Romer Debbas, LLP, an award-winning boutique law firm that specializes in all aspects of real estate and general practice, has named firm partners Stephen W. Allen, Michael R. Feldman, and Jonathan Helfer Co-Managers of the Residential Real Estate Department. New York City’s largest dedicated residential real estate practice, the department encompasses 20 professionals who successfully and discreetly handle all aspects of residential matters many of which are for high-profile clients across finance, business, sports, and entertainment.
“I have spent the majority of my professional career at Romer Debbas and am extremely gratified to have the opportunity to co-manage what is now New York City’s largest and most visible residential real estate practice,” said Mr. Feldman. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that we have established here at Romer Debbas with my fellow managers, Stephen Allen and Jonathan Helfer.”
“I look forward to this new opportunity to provide an unprecedented level of service to our clients as well as our exponential growth collectively as a firm,” said Mr. Helfer.
“In my 20 years in this field, I have never run across more knowledgeable and thoughtful attorneys than Jon and Michael, I look forward to taking the reins of the transactional department with them. The sky truly is the limit,” said Mr. Allen.
Led by Managing Partners Michael J. Romer and Pierre E. Debbas, Romer Debbas was recently recognized by The Real Deal as New York City’s most active law firm in the residential market. Examining July 15, 2021, through July 14, 2022, the outlet credits Romer Debbas with overseeing 490 residential and commercial transactions totaling $1.63 billion in sales, claiming the 5th spot on the coveted annual list. The firm was credited for deals in which they represented the buyer, with the exception of cooperative sales where seller representation was also acknowledged.
Stephen W. Allen has been practicing in the field of real estate for over 20 years, helping clients navigate often complicated purchase and sale transactions with proven experience and invaluable insights. Unwavering in his commitment to client service, Mr. Allen makes every effort to ensure that objectives are met, and desired results are achieved. Mr. Allen is licensed in New York and Connecticut and is also certified by the New York Department of State to teach continuing education courses to residential real estate agents.
Michael R. Feldman concentrates his practice on representing buyers, sellers and lending institutions in residential and commercial real estate transactions and is well versed in the areas of contract negotiation and due diligence. Upon graduation, initially, Mr. Feldman focused his practice on civil litigation and criminal defense and shifted to transactional real estate after moving to New York in 2010.
Jonathan Helfer has handled and supervised thousands of transactions, from the most basic to the most complex residential and commercial deals over the past 15-plus years. Recognized among clients, brokers, and colleagues for his professionalism and expertise, Mr. Helfer is diligent in his approach and committed to creating a positive experience for all deal participants. Mr. Helfer’s commitment extends to training and industry engagement through regularly speaking at numerous brokerage offices and leading continuing education classes.
Integrating innovation and the respected experience of one of the largest real estate practices in the country, the firm’s attorneys are celebrated annually among Best Lawyers and Leaders in the Law, and most recently Super Lawyers New York Metro and Rising Stars for the Super Lawyers New York Metro list.