Douglas Elliman Realty announced today that Deva Roberts has been named Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Kenneth Haber, who has served as the firm’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel since 2004, will remain at the brokerage in a business advisory role as Senior Managing Director.
“I am delighted for Deva to assume this critical role so capably and expertly performed by Ken Haber for the past 19 years,” said Howard M. Lorber, Executive Chairman of Douglas Elliman. “Ken was our first hire upon acquiring Douglas Elliman and he was instrumental in the growth of the company to its current position as the premiere residential brokerage in the country. I want to congratulate Deva on this well-deserved promotion and express my gratitude to Ken for agreeing to extend his many years of dedicated and invaluable service to Douglas Elliman as Senior Managing Director.”
“I can think of no one better qualified than Deva to succeed Ken Haber,” said Scott Durkin, Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Elliman Realty. “I’m very much looking forward to working with her in this new capacity and delighted that Ken will remain part of the Elliman community.”
Prior to joining Elliman in January 2022, Roberts was a litigator at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP for over a decade. She has represented corporations, partnerships, financial institutions, real estate companies and individuals in compliance and investigations, as well as disputes involving contracts, intellectual property and fraud in federal and state courts.
“I am humbled to be entrusted with this responsibility and deeply grateful to Ken Haber for his guidance and support in transitioning into my new role,” said Roberts. “In the year since joining Douglas Elliman, we have been on an astonishing growth trajectory, and I am thrilled to play a part in what lies ahead for this great company.”
Roberts holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a JD from New York Law School, where she served as an editor of the New York Law School Law Review. She is a regular contributing legal commentator on cable news networks, including CNN and Fox Business.
“Serving as General Counsel for Douglas Elliman truly has been the highlight of my professional career,” said Haber. “Having worked closely with Deva over the past year, I can attest to her legal intellect and work ethic. I look forward to continuing to work with her as she helps guide the company into the future.”