Robert Hochman, Esq.
A founding member of Cohen Hochman & Allen, Mr. Hochman partnered with Walter Cohen (a former Administrative Law Judge at ECB) over 30 years ago to create what has become the preeminent municipal law firm in New York City. For decades, Mr. Hochman has grown his practice on the ideals of providing experienced representation to help property owners and managers fight against unfair persecution by NYC agencies. Beginning his legal career at the NYC Department of Buildings, Mr. Hochman served as the Director of Administrative Enforcement for DOB before going into private practice. He has given numerous talks at the New York County Lawyers Association on various housing and property issues that affect his clients.
New York Law School, Juris Doctorate
Brooklyn College, Bachelor of Arts
Otis Allen, Esq.
A senior partner at Cohen Hochman & Allen since 2000, Mr. Allen regularly appears before New York State Criminal Court and Housing Court in all five boroughs. He has extensive experience defending summonses and violations issued by nearly every New York City agency. Before joining the firm, he worked as an attorney for Legal Aid and was also a prosecutor at the New York City Department of Buildings’ Administrative Enforcement Unit.
Temple University, JD
State University of New York at Albany, Magna Cum Laude, BA
Bradley Green, Esq.
Bradley Green joined the firm in 2009 and became a partner in 2013. Mr. Green began his career as an attorney for the Administrative Enforcement Unit of the NYC Department of Buildings in 2003. He subsequently worked in the private sector at several litigation law firms where he handled various land use matters including discretionary approvals before the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals and NYC Department of City Planning. He also has worked on complex litigation matters stemming from large construction projects throughout the State of New York.
Mr. Green now focuses primarily on Respondents at administrative hearings before the OATH Hearings Division, defending violations issued by NYC agencies for illegal use and occupancy and zoning and construction code infractions. Mr. Green currently oversees a calendar with an average of 4,000 summonses per year. Mr. Green also regularly serves as a litigation and compliance consultant on Building Department issues.
Albany Law School of Union University, Juris Doctorate
SUNY Binghamton, Bachelor of Arts
Lindsay Garroway, Esq.
Lindsay Garroway joined Cohen Hochman & Allen in 2010 and became a partner in 2017. Ms. Garroway appears regularly at OATH administrative hearings on behalf of property owners and businesses, defending violations issued by various New York City agencies. She specializes in NYC Department of Buildings issues including Outdoor Advertising Signage regulations and zoning/ land use issues. She counsels her clients on many issues relating to property management and property compliance.
Ms. Garroway oversees all appellate litigation at Cohen Hochman & Allen. She has filed numerous Article 78 lawsuits stemming from OATH appeals. She has argued twice before the Appellate Division, First Department, and in November 2019 she argued before the New York State Court of Appeals.
New York, 2010
New York Law School, JD
University of Maryland
Bachelor of Arts, Communication
Andrew Weltchek, Esq.
Andrew Weltchek solves problems for his clients. He’s been doing it in New York City since 1992 when he left the Real Estate Finance Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s office to go into private practice. Mr. Weltchek is the firm’s complex commercial litigation partner and also assists clients with residential and commercial real estate transactions. He specializes in NY condominium and cooperative law as well as Americans with Disability Act defense cases.
"If you own or lease property in New York City, you’re always dealing with problems. They come with the territory—problems negotiating contracts, understanding contracts, enforcing contracts, suing people, being sued by people, and avoiding suing or being sued.”
When you have problems with your property in New York City, call Andrew Weltchek. He can help.
New York, 1986 New Jersey, 2003 Louisiana, 1978 Arkansas, 1975
Emory Law School, JD 1975 Yale University, BA Psychology 1970
Jason Gil, Esq.
Mr. Gil joined the firm in November 2015. Jason’s practice is primarily focused on representing property owners and businesses at administrative hearings before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. Additionally, Jason regularly appears at NYC Housing Court in all five boroughs on various types of Landlord-tenant proceedings.
Mr. Gil’s specialties also include NYC Health Department issues (i.e. violations issued to cooling towers and restaurant rating cases) and Department of Consumer Affairs matters (i.e. tobacco violations and unlicensed activity cases).
New York, 2015
New York Law School, Juris Doctorate 2014
University of Maryland, Bachelor of Arts
Nicole Beletsky, Esq.
Nicole Beletsky joined Cohen Hochman and Allen as an associate in November 2015. Ms. Beletsky’s practice is primarily focused on representing property owners and construction businesses at administrative hearings before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and New York City Civil and Criminal Courts. She defends violations issued by New York City agencies for illegal use and occupancy, zoning and construction code infractions, and fire code violations.
Additionally, Ms. Beletsky has extensive experience in drafting and filing appeals. She has drafted numerous Article 78 proceedings in New York County Supreme Court as well as appeals filed at the First Department Appellate Division and New York State Court of Appeals. Ms. Beletsky received her Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Colgate University. Ms. Beletsky is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
New York, 2016
Fordham University School of Law, Juris Doctorate
Colgate University, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, History
Anita Yee, Esq.
Anita Yee joined Cohen Hochman & Allen in 2016. Ms. Yee appears regularly at the OATH Hearings Division, defending clients against violations issued by various City agencies. Her current practice specialty is representing property management companies and contractors on matters relating to fire code violations as well as violations issued by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Ms. Yee typically appears for over a hundred hearings each week, and she manages a calendar of thousands of multi-agency summonses each year.
New York, 2016
Brooklyn Law School, Juris Doctorate
New York University, Bachelor of Arts
Brian Murphy, Esq.
Mr. Murphy joined Cohen, Hochman & Allen in December 2019. During his time at New York Law School, Mr. Murphy worked with the NYLS Veterans Justice Clinic to provide legal assistance to low-income veterans in New York City. As a law student, he also worked as an associate for the law school’s Center for International Law. Additionally, he has interned with the New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Department of Social Services where he researched legal issues relating to Article 78 lawsuits and housing court proceedings.
New York, 2020
New York Law School, Juris Doctor
SUNY Cobleskill, BA Business Administration
Samantha L. Segal, Esq.
Samantha L. Segal is admitted to the Bar in New York and New Jersey and is a graduate of Rutgers University, 2000, and the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center of Touro College, 2003.
Ms. Segal was the first Executive Director to the Suffolk County Board of Ethics for over 8 years, appointed post Ethics Reform Law. Prior to commencing the position, Ms. Segal was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Trials and Hearings of the Environmental Control Board of the City of New York and to the New York State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In this capacity, she presided over 5000 administrative law hearings. Ms. Segal has extensive experience in administrative law regulations, adjudications, enforcement, and inter-agency initiatives at the State and Local levels.
Ms. Segal provided departmental and new employee lectures on the Suffolk County Ethics Laws. Ms. Segal is a member of the New York State Bar Association on the Committees of Children and Law, Families and the Law, Friends of the LGBTQ Community, the New York State Local and State Government Section, and is a Fellow of the philanthropic organization, the New York Bar Foundation, as well as a member of the Bar of the City of New York.
New York State Courts
New Jersey State and Federal Courts
Touro School of Law, JD 2003
Rutgers College, Rutgers University, BA Psychology 2000