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WHO’S NEWS: Commercial appointments and promotions

Friedberg Pinkas PLLC has hired attorney Charles R. Stark as a partner.

Stark will be expected to play a major role in growing the firm’s commercial and residential real estate practices. He will have an immediate impact on the firm’s existing roster of real estate clients. In addition, he will be bringing along an impressive roster of his own clients.

Stark comes to Friedberg Pinkas PLLC with over ten years of legal experience, most recently as founder of CR Stark & Associates P.C., a New York City-based boutique real estate law firm he founded.
Prior to his work there, Stark was associated with the law firm of Seth Stein P.C. and the law firm of Donovan & Giannuzzi, LLP.

He received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School and received his Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration on Finance from Tulane University.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Real Estate Board of New York, and holds a New York State Real Estate Broker’s License.


Greiner-Maltz Realty Advisors announced the appointment of Lisa Owen as an Associate Broker to the firm.

Owen is a licensed real estate broker in both New York and Connecticut and will be specializing in investment sales and leasing of commercial property in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

Owen comes to Greiner-Maltz with 25 years of experience in all facets of commercial property and has a track record of closing more than $2 billion of transactions in multiple asset classes.

Prior to joining Greiner-Maltz, she was an investment sales broker with Houlihan Lawrence, responsible for sourcing, marketing, analyzing and closing sale transactions of commercial property, as well as leasing, financing and advisory, with a focus on retail, office, hospitality and multifamily properties in NY & CT.

Owen has also held senior positions with firms including New Plan Excel Realty Trust, KSL Resorts (an affiliate of KKR), Rockwood Realty, Concorde Realty Partners, Imperial Credit Commercial Mortgage Investment Corp., Benbrooke Realty Investment Group, FTI Consulting, and Ernst & Young Real Estate Group.

She holds both a Master of Real Estate Development and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.


Alston & Bird has named David Freedman among its new 2017 partners.

Freedman has been named a partner in the Real Estate Finance & Investment Group.

He focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate finance, representing national banks and other institutional investors on the origination, purchase, sale, and other dispositions of senior and subordinate debt secured by complex commercial properties throughout the U.S.


TANTUM Real Estate founding principal Debra Tantleff has been appointed to the Rutgers Center for Real Estate Executive Committee.

Tantleff will help develop and support initiatives that serve to elevate the profile of the Center within the broader Rutgers University community and real estate industry at large, with a special emphasis on helping to foster and promote collaboration among the Center’s students, faculty and advisory board.

Tantleff is currently co-chair of the Center’s Emerging Leaders Council, comprising a diverse cross-section of New Jersey commercial real estate rising stars that serve as a conduit between the Center’s advisory board and student body.

Tantleff’s appointment coincides with that of fellow Emerging Leaders Council co-chair Brett Tanzman of Garden Homes.

The Executive Committee is co-chaired by Carl Goldberg of Canoe Brook Management and James E. Hanson of The Hampshire Cos.

A veteran of New Jersey commercial real estate, Tantleff founded TANTUM Real Estate in 2014 as a Women’s Business Enterprise focused on creating boutique multi-family and mixed-use communities in the New Jersey region.
Prior to that, she was a Vice President of Development at Roseland, a Mack-Cali Company.
She is a member of the New Jersey Committee of the Regional Plan Association and the Executive Board of Directors for Downtown New Jersey, and is also a member of New Jersey Future and New Jersey Mixed-Use Developers (MXD).

An honors graduate from Rutgers University, Tantleff holds a B.A.S. from the School of Communication and Information Studies.

She also holds a Masters in Real Estate Finance from the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University.


The partners of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP have promoted Gillian Deutch in the New York office to of counsel.

Deutch, formerly an associate, joined the Firm in 2015 and practices with the Real Estate Capital Markets Group, focusing her practice in the area of real estate finance.

She represents lenders in the origination of mortgage and mezzanine loans, syndication, loan restructuring, and bankruptcy-related matters. She has experience in many segments of the marketplace, including hotel, condominium, residential multifamily, commercial office, shopping centers, self-storage, and retail properties.


Herrick, Feinstein LLP promoted four attorneys to partner.

Janice Goldberg focuses on complex commercial litigation, including litigation arising out of bankruptcy matters. In 2016, she was part of the Herrick team that secured a notable Appellate Division, Second Department victory for a private client, involving the rare overturning of a multi-million-dollar Beth Din (rabbinical court) arbitration award.

Recently, she also successfully defended several New York City commercial real estate owners and managing agents in an Appellate Division, First Department appeal of a proposed class action claim, filed by plaintiffs who sought rent refunds for loss of services during Hurricane Sandy.

Adam Stein focuses on complex commercial disputes with an emphasis on real estate litigation, representing owners, developers, investors, lenders and title insurance companies.

Recently, he was part of the Herrick team that successfully defended the developers of the $320 million Brooklyn Bridge Park Pierhouse hotel and condominium project against two lawsuits seeking to halt construction. Adam also successfully defended a major developer in an Appellate Division, First Department appeal involving a contract dispute over a valuable Staten Island waterfront development site.

Dena Cohen focuses on office and retail leasing transactions, ground leases, and real estate sales and acquisitions. Recently, Dena advised a major New York City developer in the assembling, acquisition and ground leasing of properties for development in New York City. Dena also counseled Greystar Real Estate Partners in the $211 million acquisition and financing of a multifamily building in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, and The World-Wide Group and Cammeby’s International, as owner, in the ground leasing of a $220 million Class A tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Jason Kleinman focuses on domestic and international tax planning matters, primarily for closely-held businesses and their owners. Recently, he advised The European Fine Arts Foundation in a joint venture to own and operate an annual Fall and Spring art fair at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory, sports investor Joe Tacopina on the acquisition of the Italian soccer club Venezia F.C., and a private client in the acquisition of a vineyard on Long Island’s North Fork.

Before joining Herrick, Jason worked for the international division of the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, where he specialized in the administration of Treasury Regulations applicable to cross-border investments.


Michael Blaymore and Richard Herzbach have been elected co-presidents of the Long Island Real Estate Group (LIREG), the 400-member philanthropic and networking organization. LIREG also re-elected other officers.

Michael Blaymore, managing partner of the Roslyn Heights law firm Salamon, Gruber, Blaymore, & Strenger P.C., has been a member of the LIREG executive board since 2008.

He was executive vice president in 2015-2016 and was a vice president in 2012. He concentrates on commercial real estate, corporate law and real estate related litigation.

He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Nassau County 9/11 Memorial Foundation and the Board of Advisors of the American Cancer Society. He is a resident of Melville.

Richard Herzbach is a partner in the condominium and cooperative law department of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, East Meadow.

He has been chair of LIREG’s charity committee and has been an executive board member since 2008. He formerly was a New York State assistant attorney general in the agency’s Real Estate Finance Bureau, which regulates condominiums and cooperatives. Herzbach has represented numerous developers throughout New York in all types and aspects of condominium, cooperative and homeowner association Law.

Alison Brennan, chief executive at Hauppauge-based property managers Einbinder Development, was re-elected co-vice president.

She had been a board member since 2012 and has headed the LIREG at Work and LIREG mentoring programs.
A third generation of her family to join the real estate business founded in 1965 by Joseph Einbinder, she is focused on leasing, management, and real estate development in affiliation with First Development Corp. of Hauppauge.

Sean Cronin, a partner at the Mineola-based Cronin & Cronin Law Firm, was re-elected co-vice president. He has been a board member of LIREG since 2012 and has served as membership chair. He also is active in LIREG’s New Gen program.

Cronin specializes in tax certiorari, protesting real property tax assessments and condemnation for commercial properties throughout New York State.

Charles Alter, of Lido Beach, a partner in Louis Lefkowitz Realty Inc., a property ownership and management firm based in Jericho, was re-elected treasurer. He formerly was a co-vice president and board member.

Eric Rubenstein, a partner and real estate department chair at the Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC, was re-elected secretary, a position he has held since 2008.


AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets announced the appointment of Steve McCarthy as the new Head of North America.

For the past three years, McCarthy has been AXA IM – Real Assets’ U.S. Head of Asset Management & Transactions. He joined AXA IM – Real Assets in 2013 from MXA Capital after holding senior positions at the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, Buchanan Street Partners, WestWind Capital Partners LP and Jones Lang Wootton, and in the UK at Tishman Speyer Properties.

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