New York, NY. Nixon Peabody today announced the launch of its Cooperatives and Condominiums practice team with the arrival of counsel Ruben Ravago and attorney Justine Martin to the firm’s New York City office.
The Coops and Condos practice team will be led by partner Erica F. Buckley, the former chief of the Real Estate Finance Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s office. In that role, Erica was the chief regulator of New York’s Martin Act—the state’s blue sky law regulating cooperatives and condominiums.
“We’re incredibly excited to launch this practice team to meet the demands of this abundantly strong for-sale housing market,” said Erica F. Buckley, leader of Nixon Peabody’s Coops and Condos practice team. “People are moving to NYC, there’s strong population growth, and everyone wants to own a piece of the city. The market is performing exceptionally well, and our team will support that market need.”
The practice team will represent developers and boards from every spectrum of the market, from luxury towers to single-family homes, and provide strategic guidance and representation on government investigations.
Ruben has extensive experience representing for-profit and nonprofit real estate developers in establishing cooperatives and condominiums, as well as cooperative and condominium boards undergoing major corporate changes or redevelopment, including infill initiatives. Ruben’s portfolio spans residential buildings, mixed-use projects, office buildings and industrial facilities in Manhattan and the greater state of New York, in addition to foreign and other domestic jurisdictions.
Justine focuses her practice on cooperatives and condominiums law, representing luxury, middle-market and affordable housing developers in all stages of the marketing and sales process from inception through closing. She has experience advising affordable-housing developers on marketing and sale requirements, including navigating lotteries and community preference requirements, as well as securing preferred lenders. Justine is dual-qualified and admitted to practice in New York and the U.K.
Nixon Peabody is the only AmLaw100 firm in New York with a specialized Cooperatives and Condominiums practice team that commands an in-depth knowledge of the Martin Act and extensive experience in for-sale affordable housing. The reach of the team’s practice will extend throughout the state of New York by expanding homeownership services to Nixon Peabody’s offices in Albany, Rochester, Long Island and Buffalo. For more information on Nixon Peabody’s Cooperatives and Condominiums practice team, click here.