Executive Bios

Howard J. Kopel, Esq. 

Founding Member & CEO 

Founding member and Chief Executive Officer Howard Kopel has overall responsibility for corporate policy and strategic planning for Sutton Alliance and its member companies, Sutton Land Title Agency, Progressive Closing & Escrow, and Sutton 1031 Exchange Services.

An attorney with a diverse background in all aspects of title insurance, as well as in the legal representation of purchasers, sellers and lenders, Mr. Kopel is a valuable asset to Sutton’s varied commercial and residential real estate clients. In a career that spans more than 30 years, he has built solid relationships throughout the industry and is well-positioned professionally to provide quality title and settlement services throughout the country.

Mr. Kopel is experienced in litigation and corporate and real estate law, having begun his career as an in-house attorney with Con Edison and other corporations before going into his own private practice in 1983.

A member of the New York State Bar since 1976, Mr. Kopel graduated from Brooklyn Law School after earning a B.S. in Political Science from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Mr. Kopel is the Legislator for the seventh district of Nassau County. He is also a trustee of the Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce.

Esther C. Kopel

Founding Member and Lead Underwriter

Esther Kopel is a founding member of Sutton Alliance, where she is the Company’s foremost authority on national title issues and New York State Building Loans. She is thoroughly experienced and knowledgeable in complex underwriting procedures, helping clients structure transactions for compliance and tax purposes. Ms. Kopel’s attention to detail and talent for assessing client’s policies and systems, as well as a fanatical devotion to customer service, have made her an invaluable resource for the Company, and is legendary among its clients.

At the invitation of our clients, Ms. Kopel conducts title seminars on behalf of the Company for various lender client management teams throughout the country, and for the Company’s European clients dealing with American real estate and its intersection with international law and practice.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Kopel was an instructor at City University of New York (CUNY) and at Wagner College where she taught courses in computer and information science. She also worked previously as a consultant for AT&T, spearheading the creation of the company’s financial management computer modeling systems.

Ms. Kopel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York with a B.S. in Computer and Information Science.

Nicole Rosenberg, CPA 

Chief Financial Officer

Nicole Rosenberg is Chief Financial Officer of Sutton Alliance and its member companies. In this role, she provides a full range of fiduciary services, from establishing internal controls and ensuring the security of escrow funds, to assisting clients with complex financial transactions. Ms. Rosenberg is instrumental in keeping Sutton Alliances member companies operating effectively, and partners with Suttons IT group to enhance the firms commitment to improving and customizing client-based online portals.

Prior to joining Sutton Alliance, Ms. Rosenberg was an Equity Analyst for Ziff Brothers Investments. She previously worked as a Manager with a major New York City accounting firm, with responsibility for SEC compliance issues across a wide variety of industries.

Ms. Rosenberg graduated from Queens College with a Bachelors degree in Accounting.

Kevin Rosenberg, Esq.

National Title Counsel
President of Sutton 1031 Exchange

As Counsel to Sutton Alliance, Kevin Rosenberg is responsible for managing the companys REO title and settlement operations as well as its 1031 exchange division and national commercial services business. He is responsible for cultivating and expanding the firms REO title and settlement business relationships among Asset Managers, Lenders, Real Estate Brokers, Mortgage Brokers, and Attorneys throughout the country. He ensures our clients receive the best customer service as well as the best turnaround times the industry can provide in the most cost-effective manner. Mr. Rosenberg also regularly counsels leading attorneys, commercial real estate developers and financial institutions on complex title matters on a multi-state level and on matters pertaining to real estate tax deferred exchanges.

Prior to joining Sutton, Mr. Rosenberg was Director of Business Development for Coe Care.Com, a three time grant recipient from the National institute of Health. Previously, he served as a Law Clerk with Shelby County Public Defenders Office.

Mr. Rosenberg earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and MBA from the University of Memphis and a B.S. in Marketing from Yeshiva University. He is a member of the bar association in the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey.

Jeffrey S. Tanen, Esq.

Chief Operating Officer 

A veteran of the title industry, Mr. Tanen has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in the commercial real estate sector, among them such prestigious companies as TD Bank, Chase, Douglas Elliman, and HSH NordBank.

Prior to coming to Sutton, Jeff was Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of First Nationwide Title Agency LLC. FNTA was formed in 2012, and Jeff took the company from a start up to 70 employees by 2016. He dealt with large commercial title transactions, corporate compliance and operations. In addition to operations, Jeff had 13 attorneys directly reporting to him on all title matters. Clients included large developers, owners and law firms in New York and nationally.

From  1997-2012, Jeff  was a founding partner of Bank, Tanen and Bank PLLC, a boutique real estate firm charged with overseeing large commercial real estate transactions, including the representation of numerous mortgage lenders, property owners and real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Earlier in his career, he served as Counsel to NY Credit Advisors, a commercial lender specializing in first mortgage loans and mezzanine financing on a national basis.  Mr. Tanen earned a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers Law School.

Charitable activities include: Director and Board member of the Love Charitable Foundation, a Director of the Brother Of Mine Charitable foundation and committee member and Chairman of PBS Community Foundation supporting kids on the autism spectrum.

Allison L. Luskoff, Esq.

EVP Chief Underwriting Counsel

An attorney with two decades of experience in the commercial real estate/title insurance industry, Allison L. Luskoff, Esq. joined Sutton Alliance, LLC as its Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Counsel in June of 2017.  Ms. Luskoff is responsible for analyzing, overseeing and resolving all title issues relating to real estate transactions nationally and internationally with a focus on complex structures.  Allison has created a niche where she partners with the industries’ top real estate attorneys and in house counsel to discuss/revise the structure of the transaction in order to help clients save on real estate transfer tax and mortgage recording tax.

Prior to joining Sutton, Ms. Luskoff was the Divisional Senior Underwriting Counsel for a title underwriter whose underwriting team was educated and mentored under Ms. Luskoff’s leadership. Ms. Luskoff worked on many complex New York, national and international (Bahamas) real estate transactions that have in some instances exceeded the two billion dollar mark.

In 2012, Ms. Luskoff was a Senior Associate on a partner track at the prominent law firm Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP where she represented building developers, hotel REITS, entities, individuals, estates and not-for-profit organizations in acquisitions, financings, sales and triple net lease transactions. 

In 2004 Ms. Luskoff began working at First American Title Insurance Company, NCS Division, as underwriting counsel where she underwrote many major commercial and residential real estate transactions involving purchases, refinances, triple net leases, transfer of development rights, Attorney General packages, condominium formation, acquisition loans, project loans, construction loans and modifications and a wide variety of other issues affecting real property all over New York State as well as parcels which were part of multistate portfolio transactions.

It is such diversification that allows Ms. Luskoff to offer our clients a creative way to underwrite complex commercial transactions that many insurers at first glance might decline to insure.

In June of 2015, Ms. Luskoff was recognized in the NYSREJ as one of the 50 women in real estate to watch.  Currently, she is a member of the New York State Land Title Association’s Law Committee.

Danielle Sprouls, Esq.

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Danielle is focused on Sutton’s expansion initiatives both in the New York commercial market and national division. During the course of her career, Danielle has overseen the structuring, coordination and closing of over $20 billion of commercial real estate. She has distinguished herself among the most successful, client-focused title professionals in the nation.

Prior to joining Sutton, Ms. Sprouls was Vice President and Counsel at Fidelity Title and Executive Vice President at Madison Commercial Real Estate Services in New York. She has been twice recognized as a “Woman of Influence” by Real Estate New York.

Ms. Sprouls earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Seton Hall University and also holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. Previously she interned for the Honorable Judge James Petrella, Appellate Division, in Hackensack, NJ.

She is actively involved in a number of professional organizations including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), WX (New York Women Executives in Real Estate), the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC.)

The Sutton Alliance Experience.

Put our knowledge and experience to work for your next transaction – big or small. Contact us and you’ll get our best thinking . . . and the best service in the business.

 

The Sutton Alliance Experience.

Put our knowledge and experience to work for your next transaction – big or small. Contact us and you’ll get our best thinking . . . and the best service in the business.