A vast majority of attorneys, whether in a small firm or large firm will be involved in a real estate transaction in the course of their practice. There are a great many ethical pitfalls which one may fall into while handling a real estate transaction. Some of these ethical issues are obvious and others are far more difficult to recognize. This updated course will examine in detail day-to-day ethical issues that confront real estate attorneys and the general practitioner. Special emphasis will be made on conflicts of interest; the holding of escrow monies and title issues.
This program was recorded on January 26th, 2009.
Arthur W. Greig
Arthur W. Greig is a sole practitioner in New York County, specializing in civil and criminal trial practice and election law appellate practice. He is a graduate of Tufts University and American University Law School. He has previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County and as a Law Secretary in New York County Supreme Court. He was a Staff Counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly from 1987-1991, and in 1998 was a Special Counsel to the Chairman of the NYS Assembly Ways and Means Committee, concentrating primarily on judiciary and court merger issues. He was a Special Counsel to the New York State Senate Minority, concentrating in the area of Redistricting and Reapportionment, from 2003 to 2004. He was a member and Panel Chairman of the First Judicial Department's Disciplinary Committee from 1993-1998, and was from 1996-1999 a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Judiciary Committee. He is currently a member of the Election Law Committee at ABCNY. Since 1997, he has served as a Co-Law Chair of the New York County Democratic Committee and as a Counsel to the NYS Democratic Party Chair, Herman D. Farrell.
Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP
Neil B. Garfinkel is the partner-in-charge of the real estate and banking practices at Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP (“AGMB”), a full service law firm which has offices in New York and California. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School and the State University of New York at Albany, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Garfinkel’s legal experience is diverse and his practice focuses on all aspects of commercial and residential real estate, title and banking and lending law. Mr. Garfinkel’s clients include national and international banks, mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, real estate brokers, real estate developers, condominium associations, cooperative corporations, landlords, tenants, title companies, borrowers and purchasers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate. He serves as Residential Counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York (“REBNY”) and hosts the REBNY Legal Line, a daily hotline provided exclusively for residential members of REBNY.
Hankin & Mazel, PLLC
Geoffrey R. Mazel is a member of Hankin & Mazel, PLLC, located in midtown Manhattan. They represent over 8,000 units of Cooperative and Condominium housing. He graduated from St. John's Law School in 1986. His practice has been devoted to real estate law, with extensive experience in cooperative and condominium law, litigation, and sales and acquisitions. He is a past member of the Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Mazel is the Counsel for the President’s Council of Cooperatives & Condominiums, a coalition of over 75 Coop/Condo Board Presidents representing over 75,000 units of residential housing. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Mr. Mazel currently serves as the Campaign Treasurer and as a Counsel for Jon Kaiman, the Supervisor of the Town of North Hempstead. He is licensed in both New York and New Jersey.