R. James (Roc) DeRose, Jr.
Founder and Managing Partner

Roc DeRose, Jr. is the founding and managing partner of DeRose & Surico and has practiced law continually for over forty years. Prior to finding DeRose & Surico, he was a division counsel for Citibank where he practiced corporate law. Roc was employed by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office from 1969-1973.

Roc has spent his career specializing in real estate law, successfully representing both individual and institutional clients. Roc also represents builders in the acquisition, development and sale of both residential and commercial properties.

He has represented major commercial lending institutions for decades in the areas of residential and commercial lending and default litigation.

Roc also practices in the field of trust and estates for individuals, from the preparation and execution of testamentary documents through surrogate proceedings.

Roc is a graduate of St. Peter’s College and New York Law School, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.

Vincent Surico

Vincent is a partner of DeRose & Surico and has practiced law for over thirty-five years. Prior to joining DeRose & Surico he was an associate at Hess, Chase & Burns, representing Ridgewood Savings Bank in real estate transactions, bankruptcy proceedings and foreclosure proceedings.

For his entire career Vincent has specialized in real estate. He is a recognized leader in the area of institutional real estate, representing lenders in foreclosure proceeding and bankruptcy matters. Vincent also manages DeRose & Surico’s residential closing department. Vincent is singularly experienced in the areas of title clearance, lending compliance and the clearance of lending files.

Vincent is responsible for instruction and training of all staff and litigation oversight.

Vincent maintains a thriving private real estate practice as well as a practice in trusts and estates and commercial litigation.

Vincent graduated St. John’s University and St. John’s University Law School.

Bruce Ashbahian

Bruce Ashbahian is a partner of DeRose & Surico, and has been practicing law since 1989. Bruce first joined the firm as an intern while in law school, and later re-joined the firm as an associate following his law school graduation.

Bruce practices in the area of transactional real estate, representing both institutional and individual clients, advising and representing them in the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of residential and commercial real property as well as most residential and commercial landlord/tenant matters. Bruce’s practice also includes all aspects of residential and commercial foreclosures, representing institutional, as well as private lenders. Bruce also handles commercial transactions representing both purchasers and sellers of businesses including related matters such as setting up corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and drafting shareholder and partnership agreements.

Bruce’s responsibilities at the firm include litigation training of support staff as well as liaison to institutional clients in connection with contested matters.

Bruce also serves, or has served the community as either legal advisor, board member or committee member of several New York and/or national not-for profit organizations.

Bruce is a graduate of St. John’s University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as St. John’s University School of Law where he earned the degree of Juris Doctor.

Bruce is licensed to practice laws in the States of New York and Florida. He is also admitted to the United States Bankruptcy Court and District Court(s) for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York.

Rosemarie Ashbahian

Rosemarie Ashbahian is an associate of DeRose & Surico. She is a 1993 graduate of Queens College and a 1998 graduate of Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1999. For over 15 years she has concentrated her practice on real estate law representing, individuals and entities in the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of residential, commercial and mixed use properties with a special emphasis on cooperative and condominium transactions. Rosemarie also practices in the areas of trusts and estates, preparing wills and related estate planning documents, including the preparation and filing of probate and administration petitions.

Rosemarie’s responsibilities at the firm include advising and representing the firm’s institutional lenders in all aspects of residential and commercial closings.

Rosemarie has been invited by various local organizations to speak on real estate matters and estate planning.