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Karl B. Holtzschue

Attorney at Law
New York, NY, USA


Karl B. Holtzschue, an alumnus of Dartmouth College (1959) and Columbia Law School (1966), is an author on legal topics and has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, Columbia Business School, Fordham Law School and Vermont Law School. From 1988 to 1990, he was the partner heading the real estate department in the New York City office of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. Before that he had been a member of the New York City firm of Webster & Sheffield. Mr. Holtzschue’s experience has been in all aspects of real estate law and all types of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and sales; private, public, and nonprofit developments; leasing; representation of institutional lenders in construction; permanent and convertible loans; joint ventures; and workouts.

From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Holtzschue chaired the Committee on Real Property Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (the City Bar). In 1998 he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and co-chair of the Section’s Title and Transfer Committee. In 2004 he was elected an officer of the Executive Committee and serves as Chair for a year beginning June 1, 2007. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has been active on several committees of the City Bar and the New York State and American Bar associations.

He is a former member of the TriBar Committee on Lawyers’ Opinions. In addition to Holtzschue on Real Estate Contracts and its supplements, Mr. Holtzschue has written three books on the purchase and sale of real estate and chapters on caveat emptor, mortgage commitment contingencies, real estate financing, mortgage-backed securities, and mortgage loan opinions for standard texts on real property. He is the editor of the NYSBA’s Residential Real Estate Forms on HotDocs. He has written articles in various publications, has participated in drafting model contracts of sale, and has lectured extensively on real estate matters, including purchase and sale of real estate, transfer taxes, and attorneys’ opinions in mortgage loan transactions.

Karl B. Holtzschue is associated with the following items:
Treatise  Treatise Holtzschue on Real Estate Contracts and Closings: A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying and Selling Real Estate (3rd Edition) - Holtzschue on Real Estate Contracts
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