Welcome to the website of the law office of Steven D. Rubin.  Mr. Rubin has been licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 1981. His office  is located at 980 N. Federal Highway, Suite 440, Boca Raton, Florida 33432. He is admitted to practice before all of the State Courts in Florida and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Real Estate Law and Condominium and Planned Development Law.

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MR. RUBIN IS APPOINTED TO THE ABA STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL SPECIALIZATION

The President of the American Bar Association recently appointed Mr. Rubin to the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Specialization. The Standing Committee is responsible for interpreting the ABA Standards for Specialty Certification Programs for Lawyers and implementing the Standards with respect to the Accreditation of Specialty Certification Programs for Lawyers. Mr. Rubin’s three year term is from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022.

MR. RUBIN IS CERTIFIED IN CONDOMINIUM AND PLANNED DEVELOPMENT LAW

On June 1, 2019, Mr. Rubin was certified by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education in Condominium and Planned Development Law. “Condominium and planned development law” is the practice of law that involves: (1) serving as counsel to community associations, property owners, community association members, sellers, purchasers, developers, lenders, governmental agencies, and investors in matters related to community associations and planned developments; (2) drafting governing documents or their amendments, and preparing filings with governmental agencies that regulate community associations or planned developments; (3) serving in or for governmental agencies which regulate community associations or planned developments; (4) representing parties in construction lien and defect claims, collection of assessment actions, governing document and community association statutory enforcement and dispute actions, and other litigation, arbitration, and mediation in matters relating to community associations or planned developments; and (5) planning, development, construction, and financing of condominium or planned development communities.

Mr. Rubin’s certification in Condominium and Planned Development Law is a complement to his Board certification in Real Estate Law which he attained in 1995. Certified lawyers in real estate law deal with matters relating to real property transactions including, but not limited to real estate conveyances, title searches, property transfers, leases, condominiums and cooperatives, interval ownership, mortgage, zoning and land use planning, real estate development and financing, real estate litigation, and determination of property rights.

Mr. Rubin Presents the Annual Excellence in Promotion of Board Certification Award and is Interviewed on Legal Talk Network About Florida Bar Board Certification

 

On June 14, 2018, Mr. Rubin, as Chair of the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education (2017-18), presented the annual Excellence in the Promotion of Board Certification Award to the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program. See the below link:

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On  February 27, 2018, Mr. Rubin,  and Diana Kellogg, Director of The Florida Bar Legal Specialization and Education Department, were interviewed on Legal Talk Network about Florida Bar Board Certification. The podcast is linked below:

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MR. RUBIN IS INTERVIEWED ON SOUTH FLORIDA IHEART RADIO

On December 8, 2016, Mr. Rubin was a guest on the South Florida News and Talk  IHEART radio network show “Legal News and Review”.  Mr. Rubin discussed the Florida Bar’s Board Certification Program and how it is a benefit to both the public and the lawyer who becomes Board Certified.  The Board Certified lawyer must meet the high certification standards approved by the Florida Supreme Court, which include the Bar’s  thorough evaluation of the lawyer’s character and reputation, and the lawyer’s  objective examination of subject area knowledge. The Board Certified lawyer is re-evaluated by the Bar every five (5) years to ensure that the lawyer maintains her expertise and retains a reputation for and history of excellent professionalism and ethics.

Presently, there are 27 certification areas of substantive law, and about 5,000 certified lawyers in Florida, or about 5% of Florida Bar membership. For more information about the Certification Program, and to find a Board Certified lawyer, go to the Florida Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org.

2014 Florida Supreme Court Silver Lapel Pin Pro Bono Award

Mr. Rubin was among six Palm Beach County attorneys who were awarded a Silver Lapel Pin in March, 2014 by the Florida Supreme Court for their 2013  pro bono  representation of clients who were referred to them by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.  The Florida Supreme Court annually recognizes attorneys who have exceeded  their minimum professional obligation to provide legal services, without charge,  to deserving clients.   Mr. Rubin provided in excess of 50 hours of pro bono service in cases he closed in 2013.  He previously received the Silver Lapel Pin award in 2005 and 2006, and a Bronze Lapel Pin award in 2011. In 2004, Mr. Rubin was awarded the “And Justice For All” pro bono award by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.

NEW BANKRUPTCY CASES FALL IN SOUTH FLORIDA

[Mr. Rubin was recently interviewed by a reporter from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  The caption of this post is the title of the newspaper article.]

By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel

5:11 p.m. EST, January 21, 2014

Bankruptcy filings in South Florida have dropped more than a third since they peaked in 2010, according to new data from U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida.

New cases in Palm Beach County dropped 16 percent from a year ago and 34 percent from December 2010’s high of 470. Last month, 312 cases were filed.

In Broward, new cases last month dropped by only one from a year ago, to 523 filings — but they declined 37 percent from the high of 2010, when 828 cases were filed.

“The economy is getting better,” said Boca Raton attorney Steven Rubin, with more people able to pay their bills.

Home values have surged in South Florida, allowing more people to avoid bankruptcy: They’ve been able to refinance mortgages on homes that once were worth less than the owners owed, said Lake Worth attorney Norman Schroeder.

More people are seeking loan modifications before they file for bankruptcy, he added.

That’s because many mortgage holders are more open to making changes that will keep struggling families in their homes, Rubin said.

“A lot of bankruptcies are driven by foreclosures, and more creditors are working on loan modifications rather than forcing people to file for bankruptcy,” he said.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court here adopted an Orlando program in which creditors and debtors go into mediation to try to find ways for people to pay their mortgages. Interest rates have been reduced in some cases; creditors have lowered the amount people owe on their homes in others, said Fort Lauderdale attorney Jonathan Leiderman, who represents clients in both Broward and Palm Beach counties. In some cases, banks have agreed to short sales with families giving up homes they can’t afford, he said.

“Several of my clients have had positive outcomes,” Leiderman said.

dgehrke@tribune.com or Twitter @donnagehrke

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RECENT APPELLATE DECISION MENTIONED IN ARTICLE

The recent case of Popescu v. Laguna Master Association, Inc., 38 Fla. Law Weekly D2361a (Fla.4th DCA 2013),  was reported in the Daily Business Review, a leading business publication in South Florida. Mr. Rubin successfully represented the prevailing Association in the Appeal:

 

Mistaken Foreclosure Sale To Be Reexamined

By Adolfo Pesquera Contact All Articles

Daily Business Review

November 13, 2013

4th District Court of Appeal

The Fourth District Court of Appeal denied an auction buyer’s attempt to stop a hearing when the seller asked to vacate a foreclosure sale. The buyer, Suzana Popescu, claimed Palm Beach Circuit Court lacked jurisdiction after the sale went through.

Laguna Master Association Inc. in West Palm Beach started the litigation in June 2012 when it sued resident Fay Morrison for unpaid association dues. A final judgment was entered for $8,244, and Popescu won the foreclosure auction.

However, Morrison had sold the property to St. Michael Properties LLC before the auction took place. The condominium association and St. Michael jointly filed a motion to erase the sale and refund the purchase price, and Laguna said it mistakenly failed to cancel the sale.

“The association alleged mistake, accident and redemption. St. Michael and Supreme Title & Escrow Inc. moved to intervene, to vacate the foreclosure sale and certificate of title, and to refund the purchase price to the purchaser,” the appeals court said in summary.

A Palm Beach circuit judge initially denied the motion to vacate, claiming the trial court lacked jurisdiction. But the judge granted a motion to rehear the dispute and denied Popescu’s assertion that the motion to vacate could not be reheard.

The unsigned opinion from Judges Martha Warner, Carole Taylor and Melanie May said final judgment on the lien was a separate issue from the dispute over the sale.

The circuit court’s order denying the motion to vacate “was a final adjudication of the parties’ rights on issues distinct from those before the court prior to the lien foreclosure judgment. As such, it was properly the subject of a motion for rehearing.”

Steven D. Rubin, a Boca Raton attorney for the association, did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.

Popescu of Wellington represented herself.

In a related action, JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. voluntarily dismissed its 2010 foreclosure case against Morrison last November.

Adolfo Pesquera can be reached at (954) 468-2616.

MAY 2013 LAW WEEK ACTIVITIES

Link to Law Week activities as reported in the July 2013 Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin:

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“RUBIN WINS EMERALD DUNES GOLF CLUB IN BIDDING WAR WITH TRUMP”

Newsletter Title and Below Story as Published in the “Real Deal” on June 14, 2010 03:30PM

By Alexander Britell

 

Donald Trump and Steven Rubin

Lawyer Steven Rubin engaged Donald Trump in a heated online bidding war at the end of last month, winning the Emerald Dunes Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach for just over $15 million.

The private club, which lost a $16 million foreclosure judgment in March, was sold for $15,000,100 in an online auction May 20. Trump’s bid was $15 million, according to Palm Beach County records.

Rubin, a sole practitioner in Boca Raton, specializes in real estate law. He purchased the club through a limited liability corporation, Florida Emerald Dunes Acquisition, from Lehman Brothers Holdings.

“I wanted to buy it,” Trump told The Real Deal. “I thought I would go up to $12 million, because I felt it was going to go for $7 or $8 [million].” Trump said he had intended, if successful in the bid, to convert Emerald Dunes into a public course.

He said the quality of the course was not high enough to justify keeping it private, however.

“I think you could convert it into a really good public course, and I would recommend that to Mr. Rubin. Because it could never be great as a private course, it’s just not good enough,” he said.

The $100 difference is a bit deceptive. According to the rules of South Florida’s online foreclosure auctions, bidders must place a maximum bid in advance; if one bid is higher, no matter by how much, it will be listed as being just $100 higher.

Rubin’s actual bid was not disclosed. Trump’s maximum placed bid was $15 million. Trump and Rubin were the only bidders other than the bank.

“Do I think that system’s any good?” he asked. “No, but I wouldn’t have gone any higher. And I actually felt that I went higher than I thought I would have. I thought it was going to go to $12 million, and I figured I’d go up a few million bucks.”

The club’s troubles, in fact, began only a few years after it was converted into a private course, after Emerald Dunes Golf Course purchased it in 2005 for $20.4 million.

The foreclosure action on the club was first filed in 2009 after Emerald Dunes Golf Course was delinquent on a $15 million loan. Rubin was traveling and could not be reached for comment.

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2016 Presidential Election Year  Post Script Tidbit: In 1985, Mr. Rubin was involved in litigation in which he represented the Plaintiff in a case heard, in part, by a Federal Judge in New Jersey. The Federal Judge was the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry, Donald Trump’s sister. In that case, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit granted the Plaintiff’s Petition for Writ of Mandamus against Judge Barry. See Bloom v. Barry, 755 F. 2d 356 (3d Cir. 1985).

MR. RUBIN ASSISTS THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

For decades, the Palm Beach County Bar Association rented space at several buildings in West Palm Beach. In 2010, an opportunity arose for the Association to purchase a building for its main office.  When the Association asked Mr. Rubin to assist it in the building purchase and financing transaction, he gladly accepted and he provided his real estate expertise to the Association on a  pro bono basis. After the transaction successfully closed, Mr. Rubin received a very kind note from  Patience A. Burns, the long time Executive Director of the Association:

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