Thursday, June 18, 2009

Matthew J. Leeds Joins Ackerman Board

Matthew J. Leeds joined the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s Board of Directors in December 2008. Mr. Leeds is a real estate lawyer whose diverse practice includes the representation of owners, developers, sponsors, condominium and cooperative boards, investors and institutional real estate lenders. He has particular experience in the burgeoning area of commercial condominiums.

Mr. Leeds is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. A frequent lecturer and writer, he is a co-author of New York Practice Guide: Real Estate: Cooperatives and Condominiums, published by Matthew Bender. He is a former Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Real Property Section and Condominiums and Cooperatives Committee. In 1999, he was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is been named in Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers.

Mr. Leeds began his law career as a Special Deputy Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law’s Real Estate Financing Bureau. He joined Ganfer & Shore, LLP in 2008 after 24 years with Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman, LLP, which merged with the national law firm Bryan Cave, LLP in 2004.

Mr. Leeds said he first became aware of Ackerman several years ago when the law firm he was with at the time did some legal work for the Institute. At that time, he met several Board members. Last year, Jane Donaldson contacted him and asked if he would join the Board.

“Everyone I met who explained the Ackerman approach struck a chord with me because the approach just seemed right,” Mr. Leeds said.

Serving on the Board also satisfied his interest in working with human services organizations.

“This is an area I wanted to explore,” he explained.

Mr. Leeds said that because he is so new to the Board, he has not yet identified what specific interests he may pursue, but added that he hoped his experience and legal background would be helpful.

“I look forward to sharing my knowledge and to learning new things myself,” he said