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Attorney Profiles

  NAME EXT. E-MAIL
  Attorneys:
Ernest R. Booker, Esquire 112 ebooker@frkblaw.com
Leo Dugan, Esquire 125 ldugan@frkblaw.com
Norman A. Feinstein, Esquire Retired   nfeinstein@frkblaw.com
David Goldberg, Esquire 119 dgoldberg@frkblaw.com
Tracey Goldstein, Esquire 115 tgoldstein@frkblaw.com
Gary D. Gordon, Esquire 117 ggordon@frkblaw.com
Aline Grossman, Esquire 105 agrossman@frkblaw.com
Richard S. Kelin, Esquire 107 rkelin@frkblaw.com
Adrienne LePore, Esquire 106 alepore@frkblaw.com
Larry Raiss, Esquire 108 lraiss@frkblaw.com
Rosalie C. Scheckel, Esquire Retired rscheckel@frkblaw.com
Danna M. Schnoll, Esquire 109 dnezaria@frkblaw.com
Karen Thurston, Esquire 103 kthurston@frkblaw.com
  Key Personnel:
  Paula Banas 133 pbanas@frkblaw.com
  Ophelia Batalion 109 obatalion@frkblaw.com
  Eva De Los Angeles 124 edelosangeles@frkblaw.com
  Dawn Edmond 116 dedmond@frkblaw.com
  Audwin Goodwin 114 agoodwin@frkblaw.com
  Diane Graves 128 dgraves@frkblaw.com
  Pat Herd 122 pherd@frkblaw.com
  Monica Mathis 102 mmathis@frkblaw.com
  Rob Neadel 110 rneadel@frkblaw.com
  Marguerite Owens 132 mowens@frkblaw.com
  Barbara Panico 113 bpanico@frkblaw.com
  Fronie Sanders 127 fsanders@frkblaw.com
  Barbara Sanseverino 111 bsanseverino@frkblaw.com


Ernest R. Booker

ebooker@frkblaw.com

Ernest R. Booker is a Partner with the Firm. He is a retired Judge for the Municipal Court of East Orange and Municipal Court of Montclair. Mr. Booker serves as the Executive Director of the Newark Parking Authority and General Counsel to the Orange Housing Authority.

Mr. Booker concentrates his practice in commercial and residential real estate development, condominium cooperative conversions, tax abatement, real estate tax appeals, litigation, public entity representation and entertainment law. He has represented numerous well-known artists such as Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, Jodeci, Gerald Lavert, Freddie Jackson, Evander Holyfield, KG of NaughtyByNature, and many others.

His affiliations include the American Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, National Bar Association/Judicial Committee - Life Member, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), Essex County Municipal Court Judges Association, American Trial Lawyers Association of New Jersey, Garden State Bar Association, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers and American Judges Association.

Mr. Booker has donated and continues to donate his time to various community organizations. He has served in different capacities, such as Member of the Orange Orphans Society, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Member of the Committee of Managers-Llewellyn Park, Member of the Essex County Country Club, and Member of the Board of Trustees of Pine Forge Academy.

He also holds the distinction of being the recipient of several awards including the National Bar Association, Presidential Achievement Award - July, 2002, and the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Freedom Fund Award - November, 2001.

Ernest R. Booker received his B.S. from Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska in 1970, and then attended Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey where he completed the Juris Doctorate Program. He was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and United States District Court of New Jersey in December, 1973.


Leo Dugan
LDugan@frkblaw.com

Leo P. Dugan III, Esq. is an associate with the firm. He concentrates his practice in the area of landlord/tenant law, representing both commercial and residential landlords throughout New Jersey.

Leo is a graduate of New York University and Brooklyn Law School. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2012 and the New York Bar in 2013. Prior to joining FRKB, Leo was an associate at a general litigation law firm and clerked for the Honorable Donald R. Venezia, J.S.C., Bergen County, Criminal Part.











Norman A. Feinstein
Retired
nfeinstein@frkblaw.com

Mr. Feinstein is one of the founding Partners of Feinstein, Raiss, Kelin & Booker, L.L.C. Mr. Feinstein has extensive experience in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, commercial litigation, securitized financing and transactional business law. He is a past President of the New Jersey Apartment Association and served as its legal counsel.

Mr. Feinstein is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Suffolk University Law School. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1973.




David Goldberg
dgoldberg@frkblaw.com

David H. Goldberg, Esq. is an associate with Feinstein, Raiss, Kelin & Booker, L.L.C. (FRKB). David's practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions, financing and the formation and structuring of real estate partnerships and limited liability companies. Before returning to the practice of law, David was the president of a family owned metals recycling business.

David graduated from Rutgers College and received a Master's degree from Columbia University's School of International Affairs. Thereafter, he graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. David has been a member of the New Jersey bar since 1986.








Tracey Goldstein
tgoldstein@frkblaw.com

Tracey Goldstein is a member of Feinstein, Raiss, Kelin & Booker, L.L.C. and concentrates her practice in real estate litigation. She has handled matters in the New Jersey State and Federal Trial Courts, in the Appellate Division and in the New Jersey Supreme Court. She regularly represents property owners, managers and developers of real estate.

Ms. Goldstein serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Apartment Association ("NJAA") and counsels NJAA on emerging landlord tenant issues and key legislation. She has presented seminars on a variety of issues including hot topics in real estate, fair housing, bedbugs and residential and commercial evictions. She has served as a panelist at seminars presented by NJAA, the New Jersey Bar Association, Rutgers Law School, the Division on Civil Rights, Hudson County Bar Association, New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association and the Property Owners Association.

Ms. Goldstein was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1994 and the New York Bar in 1995. She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1990 and her law degree from Western New England School of Law in 1994.

DISTINCTIONS:

Recognized as one of "The Best Attorneys of 2013" by the Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal

Featured in 2008 in the New Jersey Law Journal's "40 Under 40" List

Selected for inclusion in 2006 and 2007 as a New Jersey Rising Star

Selected for inclusion in 2008, 2009, 2010 New Jersey Super Lawyers

PUBLISHED AND UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS:

Mill Street Partners, LLC v. Cotton Mill Associates, LLC , 2016 WL335197 (App. Div. 2016)

Salem Lafayette URA, L.P. v. Tami LaSane, 2013 WL1390818 (App. Div. 2013)

3519-3513 Realty, LLC v. Law, 406 N.J. Super. 423 (Law Div. 2009)

Maglies v. Estate of Guy, 193 N.J. 108 (2007)

Hodges v. Sasil Corp., 189 N.J. 210 (2007)

Kulig v. Beer, 2007 WL 17432 (App. Div. 2007)

Pasquince v. Brighton Arms Apartments, 378 N.J. Super. 588 (App. Div. 2005)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

"Companion Animals: What is an Owner's Obligation?" NJ Apartment Industry Magazine, March, 2013.

"NJ Courts Expand Protection to Occupants of Residential Apartments" NJ Apartment Industry Magazine, October/November 2009.

"Creating a new category of ' tenants' " New Jersey Lawyer, March 31, 2008.

"Landlord Tenant Law: Key Issues and Recent Changes" NJ Apartment Industry Magazine, June/July 2008.

"Rent Control Exemption for New Construction" NJ Apartment Industry Magazine, August 2007.

"Source of Income: Formulating Financial Criteria" NJ Apartment Industry Magazine, April/May 2007.

"Navigating Discrimination Claims through the Division on Civil Rights" NJ Apartment Industry Magazine, October/November 2006.

"A permissible 'must do' for landlords" New Jersey Lawyer, April 3, 2006.

MEMBERSHIPS

New Jersey Apartment Association

Property Owners Association

New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association



Gary D. Gordon
ggordon@frkblaw.com

As the chairman of the litigation department and a partner of Feinstein,Raiss, Kelin & Booker, L.L.C. (FRKB), Gary D. Gordon, Esq. focuses his practice on a wide range of matters. These include commercial, contract and real estate litigation; real estate tax appeals; municipal law; housing code enforcement; rent control matters, including capital improvement and hardship applications; housing discrimination; and toxic tort defense (lead paint and mold).

Gary earned his B.A. at Rutgers College and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. He is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Apartment Association. Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Gary was selected for inclusion as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2006. Most recently, he was recognized as one of "The Best Attorneys in 2013" by the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

Throughout his career, Gary has been involved in numerous cases having statewide impact. He challenged a municipal ordinance that denied trash collection service to apartment buildings. The result was state legislation guaranteeing service or reimbursement to property owners. Also, he championed the appeal of a trial court's ruling denying attorneys' fees in a dispute with a municipality over the enforcement of an ordinance. The New Jersey Appellate Court held that the federal Civil Rights Attorney's Fee Awards Act applied in state courts as well. In addition,Gary successfully argued that a rent control board could not impose monetary penalties on a property owner.

Reported Decisions:
  • Berk Cohen Associates at Rustic Village, LLC v. Borough of Clayton, 199 N.J. 432 (2009)
  • Robert Maglies v. Estate of Bertha Guy, 193 N.J. 108 {2007)
  • Rochelle Hodges v. Sasil Corporation, 189 N.J. 210 {2007)
  • John Pasquince v. Brighton Arms Apartments, 378 N.J. Super. 588 (App. Div. 2005)
  • Zohar Zisapel v. Paramus Borough, 20 N.J. Tax 209 (Tax Ct. 2002)
  • WHS Realty Company v. Town of Morristown, 283 N.J. Super. 139 (App. Div. 1995) rev'd and remanded 146 N.J. 627 {1996), on remand 323 N.J. Super. 553 (App. Div. 1999)
  • Municipal Council of City of Paterson v. Zoning Board of Adjustment, 288 N.J. Super. 420 (App. Div. 1996)
  • Dorchester Manor v. Borough of New Milford, 287 N.J. Super. 163 (Law Div. 1994), 287 N.J. Super. 114 (App. Div. 1996)
  • Richard Miller v. Passaic Valley Water Commission, 259 N.J. Super 1. (App. Div. 1992)
  • Caldwell Terrace Apartments, Inc. v. Borough of Caldwell, 224 N.J. Super. 588 (App. Div. 1988}
  • Donald T. Ross, Jr. v. Board of Review, 212 N.J. Super. 467 (App. Div. 1984}
  • New Jersey Association of Health Care Facilities v. Klein, 182 N.J. Super. 252 (App. Div. 1981}
  • Joseph Carmel v. Borough of Hillside, 178 N.J. Super. 185 (App. Div. 1981}
  • State v. Carmel, 169 N.J. Super. 370 (App. Div. 1979}
  • Stop the Pay Hikes Committee v. Town of Irvington, 166 N.J. Super. 197 (Law Div. 1979}, aff'd 170 N.J. Super. 393 (App. Div. 1979}


Aline Grossman
agrossman@frkblaw.com

Aline Grossman, Esq. is an associate with Feinstein, Raiss, Kelin & Booker, L.L.C. (FRKB). Aline's practice focuses on real estate acquisitions, business formations, the establishment of holding companies, the sale of assets and equitable interests, and other business transactions. She has broad experience in advising corporations and closely held limited liability companies on governance and management, as well as in counseling businesses and individuals on regulatory compliance and risk management issues.

In 1995, Aline earned joint Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration degrees from Brooklyn Law School and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars. An active volunteer in the legal field, Aline serves as a mediator for the New Jersey Judiciary Foreclosure Mediation Program, in which homeowners have access to lenders and counsel for the purpose of resolving loan delinquencies in advance of foreclosure.



Richard S. Kelin
rkelin@frkblaw.com

Mr. Kelin, along with Lawrence Raiss, is a Managing Partner at Feinstein, Raiss, Kelin & Booker, L.L.C. Mr. Kelin is recognized for his experience and expertise in the areas of investment real estate transactions and financing. He represents purchasers and sellers of apartment complexes, office buildings, shopping centers and industrial facilities throughout New Jersey. He concentrates his practice in corporate and commercial law as well. Mr. Kelin's practice also includes formation and structuring of real estate partnerships and limited liability companies.

Mr. Kelin is a past President of the Property Owners Association of New Jersey and has authored articles published in the Property Owners Association News and Views. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Apartment Association. Mr. Kelin has participated in seminars for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and other organizations. He was recognized by the NJ/PA Real Estate Journal.

Formerly a law clerk for Judges Leo Yanoff and Thomas Dalton, Mr. Kelin also served as a student law clerk to former Federal Appellate Judge John Gibbons. He is a graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick and Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. Mr. Kelin is admitted to the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania Bars.


Adrienne LePore
alepore@frkblaw.com

Adrienne LePore concentrates her practice in the areas of landlord-tenant law, real estate transactions and commercial litigation. She represents both commercial and residential landlords in complex landlord tenant matters in counties throughout the state. A substantial portion of her practice is devoted to residential and commercial real estate transactions, where she represents clients in the purchase, sale and refinance of property.

Ms. LePore is a graduate of Boston College and Seton Hall University School of Law. She was admitted to the Bar in New Jersey in 2000, and the New York Bar in 2001. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. LePore clerked for the Honorable John A. O'Shaughnessy, J.S.C., Hudson County, Special Civil Part, Landlord Tenant Division.






Lawrence D. Raiss
lraiss@frkblaw.com

Lawrence D. Raiss joined the Firm as a Partner at the time of its inception in 1991, and, along with Richard S. Kelin, has served as a Managing Partner of the Firm since 1999. Mr. Raiss graduated from Lafayette College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While at Lafayette College, Mr. Raiss was elected to Psi Chi, the honorary Psychology Society, and he was named to the Dean's List on several occasions. He attended his first year of law school at the University of Toledo, where he was elected to the Law Review. At the conclusion of his first year of law school, Mr. Raiss transferred to Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was also elected to the Law Review prior to his graduation from Seton Hall. While at Seton Hall, Mr. Raiss was a member of the Moot Court Board, and he spent two (2) years working in the Legal Department of the State of New Jersey, Board of Public Utilities. He was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1981.

In the early to mid 1980s, Mr. Raiss specialized primarily in real estate limited partnership securities transactions, involving both private securities offerings and registered public securities offerings. Since 1986, Mr. Raiss has concentrated his practice in commercial and residential real estate, corporate, commercial and other types of transactional work. In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Raiss was selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers in Real Estate; this prestigious honor is limited to less than 5% of the attorneys in New Jersey. For many years he has represented leading real estate operators and management firms in the area. Mr. Raiss has been a featured speaker at the annual convention sponsored by the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA) in Atlantic City and he has authored two (2) articles published by the Property Owners Association (POA). He has also served as local counsel for an international telecommunications company which was involved in the installation of undersea fiber optic cable for use with the Internet. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Apartment Association for several years.


Rosalie C. Scheckel
Retired
rscheckel@frkblaw.com

Ms. Scheckel, a Partner in the Firm, has been with Feinstein, Raiss, Kelin & Booker, L.L.C. since its inception in 1991. She focuses her practice in the areas of landlord tenant law, bankruptcy matters and other litigation arising from landlord tenant relationships.

She is a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Special Civil Part Practice and the Chairperson of the Landlord Tenant Subcommittee. She is also a member of the Essex County Bench Bar Committee for the Special Civil Part. In addition, she is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association and the Essex County Bar Foundation.

She is a member of the New Jersey Apartment Association. She has been a frequent speaker at their conferences and has regularly submitted articles for its magazine. She has participated in seminars given by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association with regard to landlord tenant law. She has also made presentations to the Property Owners Association and given seminars on behalf of the Firm to its clients.

Mrs. Scheckel has been a resident of Nutley for many years and has been involved in community activities, including serving on the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment. She was also elected to serve on the Nutley Board of Education for twelve (12) years, serving as its president for two (2) terms. She has also been active in the League of Woman Voters and was appointed to the Historical Commission in Nutley.

She received her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Elizabeth, Magna Cum Laude, a Master's degree from Fordham University and her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. Ms. Scheckel was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1977.



Danna M. Schnoll
dynezaria@yahoo.com

Danna M. Schnoll practices primarily in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions and financing, landlord tenant law, and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience in representing builders and developers throughout New Jersey in all aspects of real estate development.

Ms. Schnoll is a graduate of Rutgers College and the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was a member of the Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems. Ms. Schnoll was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and the New York Bar in 1996.



Karen Thurston
kthurston@frkblaw.com

Karen L. Thurston is an associate with the firm. She concentrates her practice in the area of landlord-tenant law and has extensive experience handling issues in residential federally subsidized and multifamily properties.

Ms. Thurston is a graduate of Lehigh University and Rutgers University School of Law - Newark. She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Thurston worked at Essex-Newark Legal Services and clerked for the Honorable Severiano Lisboa, J.S.C., Hudson County, Family Division.