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Credentials

Senior Management

 “Teya” Moore, Esq., CCIM, CRE holds a B.S. in Government and Public Administration from C.U.N.Y, JJC (with honors), a law degree from New York University, and a LL.M. (master’s in taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center (with honors).

He was awarded the CRE (Counselor of Real Estate) designation in September at the Counselors’ 2017 Annual Convention in Montréal.  Fewer than 1100 real estate professionals currently hold the CRE credential.  Mr. Moore has continuously been recognized by his peers as a preeminent attorney and has held the M-H AV designation, the highest rating given for legal ability and ethical standards, each of the last twenty (20) years up to and including 2019.  He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and a 2014 recipient of the highest award given to a graduate of the CCIM Jay W. Levine Academy, the “Susan J. Groeneveld Award of Excellence.”

“Teya” Moore, Esq., CCIM is admitted to the bar in the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia and is a licensed broker in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  He is the Managing Partner of Moore & Associates (www.kteyamoore.com), and the Principal Broker of Benjamin & Banks Real Estate, LLC (www.benjaminandbanks.com).

Current Projects: (1) Third Contract providing FOIA Analysts for the U. S. Treasury Department, Special Inspector General for Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP); (2) Litigation Support, General Counsel, Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and (3) Awarded Task Orders under a Blanket Purchase Agreement with the General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service Office of Real Property Utilization & Disposal, to provide commercial brokerage and legal services to various government agencies nationwide.

In the last two (2) years Teya managed the inclusion of Kaiser-Permanente after the acquisition of Fairwood Green, Bowie, MD for 42M, and the acquisition of a multimillion dollar industrial and office facility.  He is currently engaged by NCRC to help manage its $185M Growth Fund to increase affordable housing throughout the DMV.

He has extensive experience with asset-based or secured and unsecured financing techniques, project financing (such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt offerings) including non- acquisitive reorganizations, asset dispositions and asset recovery and as legal counsel (finance) to the Maryland Energy Administration and Office of the Attorney General, State of Maryland, to help finance energy efficient measures statewide.  Mr. Moore has structured complex transactions for institutional lenders such as Barclays Business Credit, Inc., and Bank of New York, including a $500M transfer and assumption of credit facility of syndicated loans with foreign banks. He works closely with institutional lenders and in the last year helped Wells Fargo Bank facilitate an $11M refinance of CRE in Annapolis.

Community Service:  Teya serve two (2) terms on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of EBDI, a public- private partnership established to oversee the redevelopment of East Baltimore.  In 2014 he was reengaged by the Annie E.  Casey Foundation and its partners – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore City and EBDI, to help manage a community and economic development fund for reinvestment in local businesses. He has chaired a number of vital local county public policy initiatives.

 

Anthony P. Ashton is a litigation partner working with Moore & Associates.  Mr. Ashton has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law and is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the Second Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, and the Ninth Circuit.

Previously, he was a litigation partner at the global law firm of DLA Piper.  He represents individuals and local, national, and multinational corporations in lawsuits involving real estate disputes, class actions, mass torts, constitutional law issues, consumer protection statutes, contract disputes, shareholders’ rights and fiduciary duties of officers and directors.  He headed the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the DLA Piper’s Baltimore offices and formerly served as the Chair of its national African American/Black Affinity Group.

Examples of Mr. Ashton’s practice include the following:

  • Defense counsel in putative class action involving allegations of violations of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act and statutes governing debt collectors
  • Represents developers, commercial landlords, and tenants in real estate and leasing disputes
  • Successfully represented major ride-sharing company in proceedings before the Maryland Public Service Commission related to criminal background checks of drivers
  • Represented a religious institution in various lawsuits.  Won cases in Prince Georges County, Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.  Issues involve corporate governance of a non-profit corporation and constitutional issues, including First Amendment rights
  • Representation of minority-owned contractors in compliance and eligibility matters related to the Maryland Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Transportation Minority Business Enterprise program
  • Drafted amicus briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of NAACP in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and Fisher II.  Case involved diversity in higher education admissions policies
  • Representation of individuals and developers/financiers in real estate disputes, including those involving multi-million-dollar development projects
  • Representation of a large defense contractor in a five-week trial against a maritime insurer in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  Obtained a multimillion-dollar jury verdict
  • Representation of a commercial bank in defense of a putative consumer class action in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland concerning alleged violations of secondary mortgage loan laws.  Motion to dismiss was granted, and affirmed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Representation of a major energy company in various disputes with the State of Maryland

Jeffrey P. Wofford, Esq., is a Partner at Moore & Associates and offers years of experience representing large multinational corporations and financial institutions in securitization as a New York trained and qualified corporate and commercial transactions lawyer.

He has broad experience representing both issuers and underwriters in securitizing single family and multi-family residential mortgage loans, commercial mortgage loans, student loans, consumer finance receivables, auto loans and other loan types. Mr. Wofford also has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, commercial property transactions (including financing of various malls, shopping centers and office towers), private equity transactions, joint ventures, capital markets transactions, project finance transactions and Islamic finance transactions.

He has worked at some of the world’s most prominent laws firms, including Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. As in- house counsel for an investment holding company, he had responsibility for advising the CEO and Business Development team on all legal aspects of proposed transactions, bank regulatory compliance issues, managing litigation, establishing a corporate governance framework, working with the board of directors on various resolutions and complicated issues and handling the legal aspects of human resources issues. He has international finance and capital market experience overseeing private equity and real estate investments in both western and developing countries.

Mr. Wofford has a Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law and is a member of the bar of the State of New York.

Jonathan M. Aberman is a Consultant at Moore & Associates. Jonathan was a corporate and venture capital attorney from 1990 to 2005, completing over 150 transactions, including venture financings, buyouts, initial public offerings, mergers, and recapitalizations with an aggregate value over $3 billion for diverse clients, including Ritz Carlton Hotels, AmeriChoice Corporation, Jefferson Pilot Insurance Company and Bankers Trust Company. From 1998 to 2001, Jonathan served as Managing Partner of the Northern Virginia office of Pillsbury Winthrop, a national full-service law firm. He was the principal author of the business plan for the merger of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro with Winthrop Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, at the time the largest law firm merger in U.S. history.

Mr. Aberman serves on several Boards of Directors and helps to chart strategy, analyzes business transactions and alternatives, structures investments and incentivizes senior executives on business expansion.

Mr. Aberman has a Juris Doctorate and LL.M. (Master in Corporate Law) from New York University School of Law with a BA/MA in Law from Cambridge University, Downing College, and a MSc in International Economics from The London School of Economics.