Thor nabs Town’s lawyer following Heiberger, Sitt buyout

Kristin Luciano will be associate counsel at development firm
By Katherine Clarke | August 17, 2016 12:00PM

Thor Equities has hired away Town Residential’s in-house attorney, less than a month after Thor CEO Joe Sitt sold his stake in the brokerage.

Kristin Luciano, who worked for more than three years at Town, will be associate counsel at the development and investment firm, according to Thor. In her new position, she will provide counsel on legal and contractual matters including retail leasing, construction contracts and service agreements.

Luciano declined to comment.

She will be replaced at Town by Neil Weiss, formerly of Arch Insurance Group.

Luciano, who resigned from her position at Town June 30,  departed before the buyout deal was announced. Other recent departures include that of Itzy Garay, the company’s executive vice president of sales and leasing. Lina Vivano, Town’s director of professional development and a five-year veteran of the company, recently took over management of the company’s Astor Place office, assuming some of Garay’s responsibilities.

Town founder Andrew Heiberger could not be immediately reached for comment.

Luciano had most recently been involved in defending Town in its legal battle with former president of sales Wendy Maitland, who claimed Sitt had starved the company of financial resources. That lawsuit is still pending.