Hannah Handler Hostyk has served as General Counsel for Pointe Companies through her position with Sakowitz & Sakowitz, Chartered since September, 2006. In that capacity, she is responsible for the myriad of legal work arising from the activities of Pointe and performs the functions associated with a developer’s in-house counsel, including the legal tasks related to the closing of Pointe’s acquisition and disposition of development projects. She reviews and approves title, survey and loan documents and drafts and reviews corporate and real estate documents, including reciprocal easement agreements. Hannah is also responsible for drafting, negotiating, reviewing and concluding numerous agreements related to the purchase, sale, leasing, and development of Pointe’s retail, restaurant, franchise, office, medical office, and residential properties. Drawing on her background in general corporate law, Hannah is also responsible for drafting, reviewing and negotiating term sheets, operating agreements, partnership agreements, employment agreements, and confidentiality agreements. She does not represent the investors but solely represents the Company and its principals. Hannah engages and supervises the work of outside law firms to insure that Pointe’s interests are served. From her first days at Pointe, Hannah has reflected Pointe’s corporate culture of finding creative and mutually beneficial solutions to issues which arise in the course of complex commercial transactions. Hannah has also been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit mediator since 2010.
As a law student, Hannah did a summer internship with Justice Thomas F. Kelleher of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and a semester internship with Judge H. Lee Sarokin of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey. Upon her graduation from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Hannah began her legal career in the corporate department of Lowenstein Sandler in Roseland, New Jersey. In her first in-house position at Shearson Lehman (formerly E.F. Hutton) as a Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Hannah continued to expand upon her real estate background (from the 106th Floor of the World Trade Center) by focusing on all legal matters pertaining to commercial leasing, including drafting, negotiating and concluding leases for office and retail space throughout the United States. While at Shearson, Hannah also worked on general corporate matters, including loan agreements and opinion letters, for the corporation.
A move to Israel in 1990 enabled Hannah to focus on raising her three children while transitioning to an academic position at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law where she created and taught a course in Legal Research and Writing. Hannah also taught a course designed specifically for military officers transitioning to civilian life in the Executive MBA Program at Tel Aviv University, and taught at the College of Management in Rishon LeZion. Upon her return to the United States in September 2001 Hannah taught third, fifth, and sixth grades at Yeshiva Toras Emes in North Miami Beach before sitting for the Florida Bar in 2006.
In 2016, Broward County Commissioner Tim Ryan appointed Hannah to the Broward County Library Advisory Board. Hannah has served as Co-President of the Friends of the Stirling Road Library since 2008. During her co-presidency, membership in this group increased from 60 members to over 400 members. Hannah also served as chairperson of the Jewish Book Festival at the Posnack JCC from 2005-2007 and as chairperson of the Friends of the IDF annual concert in 2016. Hannah has led experiential workshops for Brandeis Women (she holds an MA from Brandeis University), speaks for community groups on a variety of topics, includingWhat is Happiness, and leads book reviews. Hannah has served as an adjudicator for the Scholastic Writing Awards since 2013. She is also known for her work in educational coaching. Hannah is married to David Hostyk.
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