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Robert J. Smith, Esq.
After maintaining a solo practice for over 26 years, I joined the Gulotta Grabiner Law Group in September 2019. I received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York Law School. I have been admitted to practice in New York State and the US District Court (Southern & Eastern Districts of New York) since 1984. I am a member of the New York City Bar Association, where I serve on the Real Property Law Committee and as the liaison to the Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law. I served as the Chairperson of a subcommittee that revised the condominium form contract, the coop form contract. I gave a Continuing Legal Education presentation about the new form condo contract at the City Bar as part of the Coop and Condo Law Committee’s “Hot Topics” program in 2015. I am also a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). I am a member (and Past President) of BNI Manhattan Chapter 7, the National Association of Divorce Professionals, Marshlands Connections and the Penn Club of New York, where I participate in a monthly networking lunch group. I am a preferred attorney for members of the Actors Federal Credit Union (AFCU). I have served as a panelist at seminars sponsored by AFCU and by the NYU Federal Credit Union.
Residential Purchases and Sales
When the time comes for you to purchase or sell a home, you need someone who understands how important this transaction is to you. Over the past 20+ years, I have represented thousands of purchasers and sellers of coops, condominiums, townhouses and private houses throughout New York City and the surrounding counties. Whether you are a first time buyer or a sophisticated purchaser or seller of a multi-million dollar luxury home, I take the time necessary right from the beginning to listen to your concerns and explain what you can expect from our first conversation through the closing. In between, I will prepare and negotiate a contract that fully protects and promotes your interests. I will conduct the pre-contract due diligence, assist you through the loan and title process and take all of the steps necessary to bring all of the parties together for the closing. In addition to purchase and sale contracts, I can prepare whatever documents are needed to assist you, including post-closing occupancy agreements and powers of attorney. The relationships that I have developed over the past several years with managing agents, real estate brokers, mortgage representatives, lenders’ attorneys, title companies and closers and my fellow transactional attorneys help to make the process move along smoothly.
Commercial Leasing and Acquisitions
I have represented dozens of businesses and individual business owners in the negotiation of commercial leases, both renewals of existing leases and relocations. I have also provided representation and assistance to businesses in the acquisition of commercial property. I have a wide array of contacts in commercial brokerage, mortgage lending, engineering, title insurance, business insurance, appraisals and accounting who can help you make your transition to a new workplace as seamless as possible.
Other Real Estate-Related Matters
If you are engaging the services of an architect or contractor for a construction or renovation job, it is important for you to be protected when entering into contracts with those professionals. I have represented several home owners in the negotiation of agreements with architects and contractors. I have also represented building owners and prospective purchasers in matters relating to the proper use of their property, home occupations, zoning issues and air rights disputes.
If you are a rental tenant looking to sublease your home, or if you are looking to rent or sublease an apartment, I can help you negotiate the lease or sublease to provide the most favorable possible terms for you.