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FRKB
Practice Areas

Real Estate Transactions
Corporate Law
Landlord Tenant Law
Commercial Litigation
Housing Discrimination
Rent Control
Municipal Matters


Real Estate Transactions

Since most of our clients own real estate, the Firm focuses its practice on commercial real estate transactions. Our attorneys handle the purchase, sale, refinance and leasing of multi-family buildings, shopping centers, office buildings and other commercial properties for individuals and businesses across the country. Our attorneys possess decades of experience in handling the most sophisticated and complex transactions. Our experience enables us to resolve complicated issues which often arise during transactions in order to bring them to a fast and successful closing.


Corporate Law

Our attorneys provide counseling and representation to individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations in all aspects of their businesses, from planning, organization and formation of new businesses to dissolving entities that are no longer needed. Our attorneys provide legal advice to corporate directors, executives and business leaders concerning the operation and financing of their businesses. We regularly prepare a variety of commercial and general business agreements, including shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, non-compete agreements, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements and other types of business agreements.

Our attorneys assist clients in all aspects of the sale and acquisition of businesses. We have the experience, knowledge and skill to negotiate these transactions, prepare the contracts and other documentation, advise clients regarding financing and other general issues and develop solutions to unexpected issues that may arise. Our attorneys are able to provide assistance to our clients in numerous aspects of the corporate and business world.


Landlord Tenant Law

The Firm has considerable expertise in the area of landlord tenant law. We are recognized and respected in the legal community for our knowledge and experience in residential and commercial evictions. We appear in landlord tenant courts in Sixteen (16) counties throughout northern and central New Jersey. Our attorneys have been appointed to serve on committees which impact the rules and procedures of the Special Civil Part of the Superior Court of New Jersey. We regularly present seminars sponsored by the New Jersey Bar Association and other professional organizations, and we frequently provide in-house training to our clients to ensure that they have the most-up-to-date information.

Our Firm represents real estate owners of single family homes and large multi-family projects, including tax credit properties, properties receiving project-based Section 8 assistance and other subsidies, housing authorities and rooming houses. We are intimately familiar with both state and federal laws and procedures relating to properties managed, controlled or operated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Firm possesses a department that is staffed with full-time personnel devoted entirely to ensuring the timely filing, processing and follow-up of eviction matters. We are equipped to handle evictions for any size property, as the tenancy department is comprised of experienced and dedicated staff. The landlord tenant department conscientiously tracks cases from inception through the issuance of the warrant of removal.


Commercial Litigation

A substantial portion of our practice is devoted to litigation. Our attorneys have significant, broad-ranging civil litigation experience. We litigate at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies and other regulatory bodies.

In an effort to serve our clients, we handle a variety of cases ranging from small disputes to litigation involving complex substantive issues. Our attorneys have successfully litigated cases involving real estate brokerage commissions, contract and business disputes, consumer fraud claims, condominium litigation and shareholder disputes. Our commitment to zealously representing our clients' interests in litigation is unsurpassed.


Housing Discrimination

Our Firm's litigation attorneys are experienced in handling housing discrimination matters. We aggressively defend complaints filed with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In an attempt to avoid such litigation, our attorneys regularly counsel clients with respect to their obligations according to pertinent provisions of state and federal law.


Rent Control

Our Firm has had significant impact and involvement in the rent control arena. We have successfully negotiated and drafted the necessary documentation to effectuate permanent vacancy decontrol in certain municipalities. In addition, we have participated in the drafting of amendments to rent control ordinances.

We have the expertise in defending complaints filed by tenants before local rent control boards alleging overcharges in rent, diminution in services and habitability claims. We have successfully handled hardship applications where our clients were not receiving a just or fair rate of return in the operation of their multi-family properties.

Our Firm has a proven track record in obtaining capital improvement surcharges from local rent control boards on behalf of our clients. In situations where our clients have been improperly denied the requested surcharges, we were successful in challenging those decisions and having them overturned by the trial and appellate courts.


Municipal Matters

The Firm has proven expertise in municipal law. We have extensive experience in dealing with municipalities on a variety of issues. Our attorneys regularly appear in municipal court to defend owners relating to housing code enforcement issues and motor vehicle violations. We represent clients who have been issued penalties for housing code and fire violations and have litigated those decisions in the courts and before construction boards of appeal.



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