- In November, 2014, 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.
- In November 2014, the Gallet Dreyer & Berkey LLP Construction Law Practice, headed by Randy J. Heller, was awarded a National Tier 1 Ranking as a Best Law Firm In Construction Law by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers.
- In October 2014, partners David L. Berkey, Randy J. Heller and Seymour D. Reich were honored as Super Lawyers in their respective areas, as nominated by their peers and selected by the editorial board of the New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine supplement to The New York Times.
- On October 29, 2014, partner Jay L. Hack was a principal speaker at the New York Association of Realty Managers annual expo, for a program on cyber security for real estate managers titled, “Don’t be a Target … or a Home Depot …or a JP Morgan.”
- On October 16, 2014, partner Jay L. Hack was the featured speaker at the Independent Bankers Association of New York annual security conference, speaking on cyber security legal and corporate governance issues for banks.
- In August, 2014, partner Marc J. Luxemburg presented a seminar for members of cooperative boards and managing agents concerning the new form of proprietary lease which has been promulgated by the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums. The seminar explored the deficiencies in existing forms of proprietary leases and how the new form clarifies the authority of a board to manage the cooperative.
- In June 2014, 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 was 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.
- On June 10, 2014, partner Beatrice Lesser was a panelist in a continuing legal education program. She spoke on the topic of Fiduciary Obligations of Board Members in Co-ops, Condos and Homeowners Associations, at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
- On June 1, 2014, partner David L. Berkey was honored to become the Chairperson of the
New York State Bar Association’s Real Property Law Section.
- On March 19, 2014, associate Michelle P. Quinn gave a continuing legal education presentation for other attorneys on residential and commercial landlord/tenant Law in New York, organized by the Lorman Education Services.
- In March, 2014, partner Marc Luxemburg presented a seminar at the Association of Riverdale Cooperatives for members of cooperative boards on The New Form of Proprietary Lease. The seminar explored the deficiencies in existing forms of proprietary leases and how the new form (which has been promulgated by the Council of New York Cooperatives) clarifies the authority of a board to manage the cooperative.
- In February, 2014, partner Marc Luxemburg submitted a brief amicus curiae on behalf of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums to the Appellate Division First Department in the appeal of the matter entitled Razzano v. Woodstock Owners Corp. in support of the Motion for Leave to Appeal to the Court of Appeals by the cooperative. The appeal involves the issue of whether a cooperative board can 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 Appellate Division 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. The brief argued that the decision of the Appellate Division was in conflict with decisions of the Court of Appeals, and that leave should be granted so the Court of Appeals could resolve the conflict.
- In February 2014, partner David T. Azrin was again honored to be named as a Franchise Times Legal Eagle, a designation given to the best attorneys in franchising as judged by his peers in conjunction with the Franchise Times’ editorial board.
News Archive: 2014