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  • Apr 15, 2019Michael Reilly in Panel Discussion at The Cooperator Expo New York

    Michael T. Reilly, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., participated in the panel discussion “Homesharing and Subletting in the Airbnb Era – New Rules and Best Practices to Protect Your Investment” at The Cooperator Expo New York, Thursday, April 11, at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York.

    Reilly discussed the rise of Airbnb and other homeshare platforms and the latest developments in the homeshare economy; how it’s impacting property owners and building administrators in the city; and what you can do to strike a balance between residents’ rights and protecting your property.

    The Cooperator Expo New York is one of New York’s biggest co-op, condo, and apartment expos, with more than 300 exhibitors. Attendees get advice from industry experts and network with peers while learning about the latest building services.

    Reilly devotes his practice to real estate, construction, finance, landlord tenant litigation, and probate matters.  He advises cooperative and condominium boards and homeowner associations on corporate governance, financing, construction contracts, commercial leases, regulatory compliance, utility procurement, and insurance recovery matters. He also provides general counsel advice to not-for-profit corporations that provide supportive housing and social services to elderly, economically disadvantaged, and developmentally disabled residents. He represents corporate entities, individuals, and trusts in the purchase, sale, and lease of commercial properties, condominium units, cooperative apartments, loft spaces, time-share properties, single and multi-family homes, and undeveloped land. Reilly helps owners obtain acquisition financing and negotiate the refinancing and restructuring of underlying mortgages and lines of credit, he advises real estate investors in Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 like-kind exchanges.

    In addition, Reilly litigates commercial and residential landlord tenant cases in New York Civil and Supreme Courts. He has represented condominium boards in common charge collection and unit owner default cases, and successfully negotiated with commercial developers and neighboring buildings to secure license, access, and indemnity agreements on behalf of landlords during construction. He regularly appears before city and state regulatory agencies, including the New York City Environmental Control Board, the New York City Department of Buildings, and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, defending landlords and tenants in municipal, construction, environmental, criminal, fire, and building code violations. He has successfully prosecuted non-primary residence proceedings on behalf of regulated housing landlords.

    Reilly received his B.A., Government, from Hamilton College in 1998, his J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 2001, and his LL.M., Taxation, from Boston University School of Law.

    Posted in: Cooperative ("Co-op") and Condominium Law, Estate Planning & Administration, Michael T. Reilly, News, Real Estate & Finance | Tags: , , , ,

  • Apr 08, 2019Dean Roberts to Speak on Cyber and Internet Issues

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Cyber and Internet Issues Affecting Co-Ops and Their Board of Directors” at the monthly meeting of the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York on Saturday, April 13.

    Roberts will discuss specific procedures and policies that board members and co-ops need to take into consideration when it comes to cyber and internet issues. The meeting, set for 9:15 – 12:00 p.m., Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated House, in Bronx, will also include a question and answer session, networking opportunities, and “What’s New in Your Co-Op.”

    Roberts focuses his practice on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors.  Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement.  In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987, and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

    Posted in: Cooperative ("Co-op") and Condominium Law, Dean M. Roberts, News | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

  • Mar 01, 2019Dean Roberts Master Class Lecture for HABITATU

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is a featured co-lecturer for HABITATU’s Master Class: Legal Topics for Experienced Board Directors, “Board Makeup.” Run by HABITAT and National Cooperative Bank (NCB), HABITATU is a free online course platform for Co-op and Condo Board Directors.

    The course covers important issues concerning board director make-up and their obligations, including who can serve, sponsor obligations, and removing directors. For more information and to register for the course, please click here.

    Roberts focuses his practice on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors.  Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement.  In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987, and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Feb 08, 2019Dean Roberts to Present on Estates and Trusts for Co-op Shareholders

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Estate Planning and Trust Ownership” to shareholders of Morningside Heights Housing Corporation. The closed presentation will take place Saturday, February 9, 2 – 3:30 p.m., and again Thursday, February 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m., in New York City.

    Roberts will discuss how estates are handled in the state of New York, what shareholders can do to create a more seamless process to protect their assets, and the new forms and uses of trust now available to shareholders of Morningside Gardens. Throughout the presentation, Roberts will answer questions from attendees.

    Roberts focuses on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors.  Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement.  In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Apr 11, 2018Dean Roberts Speaks at Meeting of Coordinating Council of Cooperatives

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Legal Issues for Our Co-ops” at the monthly meeting of the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York on Saturday, April 14.  Roberts will discuss decreased shareholders and the issues presented for boards and management.  The meeting, set for 9:15 AM– noon, at Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated House, in Bronx, will also include a question and answer session, networking opportunities, and “What’s New in Your Co-op.”

    Roberts focuses on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors.  Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement.  In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Nov 01, 2017Gerry Proefriedt Participates in New York Co-op & Condo Expo

    Gerard Proefriedt, a Member with Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate on an interactive panel for the New York Co-op & Condo Expo sponsored by The Cooperator on November 2, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on West 34th Street in New York.

    Proefriedt will take part in “Homesharing – How to Handle the Impact of Airbnb in Your Building” from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in Room 2.  According to The Cooperator, “Homesharing is a trend that’s not likely to disappear any time soon – and it poses unique challenges to boards. This seminar will explore the legality of homesharing, security/ privacy concerns, house rules for co-ops/ condos, and impact on property values, as well as ways for boards and residents to compromise on homesharing policy in their buildings and associations.”  The panel will discuss the primary legal concerns for condo boards to consider regarding homesharing in their building or HOA, and what unit owners should take into consideration before opening their home to Airbnb guests or similar short-term renters.

    The expo provides educational seminars about the latest building services, free advice from industry experts, and an opportunity to network with peers from more than 250 exhibitors.  For more information or to register, visit https://coopexpofall.com/.

    Proefriedt devotes his practice to real estate law and commercial litigation, with specific expertise in Loft Law.  The objective of the Loft Law is to bring buildings illegally converted to residential use into compliance with state and city housing laws relating to health, safety, and fire protection.  The requirements of these laws are met when the owner performs construction work to bring its building up to the city’s residential code and obtains a revised certificate of occupancy that allows residential use of the building.

    Proefriedt is also experienced in landlord and tenant law, real estate leasing, air rights transfers, cooperative and condominium conversions, commercial litigation, real estate transfers, and refinancing.  He earned his J.D. from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, in 1987, and his B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984.

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  • Jul 26, 2017Dean Roberts Participates in Interactive Panel Discussion on Cooperative and Condominium Law

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., joined three other local attorneys on an interactive panel sponsored by FirstService Residential, the largest property management company in North America. The session, “Protecting Your Cooperative and Condominium Assets: Liability Exposures Facing Board Members” took place on July 19 at FirstService Residential’s headquarters in New York City.

    Roberts and his co-panelists spoke on (1) quality of life issues including accommodating service, emotional support and therapy animals, and effectively addressing smoke, noise and odor complaints; (2) how the Freelance Isn’t Free Act impacts boards; (3) how to successfully amend by-laws to go smoke free; and (4) real estate tax assessments, protests, and the impact of abatements.

    Roberts’ area of focus is real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/ purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors. Roebrts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/ tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement. In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors  and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Nov 13, 2013Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Closes First Multi-Family Grant Under NYC Build It Back

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Closes First Multi-Family Grant Under NYC Build It Back

    New York, NY (November 13, 2013) – New York, NY (November 13, 2013) – The Cooperative and Condominium Law Group of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. represented Knickerbocker Village (KVI) in securing $1.46 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds from NYC Build it Back multi-family building repair program. This transaction was the first grant provided by the NYC Build it Back program. KVI was represented by Norris McLaughlin, P.A.attorneys Burt Allen Solomon, Karol S. Robinson, Michael T. Reilly, and Danielle M. Wanglien.

    “Knickerbocker Village will use its $1.46 million to finance Phase I of repairs to help undo the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to making much needed repairs, the funds will help improve the resiliency of the buildings to resist and mitigate damage from future severe weather events,” said Robinson.

    “NYC Build it Back is an important part of our efforts help New Yorkers continue the road to recovery,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

    “Today marks a new beginning for these first three multi-family buildings to receive federal recovery funding through NYC Build it Back. Hurricane Sandy was a turning point for how we must think about protecting our tenants and our housing stock in the face of severe weather events. It’s fitting that we memorialize this storm by moving forward and rebuilding better, smarter and stronger than before,” said Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas.

    By way of merger with Szold & Brandwen, P.C., Norris McLaughlin, P.A. has a long and illustrious history working with housing corporations. Members of the Cooperative and Condominium Law Group worked with the establishment of middle income and Mitchell-Lama government-assisted cooperative housing. They have also helped to develop and update New York’s legislation for cooperatives constructed with government assistance for persons of moderate income. The Group deals with all relevant government agencies involved with this type of housing, represents housing developments with their architects, engineers and contractors, and advises them concerning corporate governance and the relationships between the co-ops and their shareholders and commercial tenants.

    Today, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. represents cooperative and affordable housing corporations as both general and special counsel, as well as luxury cooperatives and condominiums, dealing with the Boards of Directors, officers, and managers. The firm brings to its co-op and condominium practice expertise in real estate, financing, corporate, general commercial, trusts and estates, and employment law drawn from the other practices of the firm.

    Posted in: Burt Allen Solomon, Cooperative ("Co-op") and Condominium Law, Michael T. Reilly, News |

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