"Richard Klein spent close to 20 years as a solo practitioner and was a well-known attorney in the co-op/condo world upon joining the team at Romer Debbas. While he had a successful solo practice, Klein found the firm’s structure and platform to be appealing, and hoped to expand and grow his client base. Today, Klein runs the firm’s general governance group for the boards the firm represents. Romer Debbas then recruited Emil Samman to be the practice’s lead litigator. Samman had been litigating co-op/condo cases for several years and had a niche in real estate-related litigation matters. Since Samman’s arrival the firm has been named to panel counsel for Travelers (one of the largest insurance companies in the country) in which the firm acts on the behalf of co-op/condo boards in any litigation it’s involved with. While expanding its footprint in representing insurance companies, the firm also handles title claims litigation on behalf of First American, Stewart, Title Resources Group, and AmTrust. Klein and Samman also have an associate, Leanna Barbieri, who has gained expertise in both litigation and general governance matters for co-op and condo boards."
"When structuring a co-op/condo department, the key elements are handling general governance, acting as transfer agent, commercial leasing, architect’s agreements, litigation, and commercial finance. Growing each of these practice areas in the firm is why Romer Debbas has been able to double the amount of boards it represents in less than a two-year time span. The firm has developed a reputation as aggressive marketers and for recruiting talented attorneys. In terms of recruiting, lawyers who were either solo practitioners or partners at large law firms have come over to Romer Debbas. The firm provides a very entrepreneurial approach to the practice of law and has provided all of its partners with a tremendous platform in which they have all grown their client bases substantially."
"The co-op/condo board practice has helped grow several of the firm’s other practice areas. Romer Debbas is unique in the sense that there are few firms in Manhattan that specialize in so many different areas of real estate law. Maintaining a vibrant practice in all of these different areas has helped the firm develop rather organically, as each practice grows the other if structured properly. In 2018, the firm was recognized in Super Lawyers, which is published in The New York Times; Leaders in the Law, published in New York Magazine,and was rated as one of the top real estate law firm’s in New York City by U.S. News and World Report, which also publishes its rankings in Best Lawyers."
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