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Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018


Speaker(s): Andrew M. Schutzman, Deborah L. Goldman, Emilie Cooper, Eric G. Menkes, Janice Mac Avoy, Jeffrey W. O'Neale, Joshua Stein, Michael Zukerman, Nicole Levin Mesard, Pery D. Krinsky, Robert J. Hellman, S.H. Spencer Compton, Steven G. Horowitz, Thomas A. Glatthaar, Thomas D. Kearns, Vincent J. Roldan, Yariv C. Ben-Ari
Recorded on: Apr. 10, 2018
PLI Program #: 221049

Andrew M. Schutzman is CEO and President of AMS Risk Management & Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in providing professional insurance risk management and consulting services to clients on a continuous and project basis.  The practice also provides litigation support and expert witness work on Property & Casualty insurance issues.  Formerly a Senior Vice President at a Long Island consulting practice, Andrew has serviced clients in the financial, manufacturing, construction, real estate, retail, hotel/casino industries, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities over the last twenty-five (25) years. 

Andrew holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, the most recognized degree in the Property and Casualty industry. Andrew also holds a Juris Doctorate from the State University of Buffalo Law School and is admitted to practice in New York.

Andrew has conducted continuing education seminars on a wide variety of insurance topics including Workers Compensation Insurance (New York Chamber of Commerce), Indian Gaming (Sovereign Indian Nation Tribal Government Insurance Conference), Business Interruption/Extra Expense (Long Island Accountant's Association), Directors & Officers Liability/Employment Practices Liability (NYS Society of CPAs) and Small Business Insurance Overview (Institute of Management Accountants).  Andrew has been interviewed and quoted frequently for articles related to insurance matters in such publications as the New York Times, the Habitat, the Cooperator and the Bottomline.

Andrew participates as a member of The American Bar Association, Section

Tort & Insurance Practice and The CPCU Society.


Emilie Cooper is an accomplished litigator with significant experience handing disputes in the real estate and hospitality arenas. She has successfully represented companies and individuals, including real estate and hotel investors, developers, lenders, owners, managers, and operators, in a wide variety of matters and through all stages of complex litigation.

Emilie’s knowledge of the real estate and hotel industries, particularly in New York, has been invaluable to both plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes litigations and arbitrations, including breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, commercial tort suits, securities and foreclosure actions. Moreover, her industry knowledge enables her to better understand her clients’ business needs and goals, and consider how best to achieve them, through litigation or otherwise. Emilie also frequently advises clients concerning the potential litigation implications of their agreements and transactions, providing a unique litigator’s point of view in a transactional context.

Emilie regularly devotes time to pro bono cases, and has successfully obtained asylum for several clients fleeing persecution, including an Ethiopian orphan who originally came to the United States to seek medical treatment for complications from her amputated leg.

Professional Recognition

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, Business Litigation and Real Estate: Business, 2015-2018

Selected Client Representations

  • Obtained a preliminary injunction for the manager of a 600-room hotel in Times Square preventing the premature termination of a hotel management agreement.
  • Secured a complete pre-trial victory for a hotel developer and operator in a federal suit alleging commercial torts.
  • Represented the developer of a building on Billionaires’ Row in several litigations.
  • Litigated a jury trial on behalf of a private plaintiff pursuing securities fraud claims for insider trading and market manipulation.
  • Defended the developer of a luxury residential building in downtown Manhattan in connection with multiple claims for brokerage commissions.
  • Represented lenders in foreclosing on over $300 million of loans secured by two midtown hotels, and in pursuing personal guaranties provided by borrower’s principals in connection with the loans.


Janice Mac Avoy is a member of the Real Estate Department and the Litigation Department, co-head of the Real Estate Litigation Practice Group and member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee.
Ms. Mac Avoy concentrates her practice in complex real estate-related transactions and disputes, commercial litigation and arbitration, complex commercial landlord tenant disputes and commercial fair market rent arbitrations. She also has extensive experience in creditor’s rights, including complex commercial real estate mortgage foreclosures and UCC foreclosures, workouts and restructuring of real estate secured debt. Ms. Mac Avoy works with the Firm’s Real Estate Department on transactions in order to resolve issues without resorting to litigation.

Ms. Mac Avoy’s clients include commercial landlords and tenants, lenders and investors, broker-dealers and multinational corporations as well as individuals involved in commercial disputes. A significant amount of Ms. Mac Avoy’s practice includes advising clients on complex securitized debt in which the underlying assets are real estate, including the enforcement of lender’s rights, acquisition and divestitures of real estate secured debt and the restructuring of real estate secured debt. She also advises clients in complex partnership and JV disputes.
Ms. Mac Avoy has created seminars and CLE presentations on, among other things, the basics of real estate restructuring and workouts, mezzanine loan foreclosures under the UCC and the parameters of the attorney-client privilege in the corporate context. Ms. Mac Avoy has also published articles on lender liability claims, developments in the law of attorney-client privilege, electronic discovery and the appropriate use of email.

Ms. Mac Avoy received the “Courage Award” from The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles for her exceptional dedication and commitment in the fight to protect women’s reproductive freedom. She received the "Commitment to Justice Award" for her extensive work on and long-term commitment to family law cases referred to her by Her Justice. In addition, she was honored with the 2018 Zero Tolerance Award by Sanctuary for Families at the annual Zero Tolerance gala for her lifelong commitment to the protection and empowerment of women. Ms. Mac Avoy was named to Crain's New York Business' inaugural list of Leading Women Lawyers in New York City in 2017 and was named a Woman of Influence by Real Estate Forum in 2016.
Ms. Mac Avoy received her JD from Columbia Law School in 1988, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and associate editor of the Law Review. She received her BA, summa cum laude, from Washington University in 1985, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society and has since been recognized as a distinguished alumna. Ms. Mac Avoy is admitted to practice in New York; the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third and Ninth Circuits.


Jeffrey O’Neale is a partner in the Finance Group and chair of the Lending & Servicing Team at Alston & Bird LLP. He focuses his practice on representing institutional lenders, financial institutions and servicers in a variety of secured and unsecured financial transactions including commercial mortgage loan originations, single-family residential mortgage loan originations, loan workouts and restructurings, repurchase and warehouse facilities and credit facilities. A primary focus of his practice is representing special servicers in loan workouts, restructurings and modifications and repurchase facility buyers in the servicing and administration of their commercial mortgage loan portfolios.

Jeffrey received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2007. He received his B.A. in international finance and marketing from the University of Miami (FL) in 2001.

Jeffrey is admitted to practice in North Carolina.


Nicole Levin Mesard is Deputy Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department, a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group and Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee. She is experienced in all aspects of real estate law, including acquisitions and sales of retail and commercial properties, sophisticated financings, joint ventures, infrastructure transactions and restructurings of commercial real estate loans, including in bankruptcy. Her clients include Westfield Corporation, Tishman Speyer, Carmel Partners and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America.

Ms. Mesard is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where she co-teaches a course on real estate debt and equity fundamentals. She is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, which describes her as “incredibly hard-working and a tough negotiator,” who “understands the commercial issues and finds solutions to get deals done,” and clients have praised her as “a very good technical player but also practical in terms of understanding and giving advice on the commercial and business side of matters.” The Legal 500 also lauds her as “conscientious and outstanding.”

Ms. Mesard joined Debevoise in 2001 and became a partner in 2008. She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany magna cum laude in 1994, and her J.D. from Tulane University magna cum laude in 1997.


PERY D. KRINSKY is the principal of KRINSKY, PLLC, where he focuses his practice on ethics-based defense litigation.  Before forming his own law firm, Mr. Krinsky was associated with the law firm of LaRossa & Ross, and then the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross. MR. KRINSKY’S ethics-based defense litigation practice focuses on:

•           Federal & State Attorney/Judicial Ethics Matters, including:  representing attorneys and law firms under investigation by disciplinary authorities and other government agencies; providing guidance to lawyers concerning the day-to-day practice of law; representing disbarred and suspended attorneys seeking reinstatement; advising and representing members of the New York State Judiciary in matters before the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct; and assisting law school graduates in the admissions process.

•           Federal & State Criminal Defense Matters, including:  defending clients against law-enforcement actions such as claims of securities fraud, antitrust, investment advisory fraud, health care fraud, tax issues, money laundering, RICO, and narcotics trafficking, among others; helping conduct internal investigations; addressing compliance issues; and responding to regulatory inquiries.

MR. KRINSKY is a frequent lecturer on topics involving ethics in litigation, personal and professional responsibility and academic integrity, including at:  the N.Y. State Judicial Institute; the Appellate Divisions, First and Second Judicial Departments; the N.Y. State Bar Association; the N.Y. City Bar; the N.Y. County Lawyers’ Association; the N.Y. State Academy of Trial Lawyers; the N.Y. State Trial Lawyers Association; the Practicing Law Institute; the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association; the Queens County Bar Association; Sotheby’s Institute of Art; and law schools such as Brooklyn Law School, Columbia Law School and Fordham Law School.

MR. KRINSKY is the Vice Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association; the former Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the N.Y. State Bar Association; and the former Chair of the Committee on Professional Discipline of the N.Y. County Lawyers’ Association.  Mr. Krinsky serves on the Board of Advisors of the N.Y. County Lawyers’ Association Institute of Legal Ethics; and is also a Member of:  the Brooklyn Bar Association; the N.Y. State Bar Association’s Committee on Attorney Professionalism; the N.Y. City Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee; and the N.Y. County Lawyers’ Committee on Professional Ethics.


Steven G. Horowitz serves as Chief Legal and Risk Officer at Open Space Institute, based in New York.  At OSI he focuses on land conservation, environmental mitigation, climate change and a wide range of resiliency activities.  He recently retired after many years as a partner of Cleary Gottlieb where he regularly represented U.S. and international commercial and investment banks, foreign and domestic institutional investors, property owners and corporations in their real estate matters. Transaction types encompassed all forms of joint ventures, mortgage finance and securitization, loan syndication, mortgage loan trading and subordinate debt, restructuring and real estate-related mergers and acquisitions.  In addition, he focused on credit tenant and portfolio leasing, workout and bankruptcy matters, investment entity formation and tax-oriented finance transactions, and investments in non-traditional property types such as resorts and hotels, Indian gaming casinos, mines, timber, utilities, sports fitness clubs, hospitals and nursing homes.

Steven repeatedly has been recognized by the business and legal press for his work on behalf of clients, including The Best Lawyers in America, which includes him in its 2018 edition, making Steven one of a small group to receive this honor for more than 15 consecutive years.  Prior to Law School, he worked as a housing and urban development planner in the New York City Department of City Planning.


Vincent J. Roldan is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group at Ballon Stoll Bader & Nadler, PC.  Mr. Roldan has represented parties in interest in various aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, including debtors, secured lenders, noteholders, foreign and domestic trade creditors, creditors' committees, trustees, and asset purchasers.  In 2017, Mr. Roldan received a Turnaround Atlas Award for Consumer Products Restructuring of the Year (Rienzi & Sons, Inc.) from Global M&A Network. 

Mr. Roldan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lewis M. Killian, Jr., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Florida, and interned for the Honorable Adlai S. Hardin, Jr., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York.


Deborah Goldman brings to her legal practice the benefit of an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Columbia Business School and the practical non-legal experience of having worked in the development department of Starwood Hotels and Resorts after completing Business School. She graduated cum laude from New York University Law School in 1992 and immediately began practicing commercial real estate law with the now-defunct Shea & Gould. Later, she worked in the real estate department at a number of large law firms, including Proskauer Rose, Kramer Levin and Latham and Watkins. As Counsel at Joshua Stein PLLC since November 2010, she emphasizes commercial leasing work, also handling hotel matters and all types of commercial real estate transactions with an emphasis on acquisitions, dispositions, hotel management agreements and financings. She is currently the co-chair of the Commercial Leasing Committee of the New York State Bar Association and speaks regularly before real estate attorneys on commercial leasing issues. Debbie has also continued to use her JD and MBA to invest in real estate for herself and her family.

Some of Deborah’s larger transactions have included the purchase of the Sands Hotel and Casino in Puerto Rico; acquisition and disposition of hotels for Starwood Hotels and Resorts; retail leasing in the tri-state area for Starbucks, JPMorgan Chase, Wachovia N.A., Dunkin' Donuts, T-Mobile, and Bally Sports Clubs; representation of the Manhattan Mall (Argent Ventures), Minskoff Equities, Mendik Realty Company, Emmes Asset Management, Developers Diversified Realty, and Vornado Realty Trust in multiple transactions; representation of Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen on its lease of additional space at 551 Fifth Avenue; representation of the developer of a FedEx Ground distribution facility in Long Island City consisting of both the acquisition of a fee parcel and a ground lease; sale of 340 West Street, New York, New York; refinancing of the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan and financing and refinancings of the Miami Design District for Crédit Agricole, and multiple in-line and ground leases for a major Mexican movie theatre company that is expanding in the United States. The FedEx Ground, 340 West Street, Crédit Agricole and movie theatre lease transactions took place at Joshua Stein PLLC. All others mentioned took place at previous firms.


Eric Menkes is a partner at Duval & Stachenfeld LLP.  His primary area of expertise is commercial leasing, and he heads the firm’s 10-lawyer Leasing Practice Group.

On the landlord side, Mr. Menkes’s clients include Jamestown Properties, Extell Realty, Angelo, Gordon & Co., Young Woo Associates and Olmstead Properties.  Among other significant projects, he is handling the leasing for Pier 57, a 275,000 sf new retail development located on the Hudson River in Manhattan; Industry City, a 6,000,000 sf development in Sunset Park Brooklyn catering primarily to technology tenants; three major New York City office buildings; a 1,500,000 sf “trophy” tower in downtown Chicago; and the Showcase Mall Shopping Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Further, he represented Lehman Brothers in the leasing of its New York City headquarters building prior to its bankruptcy filing. 

On behalf of tenants, Mr. Menkes represents a number of luxury retailers.  He has represented the Italian apparel company Prada in virtually every one of its store leases in the US and Canada.  He also represents Church’s Shoes and Polo Ralph Lauren, and has handled matters for Gucci Group’s brands, as well as for Nike/Converse, H&M, Circuit City and Kmart. 

In addition to Mr. Menkes’s leasing expertise, he has also had considerable experience handling sales, acquisitions and financings, including the acquisitions of a $560 million New York City office building (and the corresponding $350 million CMBS financing); a 600,000-square-foot Atlanta office tower; office buildings in San Diego and suburban Washington, D.C.; a Dallas shopping center; a major Atlanta hotel; numerous multifamily housing developments; and a controlling interest in a Minneapolis condominium office building. 

Mr. Menkes regularly speaks at the International Council of Shopping Centers law conference; he is a contributor to The Practical Real Estate Lawyer; and he has spoken before the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  He is former counsel and Chairman of the Board and Counsel for Miracle House of New York, a not-for-profit housing agency.


For many years, Mr. Zukerman has practiced real estate law, concentrating his practice in the areas of real estate secured lending from the lender and the borrower side, real estate development, and acquisitions.  He is presently “Of Counsel” to Warshaw Burstein, LLP in New York City. Website: www.wbny.com. He received BS from University of Florida, LLB from St Johns University, LLM from New York University. 

Mr. Zukerman is also the Managing Director and CEO of Whitestone Realty Capital, LLC, which is a developer and real estate investment banking firm.  Whitestone is currently developing a number of senior housing projects, multifamily projects and hotels in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast US. Website: www.whitestonerealtycapital.com.

For 14 years, Mr. Zukerman led seminars at least twice per year on various subjects for the Crittenden National Conference, the Crittenden Real Estate Conference and the Crittenden Multi-Family Conference.  He has taught numerous seminars for the Information Management Network, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Urban Land Institute and the Newman Institute at Baruch College of the City College of New York.  For 8 years he had been an adjunct professor at The NYU Schacht Real Estate Institute, teaching a graduate level course called the Development Process.  He has written numerous articles in trade journals on real estate finance, securitization, mezzanine financing and tax credits.  He has also published a series of articles on different forms of financing in the Scotsman Guide which dealt with Historic Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, New Market Tax Credits, EB5, HUD Financing, and Tax-Exempt bond financing.  He has acted as an expert witness in litigation where real estate finance has been an issue.  Some more noteworthy transactions: Mr. Zukerman was involved in transactions that included the first securitized mortgage-backed financing ever completed without credit enhancement, together with a “follow on” transaction for the same company, the first mortgage conduit financing ever completed; and the first mortgage conduit ever done for net lease financing.  He has been involved in the public offering of REITs and the merger of developers into REITs.  He has represented several investment banks in conduit financing and interim financing, and other investment banks in real estate syndications.  He has also represented lenders in mezzanine financing and developers and investors in equity, preferred equity and tax exempt bond transactions.  He has been involved in the creation of real estate investment funds.  

Mr. Zukerman represented the developer, in a joint venture between an investment bank and a developer, to acquire one of the first transactions involving numerous contaminated hazardous waste sites. Thereafter, he worked on creating the insurance policies which first allowed his client and other developers to pursue the development of sites contaminated with hazardous waste.  Mr. Zukerman was previously: (1) a director of Watsco Inc., a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange for 9 years; and (2) a member of the Board of Directors of Programmed Tax Systems and Programmed Bookkeeping Systems, two affiliated companies listed on Nasdaq for 8 yrs. 


I am a Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Underwriting Counsel (New York) for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, where I have been employed since April, 2007. Prior to that, I was President of Title Resource Agency, Inc., a title insurance agency based in New York City, from April 1997 to April 2007. Before that, I was Vice President and Chief Counsel for First American Title Insurance Company of New York from March 1992 to April 1997.

I am a graduate of Providence College (B.A., 1980), and have received my J.D. from Fordham University School of Law (1988). I was admitted to the New York Bar Association in 1989, and am a member of the Title and Transfer Committee.


Mr. Hellman has 35 years of experience in commercial real estate industries and is Pembrook’s chief operating officer and responsible for Asset Management, as well as a member of Pembrook’s investment and valuation committees, and is the Chief Compliance Officer.   Mr. Hellman previously led the real estate practice for DLA, LLC, where among his engagements Mr. Hellman was retained as head of asset management for a real estate investor owning a $2.5 billion diversified portfolio in the US.   Mr. Hellman began his real estate career at Lehman Brothers where, during his 16 year tenure, he focused on originating and marketing alternative investments, served as president, CEO and/or CFO for several public real estate funds investing in retail, multifamily and commercial assets and was part of the firm’s real estate restructuring efforts.   He has also held senior positions at Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, Newmark Capital Group and was managing principal for Riverstreet Realty Advisors.   His affiliations include: Urban Land Institute (full member); advisory board member of the Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate; the University Council of Cornell University; former board member of the New York chapter of the Turnaround Management Association; and New Jersey Bar.   He is a Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University and has taught Real Estate Capital Markets as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Schack Real Estate Institute and New York Law School.   Mr. Hellman earned a B.A. in Government from Cornell University, an M.S. in International Business from Columbia University and a J.D. from Fordham University.


Spencer Compton is a Vice President and Special Counsel at First American Title Insurance Company, New York Division and has served in the same capacity since 2001 when he joined the pre-merger First American Title Insurance Company of New York as a Vice President. 

With his experience in finance/commercial real estate and leasing, Compton is an invaluable resource to First American’s wide ranging institutional, corporate and high net worth client base.  He is a frequent contributor to Lexis/Nexis websites and publications, the New York State Bar Association’s Real Property Law Journal, and The Practical Real Estate Lawyer.  He is a well-regarded and prolific CLE lecturer and presenter for First American.

Prior to working with First American, Compton was employed in private practice with Duval & Stachenfeld LLP, and earlier with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and Latham & Watkins.  He began his real estate law career with Rogers and Wells in 1989.

Compton is a graduate of New York University and holds a JD cum laude from Brooklyn Law School.  He is a member of the Bar Associations of New York and Connecticut.

Compton is also a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute; Budget Officer of the New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section; a former Co-Chairman of the Legislative Committee; and Co-Chairman of the Commercial Leasing Committee’s “Silent Lease Issues” Subcommittee. 

Compton was born in Sharon, CT and now resides in Brooklyn, NY.  He is married to Emmy Award-winning writer-producer and journalist Karen Compton.


Thomas D. Kearns is a partner in the real estate department of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP. He has significant experience in both real estate and corporate law. Tom specializes in representing owners, operators and developers in the acquisition, development, leasing and financing of office, residential and retail properties. He has extensive experience with joint venture, LLC, tenant-in-common and other agreements between co-venturers and with sophisticated condominium or other joint ownership arrangements of real estate. He is also an expert on the impact of federal and state securities laws on real estate. Tom is a Member of ACREL, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Tom earned both an MBA and JD from Fordham University. Follow Tom on real estate and LLC issues on Twitter @TDKearns and through his blog: http://www.olshanlaw.com/blogs-Real-Estate-Law-Blog.


Yariv Ben-Ari is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group. He has extensive experience representing investment and commercial banks, and other lending institutions, as well as owners, operators, and developers, on a variety of matters including multi-property and multi-state acquisitions and dispositions, domestic and international development projects, and corporate refinancings of office buildings, shopping centers, multifamily, hotel, and resort properties. Yariv’s practice also focuses on the representation of developers, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals on a range of complex construction contract and project administration matters.

In addition to his work in the real estate industry, Yariv also serves as a member of Akerman’s Cannabis Practice, which provides counsel to clients on the complex legal and business issues impacting companies with interests in the regulated substances industries. His clients include Kushner Companies, KABR Group, Brack Capital Real Estate, Danya Cebus, Joy Construction, F&T Group, and CityR Group.

Yariv uses his knowledge of American and Israeli business cultures and legal systems to assist Israeli businesses and enterprises in the United States and Israel. He also speaks frequently on the structure of the Israeli government and civic institutions of the State of Israel to public school teachers on behalf of a joint program run by the Consulate General of Israel and the New York City Board of Education. Yariv is recommended for Real Estate law by The Legal 500 US.

Akerman is a client-driven enterprise, recognized by Financial Times as among the most forward thinking law firms in the industry. We are known for our results in middle market M&A and complex disputes, and for helping clients achieve their most important business objectives in the financial services, real estate, and other dynamic sectors. We are ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States, with a reach that extends across the Americas and globally. Assembling a hand-crafted team for every client engagement, we leverage our more than 650 lawyers and business professionals across 24 offices.


Joshua Stein is the sole principal of Joshua Stein PLLC, a boutique commercial real estate law firm that he formed in Midtown Manhattan in 2010 after 20+ years as a partner at a leading global law firm. His practice focuses on acquisitions, development, financing, hotels, leasing (particularly ground leases), and loans. He acts regularly as an expert witness and an arbitrator. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the Anglo American Real Property Institute, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Since 1997, he has chaired the Practising Law Institute’s annual two-day seminar on commercial real estate financing. He chaired the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section for the year ending in May 2006. He has written five books and 200+ articles on commercial real estate law and practice, many available at www.joshuastein.com. His name regularly appears in published lists of leading lawyers, such as the Chambers guides. For several years, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers has named him to their annual list of the ten “Most Highly Regarded” individual real estate lawyers in the world, and Super Lawyers magazine has identified him as one of the 10 leading attorneys in the New York Metro Area, across all practice areas. He received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his law degree from Columbia, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a managing editor of Columbia Law Review.