Condominium & Cooperative Services
The attorneys in our Condominium and Cooperative Services Practice Group have decades of experience representing clients in all aspects of condominium and cooperative law.
We regularly represent developers in the creation of new construction condominiums, whether residential, commercial or mixed-use, from acquisition of a site through construction contracts, financing and filings with the New York Attorney General’s Office, whether of a full offering plan, or through the creation of a commercial condominium regime by a “no-filing required/no action” letter, and finally through sales to the public. We also have significant exposure to the area of commercial leasehold condominiums. Our work extends to the representation of lenders, investors, management, purchasers and sellers in all kinds of related matters.
In this regard, we also work with investors who purchase, sell and operate packages of “unsold shares” and unsold condominium units.
In addition, we are also intimately familiar with the concerns of condominium, cooperative and homeowner association boards, who we regularly represent in both residential and commercial matters. Our work includes acting as general or special counsel in all aspects of corporate management, transactional, and financing matters, as well as litigation.
We feel this breadth of experience gives us a unique perspective and enables us to advise our clients regarding the likely needs and concerns of other parties to their matters.
Our attorneys hold leadership positions in local bar associations and distinguished local and national real estate organizations, and one of our partners is an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University. In addition, we frequently write, publish and present on a wide range of topical issues relevant to the condominium and cooperative communities in various legal and industry forums. Members of Moritt Hock & Hamroff’s Condominiums and Cooperative Services Practice Group serve on the Cooperative and Condominium Committees of the New York State Bar (including a former Chair) and New York City Bar, as well as on the Real Property Sections of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association (the Executive Committee of which includes partners who are a former Chair of the full Real Property Section and a Chair of that organization’s Climate Change Committee). Furthermore, one of our partners has been honored by being named a Charter Fellow of the Construction Law Society of America, and another has been a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers for more than 20 years. Many of our lawyers have been recognized in Super Lawyers and/or Best Lawyers in America.
Drawing on the Firm’s considerable experience in the real estate industry, we endeavor to provide counsel by evaluating all legal, business and practical levels relevant to a matter so that clients can make informed decisions.
When litigation is involved, our practice also covers all facets of litigation before state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals, as well as a myriad of other real estate development, financing and leasing actions and proceedings, from the initial filing of a summons or arbitration demand to the ultimate prosecution or defense of an appeal, and all matters in between. In role, we handle all discovery and e-discovery, dispositive and other motions, and dispute resolution and trial work, whether for associations, co-op/condo boards, tenant associations or individuals.
We regularly litigate a broad scope of real estate claims involving construction or design defects, mechanics liens, contractual and ownership disputes, and statutory and corporate governance and fiduciary disputes, including those relating to the liabilities of officers and directors of our cooperative, condominium and homeowners association clients. In addition, we litigate disputes concerning representations made in cooperative and condominium offering plans, disputes with or between unit owners, proprietary lessees, condominium and cooperative boards, sponsors and/or a variety of third-party stakeholders, and matters concerning issues such as licensing disputes with neighboring building owners.
We are particularly excited to announce, as of September 2023, our Condominium and Cooperative Services Practice Group will be enhanced with the addition of a five-attorney team, pre-eminent in this field, from a well-known New York City boutique law firm that is winding down after more than 40 years.
Our Condominium and Cooperative Services Practice Group is steeped in the area of condominiums, cooperatives and homeowners associations, including the underlying real estate law fundamental to this discipline. We enjoy it, and we are gratified at being recognized for our work. Supported by Moritt Hock & Hamroff’s other practice groups, we are proud to offer services to all our clients and industry participants.