Attorneys

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Norman Lau Kee, Retired

Founder, Senior Partner


Norman Lau Kee

Education

Massachussetts Institute of Technology (B.S.)

Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)

Practices

Real Estate Law, Business Law, Corporate Law, Wills, Trusts & Estates

Bar Admissions

New York

Biography

Born in New York City in 1927, Norman tells his friends he either lived or practiced in Chinatown all of his 87 years. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and entered Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) after his graduation in 1943. His studies were interrupted by his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1948 and worked as an engineer for eight years while attending Fordham Law School in the evening. He received his J.D. degree in 1955 and was admitted to practice in March, 1956.

Mr. Kee founded a private practice, leading to his position as Senior Partner of Kee & Lau-Kee, PLLC. With the help of his son, Glenn Lau-Kee, they built a successful practice representing many individuals, businesses, and real estate developers in the Chinatown community, as well as many banks that service the community including HSBC, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Citibank, N.A., Bank of New York, Wells Fargo, East West Bank, and many others.

Mr. Kee's professional affiliations include: The Commission on Human Rights of the City of New York (Commissioner, 1969-1973); Federal Advisory Commission to United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (Chairman, 1979-1980); U.S. White House Special Trade Representative Delegation to China with Ambassador Robert Strauss (Member, 1979); Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinski) (Member, 1981); U.S.-Asia Institute (Vice Chairman); YMCA of Greater New York (Life Member, former Director and Recipient of Order of Red Triangle); and Chinese American Planning Council (Co-Founder).


Glenn Lau-Kee

Partner


Norman Lau Kee

Education

Yale University (B.A.)

Boston University School of Law (J.D.)

Practices

Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate and Bank Finance Transactions

Bar Admissions

New York

District of Columbia

Connecticut

Biography

Mr. Lau-Kee began his legal career at the international law firm of Coudert Brothers. In 1975, he was an associate at the Hong Kong office of the firm where he worked on bank financings for the construction of oil tankers and bulk carrier vessels as well as project loan financings in various Asian countries. In 1976, he returned to the New York office where he worked on financing, leasing and corporate acquisition transactions. In 1977, he became a partner in the firm of Kee & Lau-Kee, PLLC where he developed a real estate and bank financing practice with a number of major banks as clients. He joined Koo Larrabee Lau-Kee & Lane LLP as a partner in 1999.

He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association, the Board of Directors of Legal Services for New York City and the Board of Directors of the Fund for Modern Courts. He was appointed by New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye to serve on the Commission to Examine Solo and Small Firm Practice and on the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System.

Mr. Lau-Kee’s professional affiliations include Commission of the Human Rights of the City of New York (Commissioner, 1984-1990 and Co-Vice Chair, 1989 to 1990), David Rockefeller Fellows Program of the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce (Fellow, 1996-1997), The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Civil Rights Committee Member, 1996-1999), Asian American Bar Association of New York (Past President, 1997-1999), Network of Bar Leaders (Treasurer, 1999-2000), Board of Directors of New York County Lawyers Association (Member, 2001-2004), Board of Directors of Legal Services for New York City (Member, 2001-2008), New York State Judicial Screening Committee, First Department (Member, 2007-2010), Board of Directors of YMCA of Greater New York (Member, 2009-2013), Board of Directors of The Fund for Modern Courts (Member, 2000-2013), Board of Directors of The New York Bar Foundation (Member, 2004-2013), YMCA of Greater New York (Board Emeritus, 2013-Present), Board of Directors of Queens Legal Services Corporation (Member, 2012-2013), The American Bar Foundation (Fellow, 2011-Present), Board of Directors of The New York County Lawyers Association Foundation, Inc. (Member, 2011-Present), and Board of Trustees of U.S.-Asia Institute (Member, 2009-2013).


David B. Dong

Partner


Norman Lau Kee

Education

New York University (B.A.)

Brooklyn Law School (J.D.)

Practices

Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Commercial and Residential Finance Transactions, Business Law

Bar Admissions

New York

United States District Court, S.D.N.Y.

United States District Court, E.D.N.Y.

Biography

David B. Dong first joined the firm in 1989. He concentrates in banking matters, representing institutional lenders in commercial and residential mortgage closings and assignments, as well as real estate matters, representing purchasers and sellers in commercial and residential transactions, including single, multifamily or mixed-use homes, cooperative and condominium apartments, commercial properties and 1031 tax deferred like-kind exchanges. David has also represented condominium sponsors and cooperative apartment corporation boards in various matters. His other general practice areas include wills, trusts & estates, business and corporate matters.

While David has closed on properties located throughout New York’s five boroughs and surrounding counties, as a resident-condominium owner in Battery Park City, he also has a particular knowledge of the neighborhood and the unique nature of its land lease. David has closed numerous deals in many of the finest condominium buildings in lower Manhattan, including 99 John Deco Lofts, 225 Rector Place Condominium, Battery Pointe, Cove Club, District, The Downtown Club, Greenwich Club Residences, Hudson Towers, Hudson View East, Liberty Court, Liberty Terrace, Liberty View, The Millennium Tower Residences, The Riverhouse, The Regatta, The Soundings and The Visionaire.

David is a member of the Asian American Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association.


Richard Koo

Of Counsel


Richard Koo

Education

Columbia College (B.A.)

Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)

Union Graduate College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine (M.S., Bioethics)

Practices

Commercial and Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property Licensing, Securities, Venture Capital, Emerging Company Counselling

Bar Admissions

Massachussetts

New York

Arizona

Biography

Mr. Koo began his legal career at Hale and Dorr in Boston where he worked extensively on a variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial banking and loans, securities-related transactions and real estate syndication. Upon moving to New York in 1981, he joined Townley & Updike and became a partner in 1986. Mr. Koo continued his corporate work with a continuing emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, representing entrepreneurs and growing companies, the licensing of intellectual property and securities laws. After ten years as a partner at Townley & Updike he co-founded the predecessor firm to Koo Larrabee Lau-Kee & Lane LLP.

His career has encompassed all aspects of corporate and commercial practice and counselling, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and commercial loans. He has also handled corporate and commercial matters for pharmaceutical and beauty product manufacturers/retailers, fashion/apparel businesses, sports marketing businesses, insurance companies, trade show management companies, multinational industrial concerns, freight forwarders, direct marketing businesses, banks, financial service companies, Internet solution providers, software companies, professional firms, graphic design firms, hotel management companies and real estate developers. A member of many community, civic and bar associations, his professional accomplishments and affiliations include: 1993 YMCA Man of the Year Award; David E. Rockefeller Fellowship; Phi Beta Kappa; American Bar Association; Asian American Bar Association of New York; the AABANY Foundation (Board Member); and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Another field that captures his avid interest is bioethics. He is an Adjunct Professor at The Bioethics Program, jointly operated by Union Graduate College and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and serves on the Ethics Committees of Tucson Medical Center and VNA Hospice Care of Westchester and Putnam.


Paul Bochner

Of Counsel


Paul Bochner

Education

Yeshiva University (A.A., B.A.), New York University (M.B.A., Accounting)

St. John's University School of Law (J.D.)

New York University School of Law (L.L.M., Taxation)

Practices

Taxation, Employee Benefit Laws, Corporate & Partnership Laws, Trusts and Estates

Bar Admissions

New York, U.S. Tax Court,

U.S. District Courts (E.D.N.Y. and S.D.N.Y),

Certified Public Accountant, New York State

Biography

Mr. Bochner began his tax career at Deloitte & Touche in New York, where he worked extensively on federal, state and local income tax matters. His duties included an assignment to the firm's national office for preparation of publications on taxation and legislative developments and for review of innovative and technical applications. In 1981, he joined the law firm of Gifford, Woody, Palmer & Serles, which merged into Townley & Updike in 1985. At Townley & Updike, he continued to specialize in corporate taxation and employee benefit laws, becoming tax counsel in 1993.

Mr. Bochner is presently a Clinical Assistant Professor at Fordham University's Graduate School of Business, teaching topics in taxation. Mr. Bochner serves as Tax Counsel consulting on the tax aspects of commercial and financial transactions, including corporate, partnership, individual, real estate, off-shore trust, estate and gift matters. He has structured corporate, partnership and limited liability company equity interests and acquisitions, stock option plans, and qualified and nonqualified employee benefit plans. He also provides litigation support in the formulation of tax and accounting-related economic issues and evidence. He has advised, and has been featured in, the media concerning newsworthy financial items.