Geoffrey R. Mazel, Esq.
Geoffrey R. Mazel is a founding partner of Hankin & Mazel, PLLC, located in midtown Manhattan and Great Neck, NY. Mr. Mazel graduated from St. John’s Law School in and he received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he graduated with honors. His practice has been devoted to real estate law, with extensive experience in cooperative and condominium law, litigation, and sales and acquisitions. Mr. Mazel counsels several dozen Cooperative and Condominium Boards of Directors/Managers, which encompasses over 10,000 units of Coop/Condo housing, including many of the largest Coop/Condo Boards in the City of New York and the metropolitan area. He has vast experience in all aspects of real estate transactions. Included in his experience is representing a Coop Board in a $53 million refinance of their underlying mortgage, the largest loan of that nature by the National Cooperative Bank at that time. Additionally, Mr. Mazel has counseled and represents Coop/Condo Boards on all issues that come before them; including Corporate governance; contract negotiations; transfer; and all aspects of litigation. Mr. Mazel lectures frequently before the Bar and Coop/Condo groups on real estate and Coop/Condo issues. He has chaired and instructed many Continuing Legal Education Seminars for the Bar Association of the City of New York; AmericanLand Title Agency; Lorman and the Queens County Bar Association. Besides, Mr. Mazel has lectured before the Counsel of New York Cooperative & Condominiums and the Federation of New York Housing Cooperative & Condominiums. Also, Mr. Mazel has published numerous articles and is frequently quoted on real estate and Coop/Condo issues in a wide variety of publications including the Mann Report; Habitat Magazine; the North Shore Tower Times; the Queens Courier; and the Cooperator. He has been a frequent guest and Co-host on 88.1 WCWP radio show “Taking Care of Business” discussing real estate and related issues. Mr. Mazel along with his partner, Mark Hankin, Esq. serve as legal advisers to the President’s Council for Coop & Condos, an organization representing over 100,000 units of Cooperative and Condominium housing. In this position, Mr. Mazel has lobbied and met with numerous elected officials to help draft laws and policies affecting shareholders and unit owners at Coops and Condos. In May 2011, he testified before the New York City Council in support of the efforts of Coop/Condo owners in their fight against exorbitant real estate tax increases by the New York City Department of Finance. In addition to the above Mr. Mazel has served as an adjunct professor at the New York Institute of Technology teaching the real estate paralegal course; has served as President of Glen Oaks Village Owners Inc., a 3,000 unit Cooperative in Queens, NY; he is a former member of the Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and was the Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives and Condominiums. Currently, Mr. Mazel serves as the Campaign Treasurer and as a legal adviser for Jon Kaiman, the Supervisor of the Town of North Hempstead and candidate for Nassau County Executive and is serving as the co-chairperson of the Cooperative/Condominium Law Committee of the Queens County Bar Association with his partner, Mark Hankin, Esq.