Firm Closes a Series of Commercial Real Estate Transactions

In 2011-2012, the Firm was involved in the closings of the following commercial real estate transactions:

  • a consensual transfer of property in settlement of post-maturity mortgage and mezzanine debt (representing lender and new owner)
  • a $34+ million deed of trust loan secured by two multi-family residential buildings in northern California (representing lender)
  • a $53 million deed of trust loan secured by an office building in California (representing lender)
  • the negotiation and documentation of a loan severance, modification and forbearance agreement with respect to an $85 million secured loan and the discounted pay-off and refinancing of the same to a new property owner (representing existing lender and new lender)
  • a $1.15 billion revolving credit loan facility to a real estate fund (representing lender participant)
  • multiple note sales (representing lender)
  • multiple commercial leases
  • multiple sales

Practice Area: Real Estate

Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Gerber LLP Listed as a 2012 New York Top Ranked Law Firm

The firm is among a select group of New York law firms ranked a “top law firm” by American Lawyer Media, as announced in the May 21, 2012 issue of New York Magazine. The designation is given to a law firm having more than 25% of its attorneys ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. All partners of Schoeman, Updike & Kaufman, LLP are ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.

Firm Attorneys Named 2012 Super Lawyers®

Congratulations to the following partners who have been named New York Super Lawyers® for 2012: Beth L. Kaufman (business litigation; employment litigation: defense; personal injury defense: products), Charles B. Updike (general litigation), Nancy A. Connery (real estate), and Norman L. Greene (general litigation).

Related Attorneys: Beth L. Kaufman, Charles B. Updike, Nancy A. Connery, and Norman L. Greene

Beth Kaufman installed as the President of The National Association of Women Lawyers

On July 19, 2012, at the annual meeting of The National Association of Women Lawyers, held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, Beth Kaufman was installed as President of NAWL. NAWL is the only national women’s bar association and is the oldest women’s bar association in the country. More information about NAWL and the Annual Meeting can be found at

Related Attorney: Beth L. Kaufman

Second Circuit Affirms Defense Verdict

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of an employment discrimination case against Columbia University. The claims had been pursued for nearly 20 years. After a successful defense in a trial before the New York State Division of Human Rights, the claims were dismissed on the merits. A Right to Sue letter was issued and pursuit of the claims de novo in the Southern District resulted in a defense verdict after full discovery and a week long jury trial. A motion for a new trial was denied. The result in the district court was affirmed and the appeal dismissed on July 3, 2012. Charles B. Updike tried the case and briefed and argued it in the Court of Appeals.