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  • May 14, 2021Dean Roberts Speaks at Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York Virtual Meeting

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its New York Real Estate & Finance Law Practice Group and the firm’s Cooperative (“Co-op”) and Condominium Law Industry Group, spoke at the monthly virtual meeting of the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York (CCC) on Saturday, April 10.

    “Each month, I enjoy the conversation had with these cooperative board members. I am glad to be a part of and help this group of New York’s professionals in continuing their legal education to make their residents’ lives the best they can be,” said Roberts.

    About the Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York

    The CCC, composed of housing cooperatives ranging from seventy to thousands of units, aims to serve as a sounding board for circulating ideas and experiences that may apply to other cooperatives and to implement joint programs for economic and political achievement.

    At the meeting, Roberts addressed general information regarding Housing Court, accumulated arrears, landlord-tenant matters, marijuana laws, and nuisance issues. Participants also had the opportunity to ask questions about their specific cooperatives. Additionally, a representative of Get Women Cycling joined the meeting to discuss the services, education, and support they offer for safe street passage and the changing landscape of daily commuting in New York City. To view the recording, please click here, or for more information, visit cccofgny.coop.

    About Dean Roberts

    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.

    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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  • Jan 27, 2021Norris McLaughlin Hires Two More Attorneys for New York Office

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome two more attorneys, David Siegel and Krista Halpin, to its Time Square, New York City office. Siegel joins the firm as Senior Counsel to the Intellectual Property Practice Group, while Halpin joins the Real Estate & Finance Practice Group and Cooperative (“Co-op”) and Condominium Law Industry Group as an Associate.

    “We are very enthusiastic about the opportunities that David and Krista will bring to the firm. These exceptional attorneys will add significant expertise to our existing practices and allow us to expand these practice areas in our New York City office. We look forward to providing enhanced services to our clients as a result of their joining the firm,” said Andrew N. Parfomak, Administrative Partner for the firm’s New York office.

    About David Siegel

    David H. Siegel concentrates his practice on all aspects of intellectual property strategy, maintenance, and enforcement. He represents clients in patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, transactions, and litigation.

    Siegel has significant experience in intellectual property licensing and brand protection. He advises clients on global patent and trademark protection, clearance, options, and alternatives. Siegel has represented inventors, businesses, and start-ups in patent-related matters such as the drafting, filing, and prosecution of patent applications and non-disclosure and development agreements.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was the in-house intellectual property counsel for a leading multinational costume designer, manufacturer, and distributor. He earned his J.D. in 2005 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his B.A., in 2002 from Columbia College.

    About Krista Halpin

    Krista Halpin focuses her practice on complex commercial real estate transactions and major projects for private, public, governmental, and high-profile individuals. She handles cooperative (“co-op”) and condominium real estate, finance, and corporate matters, issues, agreements and transactions, contract negotiations, and development.

    Additionally, Halpin is experienced in general real estate law and finance; commercial transactions; lease and license agreements; corporate law; the formation of corporate entities; governing documents and general agreements; municipal and regulatory matters; project management entitlements, agreements, and easements; tax benefits and conditions; and tax payer agreement plans and negotiations. She manages legal risk and resolves situations with potentially adverse financial repercussions, resulting in favorable outcomes.

    Halpin earned her J.D. in 2001 from Brooklyn Law School, where she was Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and received the “CALI Excellence for the Future Award” in American Legal History. She earned her B.A. in 1996 from Villanova University.

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  • Dec 16, 2020Dean Roberts Presents Estates and Trusts Webinar for Morningside Gardens Co-op Shareholders

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its New York Real Estate & Finance Law Practice Group and the firm’s Cooperative (“Co-op”) and Condominium Law Industry Group, presented “Estates and Trusts Presentation for Co-op Shareholders” to the Morningside Heights Housing Corporation for the third year in a row on December 11. Due to the pandemic, however, this year’s presentation was virtual.

    “It is so important, especially for shareholders, to put all your wishes and desires in a trust form to avoid a long-contested probate, so that your appointed trustee can take care of business right away, benefiting everyone involved,” said Roberts, who serves as Counsel to the Morningside Heights Housing Corporation.

    About the Estates and Trusts Presentation for Co-op Shareholders

    In the presentation, Roberts explained how estates are handled in New York State and what shareholders can do to protect their assets and make the process as simple as possible for themselves and their family members. Also discussed were the various forms and uses of trusts that are now available to shareholders at Morningside Gardens. Participants were able to submit questions before, during, and after the presentation, which Roberts would answer to be circulated later through a follow-up document. To view a recording of the virtual presentation, please click here.

    About Dean Roberts

    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.

    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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  • Oct 01, 2020Dean Roberts Speaks at First Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York Virtual Meeting

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its New York Real Estate & Finance Law Practice Group and of the firm’s Cooperative (“Co-op”) and Condominium Law Industry Group, spoke at the first virtual meeting of the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York (CCC) on Saturday, September 12.

    “It is important for condo and co-op boards to consider how to address the issues of enforcing maintenance obligations with limitations created by the COVID-19-related orders, while the current status of the Housing Court and how that affects shareholders’ abilities is confusing and so fluid during these trying times,” said Roberts.

    About the Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York

    The CCC, composed of housing cooperatives ranging from seventy to thousands of units, aims to serve as a sounding board for circulating ideas and experiences that may apply to other cooperatives and to implement joint programs for economic and political achievement.

    At the meeting, Roberts addressed many topics that have come up due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as wearing masks, holding virtual meetings, opening gyms, and what the court system is and is not doing on arrears issues. He set liability and legal procedure expectations for condo and co-op boards and discussed how Norris McLaughlin has been operating remotely and what resources the firm offers during these unprecedented times. The next meeting, also virtual, will be on Saturday, October 17. For more information, visit cccofgny.coop.

    About Dean Roberts

    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.

    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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  • May 29, 2020Dean Roberts Speaks Nationally to Co-ops, Condos, and HOAs About Meeting Remotely in the New Normal

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its New York Real Estate & Finance Law Practice Group, presented the webinar, “Voting, Meeting Remotely & Bridging the Tech Divide in Co-ops, Condos & HOAs,” sponsored by Honest Ballot on May 27 to over 500 participants for The Cooperator.

    “COVID-19 has raised many questions about how condo and co-op boards are able to conduct business as well as how residents can continue to participate in their communities’ governance while still social distancing. It’s been a confusing and difficult road, but we are finally getting to a point where there may be some answers,” said Roberts.

    Co-ops, Condos, and HOAs Voting and Meeting Remotely

    Roberts addressed the primary concerns boards and residents have about holding board elections and other vote-dependent functions while social distancing, what boards and managers should know ahead of time about the laws around electronic voting and meeting, the steps a board should take in transitioning from in-person meetings and voting to an electronic/online format, the biggest challenges in getting residents to accept and participate in virtual meetings and electronic elections from a management perspective, what liability concerns a board might have around virtual meetings and elections, recommendations for boards and managers to better inform residents about the procedures and improve buy-in and participation, and the opportunity for associations to adopt remote elections and owner/shareholder meetings even after the crisis has subsided.

    About Dean Roberts

    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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  • Jan 06, 2020Dean Roberts and Abbey Horwitz to Present on Estate Planning and Trust Ownership for Co-op Shareholders

    Dean M. Roberts and Abbey M. Horwitz, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak to the shareholders of Morningside Heights Housing Corporation. The presentation will take place Saturday, January 11, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., and again on Thursday, January 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., in New York City.

    About the Presentation

    Topics to be discussed include 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 forms and uses of trusts available to the shareholders of Morningside Gardens. Throughout the presentation, Roberts and Horwitz will answer questions from attendees.

    “Often, co-op shareholders forget the importance of including the cooperatives when thinking about their estate planning and trust administration, so I feel it is crucial to let them know that they have options and we’re here to help,” said Roberts. Horwitz added, “Estate planning and trust administration is much more complex than just making a will. It is essential to make people aware of what services are available to them.”

    About the Presenters

    Dean Roberts

    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.

    Abbey Horwitz

    Horwitz practices primarily in the area of estate planning and administration.  She is experienced in preparing wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, and other estate planning documents.  She is also experienced in administering estates and trusts, including counseling executors and trustees; preparing estate, trust, and guardianship pleadings; preparing estate and trust accountings; preparing estate tax returns; handling estate tax audits; and preparing releases and waivers for distributions from estates and trusts.

    In addition, Horwitz has experience preparing corporate and LLC filings, including certificates of incorporation, articles of organization, bylaws, operating agreements, and IRC 501(c)(3) filings.

    Horwitz earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University in 2018; her J.D. from New York Law School in 2006; and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000.

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  • Dec 17, 2019Michael Reilly Speaks to the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York

    Michael T. Reilly, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Proactive Strategies for Shaping Legislation, Regulation, and Political Discourse in New York City Cooperatives” to the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York on December 14.

    About the Presentation

    Reilly discussed how each individual cooperative could come together with the Coordinating Council of Cooperative to influence the political agenda proactively through education, participation, and voting. He suggested participating in community events, inviting elected officials to speak to shareholders and residents, communicating with Community Affairs, volunteering and hosting events, and donating to applicable causes.

    “It’s important for these New York cooperative board members to get involved in their communities, and politics is a great outlet to do so. Providing the educational tools necessary for them to be a part of the decision-making really benefits the entire City in the long run,” said Reilly.

    About Michael Reilly

    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.

    Reilly 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 has successfully negotiated with commercial developers and neighboring buildings to secure license, access, and indemnity agreements on behalf of landlords during construction.

    Reilly regularly appears before the 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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