Michele A. Peters

 

Michele Peters was born in Portland, Oregon and enjoyed her first years of life in Spee-bi-dah on Puget Sound, WA. Her family moved to the east coast and that is where she went to school and enjoyed living until 2015 when she moved to the central Oregon coast.

 

Michele went to Syracuse University and New York Law School, and found success in Manhattan where she lived for over 25 years.  Now in Oregon Michele is a licensed attorney and currently works as an arbitrator and mediator for the courts bringing over 40 years of experience in law and business to resolving disputes.

Michele is currently licensed to practice law in Oregon and New Jersey and  entered retired status in New York in 2017.  She is a member of the Oregon State Bar (Real Estate and Land Use; Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections) and the Multnomah and Lincoln County Bar Associations.  She is a Delegate to the Oregon State Bar for the central coast Region 4.

 

A summary of work in Mediation/Arbitration (10 plus years) includes:

 

  • Civil law Arbitrator/Mediator on the roister of the Arbitration Service of Portland;

  • Mediator for the Appellate Division First Judicial Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York through the auspices of the NY City Bar mediating attorney disciplinary complaints;

  • Commercial Claims Arbitrator at Association of Arbitrators / The Civil Court of the City of New York;

  • Court appointed mediator in the New Jersey State Mortgage Foreclosure program negotiating settlements between lenders and home owners.

 

Work in Law (1999-2018):

 

  • Legal counsel to:

    • Peters Chemical Co. - Corporate General Counsel - 17 years;

    • Counsel to cooperative and condominium boards of directors in:

      • landlord/tenant matters (which included claims of housing discrimination);

      • employment;

      • property management;

      • residential and commercial real estate transaction matters; 

      • general corporate business law and risk management.

 

  • Associate at Fried Frank, Manhattan Office:

    • Corporate restructuring department

      • due diligence entailed with large public and private companies in out-of-court restructurings and workouts;

      • “prepackaged” and prearranged bankruptcies;

      • traditional Chapter 11 cases and related transactions;

      • assessed value for corporate mergers and acquisitions which involved a working knowledge of regulatory matters including but not limited to: 162(m), 409A, Rule 144, NYSE and SEC reporting, and drafting of regulatory plans and agreements, and corporate governance;

      • strategy and further governance issues.

 

  • In-house Counsel and Director of Sales and New Project Development for NYC's largest independently owned real estate firm:

    • Two of the most notable building projects were:  the Hamilton (cooperative) and the Langston (condominium), constructed at West 145th Street;

      • among first of new luxury affordable housing projects with retail components jump-starting Harlem renaissance;

      • coordinated banks for funding;

      • organized presentations in communities disseminating information;

      • accomplished approval process consolidating the involvement of local district boards, numerous government agencies including HUD;

      • directed public lotteries for selection of qualified homeowners.

 

  • These Harlem projects which were initially rejected by the community were later embraced and welcomed as they came to represent the successful melding of affordable and market rate housing and created commercial rejuvenation of the area.

 

  • Additional work as In-House Counsel included:

    • Racial and age discrimination defense (notably, Halpert v. Manhattan Apartments, Inc., Slip Op. No. 07-4074-cv (September 10, 2009));

    • General employment and labor law;

    • Administrative agency hearings;

    • Real estate marketing development strategies;

    • Formation of advertising budgets;

    • Director of sales training for over 250 sales agents.

 

  • Under Michele’s guidance, the firm experienced its highest profitability in its history.

 

  • Consulting Attorney to Manhattan housing communities:

    • Buy-outs;

    • Landlord/tenant matters;

    • Conversions for large developments including:

      • West Village Mitchell-Lama Housing Project - a unique government housing project dating from the '60's/70's, consisting of 420 multifamily units in 42 five- and six-story walk-up buildings located in the west village of Manhattan.

 

  • Site Selection Consultant for the Dormitory Authority of NYS (2007 – 2012):

    • Identified land acquisitions;

    • Located appropriate residences for the state's developmentally disabled citizens:

      • Vetting through feasibility and architectural studies;

      • Personal contact with home owners to explain the process under the Padavan law which entailed community board hearings.

    • CitiSearch -- CitiSearch Phase I, CitiSearch Phase II

    • Instrumental in having dozens of dwellings acquired by the State and the desperate housing needs of many of the state's disabled residents were fulfilled. The successful work became the model for the upstate NY program.

 

  • Summary as Founding Member of Law Offices of Michele A. Peters PC (NY 2005-2017):

    • Real Estate

      • Commercial

      • Residential

      • Condo/Cooperatives

      • Consultant for investment acquisitions

    • Estate Planning

      • Wills

      • Trusts

      • Pre-nuptial agreements

    • Bankruptcy

      • Chapters 11, 13, 7

    • Business Law

      • Business formation - including non-profits

      • Governance issues; risk management; intellectual property rights

      • Contractual matters

      • Employment policies and manuals

 

Work in Real Estate (1986-2009):

  • Owner, Weichert Realtors - Peters Associates; real estate franchise in Manhattan located at Park Avenue and 42nd Street, Michele has offered counsel as to the benefits and pit-falls of owning a franchise.

  • On-site Sales Director for the Corcoran Group (reporting to Barbara Corcoran  owner);

    • Settlement negotiator - MacArthur Associates workout sales effort with Chase Manhattan Bank covering the sales of 19 large scale residential cooperative and condominium buildings;

    • Spearheaded the sales and the team work of the original “one day sale”;

    • Saved the bank a loss of over 1.5M a day.

  • Associate Real Estate Broker, Corcoran Group NY

    • Relocation Director;

    • Large scale commercial investments;

    • Sale of all FDIC properties in Manhattan (late ‘80’s);

    • On-site representation (the Savoy 200 E 61 St, NY, NY);

    • Select property management.

Licensure/Certifications/Memberships:

 

  • 2019 Member House of Delegates Oregon State Bar (through April 18, 2022​)

  • Oregon State Court, 2016

    • Oregon State Bar Association - Real Estate and Land Use, and ADR Sections - current

  • New York and New Jersey State Courts

  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

  • New York State Bar Association (served on the Attorney Professionalism Committee) - inactive

    • New Jersey State Bar Association – inactive

    • New York State Bar Association - inactive

    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (the City Bar) - inactive

  • Land Use and Environmental Planning

    • Member of the Planning Board of the Village of Ridgewood, NJ

      • Revitalization needs of Valley Hospital in residential neighborhood;

      • Multi-family housing development proposals;

      • Affordable housing proposed to be built in the central business district.

  • Board of Directors of the Manhattan Association of Realtors (MANAR);

  • Member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY);

    • Co-chair of the Small Firms Committee (SFC);

    • Member of the Inter-Firm Forum;

    • Member of REBNY's Economic Development Committee:

      • Working with New York City's top real estate developers, law firms, and the mayor's office on discussion of work propelling the development of the City.

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Education/Internships/Awards:

 

  • New York Law School, 1999

  • Syracuse University, 1975

    • performance honors in music with a dual degree in education

    • masters work in theater

  • Intern to Hon. Cornelius Blackshear (ret.) in the Federal S.D.N.Y. Bankruptcy Court

  • Intern to Judge Jane Solomon (ret.) in New York's Civil Court

  • CLARO award (Fordham Law School)

 

Work in the Arts (1970 – 1996):

 

  • Performing actress and singer

    • Off-off-Broadway;

    • Carnegie Hall;

    • Church venues as guest soloist and concert artist;

    • Commercials and industrials;

    • Voice-over work;

    • Play reader Berkshire Theater Festival.

 

  • Managed the 1989 Grammy nominated, Juilliard trained RCA recording artists, the Hampton String Quartet, and co-produced their last album on Toshiba-EMI.

 

Work in Education:

 

  • Real Estate continuing education instructor;

  • Assisted teaching negotiation skills in ADR, New York Law School;

  • Moot court coach NJ H.S.;

  • Teacher at Seward Park H.S., lower east side Manhattan (Grand and Essex Streets);

  • Moderator of the National Academy of Recording Artists (GRAMMY) "Grammys in the School" program

  • G.E.D. instructor with Harlem P.D. (West 125 Street);

  • Photography teacher (volunteer) at the Henry Street Settlement (Lower East Side).

 

Speaking Engagements/Press/Awards:

 

  • Michele has been a frequently sought-after guest panel speaker in large discussion forums in NYC and quoted in the areas of finance and real estate for national and local media.

 

  • Some of Michele’s media credits include:

    • The New York Times;

    • The Wall Street Journal;

    • Crain's New York Business;

    • The Real Deal;

    • Brokers Weekly;

    • The Cooperator; and

    • The Bergen Record.

 

  • In 2013, the Wall Street Journal and the Real Deal reported on a residential transaction at the esteemed Beresford cooperative (211 Central Park West, Manhattan):

    • Michele successfully represented the aging homeowners - the sellers - who were facing foreclosure;

    • Effectively arranged for the postponement of the sale four times until a qualified purchaser was approved by the Board of Directors;

    • Sale turned a foreclosure proceeding into nearly seven million dollars in acquired assets;

    • By coordinating accountants and banks, Michele arranged for the proceeds to be placed into trust with an annuity which provided funds annually for her elderly clients' care.

 

  • In 2011, Michele was awarded Third Place recognition in the Real Estate Board of New York's (REBNY) Deal of the Year:

    • Represented purchasers in a complex real estate transaction which involved fraud on many levels including seven distinctly different parties making claim to ownership of the property.

[Speaking engagements and classes are listed separately on this website, as well as further details as to volunteer work.]

The above brownstone photo appeared on the cover of 

New York Living Magazine and as a courtesy the magazine

has permitted its use.  

(The photo depicts Michele with Harlem residents honoring the opening of The Langston).

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