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Lawyers cover the bases in real estate.

A little more than four years ago, Sherwin Belkin, Howard Wenig, Joseph Burden and Jeffrey Goldman decided to start their own law firm. They wanted a practice that would be devoted to real estate but, be diversified. Today, with 15 attorneys and a support staff of 30, Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman provides specialized counsel in landlord-tenant law, litigation, mortgage foreclosures and workouts, land use, environmental law and transactions.

"We've had steady expansion since we opened up," Belkin said. "At the time we opened we were filling a bit of a void. We provided diversity, but specialized in real estate practice with hands-on partners so clients would have heightened expertise with efficiency and cost effectiveness."

"We all thought we'd be successful, but in difficult times, to expect we would do as well as we have is more than just a surprise," said Belkin. "it's most gratifying."

Burden remarked: "By and large we have terrific clients. We maintain a relationship with our clients. It's a team effort to maximize their rights and profits."

The firm boasts such clients as Lincoln Savings Bank, Lincoln Savings Bank, Crossland Savings Bank, Dime Savings Bank, Greater New York Savings Bank, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital, New York University, the Milstein Organization, Rockrose Development, and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and Peter Sharp & Company.

Belkin, the firm's managing partner since its rounding, who previously was a law assistant to the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department, noted the firm has a burgeoning appellate practice. The firm's record on appeals, handled by Belkin and partner Magda Cruz, is more than 90 percent successful.

The firm specializes in such areas as mortgage litigation, loft law, cooperative and condominium disputes, owner occupancy proceedings, Department of Housing and Community Renewal proceedings, and sublet, assignment, primary residence and other occupancy issues.

"We have also represented the Rent Stabilization Association on several cases which involve the taking of an owner's property in violation of the Constitution," said Belkin.


Issues and Workouts

A specialist in landlord-tenant issues, over the years, Belkin has represented owners in numerous proceedings and hearings before the New York Conciliation and Appeals Board, Office of Rent Control, New York State DHCR, Attorney General's Real Estate Financing and Consumer Fraud Bureaus, Board of Standards & Appeals, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the New York City
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Title Annotation:Belkin, Burden, Wenig and Goldman law firm
Author:Alger, Derek
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Company Profile
Date:Apr 28, 1993
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