Randall A. Pentiuk

Randall A. Pentiuk

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Wyandotte, MI

Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, PC
 | 2915 Biddle Avenue, Suite 200
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Phone: 734-281-7100
Fax: 734-281-7102
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • State, Local & Municipal (50%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (40%),
  • Nonprofit Organizations (10%)
Attorney Profile

Resume of Randall A. Pentiuk

2915 Biddle Ave., Suite 200

Wyandotte, MI 48192

Telephone: 734-281-7100

Facsimile: 734-281-7102

E-mail: [email protected]

Cell: 734-552-3600

 

            Housing Cooperative Legal Experience:   Since 1985, Mr. Pentiuk has been involved in all aspects of representing housing cooperatives, providing services spanning the full spectrum of the legal affairs of cooperatives.   These services range from researching and drafting legal opinions and rules, representation in all courts and tribunals, preparing and reviewing contracts, employment and personnel matters, advising the Board of Directors.  This includes dealing with HUD and MSHDA, drafting bylaw and articles of incorporation amendments, refinancing mortgages and handling share loans.

            Representing over fifty cooperatives, Mr. Pentiuk leads the premier law firm in the Michigan and Illinois housing cooperative fields and also provides consultation to dozens of cooperatives in California, Indiana, Maryland, Texas, and Washington. Currently he provides assistance for tens of thousands of cooperative members and their families. He publishes the Cooperative Law Journal, providing timely and informative material to the Boards of all housing cooperatives in the State.  Mr. Pentiuk also provides the National Cooperative Law Center website as a free service to cooperative Boards.  This website contains articles, course materials, and other helpful resources.   He has written numerous articles on the subject and several primers on Cooperative Law which he has made available for free to Board members.

            Housing Cooperative Organizations:   Mr. Pentiuk serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC), and is the NAHC Executive Vice President.   He also serves on numerous committees including its Government Relations Committee.  He frequently teaches courses at the NAHC conferences, and has written legal articles for its publications.   Most recently, Mr. Pentiuk co-authored an article for the NAHC dealing with the legal pitfalls of mortgage refinancing.

            He is also on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives (MAHC).   Mr. Pentiuk serves as a State Vice President, also writes articles for the MAHC Messenger, and teaches classes at the MAHC conferences, including an annual legal update course.  He received the “C. March Miller II Award” for outstanding service to MAHC and the "William Magee Spirit Award."

            A member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Mr. Pentiuk is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Michigan State Bar’s committee dealing with housing cooperatives.  He has been named a “Super Lawyer”, a recognition awarded to the top 5% of Michigan attorneys.

 

            Other Relevant Legal Experience:   Mr. Pentiuk was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1981, the District of Columbia Bar in 1984 and the State Bar of Illinois in 2010.   He was admitted to the Bar of the United State Supreme Court in 1986, and is also admitted to practice before all the Federal District Courts in Michigan as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.   He worked as a Research Attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1981.  After serving at the Court of Appeals he entered private practice and formed his own firm in 1989 which has grown to become the largest in the Downriver area.  He also has two publications: “First National Bank of Boston v Bellotti: The Constitution Guarantees Free Speech for Corporations” 1979 Det. Coll. L. Rev. 545.; and “Fourth Annual Survey of Sixth Circuit Law - Evidence” 1983 Det. Coll. L. Rev. 405.

            Educational Background:   Mr. Pentiuk earned his Juris Doctorate degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Detroit College of Law in 1981, where he served as an editor on law review, while working full time as a computer programmer for the Ford Motor Company.  His Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with Distinction, was awarded from Wayne State University in 1976, where he majored in Accounting and minored in Finance.

            Legal Organizations:   Mr. Pentiuk is a member of the American Bar Association where he is involved with the Litigation, State and Local Government Sections, the Forum for Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Forum.  In the State Bar of Michigan, he is involved with the Business Law, Public Corporation Law, Consumer Law, and Elder Law Sections, and the Condominium, Community Association and Housing Cooperative Law Committee.  He is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association and works on the Real Property Law Committee, Real Property Law Condominium and AIA Construction Contracts Subcommittees and the Civil Practice Committee.  Mr. Pentiuk is an active member of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, the International Municipal Law Officers Association Committee for Legislative Advocacy, the Michigan Creditors Bar Association, the Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association, United Condominium Owners of Michigan (UCOM), Michigan Alliance of Cooperatives, MAHC (Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives), NAHC (National Association of Housing Cooperatives), The National Association of Parliamentarians, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, APCO, IMLA, SWCCC, DADBA, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the Downriver Bar Association, the Christian Legal Society, the Christian Leadership Alliance, and is also licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.

            Community Involvement: In 1981, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, an inner city ministry employing over 250 staff with a budget of over $23 million,   and has served as its Chairman for the last decade. During 2006, he also served as its Acting President while a search for its Chief Executive Officer was undertaken.

 

            Mr. Pentiuk helped form Promise Village for disturbed children with Dr. Timothy Coldiron, and served as its first Chairman.   He previously served on the Board of Directors for Volunteers of American in Michigan.  

 

White Papers

  • 101 Ways to Improve Your Cooperative: A Law Primer - A succinct primer for Directors of Housing Cooperatives to assist in improving their operations and avoiding legal pitfalls.

  • A Law Primer for New Cooperative Board Members - Essential legal training for new Board Members of Housing Cooperatives.

  • The Michigan Cooperative Housing Law Primer - A primer designed for Directors of Housing Cooperatives.

  • About Randall Pentiuk

    Admitted: 1981, Michigan

    Professional Webpage: http://www.pck-law.com/pages/profile_rap

    Honors/Awards:

    • Named after the esteemed  late Chairman of the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives, this honor is bestowed in recognition of promoting and consistently displaying dedication and commitment to the preservation of the Cooperative Housing Movement and the MAHC organization., William Magee Spirit Award, Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives, 2016
    • Awarded the C. March Miller II in recognition of outstanding service to MAHC., Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Also licensed in the States of Illinois  and the District of Columbia.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Directors (Chairma) for the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, nationally acclaimed ecclesiastical entity serving the homeless and other needy persons in the City of Detroit, rebuilding one life at a time. ., 1981
    • Affiliate Attorney,  Alliance Defending Freedon;  assisting clients on a pro bono basis, who have suffered a deprivation of religious liberties.
    • Member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives (State of Michigan Vice President and Corporation Counsel)  and the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (Government Relations Committee).   Lecturer at conferences for MAHC and NAHC; editor of the MAHC Messenger; frequent author of articles published in the NAHC and MAHC publications

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Article explaining the newly promulgated HUD guidance on the use of criminal convictions in the selection criteria and processing of membership applications in housing cooperatives, in order to navigate within the bounds of the federal fair housing laws., Author, The Convict Next Door: New Rules on Convictions Affect All Cooperatives, NAHC Cooperative Housing Quarterly, Housing Cooperatives, 2016
    • Article explaining the newly promulgated HUD guidance on the use of criminal convictions in the selection criteria and processing of membership applications in housing cooperatives, in order to navigate within the bounds of the federal fair housing laws., Author, The Convict Next Door: New Rules on Convictions Affect All Cooperatives, NAHC Cooperative Housing Quarterly, Housing Cooperatives, 2016
    • Article explaining the newly promulgated HUD guidance on the use of criminal convictions in the selection criteria and processing of membership applications in housing cooperatives, in order to navigate within the bounds of the federal fair housing laws., Author, The Convict Next Door: New Rules on Convictions Affect All Cooperatives, NAHC Cooperative Housing Quarterly, Housing Cooperatives, 2016

    Representative Clients:

    • Public sector clients include the City of Riverview as City Attorney, the City of Allen Park as Corporaton Counsel,  the City of Taylor as Legal Counsel to the Risk Managemnt Committee and as Litigation Defense Counsel,  the Downriver Community Conference and Downriver Mutual Aid. as General Counsel,  South Huron Valley Utility Authority as General Counsel, several housing commissions, downtown development authorities, economic development corporations, retirement boards, and other public corporations.    Over sixty housing cooperatives, condominiums, homeowner associations represented.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Board of Directors of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, serving as its Executive Vice President and also  on the Executive Committee,  the Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee,  the Ad Hoc Share Loan Committee,  the Communications Committee & Editorial Board of the Cooperative Housing Quarterly, and the Government Relations Committee.  Instructor at the Annual Conference.
    • Board of Directors of the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives, serving on the Executive Committee;  Vice President for the State of Michigan; the Member Services Committee; the Finance Committee; the Education Subcommittee; and editor of the MAHC Messenger.  Instructor at the Annual Conference, teaching Coop Legal Update Classes.  
    • Chairman, Board of Directors of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

    Newsletters:

    • Member of the Board of Editors for the National Association of Housing Cooperatives's publications including the Cooperative Housing Quarterly and Cooperative Housing Bulletin., Editorial Board Member, Housing Cooperatives
    • A periodical designed for Boards and Management Agents of Housing Cooperatives. to provide current legal matters of interest., National Cooperative Law Journal
    • Editor of, and author for,  the MAHC (Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives) Messenger, a quarterly newsletter for the Management Agents and Board Members of Housing Cooperatives which are members of the Midwest Assocation of Housing Cooperatives., MAHC Messenger, Housing Cooperatives

    Educational Background:

    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major in accounting and minor in finance, with distinction., 1976

    Industry Groups

    • Condominiums
    • Homeowner Associations
    • Housing Cooperatives
    • Municipalities
    • Nonprofit Corporatons
    • Public Corporations
    Office Location for Randall A. Pentiuk

    2915 Biddle Avenue
    Suite 200
    Wyandotte, MI 48192

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    Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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