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Mitchell-Lama | Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) & Third Party Transfer Representation

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. was built to counsel Mitchell-Lama housing companies, cooperatives, and HDFCs. Mitchell-Lama complexes are a unique blend of private enterprise working with comprehensive governmental oversight. For general counsel to be effective in providing the kind of representation a Mitchell-Lama board of directors needs, counsel must have at its command attorneys with the specialized skills needed to handle the complex, technical, and intricate interplay of legal relationships. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. was built to be just that kind of counsel.

While the firm has the departmental structure necessary to give specialized attention to specialized needs and situations, it has unrivaled experience in using its inner resources to attack complex issues with teams comprised of some of the most highly regarded specialists in the various branches of real estate law – transactional attorneys with nationally recognized skills in drafting contracts, licenses, and leases; litigation attorneys who know the ins and outs of bench trials, jury trials, and administrative trials; creative scholars who mine and build upon old precedents to devise new arguments; appellate attorneys who regularly appear in all the federal and state tribunals to craft their arguments, whether fact driven or legally sophisticated; and hands-on practitioners who draw on their previous experience to put together deals and arrangements that work on the practical level and can be readily understood by self-governing layperson directors.

Contracts and Transactions

On the transactional front, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has some of the best and most cost effective attorneys who have mastered negotiating, preparing and drafting contracts, commercial leases, and management agreements, and financing instruments. The firm’s experience encompasses deals ranging from the smallest to some of the largest capital projects in the history of Mitchell-Lama housing.

Commercial Leasing

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has represented housing corporations in a full range of leasing and leasing-related matters, ranging from fairly straightforward leases to complex lease transactions. The firm has prepared and negotiated leases for shopping centers, mixed-use developments, and small and large retail spaces for many other types of businesses. The creativity of the firm’s drafting has been recognized by one of the leading publishers of legal forms who has purchased the rights to reproduce and to sell to the public a lease form we recently drafted. In addition, Vendome Group, LCC has also published a book titled The Insider’s Best Commercial Lease Clauses which has included advice and lease provisions from the nation’s top lease drafters including those by Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. When it comes to keeping rents low at a Mitchell-Lama complex through innovative creation and management of revenue streams, the legal services provided by Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. are unmatched.

Landlord-tenant matters in front of HPD, DHCR, and Housing Court

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. provides one of the most outstanding landlord-tenant practices in New York City, and the firm constantly appears in front of an HPD, DHCR, Housing Court, and other tribunals to make sure that each building can maintain revenue and keep housing and legal costs affordable. The firm’s team also has particularized experience in dealing with supervising agencies – HPD and DHCR – and regularly and routinely interfacing with them regarding various audits and occupant issues.

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C is the only the cooperative/condominium law firm with a landlord-tenant/foreclosure practice to have earned an AV® Martindale-Hubbell rating,  Super Lawyers  honors with a Top 100 recognition, Best Lawyers awards for the firm and attorneys, selected among America’s Top 100 Bet-The-Company Litigators, and selection into the Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, as well as the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a Commercial Observer New York Most Powerful Real Estate Attorney ranking.  Chambers & Partners noted that Adam Leitman Bailey makes his “debut in the rankings following enthusiastic praise for his expertise in landlord and tenant litigation,” and hailed him as “a tenacious and confident litigator who is quick-witted in court and respected by the judges.”

The collective experience of the firm’s team has been responsible for winning landmark decisions in real estate law. The firm’s attorneys have won over a thousand cases in Housing Court, including over 250 appellate court cases, many at the highest court, the Court of Appeals. Besides participating in some of the most important landlord-tenant decisions during the past decade, our attorneys have written some 90 books on landlord-tenant law, including encyclopedias and the Housing Court Reporter, a thirty year collection, organization, and analysis of over 50,000 landlord-tenant cases used by most regular Housing Court practitioners and all landlord-tenant judges.

Insurance Defense Litigation

Using Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.’s seven decades of combined insurance defense litigation experience, the firm’s litigation attorneys have prevailed in hundreds of cases and have achieved favorable settlements in thousands more.

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.s team of attorneys has lectured on trial, pretrial and trial preparation topics, as well as authoring over 90 books, including Trial of a Negligence Case in New York. Team members were a major contributor to Taking and Defending Effective Depositions. Both of these volumes have become standard manuals for New York litigation and trial attorneys.

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.’s abilities to keep a Mitchell-Lama complex’s expenses low is rivaled only by its ability to keep the complex’s revenues high.

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