition (2003)            
  • “Contracts Act: New Law Regulates Withholding Payments Process,” New York Law Journal (2003)
  • “Issues to Consider in Building Out Tenant Improvements,” Corporate Real Estate Leader (2003)
  • The Impact of the Construction Contracts Act” (2003)
  • An Ambidextrous Attorney,” Mann Report (2001)
  • “Addressing Build-Out Issues,” New York Law Journal (2000)
  • “Construction Delivery” Systems in the United States,” Journal of Corporate Real Estate, Henry Stewart Publications (1999)
  • “Construction Management,” American College of Real Estate Lawyers (1998)
  • “What to Watch Out for in Building Tenant Improvements,” Corporate Real Estate Executive, NACORE International (1998)
  • “Proven Performance Video Series,” Moderator, launched by NACORE’s Institute of Corporate Real Estate entitled “Negotiating Construction Contracts” (Spring 1997)
  • “Design, Construction and Project Delivery Systems,” Faculty Member, NACORE’s 21st Annual Symposium & Exhibition (Fall 1996)
  • “Negotiation by the Pros,” Faculty Member, NACORE’s 23rd Annual Symposium & Exhibition (1996)
  • “Office Leasing Course and Project Management Course,” Faculty Member, NACORE’s annual lecture series (1996)
  • “No Change Regarding Mitigation Of Damages in Commercial Leases,” New York Law Journal (1996)
  • “Measuring Construction Damages Due to Delay,” New York Law Journal (1995)
  • “Are Design/Build Contracts Illegal?,” New York Law Journal (1995)
  • “Various Approaches to Construction,” Business Laws, Inc. (1994)
  • “Structuring Construction Projects,” Key Note Speaker IDRC (Fall 1994)
  • “Global Real Estate-Business Opportunities for the 1990 ‘s and Beyond,” Faculty Member, The Real Estate Institute of New York University’s School of Continuing Education (1994)
  • “N.Y. Supreme Court Upholds Design-Build Contract,” Real Estate Weekly (1993)
  • “Building Capitalist Bridges to Hungary,” Business Week (1991)
  • “Doing Business in Eastern Europe,” Faculty Member and Lecturer, Prentice Hall Law & Business Lecture Series (1991)
  • “Seminar on Construction and Design Issues,” Lecturer, The Real Estate Institute, NYU School of Continuing Education (Spring 1989)
  • “Construction Industry Forms,” Wiley Law Publications, John Wiley & Sons (1988)
  • “Construction Management,” American Bar Association-National Institute (Lecture Series) (1987)
  • “Construction Management Roles Breed Confusion,” Legal Times (1985)
  • “Arbitration Day “87,” Guest Speaker, American Arbitration Association
  • “Design and Construction Contracts: New Forms, New Realities,” Faculty, Member, National Institute/ABA 1987 Lecture Series

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (1975)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1975)
  • Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, 1st Judicial Department (1974)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (1972)
  • Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin (1972)


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