Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) honored Daniel N. Reisman of Eckert Seamans with its 2012 Equal Justice Award, presented at the organization’s annual Breakfast of Champions event on June 6 at the DoubleTree Hotel Philadelphia.
Reisman was presented the award for his service and commitment to CLS in clearing the legal path for construction of the organization’s new, state-of-the-art North Philadelphia Law Center, which will replace offices it had rented for three decades. Originally retained by CLS in 2006, Reisman and Eckert Seamans have represented CLS in all transactional aspects of the new law center project, such as negotiating and advising with regard to the agreement of sale for the site acquisition, the construction contracts and construction process, and the financing for the project, which included new market tax credits, as well as representing CLS in obtaining governmental approvals for the development of the site. Ground breaking for the project began in Fall 2011, with completion expected in Fall 2012. The new North Philadelphia Law Center will allow CLS to maintain its historic presence in a neighborhood where it has served tens of thousands of clients since the 1960s. The building will replace CLS’ current office at 3638 N. Broad Street.
CLS provides legal representation to impoverished Philadelphians on a wide variety of issues, including employment, housing, welfare, utility and bankruptcy-related cases. It is Philadelphia’s largest provider of free legal services, assisting nearly 18,000 of the city’s poorest residents with their legal problems each year.
“Eckert Seamans proudly supports the important work of CLS in helping people who desperately need and deserve legal assistance,” said Albert G. Bixler, Member-in-Charge of the firm’s Philadelphia office. “We applaud our partner Dan Reisman and others at the firm who give so generously of their time to CLS and its clients.”
Reisman practices in the areas of real estate, land use, and corporate law. In his real estate practice, he represents buyers, sellers, developers, equity funds, lenders and brokers in a variety of matters, ranging from the negotiation of leases for various uses, such as retail stores and restaurants, to the sale and purchase of residential and commercial property, the negotiation of complex loan documents, and the negotiation of construction documents. In his land use practice, Reisman regularly appears before zoning boards and government commissions in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, where he represents owners, developers, private operators, landlords, lessees, businesses and non-profits. And in his corporate practice, he represents clients in connection with the negotiation of organizational documents, such as partnership and operating agreements, as well as with respect to fundamental corporate transactions such as asset purchases. He has also developed a niche practice representing non-profits, including both small, community based non-profits, as well as several of the largest non-profits in the Philadelphia region.
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