Alisa Sondak is a talented and dedicated individual with a wide scope of training and experience. She formed Sondak Law Group with the philosophy that an attorney’s role is not only to solve the legal matter at hand, but to also serve as a sympathetic and effective counselor equipped to provide continuous support to her clients. Alisa graduated from Jacob F. Fuchsberg Law School in 2008 and holds a BA degree in Psychology from York University, and Rehabilitation/Life Skills certificate program from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Alisa immigrated to Canada with her parents at the age of nine and is fluent in Russian. She has been an Upper East Side resident for over twenty years.
Alisa has worked as a general counsel for a family office where her duties involved acting as a liaison between her client and outside counsel, handling all aspects of legal matters such as reviewing client’s trust & estate matters, various corporate issues such as complex corporate formations, employment lawsuit settlement matters, real estate transactions, commercial real estate lease dispute negotiations, as well as commercial construction negotiations and dispute resolutions.
Alisa has a wide scope of experience in handling all types of complex commercial litigation involving Real Property, such as fraudulent deed conveyances, real property partition conflicts, breach of a real estate sales contract, real estate trust & estate disputes, and a myriad of other conflicts involving Real Property. Alisa litigated a variety of complex matters such as a Real Estate deed fraud case which she argued before the Appellate Court. Alisa has also litigated another complex fraud case involving a Real Estate short sale agreement, which lasted for over 5 years and involved a litany of appeals before the Appellate Court. Resulting in several parties being charged by the FBI which made newspaper headlines. In addition, Alisa also handles an Appeal to the First Appellate Department involving a very complex mortgage foreclosure case involving an original loan of $100,000 which ballooned to an outrageous amount of 7 million dollars, this matter also made newspaper headlines.
Finally, Alisa has extensive experience in a Pro Bono capacity for a New York City leading nonprofit dedicated to women’s services. Alisa also served as a domestic abuse liaison on behalf of the District Attorney’s office, as well as a court liaison with the Brooklyn Courts and Suffolk County Public Defender’s office.
Alisa anticipates a variety of potential pitfalls a litigation presents in any given time, advising her clients on the merits and downsides of a particular lawsuit, while simultaneously finding ways to achieve a positive resolution in a manner that is most beneficial to her client. Alisa strongly believes in trying to reach a fair and amicable settlement, when possible, while litigating relentlessly when a positive outcome has a high likelihood of success; but always, the ultimate decision remains with her clients.
More importantly, Alisa personally drafts all of her briefs and presents all oral arguments herself in every case, this sets her apart from most other law firms where many different attorneys work on a single matter creating unnecessary overbilling as well as a lack of thorough understanding of the legal matter at hand. Most law firms do not let their lawyer handle any one litigation from beginning to end, thus they have no understanding of the big picture, and hence the ability to strategize, and this is the precise reason why most law firm do not possess the skill set needed to excel at litigation.
Alisa coordinates closely with her clients in risk assessment, evaluating threatened or filed lawsuits to determine whether a prompt resolution or dismissal is feasible. If not, Alisa proceeds to litigate the case in an aggressive yet cost-effective manner.
Alisa devotes substantial resources to major matters as well as the case management expertise by effectively employing her personalized attention to each and every matter from beginning to end, without having to outsource segments of any litigation matter to others which most law firm do to maximize their billable hour. This approach of having a single litigant overseeing a matter from beginning to end, provides substantially better results since they get to know each matter inside and out, and do not need to have a string of attorneys reviewing a single case every time.
Alisa uses well settled industry standard technology to manage files including cloud-based case management software and cloud-based file sharing system to have immediate access to all of your matters at any given time. The approach of having a single person handling the lawsuit from beginning to end, cuts out the redundancy of having to review the whole matter by a different litigator every time a court appearance, or a new motion is drafted.
Alisa consults with clients at every step of the way during a lawsuit, cutting out the redundancy of having to deal with numerous lawyers at once, Alisa is always mindful of the underlying business implications and litigation risks. Her overriding objective in every case is to secure a prompt and favorable outcome that meets her client’s needs while minimizing burden, inconvenience, and expense.
Alisa regularly handles appeals in New York State Appellate Courts. She has successfully pursued or defended appeals in many areas of substantive law and or procedure.
The appellate practice is firmly rooted in Alisa’s litigation practice. Alisa strategizes during all the litigation phases to assess potential outcomes, identify, and preserve issues to ensure the likelihood of appellate success.
Alisa handles all manner of appeals in New York State appellate courts. Her experience encompasses civil, and commercial appeals in a various area of law; appeals from verdicts, dismissal orders, and pre-trial rulings and other cases involving novel or unsettled legal issues.
Clients often retain Alisa to handle an appeal of a case previously handled by a different law firm. In every appellate matter, Alisa brings creative thinking and well-honed skills which result in a compelling written and oral advocacy.
Clients benefit from Alisa’s appellate experience and knowledge of procedural rules unique to appellate practice. This experience enables her to formulate the most effective strategy specific to each appeal.
Alisa dissects factually complex cases by reviewing the record and distilling evidence; she creatively analyzes and frames the legal issues; and she drafts all of her briefs personally which enables for her to present all of her oral arguments with clarity and persuasion before the Appellate courts. Alisa is also adept at persuading appellate courts to exercise their powers of discretionary review in order to accept untimely appeals.