About

Mikhail E. Lezhnev (Mike)Principal

Mr. Lezhnev is a New York City based attorney and CPA who is the founder and principal of Lezhnev Law, PLLC. He focuses on Federal and state tax audits, transactional tax planning and related corporate documents and business agreements.

Mr. Lezhnev has served as general counsel to a tech and telecommunications company for over three years. Prior to that, he practiced tax and trust/estate law at two New York law firms. In these capacities and his current practice, he has worked on matters involving very-high-net-worth individuals, family offices, privately held businesses, asset protection, and tax controversy. His transactional tax matters have included liquidations, corporate contributions and distributions as well as stock and asset acquisitions. He has also represented and counseled clients in income/estate tax audits and voluntary disclosures of non-compliant foreign assets before the IRS, state tax departments, and the IRS Appeals Office. His other matters have involved compensation tax planning, international asset tax compliance, and tax basis planning as well as corporate and partnership formation and organization.

Mr. Lezhnev completed a JD/MBA program during which he gained experience with the IRS Chief Counsel’s Office, United States Attorney’s Office, and Gucci Group’s International Tax Counsel. Post JD/MBA, Mr. Lezhnev additionally completed an LLM in Tax Law.

Mike is an avid investor, a lifelong New Yorker, and is fluent in Russian.

Admissions and Licenses:

  • New York State Bar, Supreme Court Second Judicial Department
  • New York State, Certified Public Accountant
  • US Tax Court
  • US Federal District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Education:

  • LLM in Tax Law, Boston University School of Law
  • JD/MBA, Brooklyn Law School
  • JD/MBA, Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business
  • BA, cum laude, College of Staten Island

Associations:

  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State CPA Society

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Paul Bolonik, Counsel

Paul Bolonik is a New York City based attorney specializing in Real Estate and Corporate Law who is also the managing principal of a Real Estate Investment Fund. He is a counsel at Lezhnev Law, PLLC. 

Mr. Bolonik has been in private real estate practice for about four years, during which he has focused on commercial real estate, including offering plans, new residential and mixed-use developments, commercial leases, and mezzanine financing as well as acquisitions and dispositions in the tristate area and other states across US. He has worked on hundreds of closings, including those with eight figure values. 

Prior to private practice, Mr. Bolonik served as an in-house real estate and corporate counsel at Rainbow Corporation, a leader in the retail industry with nationwide store properties. Mr. Bolonik represented Rainbow on a vast variety of commercial real estate, leasing, and construction matters. This included the acquisition of a competitor’s commercial lease portfolio amidst a bankruptcy. At this time, Mr. Bolonik successfully renegotiated the assignment and acquisition of 150+ retail locations across the country. In addition, Mr. Bolonik drafted numerous lease agreements and related documents, including letters of intent, proposals, construction letters, leases, lease amendments and conforming leases. He coordinated multiple departments in the acquisition, construction, and administration of new and existing Rainbow locations.

Prior to his role at the Rainbow Corporation, Mr. Bolonik accumulated a breadth of experience working at Brooklyn Legal Services Real Estate Division where he advocated for impoverished clients undergoing foreclosure, bankruptcy, and eviction. At BLS – RE, he was able to hone in on his skill and experience in Landlord Tenant Law and further his understanding and familiarity with leasing on all levels. Paul has also worked with New York City’s Housing Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) services, where he was  involved in represented coop boards and management companies in New York’s HDFC program. This experience helped Paul understand the complexities and interplay between corporate law under the New York BCL and Real Estate Law under New York State RPL.  

Mr. Bolonik obtained his Juris Doctor at Brooklyn Law School, during which he gained experience with the NYC Housing Preservation and Development agency and the real estate division of a NYC non-profit, Brooklyn Legal Services.

Admissions and Licenses:

  • New York State Bar, Supreme Court Second Judicial Department
  • Article 81 Certified Fiduciary and Guardian, NYS Second Judicial Department

Education:

  • JD, Real Estate Law with Distinction, Brooklyn Law School
  • BA, cum laude, Fordham University 

Associations:

  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State CPA Society

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Maryia Lakhmatova, Associate

Ms. Lakhmatova is a registered nurse who obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra Law School. She is an associate that focuses on corporate and real estate law fields. She is not yet admitted to the bar.

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