Lawrence F. DiGiovanna
Lawrence F. DiGiovanna is a Partner at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP in the New York City Real Estate Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. DiGiovanna was the principal attorney at the Law Offices of Lawrence F. DiGiovanna. Mr. DiGiovanna focuses his practice on condominium and cooperative law issues, including the representation of developers in the drafting of offering plans submitted to the NYS Attorney General, and litigation related to real estate and cooperative and condominium law issues. He also represents clients in all varieties of residential and commercial real estate transactions.
Mr. DiGiovanna has been a frequent lecturer on the topic of real estate and cooperative and condominium law to bar associations for mandatory continuing legal education, realtor groups and the general public. He also lectures to bar groups on professional ethics and disciplinary issues. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s 4,500 member Real Property Law Section. He has served four years as the chairman of the State Grievance Committee with disciplinary jurisdiction over Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island attorneys. The Appellate Division has also appointed Mr. DiGiovanna as a member of its Committee on Character and Fitness, which is responsible for screening new attorneys for admission to the Bar and suspended or disbarred attorneys for reinstatement.
He served as President of the 2,200 member Brooklyn Bar Association for 2005-2006 and continues as Vice President of its separate pro bono services organization, the Volunteer Lawyers Project. In 2007, Mr. DiGiovanna received the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Freda Nisnewitz Award for his pro bono activities and it’s Annual Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Science of Jurisprudence and Public Service. He has also chaired the Association’s Real Property Section and Cooperative and Condominium Law Committee. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. DiGiovanna was responsible for the Association’s annual budget as chair of its Budget Committee.
In 1999, he was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s President’s Award for Pro Bono Service and the Poly Prep Alumni Association’s Special Award for Service. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, for which he served as President in 1988-89. In 2006, Mr. DiGiovanna received the St. Thomas More Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Brooklyn. That year, he also received the “Good Scout” Award from the Brooklyn Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. DiGiovanna is also active with the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn and is a Master Emeritus of the Nathan Sobel Kings County Inns of Court. He is also a member of the National Italian American Bar Association.
In 1996, Mr. DiGiovanna was appointed by Governor Pataki to the board of directors of a major New York State Authority, the Environmental Facilities Corporation, for which he served as chair of its Audit Committee for more than 10 years. His term at EFC expired December 31, 2011.
Mr. DiGiovanna served on the board of directors of Lutheran Medical Center from 2010 through 2014 and was a member of its Legal and Audit Committee. He is also a former Trustee of St. Vincent’s Services, a major child care and foster care agency in Brooklyn, and is a past Trustee of Victory Memorial Hospital. Mr. DiGiovanna is currently the President of the William M. Casey Foundation, Inc., a title holding not-for-profit organization for HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services. He also serves on the board of directors of the NYU Langone Augustana Nursing Home in Brooklyn.
- New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
C. W. Post College of Long Island University, 1969-1973
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
Delaware Law School of Widener University, 1973-1976
Member, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 1976
Honors and Awards
- Legal Leaders Award, New York Magazine, 2014-2016
- St. Thomas More Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Brooklyn, 2006
- “Good Scout” Award from the Brooklyn Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 2006
- Distinguished Service Award from the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, 2004
- New York State Bar Association’s President’s Award for Pro Bono Service, 1999
- Poly Prep Alumni Association’s Special Award for Service, 1999