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News Archive: 2013
  • In December 2013, the firm proudly announced that two associate attorneys have been named part­ners of the firm: Scott M. Smiler, in our real estate department, and Jerry A. Weiss, in our litigation department.
  • In December 2013, partner Mark B. Brenner gave a presentation with two other attorneys on Personal Bankruptcy at the New York County Lawyers Association. 
  • In December 2013, partner Jay Hack moderated a seminar on the SEC’s proposed crowdfunding regulations to facilitate small business capital raising, for the New York State Bar Association.
  • In December 2013, partner Jay Hack was the principal speaker at the New York Association of Real Estate Managers December luncheon, on the topic of “Getting Inside the Mind of Your Banker – Why They Care About Your Loan Covenants.”
  • In November, 2013, partner Marc Luxemburg presented his annual seminar on Current Significant Legal Topics at the annual conference of the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums. The seminar is a survey of all of the court decisions in the past year that affect cooperatives and condominiums, with an emphasis on how boards need to update their procedures to kept abreast of the new developments. Mr. Luxemburg also presented a similar seminar at a meeting of the Association of Riverdale Cooperatives in December, 2013.
  • In November 2013, associate Peter R. Massa gave a presentation on representing cooperative and condominium boards at the Cardozo Law School Continuing Legal Education panel.
  • In November 2013, partner Marc J. Luxemburg and associate Peter R. Massa gave a presentation on issues facing cooperative and condominium boards concerning ownership of apartments by trustees and other entities, at the New York Council for Cooperatives and Condominium’s annual housing conference.
  • In October 2013, partners David L. BerkeyRandy J. Heller and Seymour D. Reich were honored by their selection as Super Lawyers in the New York Metro area, appearing in the October 6, 2013 New York Times Magazine.
  • In October, 2013, partner Marc Luxemburg submitted a brief amicus curiae on behalf of the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums to the Appellate Division First Department in the appeal of the matter entitled entitled Razzano v. Woodstock Owners Corp. The appeal involved the issue of whether a cooperative board could prohibit subletting of apartments by all purchasers of apartments, while allowing existing shareholders to continue to sublet until they sold their apartments, a procedure sometimes called “grandfathering”. The brief argued that the grandfathering policy was within the board’s power under the business judgment rules and was enacted in the best interest of the cooperative and its resident homeowners. The Appellate Division subsequently ruled that the business judgment rule was superseded by section 501 of the Business Corporation Law, which the court stated did not allow some shareholders to have rights that were not granted to all shareholders.
  • In October, 2013, partner Marc Luxemburg co-presented a seminar with Gregory Carlson, president of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, entitled Introduction to Co-op Board Responsibilities. The seminar is designed to provide board members, particularly those who are recently elected to their boards, with an overview of the legal and operational responsibilities of board members and how to deal with common situations.
  • In August, 2013, partner Marc Luxemburg presented a seminar for members of cooperative boards on The New Form of Proprietary Lease which has been promulgated by the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums. The seminar explores the deficiencies in existing forms of proprietary leases and how the new form clarifies the authority of a board to manage the cooperative.
  • In July 2013, partner David T. Azrin hosted a seminar on Sustainable Growth Through Sensible Franchising, for the International Franchise Association Franchise Business Network. 
  • In July 2013, partner David L. Berkey, First Vice-Chair of the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section, hosted the group’s Summer Meeting, in New Paltz, New York.
  • In July 2013, partner David N. Milner was re-elected and began his fifth term as Trustee of the Village of Lake Success.
  • In March 2013, partner Marc J. Luxemburg appeared on the television show “Speak Up” on Time Warner Cable Channel 34, speaking on objectionable conduct and other defaults under the coop proprietary lease. Watch the interview. 
  • In January 2013, partner 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 on a panel discussing the impact of the decision in Fletcher v. the Dakota.