Leigh Pollet is the founder and President of Pollet Associates, ltd. Pollet Associates is a full service real estate appraisal and consulting firm, conducting valuations of residential and commercial property. While the firm conducts valuations for lenders, the majority of its work is for law firms and individual attorneys, accountants, auditors and other non-lender clients, for both litigation and non-litigation work.
Pollet Associates was founded in 1994. Mr. Pollet sold his interest in the company in 2005 and reacquired it in 2009. In the interim, Leigh was a top producing private mortgage banker for both residential and commercial properties until he was sought out to start a new appraisal division for the nation’s largest lender. That division grew to conduct over $2 billion/year in valuations. During his tenure, Mr. Pollet uncovered and prevented in excess of $150 million in fraudulent appraisals and loans from being perpetrated on the lender.
Prior to Pollet Associates, Leigh served as a corporate officer and Chief Appraiser for several major financial institutions, including starting and managing appraisal divisions for two, and starting one of the nation’s first bank-owned appraisal management companies. He has also written extensively on real estate appraisal matters (one of his articles is reported to have had over 17,000 “hits” and is used in court testimony) and has taught real estate appraisal courses. As an “expert witness”, Leigh has been qualified by, and testified in front of various courts in New York and Connecticut, as well as various government agencies. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and has a Masters in Land Use Planning and Public Policy Analysis from Adelphi University. He has taken and passed his NY State “General” courses, but maintains his Certified Residential licensure. In his “spare” time, he is a nationally recognized track and field coach (he has coached a numerous Olympians and “All-Americans”) and is a member of South-Shore/Long Beach 1126 F&AM, Freeport-Long Island Chapter 302 of the Royal Arch and a charter member of the Uniondale United Kiwanis Club.