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Howard Schechter
New York Office

437 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

Biography

Howard Schechter is a partner and co-chair of Montgomery McCracken’s Cooperative and Condominium Law practice. Howard concentrates his practice on real estate law. He has more than 40 years of experience representing cooperatives, condominiums and other owners of residential and commercial property. He counsels clients on contentious issues including apartment expansions; construction defects; alterations, admissions and leasing policies; unauthorized occupants; corporate and condominium elections; revisions to by-laws and proprietary leases; relations with sponsors and holders of unsold units and shares; and ownership of apartments by trusts and other entities. Howard also represents borrowers and lenders in construction and permanent, underlying mortgage financing transactions in both development and long-term ownership settings.

Howard’s housing clients span all segments of the housing market. He has worked with all City, State and Federal housing agencies in the subsidized and supervised housing sector and advises clients on compliance with government financing, supervision and rent regulation issues. Howard established many of the mechanisms necessary for the “reconstitution” of income and price-restricted, government-subsidized housing into unrestricted, private cooperatives, unlocking enormous value for the shareholders while keeping the monthly carrying charges affordable and spurring major investment in upgrading the physical condition of these properties.

Howard is a co-drafter of the Code of Ethics adopted by the New York Association of Realty Managers and taught the mandatory ethics course for that organization’s manager competency certification course at the New York University School of Continuing Education Real Estate Professionals Program for several years.  He was also part of a group retained by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to study and report on barriers to electrical submetering in New York State and to make recommendations for changes in public policy based on its conclusions. The report this group prepared, as well as a follow-up project for the Agency to assist it in implementing the recommendations made, were published by the Agency.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

Community Involvement

  • Roslyn Hilltop Educational Foundation, Inc.
    • Founder
    • Former President

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent, peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, highest rating for professional ethics and legal ability

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • New York State Bar Association, CLE Presentation
    • January 24, 2013, Advanced Topics in Condominium and Cooperative Law, Individual Liability of Board Members: Implications of Fletcher v. The Dakota
  • New York City Bar Association, CLE Presentations
    • June 2, 2016 “Current Governance Issues in Cooperatives and Condominiums
    • October 25, 2013, Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives & Condominiums: Cases & Marketplace Developments in the Last Six Months, “Mitchell-Lama Cooperatives Now
    • October 15, 2010, Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives & Condominiums: Cases & Marketplace Developments in the Last Six Months, “Lead Paint 2010 – The New Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • New York State Association of Renewal and Housing Officials, Inc.
    • Former Parliamentarian and Member of the Board of Directors

Academic Achievements

Howard received a B.A. degree from New York University, cum laude, a J.D. degree from New York University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.