John C. Stellakis is experienced in commercial and residential real estate, landlord-tenant law and land use and zoning, including researching, preparing and presenting applications for town, planning and zoning board hearings. John has represented clients in all aspects of selling and purchasing real estate, preparing and enforcing leases, title disputes, foreclosures and landlord-tenant proceedings. A Long Island native, John has been recognized for his pro bono work in Nassau County, as well as for his volunteer service as a law student.
Why did you choose to join Farrell Fritz?
I grew up on Long Island, so I was aware of the firm’s professional reputation and positive standing in the community. Through my involvement in local bar associations, I worked with several members of the firm who exemplified its character. Working here has far exceeded my expectations.
“Success is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. It means being diligent, communicative and accomplishing what you set out to do, and doing it the right way.”
How do you give back to the community?
I am a strong believer in volunteer and community service. I enjoy using my knowledge and skills to help better someone else’s conditions. Since 2014, I have participated in the Volunteer Lawyers Project at the Nassau County District Court in Hempstead. The organization represents indigent tenants in landlord-tenant disputes. At the Nassau County Bar Association, I have participated in the legal fair clinics, assisting those affected by Super Storm Sandy. Outside of my legal practice, I mentor middle school students who might benefit from a little extra support to recognize and fulfill their potential.
Describe a rewarding moment in your life.
While in law school, I served as a student attorney in our Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services. My co-student attorney and I spent a semester representing a refugee through the asylum application process, from intake to adjudication. It was an intense and emotional case with high stakes and tremendous responsibility – especially for law students. We were extremely gratified when we secured a positive outcome for our client. The experience reminded me of how truly fortunate we are in this country and showed me that quality legal representation can play a vital role in a person’s life and greatly impact his or her circumstances.