Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

Commercial Leasing and Real Estate Transactional Issues in the Time of COVID-19

Program Number: 30171

Program Date: 06/24/2020


The Program will address legal issues facing landlords and tenants of commercial leases, and parties to pending real estate transactions, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will discuss potential rights and remedies available to the parties and provide practical advice for reaching resolution. The Program will also discuss the legal ramifications of a tenant filing for bankruptcy relief. Lastly, the Program will provide guidance for the reopening of all real estate properties including office buildings, shopping centers and tenant premises.

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50 minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60 minute credit hour

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Harris N. Cogan, Esq.

Blank Rome LLP

Harris (“Hirsh”) Cogan is an experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in federal and state court proceedings, appeals, arbitrations, and mediations throughout the United States.

He has extensive experience advising clients in the areas of:

• securities litigation
• corporate, shareholder, and partnership disputes
• class actions and derivative actions
• real estate litigation
• employment—discrimination, wrongful termination, confidentiality, non-compete agreements
• trademark license issues
• alternative dispute resolution

Hirsh is the author of a chapter in the well-recognized treatise, Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (4th Edition 2015).


Jonathan M. Korn, Esq.

Blank Rome LLP

Jonathan Korn concentrates his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation and intellectual property. He serves clients in a wide range of areas including:

• commercial disputes defending and prosecuting breach of contract, fraud, and other torts
• employment disputes, including trade secret and restrictive covenant matters
• construction, land use, and real estate litigation
• trademark and patent infringement disputes
• consumer finance and financial services litigation, representing lenders and financial institutions in a variety of disputes, including under TILA, RESPA, and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act


Mara D. Levin, Esq.

Blank Rome LLP

Mara Levin is a legal adviser, litigator, and seasoned trial lawyer whose clients include domestic and international private and public companies that operate in diverse industries, including real estate, retail and apparel, consumer products and manufacturing, and media and technology, as well as hospitality, travel, and leisure.

Clients rely on Mara to be an engrained part of their business—an outside general counsel who can resolve even the most contentious disputes as well as review contractual agreements and operational decisions through a litigator’s lens. As a result of her sound legal judgment, business savvy, and pragmatic approach to problem solving, many of her clients have sought her counsel and representation for decades.

Labor and Employment

For more than 20 years, Mara has helped clients manage their day-to-day employment concerns. She uses her keen understanding of enforceable provisions and recent case law to develop employment policies and practices that withstand judicial scrutiny, should litigation arise. Mara also designs risk management programs for employers and advises on all aspects of the terms and conditions of employment, as well as workforce restructurings, severance agreements, restrictive covenants, exit incentive plans, and all labor audits (including FLSA and I-9). She also advises on matters involving FMLA, disability, and other statutorily protected leaves.

Mara regularly conducts sensitivity training seminars, including anti-harassment, discrimination and retaliation, the promotion of civility in the workplace, and avoiding gender and implicit biases, for companies of all sizes and across all industries. Those tailored for law firms are CLE accredited.

Mara is regularly retained by employers to litigate all types of claims, including trade secret, restrictive covenant, and statutory violations, and to investigate and defend harassment and discrimination claims. She also represents C-Suite executives in negotiating employment agreements, severance agreements, and restrictive covenants. She regularly litigates before federal and state courts, arbitration venues, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the NYS Division of Human Rights, and the NYC Commission on Human Rights, as well as other state agencies in which her clients are located.

Business Litigation and Real Estate

As lead counsel for complex litigations in federal and state courts, Mara has obtained successful verdicts in both jury and bench trials. Her extensive business litigation experience includes contractual and fiduciary breaches, fraud, economic torts, and UCC disputes, as well as trade secret, restrictive covenant, and legal malpractice claims.

Real estate owners, developers, management companies, and national retailers often call on Mara for her vast experience in commercial leasing and construction disputes. She regularly serves as outside general counsel to residential and commercial portfolio owners and management companies, as well as cooperative and condominium boards at many of New York City’s most prestigious addresses. On the real estate transactional side, Mara reviews management contracts, development agreements, construction agreements, and financing documents, offering prophylactic advice to avoid litigation down the road.


John E. Lucian, Esq.

Blank Rome LLP

John Lucian concentrates his practice on bankruptcy and financial services litigation, including:

• representing creditors’ committees, asset purchasers, debtors, trustees, lessors, contract counterparties and creditors in all facets of bankruptcy cases
• representing lenders in out-of-court restructurings and workouts
• prosecuting and defending complex financial services litigation
• defending lenders and regulated entities against TILA, ECOA, HOEPA, RESPA, and related consumer finance claims

As a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, John also handles a variety of litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the region.

John regularly speaks and writes on litigation and financial services topics.