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Dean Roberts Speaks at Meeting of Coordinating Council of Cooperatives

Posted on March 16th, 2010


Dean M. Roberts, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and its Cooperative and Condominium Law Group, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at the Amalgamated Housing Corporation in Bronx, New York. In his presentation, What’s in a Name, Roberts will cover issues involved with the way stock certificates are held and what boards, management and shareholders should know. He will speak on the difference between Tenants in Common, Tenants with rights of survivorship, Tenants by the Entireties and what their interaction means for both cooperatives and shareholders.

A resident of Maplewood, New Jersey, Roberts practices in condominium and co-op law, real estate and land use matters, and commercial litigation. He is based in the firm’s New York City office. His area of focus is real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums. At the time his prior firm merged with Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Roberts was the Managing Director of the landlord and tenant practice and had been working in the condo/co-op area for more than 15 years.

Roberts has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors. A substantial portion of his practice consists of representing cooperative corporations and moderate income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord-tenant litigation.

Outside of the office, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives. In his community, Dean works to promote affordable housing as a director of Sequoia Community Initiatives, Inc. and other housing programs.

Roberts earned his J.D. and B.A. from Rutgers University. He is a member of the National Cooperative Business Association. He is a regular speaker and writer on condominium and co-op law. He authored “Limited Garage Spaces, Very Attractive Rates,” which was published in the New York Times.

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 Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Cooperative and Condominium Law Group worked with the establishment of middle income and Mitchell Lama government-assisted cooperative housing. They also helped to develop New York’s legislation for cooperatives constructed with government assistance for persons of moderate income. The Group has represented one of the major developers of this type of housing, dealing with all relevant government agencies in the planning stage, with contractors in the construction stage, and drafting documentation governing the relationships between the cooperatives and shareholders.

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 cooperative & condominium practice expertise in real estate, financing, corporate, general commercial, trusts & estates, and employment law drawn from the other practices of the firm.

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