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Collins, Dobkin & Miller is staffed by a dedicated team of lawyers with over seventy years of housing law experience between them. In addition to the three partners, the firm is staffed by an expert team of paralegal professionals, assistants, and associates. Please click on an attorney for more information.

Timothy Collins

Bar Admissions

New York — 1986
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York — 1988
United States District Court, Southern District of New York — 1988
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit — 1999

Education

New York University School of Law, Master of Laws — 1995
New York Law School, J.D. cum laude — 1985
University of Vermont, B.A., Economics/Political Science — 1981

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Law Firm of Collins, Dobkin & Miller LLP — 1997 to present

  • Partner, Law Firm of Collins and Dobkin — 1996 to 1997

  • Assistant Attorney General, New York State Department Of Law, Real Estate Financing Bureau — 1994-1995

  • Executive Director/Counsel New York City Rent Guidelines Board — 1987-1994

  • Assistant Counsel, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Office of Rent and Housing Maintenance — 1985-1987

  • Guest Lecturer:
    ¤ United States Military Academy at West Point
    ¤ City University of New York Graduate Center
    ¤ Yeshiva University/Benjamin Cardozo School of Law
    ¤ New York Law School
    ¤ Queens College

  • Member, Board Of Consultants:
    ¤ Residential Landlord/Tenant Law In New York, By Andrew Scherer (1995)

Publications

  • Rent Regulation in New York: Myths & Facts (2nd Ed 2009).

  • An Introduction to the NYC Rent Guidelines Board and the Rent Stabilization System (March 2006).
  • An Introduction to the New York City Rent Guidelines Board and the Rent Stabilization System (3rd Ed. 2005, updated by RGB staff).

  • "Fair Rents" or "Forced Subsidies" under Rent Regulation Finding a Regulatory Taking where Legal Fictions Collide. 59 Albany Law Review 1293-1319 (1996).

  • Real Property Service New York. Chapter 74. Rent Regulation, The Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Co., with Stephen Dobkin, (1996).

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Stephen Dobkin

Bar Admission

New York — 1972
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York — 1973
United States District Court, Southern District of New York — 1973
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit — 1974

Education

New York University School of Law, J.D. — May 1971
City College of the City of New York, B.A. — June 1968

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Collins, Dobkin & Miller LLP — 1997 to present

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School — 1976 to 2005

  • Partner, Collins & Dobkin — 1996-1997

  • Assistant Attorney General, New York State Department of Law — 1990-1995

  • Senior Attorney, South Brooklyn Legal Services — 1972-1990

  • Tenant Representative, New York City Rent Guidelines Board — 1987-1989

  • President, Legal Services Staff Association — 1985-1986

Legal Publications

  • "Zoning for the General Welfare A Constitutional Weapon for Lower-Income Tenants." N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change, Volume XIII, Number 4, 1984-1985.

  • "Confiscating Reality The Illusion of Controls in the Big Apple." Brooklyn Law Review, Vol. 54, Winter 1989, No. 4.

  • New York Real Property Service, Chapter 74, Rent Regulations (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1997 Ed.)

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Seth A. Miller

Bar Admissions

New York — 1987
Massachusetts — 1986
United States District Court, Northern District of New York — 1988

Education

Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., — May 1986, Boston, Massachusetts
Columbia University, B.A., Philosophy — May 1983, New York, NY

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Collins, Dobkin & Miller, LLP — 1997 to present

  • Sole Practitioner, Law Office of Seth A. Milller — 1996-1997

  • Associate, Jeffrey S. Ween & Associates — 1993-1996

  • Court Attorney, Judge Richard F. Braun, Civil Court of the City of New York — 1992-1993

  • Assistant Counsel, New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal — 1988-1992

  • Consumer Affairs Attorney, New York State Consumer Protection Board — 1986-1988

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Olive Karen Stamm

Bar Admissions

New York State — 1986
United States District Court, Southern District of New York — 1986

Education

Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D. cum laude — 1985
City College of the City of New York, BA, Phi Beta Kappa — 1967

Professional Experience

  • Of Counsel, Collins, Dobkin & Miller LLP — 1998 to present

  • Managing Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Inc.

  • Eastside SRO Legal Services Project — 1985-1988 and 1989-1998

  • Managing Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Inc., Adult Home Advocacy Project — 1997-1998

  • Law Assistant to Hon. Louise Guner Gans (sitting in Criminal Court by Designation) — 1988-1989

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