ORIGINALLY FOUNDED IN 1983, over the last several decades the firm has expanded its various practice areas, particularly its cooperative/condominium and real estate practices. While we are known for our expertise in all areas of residential and commercial real estate law and litigation, including representation of cooperative and condominium boards, transactional matters, commercial leasing, and landlord-tenant law, we are also widely experienced in the general practice of law and serve a diverse group of business entities and individuals in a broad range of businesses.
The senior partners of the firm have practiced over 30 years each.
The firm consists of four partners assisted by a legal support staff. The firm attorneys have participated as speakers and contributors in programs presented by various Bar Associations, professional groups and community organizations. A collaborative and creative firm culture permits each lawyer to share in the firm's collective capabilities.
REAL ESTATE AND HOUSING LAW
The real estate and housing law practice provides a broad spectrum of legal services to our clients. We represent various businesses, real estate entities, developers, trade associations and individuals, and serve these clients in all types of simple and complex real estate transactions, including secured and unsecured loans, commercial and retail leasing, building sales and purchases, operating agreements and apartment and house purchases and sales.
GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW
Our general practice offers expertise in a wide array of corporate and commercial settings, as well as in individual legal and business matters. The firm is responsive to clients in all of their corporate, legal and business relationships, including the formation, negotiation, structuring, documentation and operation of business arrangements. Our client-sensitive, solution-driven approach develops close working relationships with clients and allows us to comprehensively address long-term legal and business goals.
The members of the litigation practice combine the skills of seasoned litigators with common-sense judgment aimed at resolving disputes favorably for clients through cost effective and comprehensive solutions. The firm's litigation work includes commercial and business litigation, real estate matters, landlord-tenant disputes, as well as public interest issues. Our attorneys handle both large and small cases, and practice in the Federal and State courts in New York, and before administrative agencies and arbitration panels.
COOPERATIVE AND CONDOMINIUM BOARD REPRESENTATION
The firm currently represents over 200 cooperative and condominium boards in buildings ranging in size from four units to 450 units. We work closely with boards, as trusted advisers, to address the myriad issues involved in the operation of these complex entities. We prepare and review contracts with contractors and architects/engineers for capital replacements or improvements work, with managing agents and commercial tenant leases. We provide counsel, based on our decades of experience, concerning the interpretation and implementation of governing documents (cooperative proprietary leases and by-laws; condominium declaration and by-laws).
MICHAEL R. FINDER
is the firm's founding member, and has shaped the firm's development since 1983. He concentrates his practice in the areas of cooperative and condominium board representation, commercial and residential real estate, including leasing, all types of purchase and sales transactions, financing, and workouts.
Mr. Finder has lectured extensively and has been interviewed and quoted on numerous occasions in the New York press, radio and other media. He is a 1980 graduate of Brooklyn Law School.
ANDREA T. NOVICK
is an expert in the fields of litigation and housing law, and has lectured extensively before the New York State Bar Association and New York County Bar Association in legal education programs, and conducted numerous training sessions and workshops for professional and public interest organizations. Ms. Novick has been retained as appellate counsel in many high-profile housing law cases, and is also widely experienced in administrative agency practice and real estate litigation.
Following her graduation in 1978 from Rutgers University School of Law, Ms. Novick held positions as a litigation attorney with several private and public-interest law firms. She became a partner of the firm in 1986. Andrea Novick has retired from the firm as of December 31, 2021.
THOMAS P. KERRIGAN
has a broad-based practice, with particular concentrations in real estate law, cooperative and condominium representation and general litigation. His real estate practice includes the range of residential and commercial transactions and he serves as counsel to numerous cooperative and condominium boards. He practices extensively at the trial and appellate levels in the New York State and federal courts and has been involved as trial or appellate counsel in many significant cases.
Before coming to the firm, Mr. Kerrigan held a number of positions in public interest law offices, specializing particularly in housing law. He is a 1977 graduate of New York University School of Law and has been a member of the firm since 1986.
has extensive experience representing cooperative and condominium boards, other business entities and individuals in a broad range of commercial litigation cases involving real estate disputes, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and the enforcement of governing documents. She also has vast experience advising boards, shareholders and unit owners on day-to-day operations and governance issues and in negotiating and preparing contracts relating to shareholder and unit owner disputes, construction issues and landlord-tenant matters.
Before joining the firm, Michelle held positions with New York City firms where her practice focused primarily on commercial and civil litigation in state and federal courts. She graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 2006.
provides general counsel on the complicated governance and management issues faced daily by co-op and condo boards and by coop shareholders and condo unit owners. Ben has particular expertise in Housing Development Fund Corporations (“HDFCs”) and represents HDFC Boards throughout New York City. Ben also handles numerous real estate transactions, from complex land and building sales and purchases to condo and coop apartment transactions.
Ben actively participates in several committees that focus on real estate, co-ops and condos, and affordable housing. He is a 2009 graduate of CUNY School of Law.
Finder Novick Kerrigan LLP
276 Park Avenue South #3
New York, NY 10010