Douglas P. Heller has over 40 years of transactional real estate experience in the areas of cooperatives and condominiums, development, lending and restructuring. He represents developers, sponsors, tenant associations, cooperative and condominium boards and institutional and private lenders. He has written many offering plans and has substantial experience supervising others in drafting these documents. In addition, he has significant litigation experience representing developers, condominiums and cooperatives.
Earlier in his career, Douglas was a Senior Attorney and Special Deputy Attorney General with the New York Attorney General's office, where he was involved in reviewing offering plans, investigations, litigation and mediation. At the request of the Attorney General's office, Doug formed a committee to advise on standards for issuing no-action letters for commercial condominium projects.
Douglas was a member of the New York State Bar Association committee that wrote the standard form cooperative apartment contract of sale in 1989 and is also a member of the committee that rewrote and updated it in 2001 as well as the committee of the New York City Bar Association that wrote the 2015 standard from condominium unit contract of sale. That committee is currently drafting a new standard form cooperative contract of sale. He has chaired a number of New York State Bar Association committees in a variety of areas relating to condominium and cooperative law and has lectured for the Practicing Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association and other organizations including several local law schools.
Douglas has also written numerous articles for condominium and cooperative trade publications, and frequently appears in the Sunday New York Times
Real Estate Q&A column, where he helps to answer readers' thorny condo and co-op related questions.
Prior to joining Herrick, Douglas was a partner at Friedman Krauss & Zlotolow, LLP where he was involved in condominiums and cooperatives, lending and litigation.