Advance Realty Brings Aboard Richard A. Crooker as General Counsel

Advance Realty Brings Aboard Richard A. Crooker as General Counsel

Advance Realty — a leading Northeast U.S. owner, developer and manager of Class A office, multifamily, mixed-use and flex-space properties — today announced that it has hired Richard A. Crooker as general counsel.

Crooker will serve as an integral member of the Advance Realty executive team, utilizing his strategic skill set to consult and advise on legal matters for the company. He will be the conduit to and manage outside legal counsel for real estate and joint venture transactions and will manage the structuring, drafting and negotiating of all agreements.

Prior to joining Advance Realty, Crooker was a partner at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf in Madison, N.J., where he focused on transactions, counseling and dispute resolution for clients spanning all areas of expertise. From 2003 to 2007, he served as general counsel for International Risk Group in Denver, Co., where he handled all legal aspects in a business leadership role at the brownfield consulting and redevelopment company. During his career, Crooker was also founder and partner at Cuyler Burk and a commercial litigation associate at Stryker Tams & Dill.

“We’re excited to welcome Richard on board at such a critical time for Advance Realty,” said Peter Cocoziello, Advance Realty’s president and CEO. “The company is experiencing rapid growth as we continue to expand our presence in core markets. Richard’s extensive legal experience in business leadership positions will enable him to serve as an invaluable resource for our team.”

Crooker received his juris doctor from Rutgers University and his Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member in good standing of the New Jersey state and federal bars.

About Advance Realty

Advance Realty is a privately owned real estate development, investment and management company headquartered in Bridgewater, N.J. Since its inception in 1979, Advance Realty has acquired or developed more than 10 million square feet of commercial, residential, R&D, industrial and mixed-use projects. Today, the company owns, manages and invests in a diversified portfolio of office, retail, industrial, residential and mixed-use assets in key urban and suburban markets along the Northeast Corridor. The company actively pursues real estate investments that provide opportunity to enhance value through development, repositioning and redevelopment. Advance’s strong capital base, fully integrated platform, outstanding talent and flexibility as a privately held organization position the company for continued growth. For more information, visit