Solving Problems in Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Date: Jul 18, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, and Online

Member Price: $195

Non-Member Price: $244

Section Price: $183

Event Code: I038924

Areas of Law: Real Estate

Earn up to 6.7 credits, including 1.0 in Ethics! (More Information)




Todd E. Lehder, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., Woodbridge
is a Shareholder in Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A with offices in Woodbridge and Eatontown, New Jersey; New York City; and Philadelphia, PA. Co-Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group, he focuses his practice in the representation of individual and corporate clients in all aspects of commercial real estate sales and acquisitions. Mr. Lehder also represents both landlords and tenants in the negotiation of commercial leases, and counsels financial institutions on real estate lending, workouts, foreclosures and loan sales. He also represents purchasers of distressed real estate assets and has significant experience in matters of construction, real estate development, redevelopment and land use law.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mr. Lehder is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a member of the New Jersey State, Middlesex County and Monmouth Bar Associations. He has been active in his community and has served on the Fair Haven Zoning Board of Adjustment since 2006, where he has been Chair for more than 15 years.

Mr. Lehder has lectured at seminars about commercial real estate transactions for industry professionals, including ICLE, seminars at the yearly Atlantic Builder’s Convention and an annual course entitled “Real Estate Development from Beginning to End” (Lorman Education Services). He is the recipient of several honors, including NJBIZ’s 2010 “40 Under 40” Award.

Mr. Lehder received his B.A. from St. Lawrence University and his J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.
Matthew J. Schiller, Esq.
Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP, Newark
is a Partner in Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP, in Newark, New Jersey, and leads the firm’s Leasing, Opportunity Zone and Distressed Real Estate Practice Groups. He represents clients in a wide range of transactional and litigation matters in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and elsewhere, including the acquisition, disposition, leasing and management of all kinds of commercial properties including office, medical office, industrial, retail and multi-family developments. Since the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, he has developed significant experience in the formation and operation of Qualified Opportunity Funds and Qualified Opportunity Zone Businesses as well as the associated real estate transactional, leasing and development issues.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, Mr. Schiller is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and a member of the Board of Consultors of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section, where he is Past Chair. A lecturer for ICLE and other CLE providers, he co-authored the Leasing chapter in Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey (ICLE, 2019, 4th Edition). He is the recipient of several honors.

Mr. Schiller received his B.A., with honors, from Trinity College and his J.D. from Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law, where he served as Associate Managing Editor of the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Victor Ashrafi, New Jersey Superior Court, Somerset County, Law Division.


Robert Beckelman, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., Woodbridge
Patrick M. Deyhle, Esq.
Windels Marx, New Brunswick
Michael J. Edwards, Esq.
Surenian Edwards, Buzak & Nolan LLC, Point Pleasant Beach
Michele J. Glass, Esq.
Gibbons P.C, Newark
Joshua M. Gorsky, Esq.
Mandelbaum Barrett, PC, Roseland
Ian Grusd, CCIM SIOR
Ten-X, New York
Cecilia I. Lassiter, Esq.
Sills Cummis & Gross, P.C., Newark
Jennifer Mazawey, Esq.
K & L Gates, Newark
is a Partner in Genova Burns LLC in Newark, New Jersey, and a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment, Environmental Law, and Land Use & Approvals Practice Groups as well as the Construction & Engineering, Education and Land Development Industry Groups. She concentrates her practice in commercial real estate, land use and construction law, and represents developers in all aspects of their development projects. Regularly appearing before planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment, Ms. Mazawey assists clients with permit acquisition, construction contracts and in construction-related disputes. She has also practiced education law and served as general counsel and special labor counsel to boards of education and boards of trustees throughout New Jersey.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Ms. Mazawey is Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Land Use Law Section and a member of the Association’s Environmental and Women in the Profession Sections as well as the Renewable Energy, Cleantech and Climate Change Committee. She has served on the Women’s Leadership Committee of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and has been President and Co-Director of Sponsorship for Commercial Real Estate Women, Inc. of New Jersey (CREW-NJ) as well as a member of the national CREW Network. She is also a former Trustee of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys.

Ms. Mazawey is a co-author of “In the Election of 2002, the Voters of New Jersey Were the Winners,” (27 Seton Hall Legislative Journal 77, 2003). She has lectured for ICLE, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey School Boards Association and other industry groups, and is the recipient of numerous honors.

Ms. Mazawey received her B. A. from Rutgers University and her J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law. After law school, she was Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Christine L. Miniman, J.S.C.
Emily K. Montagna, Esq.
Genova Burns LLC, Newark
John A. Sarto, Esq.
Giordano Halleran & Ciesla, Red Bank
Calvin Souder, Esq.
Souder Shabazz and Woolridge LLP, Newark
Jeremy J. Zacharias, Esq.
Marshall Dennehey, Mount Laurel
is a Shareholder in Marshall Dennehey, P.C. in the firm’s Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, office. A member of the Professional Liability Department, he concentrates his practice in the representation and defense of attorneys, accountants, insurance producers, corporate directors and officers, and other licensed professionals. He also represents clients in privacy and data breach matters as well as intellectual property cases.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Mr. Zacharias is a member of the New Jersey State, Camden County and Burlington County Bar Associations, and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), through which he received his Registered Professional Liability Underwriting Certification (RPLU). He is a former Adjunct Professor at Rutgers School of Law and lectures for Rutgers School of Law on professionalism and career development topics.

Mr. Zacharias received his B.S., magna cum laude, from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business and his J.D., cum laude, from Rutgers School of Law-Camden, where he was the Lead Notes Editor of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion and the author of “Religious Accommodations in the Workplace: An Analysis of Employee Accommodations Pertaining to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

Luncheon Presentation by Ian Grusd, CCIM SIOR of Ten-X, New York

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section

To effectively handle commercial real estate transactions in New Jersey, you must be aware of a wide range of complex issues including environmental, financing, leasing, insurance, and land use due diligence, all of which will impact the outcome of a deal. Complex deals also require the ability to recognize when there is need to bring other professional specialists onto the team, such as corporate attorneys when structuring the entities of a transaction, and CPAs when you are dealing with analysis and structure of tax issues. Knowledge of these areas and the ability to anticipate problems and pitfalls are essential tools for transactional attorneys.

This definitive course on commercial real estate transactions in New Jersey will teach you how to craft and negotiate contracts and leases that protect your clients against untoward or excessive risk. You will also learn how to address and anticipate the problems arising from environmental, and financing issues, and find out how to focus your preparation so that you can draft and review all the necessary documents for a successful commercial closing.

In addition, the program features an ethics component which will alert you to situations that create and raise legal ethical issues in this line of practice.

This is a “must attend” program if you handle commercial real estate matters. It will be of special interest to attorneys who represent sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants in commercial matters, commercial real estate owners, developers, contractors, financial institutions, title search companies, insurance companies, and others seeking to hone their skills in this area.

Preliminary Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 | Welcome
  • 9:05 | An updated look at structuring commercial real estate transactions in the current environment - Todd E. Lehder, Esq.; Matthew J. Schiller, Esq.
  • 9:45 | Solving environmental problems in commercial real estate deals-transactions - Michele J. Glass, Esq.; Robert Beckelman, Esq.
  • 10:25 | Break
  • 10:35 | A primer on the new affordable housing requirements and discussion of how they might impact commercial real estate transactions - Michael J. Edwards, Esq.; John A. Sarto, Esq.
  • 11:15 | Solving permitting issues - Calvin Souder, Esq.; Jennifer Mazawey, Esq.
  • 11:55 | Morning Q&A
  • 12:00 | Lunch
  • 12:15 | Luncheon Presentation - Ten-X and beyond: An overview of the online auction sales process and how its use is helping to solve problems today’s commercial real estate market - Ian Grusd, CCIM SIOR
  • 1:00 | Solving financing issues- traditional and non-traditional financing - Joshua Gorsky, Esq.; Patrick M. Deyhle, Esq.
  • 1:35 | Solving issues involving the Corporate Transparency Act - Emily K. Montagna, Esq.
  • 2:45 | Break
  • 3:00 | 21st century ethical issues in commercial real estate transactions - Jeremy J. Zacharias, Esq.; Todd E. Lehder, Esq.; Matthew J. Schiller, Esq.
  • 3:50 | Afternoon Q&A
  • 4:00 | Adjourn

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 6.7 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.0 in Ethics (Full Credits Available: NJ Ethics: 1.0, NJ General: 5.7).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Ethics Transitional: 1.0, NY Professional Practice Transitional: 5.5
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 0.5, PA Substantive Credit: 5.0
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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