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Phyllis H. Weisberg
New York Office

437 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

Biography

Phyllis H. Weisberg is the managing partner of Montgomery McCracken’s New York office. Phyllis is co-chair of the firm’s Cooperative and Condominium Law practice.

Before joining Montgomery McCracken, Phyllis was a partner with Kurzman Karelsen & Frank, LLP (KK&F).

Selected Representations

  • While at KK&F, Phyllis and partner Charles Palella won a major victory from the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department on behalf of a coalition of cooperative apartment buildings. The coalition was formed to challenge the transformation of an historic church building, located at 583 Park Avenue in a residentially zoned neighborhood inManhattan, into a commercial catering hall. The Appellate Division reversed a trial court ruling and reinstated the determination of the New York State Liquor Authority to deny the caterer’s application for a liquor license. The Appellate Division accepted the coalition’s arguments, including that the caterer had dramatically transformed the church building so that it lost its primary use as a house of worship. The decision can be read here.

Selected Publications

Phyllis frequently serves as a resource for publications directed to the real estate industry, with her comments often included in articles addressing real estate, co-op and condo-related issues. Recent articles that she has authored or in which she has been featured include:

Over the years, Phyllis has been a regular contributor of background information to The New York Times and The Cooperator. She has provided information pertaining to the legal issues associated with replacing windows in a landmark building; the representation of a coalition of cooperative apartment buildings formed to challenge the use of a church building as a catering hall; issues that arise when cooperative apartment shareholders obtain reverse mortgages; the legality of increases in association dues; the respective rights of an unmarried couple living in a cooperative apartment upon the termination of the relationship; subletting; and noise problems encountered in co-op and condo living.

Selected Speaking Engagements

Phyllis is a frequent lecturer and panelist at symposia on Cooperative and Condominium Law. She speaks often on real estate related matters. Her most recent presentations include:

Community Involvement

  • Phyllis has for many years been on the board of directors for B’nai B’rith Real Estate Unit (co-chair, 2000-2003)
  • Since November 2011, Phyllis has assisted women co-op and condo board presidents explore issues important to their roles as presidents, including whether gender matters in board interactions

Honors & Awards

  • Included in New York Magazine‘s list of New York’s Women Leaders in the Law, March 2012 and March 2013
  • Listed in New York Super Lawyers for 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; and Super Lawyers, Business Edition 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Pre-eminent Women Lawyers, 2011-2012
  • Included in Avenue Magazine‘s Legal Elite, compiled by Avenue and Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell, as one of New York City’s top women real estate attorneys, October 2011

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • New York City Bar
    • Chair, Committee on Cooperatives and Condominiums, 2013-2016
    • Chair, Subcommittee on CLE Programs, 2011-2012
    • Subcommittee on Case Law, 2010-2011
    • Chair, Subcommittee on Legislation and Reports, 2008-2013
    • Subcommittee on Mediation, 2006-2007
    • Chair, Subcommittee on the Courts, 2004-2006
  • The Real Estate Board of New York, associate member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, member
    • Sections on Litigation and Real Property, 1998-present

Academic Achievements

Phyllis received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 1972 and was a member of the Order of the Coif honor society. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. degree, with honors and with distinction, in 1969.