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Andrew P. Brucker
New York Office

437 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

P: 212-867-9500
F: 212-599-1759

Biography

Andrew P. Brucker has been practicing real estate law for more than 35 years. He concentrates his practice on cooperative and condominium matters and handles a variety of refinancing and leasing transactions. Andrew has represented landlords in the rental of professional space to a large medical practice, a bank, and “pop up” retailers.

Andrew has been an active member in the legal community. He is the former Chairman of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law, where he began the process of redrafting the Condominium Sales Contract used by the vast majority of lawyers in New York City. Previously, he and the Committee revised and drafted the current version of the Alteration Agreement for Cooperatives. Under his leadership, the Committee has also created a new Condominium Contract of Sale, which has been approved by the State Bar, and which has now been published by Blumberg Forms.

Andrew has conducted over two dozen CLE courses for the New York State Bar, the New York City Bar Association and Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums on real estate, and coop and condo topics. He also authored the Code of Ethics adopted by the New York Association of Realty Managers, and taught a course on ethics at NYU’s Real Estate Institute for more than ten years. He has also lectured at numerous seminars for various organizations on real estate matters.

Selected Publications

  • Quoted, “Q&A: My HDFC Co-op Won’t Transfer My Late Father’s Shares to Me,” The Cooperator, December 2018
  • Quoted, “Sexual Harassment No More,” Habitat Magazine, June 24, 2018
  • Quoted, “New Citywide Smoking Policy for Residential Buildings to Go Into Effect This August,” The Cooperator, June 14, 2018
  • Quoted, “It’s the Law: Post a Sexual Harassment Policy,” Habitat Magazine, May 11, 2018
  • Quoted, “There’s No Such Thing as a Cheap Harassment Suit,” Habitat Magazine, April 17, 2018
  • Quoted, “Q&A: Question About the Value of Shares After a Cooperator Dies,” The Cooperator, April 16, 2018
  • Authored, “Does A Condominium Or Cooperative Need A Harassment Policy?” Mann Report Management, March 1, 2018
  • Co-authored, “Stricter Regulations for NYC Enclosed Balconies,” Mann Report Management, February 12, 2018
  • Authored, “Co-ops and Condos Need a Harassment Policy Right Now,” Habitat Magazine, January 18, 2018
  • Quoted, “Q&A: Quorum and Board Elections,” The Cooperator, December 2017
  • Authored, “When You Need Building-Wide Support…Pieces of Paper Can Trump Warm Bodies,” Habitat Magazine, November 2017
  • Quoted, “Why Transfer Fees? – The Potential Value for Your Building or HOA,” The Cooperator, November 2017
  • Quoted, “Queens Condo Draws Attention Over Controversial Displays,” The Cooperator, September 21, 2017
  • Quoted, “Is a sponsor’s representative legally entitled to see a prospective shareholder’s application information?” Habitat, May 2017
  • Quoted, “20 Years After Biondi,” The Cooperator, February 16, 2017
  • Quoted, “How Having a Celebrity as a Neighbor Can Affect Your Building,” The Cooperator, January 5, 2017
  • Quoted, “Harassing the Super,” New York Times Real Estate Q&A Section, December 17, 2016
  • Quoted, “Pet Allergies in a Pet-Friendly Building,” New York Times Real Estate Q&A Section, November 12, 2016
  • Quoted, “Handling Conflicts Between Residents and Staffers,” The Cooperator, November 3, 2016
  • Quoted, “When Tragedy Affects Your Building,” The Cooperator, September 23, 2016
  • Co-authored the Code of Ethics of the New York Association of Realty Managers
  • Appeared, “Brokers on the Board,” Habitat Magazine’s Legal Podcast, March 6, 2013
  • Quoted, “Refinancing a Sponsor Unit,” New York Times Real Estate Q&A Section, February 22, 2013
  • Quoted, “Playground Noise Generates Friction,” New York Times Real Estate Q&A Section, August 5, 2012
  • Quoted, “Co-op Shareholder Kept in the Dark,” New York Times Real Estate Q&A Section, June 17, 2012
  • Quoted, “Using Cameras to Catch Violators,” New York Times Real Estate Q&A Section, February 27, 2011
  • Quoted, “Sublet Fees in Co-op Buildings,” New York Times Real Estate Q&A Section, November 7, 2010
  • Quoted, “Condo Owners Cover For Lapses of Others,” New York Times Real Estate Q&A Section, September 26, 2010
  • Co-authored, “Terms of Agreement” Habitat, May 2010
  • Co-authored, “Co-op Underlying Mortgages: The Landscape Has Changed Dramatically,” New York Law Journal, March 15, 2010
  • Appeared, “Next-Door Neighbors: What can you do when a coop/condo’s next door neighbor will not complete their Local Law 11 work?” Habitat Magazine’s Legal Podcast, 2010
  • Authored “Conflict of Interest Pitfalls For Co-Op, Condo Counsel,” New York Law Journal, August 24, 2009
  • Quoted, “Use of Professionals – Engineer on Board,” Habitat, March 2009
  • Quoted, “Unpleasant Co-op Living,” The Cooperator, July 2007
  • Quoted, “Can a Co-op Board Limit Rent Charged in a Sublet?,” New York Times Real Estate Q&A Section, April 1, 2007
  • Quoted, “Questions & Answers – Cumulative Voting?” The Cooperator, April 2007
  • Authored, “Fiduciaries In Co-ops And Condos,” New York Law Journal, March 12, 2007
  • Co-authored, “Court Dismisses Mold-Related Personal Injury Claims Against Coop,” New York Real Estate Law Reporter, January 2007
  • Co-authored, “Breaking the Mold, No Scientific Backing for Injury Claims,” The Cooperator, December 2006
  • Quoted, “Court Rebuffs a Suit Linking Mold to Illness,” New York Times Real Estate, October 15, 2006
  • Authored, “Conflict of Interest,” Habitat, September 2005
  • Authored, “The 2005 Attorney Survey,” Habitat, September 2005
  • Authored, “How Much Power?” Habitat, February 2005
  • Co-authored, “The Power of Cooperative Boards,” New York Law Journal, January 18, 2005
  • Quoted, “Commercial Leases – Looking for Leverage,” Habitat, April 2004
  • Authored, “Applying Defamation Law to Belligerence In the Co-Op Arena,” New York Law Journal, January 12, 2004
  • Authored, “A Path to Follow – ‘Spiegel’ Court Clarifies Co-op Subletting Rights,” New York Law Journal, June 11, 2003
  • Authored, “Scrutiny Important When Reviewing Power of Attorney,” New York Law Journal, May 19, 2003
  • Authored, “Condo Conversion Law Evolving,” New York Law Journal, March 25, 2002
  • Authored, “The Co-op Lease: Areas of Concern and The New CNYC Form of Proprietary Lease,” New York Real Estate Law Reporter, May 2001
  • Authored, “Reviewing a Co-Op’s Leases,” New York Law Journal, March 26, 2001
  • Authored, “Discrimination Insurance,” Habitat, March 2001
  • Authored, “Tenant/Shareholders Battle Co-op Sponsors,” New York Law Journal, October 12, 1999
  • Quoted, “Co-ops Get Flexibility on Rules,” New York Times Real Estate,  May 10, 1998
  • Authored, “Discrimination in Housing,” NYARM Newsletter, March 1998
  • Authored, “The Business Corporation Law – Recent Changes Affecting Co-ops,” The Cooperator, March 1998
  • Authored, “Seasonal Gift Giving,”  The Cooperator, November 1997
  • Authored, “Maintenance and Common Charges: Strategies for Collecting Arrearages,” The Cooperator, June 1997
  • Authored, “Flameproofing Regulations,” NYARM Newsletter, January 1997
  • Authored, “New Law Regarding Ownership of Co-ops,”  NYARM Newsletter, February 1996
  • Authored, “Special Compliance Requirements Concerning Lead Based Paint,” NYARM Newsletter, November 1996

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Best Practices for Cooperative and Condominium Boards,” The Council of New York Cooperative and Condominiums (CNYC) Event, February 22, 2017
  • Speaker, “Best Practices”. Council of New York Cooperatives, January 2017
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums:  Defamation in Context of Coops and Condos,” New York City Bar, June 2015
  • Speaker, April 2014, New York City Bar, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums:
  • “Does the Condo Law Really Say That?”
  • Speaker, “Condominium Issues for New Lawyers.”  Council of New York Cooperatives, November 2013,
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: Those Nagging Condo and Coop Questions.” New York City Bar, April 2013
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: Those Nagging Condo and Coop Questions” New York City Bar, October 2012
  • Speaker, “Condominium Issues For New Lawyers” Council of New York Cooperatives, November 2011
  • Speaker, “Co-ops 101: A Primer for New Attorneys,” and “Condos 101: A Primer for New Attorneys,” New York City Bar, July 2010
  • Speaker, “Current Governance Issues in Coops and Condos: Stock Transfer Issues,” New York City Bar, April 2010
  • “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: Those Nagging Condo and Coop Questions,” New York City Bar, March 2010
  • Speaker, “Condominiums and HOAs: Topics for Upstate Attorneys: “Representation of HOA and Condominium Boards: Ethical Issues,” New York State Bar, May 2009
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums” New York City Bar, April 2009
  • Speaker, “Rights and Remedies on Defaults in Single Family Residential Contracts of Sale” New York State Bar’s Real Property Law Section Annual Meeting, January 2009
  • Speaker, “Advanced Topics in Cooperative and Condominium Law: “ Ethical Considerations in Representing Boards, New York State Bar, January 2009”
  • Speaker, “Condo Issues for New Attorneys” Council of New York Cooperatives, November 2008
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: Those Nagging Co-op and Condo Questions,” New York City Bar, April 2008
  • Speaker, “Condo Issues for New Attorneys,” Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, November 2007
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: Those Nagging Co-op and Condo Questions,” New York City Bar, March 2007
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: Those Nagging Co-op and Condo Questions” New York City Bar, March 2006
  • Speaker, “How to Call and Run an Effective Co-op or Condo Meeting” Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, November 2005
  • Chairperson, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: Those Nagging Co-op and Condo Questions,” New York City Bar, April 2005
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: The Pullman Decision,” New York City Bar, April 2004
  • Speaker, “How to Call and Run an Effective Co-op or Condo Meeting,” Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, November 2003
  • Speaker, “The Pullman Decision,” Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, August 2003
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: Combining Common Areas into Apartments,” New York City Bar, April 2003
  • Guest, “Under Construction” Radio Program, WHN 1050 Talk Radio, June 8, 2002
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums: Update of Recent Cases,” New York City Bar, March 2002
  • Speaker, “The ‘New’ New York Lead Paint Law,” Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, August 1999

Community Involvement

Andrew has been actively involved in the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America for the past 9 years. He founded and serves as President of The American Medical Research Foundation, a 501(c) (3) charity, created to raise funds for research and programing in the field of Crohn’s and Colitis. Andrew has previously served on the board for Edgemont Recreation, Inc. The not-for-profit organization sponsors after-school sporting events in the Edgemont, Westchester community, as well as a summer camp for children in the community under the age of 14.

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • New York City Bar
    • Chairman, Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law (2010-2013)
    • Member, Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law (2008-2011, 2014- present)
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Member, Sections on: Trusts and Estates; Real Property

Academic Achievements

Andrew received a J.D. degree from New York Law School in 1975. He earned a L.L.M. degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1976.