Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Eva Talel is a partner in Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, one of the largest New York City law firms with a dedicated cooperative housing corporation and condominium practice, representing over 200 co-op and condos, primarily in Manhattan, in every facet of their management and operations and which has continuously represented many of New York City's most sophisticated co-op and condo boards for over thirty years. Ms. Talel's counseling and litigation experience (at the trial and appellate levels as well as in arbitration and mediation formats) includes virtually every matter that arises in the co-op/condo milieu. The Stroock firm's Cooperative and Condominium Practice Group, of which Ms. Talel is co-head, is counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), including its Residential Management Council, comprised of representatives of the leading residential management firms in New York City, which manage hundreds of co-ops and condominiums. Ms. Talel is the Chairperson of the Cooperative and Condominium Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Ms. Talel is also an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, a member of the faculty of the New York State Judicial Institute and a lecturer for programs sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association, and REBNY and a member of the Board of Directors of the NYU Law School Alumni Association. Ms. Talel is a regular columnist for the New York Law Journal, co-authoring with her Stroock partner, Richard Siegler, a bi-monthly column dedicated to cutting-edge co-op and condo law issues and developments, a regular contributor to and source for The New York Times Sunday Real Estate section (as well as the Times' Sunday Real Estate Section and on-line Real Estate Q&A section), and has provided on-air commentary for WNBC's "Today in New York" news program and others regarding co-op and condo issues. Ms. Talel also frequently provides expert commentary to The Real Deal and other outlets on the co-op and condo marketplace.
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP
Steven D. Sladkus is a partner of the firm Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP. His practice areas include Real Estate Litigation (with an emphasis on Cooperatives and Condominiums and mold litigation) and Discrimination Litigation. Mr. Sladkus graduated from Brandeis University (B.A. 1991), Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 1994) and New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation, 1995). He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and the United States District Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Mr. Sladkus lectures on issues concerning mold litigation and also serves as an arbitrator in the Civil Court of the City of New York. His reported cases include Teitelbaum v. Mordowitz, 248 A.D.2d 161, 669 N.Y.S.2d 811 (1st Dep¿t 1998) (granting summary judgment on personal guaranty for real estate loan); Terk v. 40059 Owners Corp., 194 Misc.2d 419, 754 N.Y.S.2d 130 (App. Term 1st Dep¿t 2002) (reversing summary judgment against co-op where question existed whether tenant waived proprietary lease notice requirement for co-op¿s repairs); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Barney Skanska Construction Company, 84 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 562, 79 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 40,267, 2000 WL 1617008 (S.D.N.Y.) (granting summary judgment to defendant construction company dismissing plaintiff¿s claim that defendant was liable for discrimination as a successor-in-interest of company purchased by defendant); and 178 East 80th Street Owners, Inc. v. Jenkins, 2001 WL 619063(S.D.N.Y.) (denial of defendant¿s motion to vacate the parties¿ freely negotiated settlement agreement), 2003 WL 22004900 (S.D.N.Y.) (denial of defendant¿s motions to recuse Magistrate Judge, vacate order of reference to Magistrate and compel action by Magistrate), 2003 WL 22999461 (S.D.N.Y.) (adjudication of contempt against defendant for violating a court-ordered stipulation of settlement with the cooperative corporation and award of $37,028.46 in attorneys¿ fees, plus interest, to the cooperative).
Terra Holdings, LLC
Babette Krolik serves as General Counsel to Terra Holdings, LLC, a holding company that owns and operates several real estate services firms, including Halstead Property Company, a residential brokerage and management company comprised of more than 250 brokers throughout Manhattan; Brown Harris Stevens, one of the oldest and largest residential and commercial real estate service providers in New York City with a staff of over 400 people operating in three states; and Vanderbilt Holdings, a financial services firm with disciplines in insurance and residential mortgage brokerage. She previously was counsel to Zeckendorf Realty, L.P. and the Zeckendorf Company, Inc. She served as general counsel to the New York City Housing Development Corporation and as associate counsel to the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships. She began her career with positions with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Krolik holds a LLB from Northeastern University School of Law and a MA in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is a graduate of Brandeis University.
Kagan Lubic Lepper Lewis Gold & Colbert, LLP
Ronald Jay Gold is an attorney practicing in the City of New York. He is a partner in the firm of Kagan Lubic Lepper Lewis Gold & Colbert, LLP. His practice specializes in real estate and corporate law. In addition, he has represented tenants associations during the conversion of buildings to cooperative and condominium ownership and represents numerous cooperative and condominium associations as general counsel. He served on many committees involving cooperative and condominium law for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Bar Association. He has lectured extensively for such associations at committee meetings and in CLE presentations. He has also lectured for both the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums and the Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives and Condominiums, as well as at seminars for the Cooperator and Habitat magazine. He participated in the State Bar Cooperatives and Condominiums subcommittee on liens and also on the committee that served as advisors on the amendments to the revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Andrew P. Brucker
Schechter & Brucker, P.C.
Andrew P. Brucker has been practicing real estate law for over 35 years. During that period, the vast majority of his time, he has concentrated on coop and condo matters. He has acted as general counsel to over 250 coops and condos over the years, handling matters from revisions to corporate documents, proprietary leases and house rules, to refinancing mortgages. He has personally handled dozens of refinancing of the underlying mortgages in New York cooperatives. Andrew has also acted as the attorney in numerous leasing transactions, including leasing involving large medical practices, a bank, and “pop up” retailers. Andrew is the former Chairman of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law. Andrew has been quoted in dozens of publications on real estate and cooperative and condominium matters (including the New York Times, the Cooperator, Habitat), and has written numerous articles on the subjects in various periodicals, including the New York Law Journal. He has also co-authored the Code of Ethics of the New York Association of Realty Managers, and taught the course on this subject at NYU’s Real Estate Institute. Andrew has lectured at numerous seminars (both at CLEs for NYC Bar and NYS Bar, and those geared to layman) for various organizations and on many coop/condo topics including the basic law of coops; the basic law of condos; laundry contracts; how to hold proper meetings (including proper notice, and the use of proxies); ethics, etc. He is also the founder of the American Medical Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) which raises money for medical research.
Dale J. Degenshein
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP
Dale J. Degenshein is special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. She has over 20 years of experience in cooperative and condominium matters. She has represented and advised more than 100 cooperatives, condominiums and homeowners' associations on a range of issues. Ms. Degenshein has particular expertise in breach of fiduciary duty, review and interpretation of governing documents, housing discrimination, reasonable accommodations for disabilities, claims against boards and individual board members and transactions. Prior to joining Stroock in 2007, Ms. Degenshein was a founding partner of the law firm Cantor, Epstein & Degenshein LLP, where she had represented cooperatives and condominiums since 1995.