New York, April 19, 2012 – The real estate practice of law firm Herrick, Feinstein has added a group of nine attorneys who will practice out of the firm’s New York, Newark and Princeton offices.  The group is led by partners David J. Byrne, Richard B. Linderman and Mark M. Wiechnik.

Herrick, Feinstein’s real estate group, co-chaired by partners Scott Mollen and Dennis Russo, is widely regarded as one of the leading real estate practices in the New York region. Recently referred to as a “real estate powerhouse” by Crain’s New York Business, its 50-member group represents public and private companies on a full spectrum of issues, including financing and acquisition, land use and zoning, development and construction, hospitality, distressed debt, leasing and litigation. 

"After nearly 85 years our firm continues its steady growth, attracting industry-leading professionals," said Irwin Kishner, Chairman of Herrick, Feinstein's Executive Committee. "Our real estate group remains one of the largest in the tri-state area, is known for its wide range of capabilities, and will be further bolstered by the addition of this new group."

The new group, formerly with the law firm of Stark & Stark, also includes counsel Stacey Patterson, as well as five associates and 10 paralegals and staff members.

The group has a well-established practice representing a significant list of condominium, cooperative and homeowners’ association clients in the tri-state area.  It has a strong track record advising its large client base on an extensive range of legal issues, including developer transition, governance, documentation, construction defect claims, membership fee issues, municipal services and relations, litigation and matters involving the day-to-day management of properties.  

“The members of this outstanding team of lawyers are among the leading professionals in this field – having built a strong and successful practice with excellent future potential,” noted real estate group co-chairs Mollen and Russo.  “Their arrival strengthens our existing cooperative and condominium practice, bringing great collective expertise and a broad new client base to Herrick’s full-service real estate department.”     

According to Mr. Byrne: “The depth of Herrick’s attorneys, support staff, technology and imagination is superb.  The move will be seamless, our clients will have even greater resources available to them, and our team will be in an environment where they can perform at the highest level of the profession.  With Herrick having a client list including some of the most prominent entities in the region, a reputation for being a go-to firm for the real estate industry and an already established practice representing co-op and condo boards, this combination will certainly add up to far more than the sum of its parts.”

Founded in 1928, Herrick, Feinstein is a 165-lawyer firm providing a full range of legal services, including real estate, litigation, bankruptcy, employment, corporate, tax and personal planning, government relations, insurance and intellectual property law.