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15 Cases Every Real Estate Lawyer Should Know

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Hear from a panel of experts about the most important real estate decisions of the past year.

Learn: what the cases held; the implications of the decisions; and the panelists’ views on the law.

This is one program no real estate lawyer can afford to miss!

Lecturer Bios

Adam Leitman Bailey, Esq.

Actively at the helm of the law firm he built from scratch, Adam Leitman Bailey, Esq. practices residential and commercial real estate law. Among New York's most successful and prominent real estate attorneys, Mr. Bailey has been identified among the top five percent of attorneys in the New York area, repeatedly named a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine and honored with a Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent rating.

During the past five years, the internationally esteemed Chambers & Partners repeatedly selected Mr. Bailey as one of New York's Leading Real Estate lawyers and, being one of only three New York attorneys from firms with fewer than 30 attorneys to receive the honor. Chambers & Partners hailed Mr. Bailey as a "tenacious and confident litigator who is quick-witted in court and respected by the judges," noting that Bailey is "an extraordinary practitioner who gets great results" and quoting a client on Mr. Bailey's "ability to anticipate things before they happen." "He has been hired to litigate extremely high-profile cases…sources are highly impressed by his courtroom presence." "You feel like you have a zealous advocate out there working for you, and you never worry about things when they are in his hands."

Real Estate Weekly recognized that "Adam Leitman Bailey has made a name for himself with his success winning cases in the courtroom." The same newspaper called Mr. Bailey "famous" for his "condominium, foreclosure and landlord-tenant representation." The New York Times referred to his legal strategy and legislation proposed in one case as "novel," in addition to remarking on another case in which "Adam Leitman Bailey fought on…grinding through excruciating detail and obscure Perry Mason moments." After Mr. Bailey's firm used a forgotten statute to prevail in a landmark case, the Wall Street Journal quoted a prominent New York developer's attorney who called the holding a "game changer" affecting real estate nationwide. In another case hailed as "the city's largest condo refund ever" (Curbed NY) involving "a settlement likely to send shivers through the ranks of the city's condo developers" (the New York Post), the settlement he received was the largest condominium settlement in history for one building, and in another transaction, he obtained the largest government grant ($21 million) for a cooperative in New York history. The Commercial Observer ranked another victory among their "15 Most Fascinating New York Real Estate Cases of the 21st Century."

Dateline NBC referred to Mr. Bailey as "aggressive, tenacious and smart" in asking him to share his negotiating secrets on its nationally syndicated television program. Mr. Bailey's advocacy has prevailed in numerous important trials and cases before various courts and trial venues, including Housing, Civil, and New York State Supreme and Federal Courts, as well as various New York Appellate tribunals. A New York State Judge wrote that Mr. Bailey "was the best trial lawyer I saw in my nine years as a Judge in New York City."

Stuart M. Saft, Esq.

Stuart M. Saft, chair of Holland & Knight's New York Real Estate Practice Group, co-chair of the Global Hospitality, Resort and Timeshare Group and co-chair of the Global Condominium Development Team, has extensive experience in the development, financing, leasing, conversion-to-condominium and cooperative ownership, exchange, syndication, sale-leaseback, timeshare, restructuring, acquisition and sale of residential, commercial and hospitality property throughout the United States. Mr. Saft also represents lending institutions in mortgage lending and workouts and advises clients on dealings with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Mr. Saft writes a monthly column for and The Mann Report.

Scott E. Mollen, Esq.

Scott E. Mollen's practice areas include general commercial litigation (breach of contract, real estate, securities, fiduciary duties, partnerships, lender liabilities, anti-trust, appellate practice) alternative dispute resolution (ADR), governmental relations and government investigations. Scott advises major corporations, business executives, real estate owners and developers, commercial and retail tenants, investors and lending institutions. He has advised several government agencies, public officials and families of public officials. Scott was appointed by Chief Judge Judith Kaye to the Chief Judge's Committee on the Profession and the Courts (the "Craco Committee") which conducted an examination of the legal profession and the Courts and made recommendations to improve professionalism, client satisfaction, attorney discipline and court management, almost all of which have since been adopted and implemented. He is a member of the Board of Editors of, and a weekly columnist for, the New York Law Journal; a former member of the Mayor's Committee on the Judiciary; a former member of the Nassau County Executive's Transition Committee; a member of the mediation panels for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York; and a former Chairperson of the New York City Rent Guidelines Board. Scott was a member of the Judicial Screening Committee of the New York City Bar Association and a former member of the bar association's Council on Judicial Administration and Litigation Committee. He is also a member of the Nassau County Bar Association Commercial Litigation Committee. In his then-capacity as a Vice-Chairperson of the New York Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League, Scott helped lead ADL's successful effort to achieve enactment of New York State's Hate Crimes statute. Scott was the recipient of the ADL's Human Relations Award. He lectures before judges and court attorneys at continuing legal education programs sponsored by the New York State Office of Court Administration and the Appellate Terms for the 1st and 2nd Judicial Departments. He has also lectured for the New York Federal Bar Council, the Practicing Law Institute, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York County Lawyers Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association and the New York Guard; and is an Adjunct Professor at St. John's University School of Law where he teaches Alternate Dispute Resolution. Scott has served as a Vice-Chairperson of the New York Regional Board and served on the Executive Committee of the Lawyer's Division of the Anti-Defamation League.

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