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Khodadadian claims Eastern owes commission on four deals

Broker fired after he allegedly sent explicit video to intern
By Guelda Voien | October 25, 2013 04:40PM

Former Eastern Consolidated broker Robert Khodadadian, who was fired for allegedly sending a lewd video to a female intern, has beefed up his claims against his ex-employer, contending that the brokerage stiffed him on commissions for sales worth $80 million.

Khodadadian had initially filed suit in August in Nassau County, but recently amended the court filings to include two additional deals that have closed since then. All told, the broker alleges he is still owed commissions on four deals, including the blockbuster $47 million sale of 711 Madison Avenue to Joe Sitt and Ashkenazy Acquisition, first reported by The Real Deal in May.

Eastern terminated Khodadadian in April over the cell phone video incident. A day after he filed the commission suit, the brokerage shot back with its own lawsuit seeking $1 million for his alleged breach of a provision in his independent contractor agreement that prohibits sexual harassment and for allegedly not returning company materials that constitute trade secrets.

He has since returned to a firm he owned before the recession, Skyline Properties, based in Great Neck, Long Island.

The other transactions mentioned in the suit include the leasehold at 2012-2018 Broadway, which Isaac Shalom of Manhattan-based landlord Madison Realty Management snapped up for $17 million in September; 216-218 East 36th Street, a three-building multi-family portfolio that traded in September to an entity called MMJ Realty 36 LLC; and 353 West 48th Street, a recording studio that sold for $11 million to 353 W48 Partners LLC in August.

Adelaide Polsinelli, a prolific broker with Eastern, partnered on the listings with Khodadadian, according to marketing materials still available online.

Khodadadian, who declined to comment on the litigation, maintained in court papers that he did not violate his contract, and that Eastern’s policy is to pay listing brokers even after termination.

According to the compensation scheme mentioned in the suit, he is owed 25 percent of whatever commission Eastern received for the four trades. Khodadadian’s attorney, Laleh Hawa of an eponymous law office, declined to comment.

“Robert Khodadadian chose to violate Eastern Consolidated’s policy by engaging in highly inappropriate conduct in the workplace,” Howard Rubin of Goetz Fitzpatrick, an attorney for the firm, said in a statement. “He breached his agreement with the company. While Mr. Khodadadian’s departure from Eastern Consolidated is highly atypical, the unfortunate circumstances surrounding it were completely avoidable. Needless to say, Eastern Consolidated does not owe Robert Khodadadian a penny.”

  • Guest

    In an industry known, correctly or incorrectly, for sleazy practices, Eastern Consolidated is one of the good guys. Peter and Daun run their shop fairly and above board. I say this as a former broker there as well as a client of the firm.

    • guest

      I agree with you 100% however polsinelli is not and shes def. behind all of this nonsense. Its pretty obvious that he worked on these deals and its even more obvious that they didnt pay him. I guess we will all find out the truth sooner or later

  • former Client

    I bet they fire Polisnelli first thing Monday morning…shes shown me hundreds of deals and was dishonest about every single one

  • broker

    I wonder how many of these posts are authored by Mr. Pervadadian and trolls working for the defendant?

  • Sally

    Thanks TRD for deleting all neg. comments about Eastern. Makes it even more obvious that there guilty when dumb comments like these are what they care about

  • Switzerland

    Rob is a good kid, he def. Wouldn’t be dumb enough to sue unless he had 100% proof they owe him. I personally worked with him to try and buy 36th street.

  • Guest

    Polsinelli and rob were a good team, wonder what really happened

  • guest

    26 year veterean, 6 different firms and still causing havoc…Eastern should get rid of polsinelli before she gets them into anymore trouble

  • broker

    a broker has no shot of winning a law suit for commissions owed unless they have proof and no attorney would be dumb enough to take on a case without proof. They def. owe him the money….am i wrong?

  • Anon

    pay him his money!

  • italianwhore

    adelelade is a crook! took advantage of innocence but karma sucks they said you guys advertised it together and still available online!

  • former client

    Polsinelli sucks

  • Broker

    isnt it obvious to Eastern that this kid is the reason these deals got done?

  • Samuel Nielson

    every single time I would call to speak to Adelaide about a deal this guy Rob would call me back never her, he’s def. getting the short end of the stick here…good luck Rob, you will do great!

  • Sarah

    can ANYONE recall polsinelli doing a deal over $5MM prior to 2012? 26 year veteran in the business, what a joke!