Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP (“HSE”) is proud to announce that Daniela J. Feibusch and Gill Benedek have been promoted to firm partners.
Ms. Feibusch practices in the area of real estate and not-for-profit law with an emphasis on mixed-use and multi-family affordable residential, supportive housing and transitional housing development. Her clients include not-for-profit and for-profit developers involved in the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and preservation of mixed-use projects that are financed with low-income housing tax credits, municipal bonds and/or private, federal, state and local debt financing. Ms. Feibusch provides counsel on transactional real estate matters including purchase and sales, corporate structuring, commercial financing, government subsidy programs for housing and social services, tax credit equity investment, regulatory regimes, construction and design professional contracts and tax incentives. She has most recently been involved in the development and implementation of the Purpose Built Shelters program created by the NYC Department of Homeless Services which allows not-for-profit organizations to acquire, construct and operate transitional housing projects. Prior to joining HSE, Ms. Feibusch worked at JDF, LLC, a law firm focused on tax credit syndication and development of affordable housing. She was a Legal Fellow at Enterprise Community Partners and a Ginsberg Graduate Fellow at Citizens Housing and Planning Council. Ms. Feibusch also held a position at Local Initiatives Support Corporation as a Community Development Associate. She received her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Boston University and her law degree with a specialization in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy from UCLA School of Law, where she participated in the Skid Row Housing Clinic and held internships at Public Counsel and Inner-City Law Center in Los Angeles.
Mr. Benedek represents for-profit and non-profit real estate developers, non-profit organizations, and owner-operators in their real estate development matters. Mr. Benedek’s practice focuses on the acquisition, financing, construction and/or rehabilitation of multifamily affordable housing and mixed-use projects in New York City and New York State. Mr. Benedek counsels clients on all stages of the real estate lifecycle, helping clients realize their goals by identifying interconnected considerations in the varied property ownership, financing, construction and/or regulatory structures. He advises clients on site acquisition and ownership, negotiating purchase and sale agreements, ground leases, multi-member joint venture ownership, HDFC ownership, and “no-action” condominium regimes. Mr. Benedek assists clients optimize debt and equity financing for new projects through private activity bond financing, senior construction loans and forms of credit enhancement, governmental agency loans, acquisition bridge loans, federal low-income housing tax credits, and brownfield redevelopment tax credits. He provides guidance on rent regulations and property tax exemptions, such as inclusionary housing, tax credit, various rental and social service subsidy programs, and real property tax exemptions. Mr. Benedek advises on and negotiated on behalf of clients with respect to construction and land use matters, including construction and design professional contracts, adjoining property owner license agreements, as well as shared facility and easement agreements for project amenities.
Mr. Benedek is admitted to practice law in New York. Mr. Benedek is recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine 2017 to 2022 as a New York-area “Rising Star” in real estate. Mr. Benedek is a former Voting Member, and presently an Affiliate Member with the Housing and Urban Development Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He received his law degree in 2014 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, and was the President of the Real Estate Law Association.
Prior to joining Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP, Mr. Benedek worked in New Orleans from 2006-2010 as a programs manager with the Neighborhoods Partnership Network, a not-for-profit formed in response to Hurricane Katrina to facilitate civic engagement and training on urban planning, development, and quality-of-life issues. Mr. Benedek received a Master’s Certificate in Urban Development in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence (“CUREx”) as a Rockefeller Fellow and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.