We're pleased to announce that our partner, Lucas A. Ferrara, has been selected to serve as a "guest correspondent" for the New York Times .
Starting today, through January 30, 2008, Lucas will be answering questions posted by visitors to the New York Times ' website.
Here's the text of the announcement that the company posted yesterday afternoon:
January 24, 2008, 3:07 pm
Ask About Tenant-Landlord Issues
Lucas A. Ferrara, a partner at Finkelstein Newman Ferrara , is taking questions from readers through Jan. 30 on tenant-landlord issues. Readers are invited to submit their questions using the comment box below.
Mr. Ferrara, who has his own real estate law blog , has practiced in the landlord-tenant arena, advocating clients' interests in federal, state and local forums for more than two decades. In 2002, Mr. Ferrara was appointed an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School. He served as adjunct associate professor of real estate at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where he taught courses like "Law for Property Managers" and "Introduction to Landlord-Tenant Law." In 1996, he was the recipient of the university's "teacher's excellence award."
A graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Ferrara's numerous writing credits include essays and articles published in Newsday, the New York Law Journal, and the New York State Bar Journal. He is the co-author of the West treatise "Landlord and Tenant Practice in New York" and wrote a chapter in West's "New York State Administrative Procedure and Practice." His pro bono activities have included service as a special master in the New York County Supreme Court and as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and the Civil Court of the City of New York. Currently, he serves as an arbitrator with the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Before his legal pursuits, Mr. Ferrara was affiliated with the Mayor's Voluntary Action Center of the City of New York, where his efforts to promote community service by way of volunteerism were acknowledged by mayoral award certificates issued by Abraham D. Beame and Edward I. Koch. Mr. Ferrara, an active member of various local and national bar associations, is on the board of directors of the New York County Lawyers' Association. He also serves on the board of directors to the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.