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Real Estate Players

Our real estate faculty is a combination of full-time members, who are scholars and former practitioners in real estate, and adjunct professors who are active members of the real estate profession. They bring a topical, cutting-edge perspective to the subject.

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Arlo Chase is Senior Vice President for Policy Initiatives of the New York State Housing Finance Agency/Mortgage Agency. He works on the development of new housing programs as well as building strategic alliances with other state agencies, non-profit organizations and private developers. Previously, he was a senior associate at Nixon Peabody LLP, where he represented developers of affordable housing and syndicators of low-income housing tax credits.

Debra Bechtel , who directs several of our real estate transactional clinics, is one of New York City's foremost experts in low-income and limited equity co-ops. She has over 25 years of experience in the areas of real estate law and community development as a staff attorney and as Director of the Community Development Legal Assistance Center in New York, as well as many years in private practice. Bechtel has published in the area of community benefits agreements.

David Reiss concentrates his study and practice in real estate finance and community development. His article, "Subprime Standardization: How Rating Agencies Allow Predatory Lending to Flourish in the Secondary Mortgage Market" in the Florida State University Law Review in 2006 was awarded best article about consumer financial services law by the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Reiss is a prolific writer whose work on real estate and land use issues regularly appears in law reviews and policy reports, as well as op-eds in leading national newspapers and online media.

Joseph Giamboi is General Counsel of The Zucker Organization, one of New York City’s most prominent full-service real estate organizations, which has built, owns and manages more than 3,500 apartments. He is responsible for overseeing all of the firm’s legal affairs, including property acquisition, development, construction, and property management.

Ira Goldenberg , a partner in the law firm of Goldenberg & Selker, has more than 20 years of experience representing boards of condominiums, homeowners associations, and cooperatives. He also represents sponsors/developers, unit owners, sellers, and purchasers. Goldenberg is Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Condominiums & Cooperatives Committee.

Richard Sobelsohn is an associate in the real estate practice at Moses & Singer. He represents developers, corporations, financial institutions, and individuals concerning a variety of commercial real estate transactions. Sobelsohn is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED® AP) from the U.S. Green Building Council and has in-depth knowledge of the Green Building Rating System™, the globally accepted rating and certification program for design, construction, operation, and maintenance of environmentally sound buildings. 

Leonard Wasserman is Chief of the Economic Development Division of the New York City Law Department, which acts as the city's business and transactional counsel for a wide range of projects intended to enhance the city's economic base. His work ranges from the sale of individual parcels of city-owned land to the comprehensive redevelopment of Atlantic Yards and Coney Island in Brooklyn, 125th Street in Harlem, and Hunters Point and Willets Point in Queens.