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News Archive: 2012
  • In November 2012, partner Marc J. Luxemburg again presented two seminars at the Annual Conference of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, one on current significant legal decisions of 2012, and one on the importance of having your attorney review all contracts.
  • In September 2012, partner Marc J. Luxemburg submitted a brief to the Appellate Division First Department Amici Curiae on behalf of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, Association of Riverdale Coops, Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives and Condominiums, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, and the National Association of Housing Cooperatives urging that the Court’s decision in the case Fletcher v. the Dakota, imposing personal liability on Board members in tort cases, be withdrawn.
  • In September 2012, partner Jay L. Hack participated as a panel speaker on Regulatory Developments at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during the fall meeting of the New York State Bar Business Law Section.
  • In September 2012, partner David L. Berkey participated as a panel speaker on the subject of the due diligence required of attorneys when representing a purchaser of a cooperative or condominium apartment, as part of a New York City Bar program entitled “Residential Real Estate Closings: What You Need to Know from Pre-Contract to Closing.”
  • In September 2012, partner Marc J. Luxemburg presented a seminar on the new form of proprietary lease for cooperative apartments, at a program by the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums.
  • In August 2012, partner Mark B. Brenner was the featured speaker on Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases, at a program sponsored by the New York County Lawyers Association.
  • In August 2012, Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 Edition of U.S. News - “Best Lawyers Best Law Firms.” This Tier 1 ranking was determined through the firm’s overall evaluation, which was derived from a combination of our clients’ feedback and the feedback from lawyers in other firms in the same practice area.
  • In August 2012, partners David BerkeyRoger L. Stavis, and Randy J. Heller were once again selected this year by their peers as Super Lawyers in their respec­tive areas of specialization; an honor bestowed on fewer than 5% of attorneys in the New York metropolitan area.   
  • In August 2012, partner Randy J. Heller was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 in the fields of construction law and litigation. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of leading attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.
  • In June 2012, partner Mark B. Brenner became an equity partner of the firm.
  • In May 2012, the firm welcomed Tobias F. Ziegler, to our international corporate practice. Mr. Ziegler, formerly with Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C., and Jones Day in Paris, brings substantial experience in repre­senting foreign and domestic entities in all areas of corporate work, including mergers, acquisitions, sales, corporate structuring, partnership and operating agreements, lending and borrowing transactions, real estate, financing, and securities. Mr. Tobias, a native of Ger­many, speaks four languages, including German, French, and Spanish, and received legal training in Germany and France, before attending law school in the United States.
  • In April 2012, partner David T. Azrin was again selected by Franchise Times magazine for 2012 as a “Legal Eagle,” a designation given to the top 125 franchise attorneys in the country.
  • In February 2012, the firm welcomed Eugene “Gene” H. Goldberg, to our real estate litigation practice. Mr. Goldberg, formerly with McDonough Marcus Cohn Tretter Heller & Kanca LLP and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, brings substantial experience in complex commercial litigation involving construction and commercial matters, insurance cover­age, professional malpractice claims involving architects and engineers, and liability claims, as well as drafting and negotiating construction related contracts. Mr. Goldberg has written numerous articles in legal publications, and is the former editor of the New York State Bar Association Construc­tion and Surety Division Newsletter. Mr. Goldberg has received the highest “AV” rating in the peer review con­ducted by the Martindale Hubbell legal directory. 
  • In January 2012, Marc J. Luxemburg was a featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Committee on Cooperatives and Con­dominiums of the New York State Bar Association. He spoke on the Jennifer Realty decision and how it impacts on the obligation of Spon­sors to make sales of unsold apartments.
  • In January, 2012, the New York Law Journal published a letter to the editor by Marc. J. Luxemburg, concerning the issue of whether cooperatives should have to pay legal fees to pet owners who violate a no-pet rule, but cannot be evicted by rea­son of the New York City Pet Law.