Successful Negotiation of Construction Defect Settlements
Successfully negotiated numerous construction defects settlements with condominium sponsors.
Won Matter on Appeal for Coalition of Cooperative Apartment Buildings
Won a major victory from the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department on behalf of a coalition of cooperative apartment buildings. The coalition was formed to challenge the transformation of an historic church building, located at 583 Park Avenue in a residentially zoned neighborhood in Manhattan, New York, into a commercial catering hall. The Appellate Division reversed a trial court ruling and reinstated the determination of the New York State Liquor Authority to deny the caterer’s application for a liquor license. The Appellate Division accepted the coalition’s arguments, including that the caterer had dramatically transformed the church building so that it lost its primary use as a house of worship.
Developed Documentation for Individual Unit Expansion
Developed documentation for the expansion of individual units through the sale, leasing and licensing of hallway, yard, roof and other public spaces.
Multimillion-Dollar Mortgage Financings for Housing Cooperatives, Property Owners
Advised borrowers on financing structure and terms, and closed hundreds of millions of dollars of underlying and construction mortgage financings for housing cooperatives and other property owners.
Developed Compliance Protocols for Government-Enforced Real Estate Regulations
Developed protocols for compliance with lead-based paint, conflicts disclosure, anti-discrimination, fireplace, sprinkler and other government regulations.
Anti-Harassment Training and Compliance
Developed anti-sexual harassment training for board members and anti-sexual harassment and other anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies for board adoption.
Successful Challenge to a Decision by the Metropolitan Transit Authority Concerning Siting of a Subway Entrance
As a result of challenge by several neighboring buildings, an attempt by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to site a subway entrance mid-block on a busy street was abandoned and the entrance was moved to a new site as had been requested by the community.
Favorable Settlement for Condo Association in Discrimination Matter
Litigated and negotiated with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of a condominium association to obtain a favorable settlement in a housing discrimination matter regarding alleged service animals.