Dana Bergmann '15 currently
interns at the Windsor Development Group, a commercial real estate
development company based out of Clifton Park, N.Y., where one of her
primary responsibilities is to draft, create and test policies for the
first phase of a residential property project.
The Windsor Development Group has 20 years of
experience in professional property management and focused acquisition
of commercial and mixed-use properties. Windsor’s approach to its
projects is to acquire, develop and manage properties for long-term
ownership and growth throughout New York, as well as Florida.
The residential project, The Hamlet at
Slingerlands, is the first phase of the Windsor Development Group’s
residential venture. Bergmann helps to streamline their system by taking
care of issues that are occurring for the first time and creating the
policies for projects that can be followed and used as a model for
future developments. There are currently six buildings and 50 units of
luxury apartments in the complex that are now on the market. Bergmann is
still heavily involved, as she works in the leasing office, working on
marketing efforts, interacting with various contracted maintenance
companies, and often helping to lease units.
Bergmann credits Albany Law School's
connection to its alumni with how she managed to obtain the intern
position at the Windsor Development Group. She met Robert Miller, the
CEO of the company and member of the board of trustees at Albany Law, on
campus at "Alternative Careers with a J.D.," a panel event in April
2014 about alumni who use their degrees in non-traditional ways. She
happened to ask a question that caught the interest of Miller, who
approached her after the panel. It turned out that Miller knew
Bergmann's grandfather from a previous development project. After
emailing and visiting Miller’s office a few times, Bergmann became an
intern for his company.
"Alumni here love talking to students and
really encourage us," Bergmann says. "It’s great to have connections
that really care about the students—it’s something that I didn’t
experience at this level until I came to Albany Law. There’s such a
sense of community here, and it’s really reassuring to know that
everyone is actually excited to help you in the development of your
Bergmann is from East Greenbush, N.Y., and
received her undergraduate degree in mass communications from Iona
College in New Rochelle, N.Y. She always knew that she wanted to be in
the business field, but law school appealed to her over getting an MBA
because of the unique structure of learning that law students'
In addition, Bergmann has been surrounded by
lawyers for many years, as her mother and four cousins attended Albany
Law School. She interned in New York City for Social Media Link, a
BrandShare company, working with clients on their online marketing, and
for SLU, a high fashion online magazine. Both of these experiences
reinforced her desire to go into business.
"The business side of taking something, even a vague idea, to a profitable reality is really interesting," says Bergmann.
In the fall, Bergmann will be a part of the
Tax and Transactions Law Clinic, in which students gain meaningful
experience in representing diverse clients with tax-related issues.
During the semester, Bergmann will have the opportunity to negotiate
with the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Department of
Taxation and Finance, giving her applied experience in tax and
"The clinic will give me more of a hands-on
perspective of dispute resolution in terms of tax and transactions,"
says Bergmann. "It will be very useful to any future position where
there is large capital involved."
By Eirinn Norrie