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Jessica Allen

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Beth Beranbaum

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Leah Lakins

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Bryan Adams

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Bobby Soler
Helene Bernstein
Howard Globus
Sheila Walker Hartwell
Yosef Rabinowitz

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Alan Hirsh
Claudette Robb Ross
Jason Kapoor
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Donna Fullerton
Robert Moy
Siri Smith

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Claudette Robb Ross

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Law Office of Robert J. Smith

261 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, New York 10016

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I am happy to have been a member of BNI Chapter 7 for 10 years, and served as President of the Chapter in 2009-10. I received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and a J.D. from New York Law School in 1983. I have been admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court (Southern & Eastern Districts of New York) since 1984. I opened my own practice in June 1993. Since that time, I have provided representation to hundreds of sellers, purchasers and renters of homes, condominium units, cooperative apartment units and commercial property in Manhattan and the surrounding counties.

I am a member of the New York City Bar Association, where I serve as a member on the Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law. I am the Chair of a subcommittee that recently revised the standard form condominium contract and is working on the revision of the standard form coop contract. I am a member of the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Real Property Law Section, and serve as a member of the NYSBA’s Committee on Condominiums and Cooperatives. I have served as an Arbitrator in Small Claims Court in Manhattan and am a member of the Association of Arbitrators. 

I live in Manhattan and have been happily married for 34 years. My wife Wendy Cohen and I are members of the New York Road Runners Club, and both ran the ING New York Marathon in 2007, 2008 and 2010. We have two children, Alex, 30 and Sarah, 25. I am an avid, though mediocre, golfer and softball player.