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The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), an international group of high profile real estate practitioners established in 1953, has awarded DeCotiis partner Michael Ash the CRE credential and inducted him into the group. Members of the CRE provide expert advisory services to clients on complex real property and land-related matters in the United States and abroad.

CRE membership is selective and is extended by invitation only, attesting to the practitioner's expertise and proven competence in his or her chosen area of real estate. Members receive the CRE credential in recognition of proven superior problem-solving ability. Counselors are recognized in the marketplace as having consistently demonstrated the highest levels of knowledge, experience, integrity, and judgment. Fewer than 1100 real estate professionals currently hold the CRE credential, of which only about 50 are practicing attorneys. Members include ranking representatives of real estate consulting, financial, legal and accounting firms as well as leaders of Wall Street, government and academia.

Mr. Ash was awarded the credential and membership in May at the CRE's 2018 Midyear Meetings in Chicago. He specializes in real estate value litigation and has extensive knowledge and experience in infrastructure planning and implementation. Mr. Ash currently serves as Condemnation Counsel for the State of New Jersey successfully acquiring approximately 120 easements for the Army Corps of Engineers storm hazard mitigation project in Bay Head, Longport and Ocean City, New Jersey.

"Mike's certification is well-deserved, his skills and professionalism are commendable" said Joseph DeCotiis, firm managing partner. "He is another example of our firm's commitment to excellence." In addition to Mr. Ash's CRE credential, over 30 DeCotiis firm members hold AV Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, which reflects peer ratings of both very high general ethical standards and legal abilities.

To learn more about the firm's roster of accomplished attorneys, please contact Joseph M. DeCotiis, Managing Partner, at (201) 907-5203, or visit

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