Dean M. Roberts, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., joined three other local attorneys on an interactive panel sponsored by FirstService Residential, the largest property management company in North America. The session, “Protecting Your Cooperative and Condominium Assets: Liability Exposures Facing Board Members” took place on July 19 at FirstService Residential’s headquarters in New York City.
Roberts and his co-panelists spoke on (1) quality of life issues including accommodating service, emotional support and therapy animals, and effectively addressing smoke, noise and odor complaints; (2) how the Freelance Isn’t Free Act impacts boards; (3) how to successfully amend by-laws to go smoke free; and (4) real estate tax assessments, protests, and the impact of abatements.
Roberts’ area of focus is 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. Roebrts 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.