AGA named 2016 Clara Barton Corporate Humanitarian of the Year

Posted on February 11th, 2016


Ocean, New Jersey – The Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross has selected Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC (“AGA”) to receive the prestigious 2016 Clara Barton Corporate Humanitarian of the Year Award. AGA will receive the award at the American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter’s 33rd Annual Gala at the Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale, New Jersey on March 19.

“We are honored and humbled to receive such an important award,” Michael V. Benedetto, managing partner of the firm, said. “AGA enjoys supporting the community and partnering with many organizations, including the American Red Cross, that benefit people throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond.”

Ms. Randi Zamkotowicz, the American Red Cross Event Specialist, stated that “[AGA’s] compassion and commitment to our community makes [AGA] the perfect fit for the intention of this award.” [AGA’s] talents and resources to help others and step in to make a difference in our community are second to none.”

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, please visit the Red Cross website. For more information on AGA, please contact Michael V. Benedetto, Esquire at 732-643-5216 or via email at

Visit AGA’s Community Association Practice Group
at IREM Tri-State Conference & Expo in Atlantic City

Posted on February 9th, 2016

AGA’s Community Association Practice Group Attorneys David J. Byrne, Elysa D. Bergenfeld, Richard B. Linderman and Mark M. Wiechnik will be exhibiting at the 2016 IREM Tri-State Conference & Expo. The Expo will be held on February 18-19 at The Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and includes a full slate of educational programs, an industry partners expo and networking for real estate professionals.

The Institute of Real Estate Management, more commonly known as IREM, is an international organization of professional property managers who manage all different types of real estate. IREM was organized in Chicago in 1933 by three founding chapters which included the New Jersey and Pennsylvania chapters along with the Illinois Chapter.

If you are planning on attending the 2016 IREM Tri-State Conference & Expo, please visit the AGA Community Association Practice Group in booth 101 or contact David J. Byrne if you wish to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys while you are at the conference. Mr. Byrne can be reached at or by calling 609-751-5551. The Community Association Practice Group looks forward to seeing you in Atlantic City!

Feldman to be featured speaker at BCBA Seminar, Legal Issues Affecting Your Military Client

Posted on February 4th, 2016

Jay Feldman, an attorney with Ansell, Grimm & Aaron and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Bankruptcy departments will discuss Debtor-Creditor issues and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act at a seminar given by the Burlington County Bar Association’s Military Law Committee. Jay will be presenting with the Honorable Mark P. Tarantino, a Superior Court Judge with the Burlington County Vicinage. The seminar will take place on February 24, 2016 at the Burlington County Office Building in Mt. Holly, New Jersey at 4:30 pm.

In addition to his knowledge of legal issues that affect the military, Mr. Feldman devotes his practice to the areas of complex commercial litigation, lender liability litigation, contested foreclosure litigation, and bankruptcy litigation. Mr. Feldman can be reached directly at 732-643-5272 or via email at

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.4 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.2 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism. Actual credits earned may be less if seminar is less than 120 minutes. 2.0 hours of Substantive credit from the PA CLE Board are also available.

Registration for the seminar is open until February 22, 2016. The Registration fee is waived for law students and Burlington County Law Clerks and Judges.

“How To” Seminar on Foreclosure of Condominium, HOA Liens to Feature David J. Byrne

Posted on January 27th, 2016

On February 9, 2016, David J. Byrne, Chair of Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC’s Community Association Practice Group will participate in a program designed to help attorneys properly foreclose on condominium and HOA liens. The program will be presented by The New Jersey State Bar Association’s CLE Lunchtime Webinar Program. Participants will learn about current law and procedures affecting the foreclosure of HOA and condominium liens. Mr. Byrne will present along with Kathryn Gilbertson Shabel, Esquire who currently serves as the Assistant Chief of the State of New Jersey Office of Foreclosure.

Mr. Byrne has represented condominiums and HOAs for more than 20 years, and has deep and vast experience in all aspects of lien foreclosures. Mr. Byrne and Ms. Shabel will instruct participants how to successfully foreclose on a HOA and/or condominium lien. They will also discuss some of more challenging aspects of such foreclosures, including abandoned units and receiverships, ‘surplus funds’, the recovery of the client’s attorneys’ fees and the relevance of the homes’, and/or unit’s, mortgage.

For more information about the seminar, and to register, visit the NJICLE website.

You may contact Mr. Byrne by calling 609-751-5551 or via email at

Association’s Receivership and Lease Still Valid After Sheriff’s Sale

Posted on January 26th, 2016

In late 2012, our client, Vail Section Condominium, successfully moved to have an empty and abandoned unit placed into receivership. The condominium’s receiver, after having the abandoned unit repaired, made and executed a lease with a tenant. This tenancy (and the condominium’s enjoyment of rental receipts) continued on through 2015. During the course of this tenancy, the particular condominium unit’s lender completed its foreclosure. That lender ultimately purchased the unit at sheriff’s sale, in the fall of 2015. The tenant eventually became delinquent in the payment of rent resulting in the receiver’s eviction complaint. The court – even though the lender’s foreclosure was over, the lender had purchased the unit at sheriff’s sale and even after the sheriff’s deed associated with that sale was recorded by the lender – validated the receivership and the receivership’s lease. To that end, and months and months after the lender’s sheriff’s sale, the court found in favor of the receiver, entered a judgment for possession and ordered that the tenant be evicted. This decision – and condominium/receivership victory – reminds us that those timid and skeptical professionals and owners, who are frightened of the reach and power of lenders, are wrong to consistently shy away from asserting the rights and needs of condominiums and HOAs that continue to suffer from the scourge of abandoned and empty homes.


For more information on AGA’s legal services to cooperatives or condominium and homeowners’ associations, contact Elysa D. Bergenfeld, Esq. at or by phone at 609-751-5551.

The above is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Transmission of the materials and information contained herein is not intended to create, and receipt thereof does not constitute formation of, an attorney-client relationship.

Stacey Patterson a featured speaker for CAI of Hudson Valley at roundtable

Posted on January 22nd, 2016

On January 21, 2016, Stacey Patterson was a featured speaker at the Community Associations Institute of Hudson Valley’s Round Table Seminar in New Windsor NY. Ms. Patterson, among other Hudson Valley community association industry experts, answered questions from property managers, board members and owners. Participants were able to obtain continuing education credits for their attendance.

Ms. Patterson serves as counsel with the firm in the Community Association Practice Group of Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC. Ms. Patterson represents numerous condominium, HOA and co-ops in the Hudson Valley, New York region. Ms. Patterson currently works out of the firm’s Woodland Park, NJ and White Plains, NY offices.

Jessica Zolotorofe writes on role of franchises in retail centers

Posted on January 22nd, 2016

NJ Real Estate Attorney Jessica T. Zolotorofe

Jessica Zolotorofe lays out the pros and cons of leasing to franchisees for the retail industry real estate website of France Media.

Jessica, who works out of Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Woodland Park Office, devotes her practice to the areas of real estate transactions, including buying, selling, leasing and financing commercial properties, as well as civil litigation matters. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Association of Realtors.

Byrne a featured speaker at Hudson Valley Roundtable

Posted on January 11th, 2016

David J. Byrne, Esquire, Chair of the Ansell Grimm & Aaron Community Association Practice Group, will be among the industry experts available at the Community Associations Institute of Hudson Valley’s Round Table Seminar on Jan. 21. The roundtable, to be held at Homewood Suites at Newburgh-Stewart Airport, New Windsor NY, is an opportunity for community association managers and board members to get answers to any questions they may have regarding issues with their property. In addition to Byrne, Engineer Dave Chesky of the Falcon Group and CPA John Grady of Bogush & Grady will be among the experts available.

Participants in the roundtable can receive 2 CEU credits for taking part in the educational seminar, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

There is no fee to Register for the Round Table, however seating is limited. For additional information on the seminar, contact Brainerd Communications at 877-588-5010.


Attorney Nicole D. Miller joins AGA’s CAP Group as it Celebrates its 1st Anniversary with the Firm

Posted on January 6th, 2016

Nicole D. Miller has joined Ansell, Grimm & Aaron, PC’s (“AGA”) Community Association Practice Group. Ms. Miller concentrates her practice in the representation of condominiums and homeowners associations and will be working out of the Princeton office. She advises community association boards and property managers on matters including daily operations, drafting of contracts, the creation and enforcement of rules and regulations, alternate dispute resolution (“ADR”), developer transition, fair housing compliance and litigation arising from construction defects, contractor service agreements, delinquent assessments and common charge recovery, governance, and the fiduciary duties of board members.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Miller practiced commercial and other civil litigation representing banks, limited liability companies, partnerships and franchises in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ms. Miller is a graduate of the College of New Jersey and received her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law, both Cum Laude.

“Nicole is a great addition to our expanded office,” said David J. Byrne, the Chair of AGA’s Community Association Group. “We also welcomed a new paralegal to the group and have recently added a new legal assistant to support the additional professional staff. Celebrating our first anniversary with AGA and with our recent move to a permanent office in Carnegie Center, we look forward to continuing to add staff to give personal attention to all of our clients.”

AGA’s Community Association Group has more than 50 years of combined experience in the industry representing associations throughout the northeast. AGA’s clients are afforded a full range of legal services, covering all the legal issues and needs of any homeowners association, condominium or cooperative.

In its more than 85 years AGA, has grown to represent clients throughout the tristate area via offices in Ocean, NJ, Woodland Park, NJ, White Plains, NY, Princeton, NJ and Newtown, Pa. AGA attorneys are dedicated to providing excellent legal representation by providing zealous advocacy and skilled legal advise to our diverse clientele. AGA attorneys all practice with a common philosophy, Commitment to Excellence and Commitment to People.

For more information on AGA’s legal services to homeowners association, condominium or cooperative, contact David J. Byrne at 609-557-1031 or

Linderman discusses intersection of residential and commercial uses with NJ Cooperator

Posted on December 18th, 2015

AGA Community Association Practice Group Partner, Richard B. Linderman recently spoke with the New Jersey Cooperator about the challenges facing mixed-use commercial and residential buildings.

Mr. Linderman noted that associations, boards and managers need to take many factors into consideration in their relationship with commercial enterprises, and that the rules for businesses can vary significantly from a residential-only site.

For the full story, visit:

The Neighbor Downstairs

Mr. Linderman has successfully represented community associations in numerous litigations, including the defense of executive boards, complex construction suits, and statutory compliance related matters. He is a frequent lecturer to homeowners, property managers, and industry professionals on topics relating to community associations, corporate governance, bankruptcy and assessment collections.


Mr. Linderman can be reached directly at 609-557-1032 or via email at