Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C. was recently recognized as a one of “New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014” by Legal Leaders magazine. The list can be seen in New York magazine, the Legal Leaders magazine, and the Wall Street Journal.
The write up reads as follows:
Since 1923, the law firm of Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton has been at the forefront of protecting property owners’ constitutional rights, as the only law firm in New York State concentrating exclusively in the area of eminent domain and condemnation law.
“Eminent domain cases represent a drastic operation of the
law,” notes partner Michael Rikon, who is the New York State-designated eminent domain attorney for the Owners’ Counsel of America. “You really only get one opportunity to litigate these cases; and because of that, they require tremendous vigilance by a knowledgeable attorney to ensure that justice prevails.”
By limiting their practice to the trial of eminent domain cases, the attorneys of Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton have become authorities in the area, securing many significant awards for their clients. In 2014, for example, Rikon obtained an award of $9.18 million against an advance payment of $2.28 million for 730 Equity Corp. in the Atlantic Yards proceeding. He also had an award of $8.1 million- against an advance payment of $244,800- affirmed by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
Given his expertise, Rikon is often asked to write and lecture on eminent domain issues, and he will be speaking at the ALI-CLE Annual Eminent Domain Conference in February. Rikon has also authored a column on condemnation law in the New York Law Journal for the past 25 years and is regularly included in The Best Lawyers in America.