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USA Guide

Real Estate — New York

We do not rank firms for this territory and specialism but we rank individuals.

Senior Statesmen

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leonard Boxer remains a highly respected and senior figure on the New York real estate scene. Sources describe him as "a dean of the real estate Bar" and note his "great contacts in the business community."

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Senior Statesmen

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Edelman continues to win plaudits in the market for his experience and judgment. Sources describe him as a "dean of the real estate Bar" and "a gifted businessman and lawyer." 

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Senior Statesmen

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Benjamin Needell is noted as a "dean of the real estate world in New York." He is described as "incredibly experienced and is almost a confidant to his clients." 

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Senior Statesmen

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators admire Eugene Pinover's ability to get commercial deals over the line. Sources say: "He has a real presence in negotiations. He has a way of commanding respect. I see clients rely on him not just as a lawyer but also as an adviser on fundamental questions."

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Star Individuals

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Mechanic operates at the very top of the market, advising clients on high-stakes transactional matters. One client enthuses: "Having him associated with a deal brings instant credibility as he knows everyone and has been through everything before. There is no better, he's a true deal-maker."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Ivanhoe is "a fabulous negotiator" with a fantastically broad real estate practice. He frequently advises clients on joint venture, REIT, financing, restructuring and transactional issues. Interviewees say: "He tries to find solutions to get the deal done and understands not just the legal aspect but the business aspect too."

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Mermelstein is hugely respected for work representing a wide range of actors on transactional real estate matters. Client say: "He's smart and practical and is very calm." Commentators also note how he is "two steps ahead of everyone intellectually."

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jay Neveloff has extensive experience dealing in the New York real estate market. He has particular expertise on condominium issues. Sources describe him as "a very fine attorney" and say: "He looks after his clients, is always available and responsive, and is very knowledgeable in the business."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Sernau is highly experienced on sophisticated dirt transactions and leasing matters. Interviewees say: "He is smart and pragmatic," and: "He cuts to the chase on fair resolutions, but is a great deal-maker."

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Simkin is well regarded for his real estate acquisition, leasing, development and financing work. Sources say: "He is a strong negotiator with lots of experience in lots of matters as well as in difficult transactions."

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chris Smith is an accomplished real estate practitioner with a broad range of transactional skill. Interviewees say: "He has superb experience as he's so familiar with transactions. He is not just a lawyer but also sees it from a business perspective."

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Sorin focuses his practice on transactional real estate matters. Sources praise his practical appreciation of the big picture when negotiating deals: "He is an excellent technical lawyer and doesn't get bogged down with minutiae. He sees the forest for the trees."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Wertheimer is lauded for his brilliant transactional and financing practice which frequently sees him advising clients on billion-dollar deals. Clients say: "He is an unbelievable lawyer. In challenging and antagonistic situations he inserts humor, rationale and creativity."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Real estate group head Eric Feuerstein's practice focuses on transactional real estate matters including financings, acquisitions and restructurings. Commentators say: "He's very practical at getting deals to work for everybody. I feel he lives and breathes my business's wellbeing."

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harris Freidus regularly advises investors and owners on acquisitions, financings and debt structuring concerns. An admiring source professes: "I think the world of him, he is a very creative and smart guy."

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Meredith Kane is deeply respected by the market for her experience and skill on real estate development and transaction matters. Clients say: "She is extremely knowledgeable and has great experience in complicated deals. She can be very firm but brings an incredibly positive attitude."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Klein is "hugely cost-effective and time-effective counsel" for his clients on transactional matters. He is adept at dealing with joint ventures, financings, developments and restructurings. Interviewees laud him for being both "tireless and highly practical."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Lance possesses a fine transactional and financing practice. Interviewees speak of "a very sharp, thoughtful real estate lawyer" who "gets the best position for clients while not trampling on counterparties."

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Lenobel is a "trusted adviser" to a wide range of real estate clients on financing and transactional matters. Sources praise him for being "incredibly sharp" and "proactive" on deals.

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Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Moskowitz is a hugely respected transactional and financing real estate attorney. Interviewees attest: "He is an extremely quick study and drives forward to get to the best business result. He doesn't over-negotiate the points that don't need to be negotiated and has a great business mentality."

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Polevoy possesses an impressive practice assisting developers and investors on complex real estate development deals. Clients describe him as "very good to work with as he will advocate on behalf of his client very strongly while still being very reasonable."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Rabinowitz is co-managing shareholder of the firm's New York office. He is noted in the market for his "really good reputation as a technical lawyer," according to sources. He is active on both financing and transactional matters.

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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Wallace Schwartz is noted by clients for his effective and even-keeled approach to negotiating deals. Clients say: "He is extremely balanced, frank and thorough. He's extremely diligent, responsive, smart and reliable."

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Joshua Stein PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Stein of Joshua Stein PLLC has experience in a broad range of real estate work including leasing, dirt and finance. Sources praise him as "a really smart, practical lawyer and a leader of our Bar."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Marco Caffuzzi centers his practice on transactional and development work for real estate actors. Sources say: "He is a reassuring adviser who's incredibly responsive and very easy to work with."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Dady centers his practice on the financing and transactional side of real estate work. Sources say: "He's an amazing negotiator who doesn't lose sight of the end goal. He ensures protection of the client while getting the deal done – a great business mind." 

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Fisch brings a board scope of real expertise to any matter he is on. He is particularly regarded for his work on joint ventures, M&A and financing matters. "He knows how to do a deal and is smart and practical," as well as being "very responsive and creative," according to sources.

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Herz is highly respected for his work for both landlords and tenants in the leasing space. Clients attest: "He gets the job done, is efficient and knowledgeable, and is wonderful to deal with."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Hisiger possesses "amazing knowledge of the market" and is recognized for his transactional and financing work for major real estate actors. Sources say: "He is superbly responsive, thoughtful and helpful. He really cares."

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Irwin is an "exceptionally levelheaded" attorney with a broad transactional real estate practice. Sources say: "He is very seasoned, and brings a unique ability to balance the big picture with a thorough understanding of the details."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Kleinman is well known for his work advising clients on high-stakes transactional real estate matters. He is highly esteemed for his mezzanine financing work. He is described by sources as "tremendous, and really technically adept." 

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Landau focuses on real estate development and transactional matters. Sources attest that he is "smart and effective, with a good depth of knowledge."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Olsen has broad real estate practice representing financial institutions and real estate owners. Sources say: "He's a great lawyer and a real leader. He keeps an eye on what's really important in transactions and doesn't cause unnecessary hostility or personal ego."

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Saft of Holland & Knight LLP is regarded as "a guru of condominium law in New York City." He acted for HFZ Capital on the redevelopment of a freight yard on Eleventh Avenue creating two residential towers and retail premises.

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Loeb & Loeb LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Sanseverino is highly regarded for his work advising both landlords and tenants on commercial leases. Commentators say: "He is one of the most knowledgeable and skilled negotiators for large commercial leases. He really knows his stuff and is very good at trying to protect us."

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Hunton & Williams LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carl Schwartz of Hunton & Williams LLP brings a strong understanding of real estate finance and transactional work. Sources say: "He is smart, pragmatic and well connected. A real deal-maker."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Silvera regularly works closely with real estate investors and owners on transactional matters. Commentators say: "He is very smart but also offers practical good advice. He is not just a stickler for what the documents say."

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Davis & Gilbert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Uram is well regarded for his experience on leasing matters. His client roster includes household names such as Associated Press, which he advised on the lease for its headquarters at 200 Liberty Street, New York.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Bressman of Mayer Brown LLP has experience advising his clients on leasing, development and property acquisition matters. A client says: "I would take him on a deal any day of the week as he doesn't feel the need to one-up you, but deals in a very professional manner."

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Drewes centers his practice on real estate transactions and financings. Clients describe him as "a really smart lawyer who understands the business issues well. He is able to manage and build strong relationships with opposing counsel."

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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Endick is a "very business-minded" attorney who focuses his practice in the leasing space. Commentators attest: "He's smart, fast on the documents and what's market and what's achievable."

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Godman focuses his practice on assisting clients with transactional, financing, leasing and development issues. He wins plaudits from clients as an "expert in the field. He gives very good advice and is very responsive."

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Henry is a "very business-minded" attorney who is "great at cutting through the chaos and coming up with something that makes business sense." His work focuses on transactions and financings.

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Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Leitman Bailey of Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. is well known in the market as "a great condominium law guy" and as a strong litigation practitioner.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Levy is very experienced on joint venture and transactional matters in the real estate space. Sources attest: "He is extremely practical and fights for his client but does so in a friendly and accommodating way, which makes him a pleasure to deal with."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Miller has a broad practice encompassing joint ventures and real estate finance, as well as purchase and sale matters. He is acclaimed as "great at distilling complicated transactions into the points that need to be argued."

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Moerdler of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC is well regarded for his development and transactional work. Sources praise him as an attorney who is "smart, charming and understands what he's doing."

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Pattiz of McDermott Will & Emery LLP brings impressive experience to real estate transactions. His work on hotel M&A is particularly noted. Sources say: "He maintains great relationships with both sides of the table; both sides look to him for a reasonable outcome."

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Rishty of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is retained by both lenders and borrowers on sophisticated transactional work. Sources say: "He is a fantastic lawyer who has a complete understanding of both the legal and business sides of a transaction."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Neil Rock heads up the firm's New York real estate group. He is highly regarded for his transactional practice. Clients note his easygoing and effective negotiation style: "He is a good problem solver who helps you come up with ideas that both sides can live with."

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Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Ross of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP focuses on representing real estate owners on acquisition and sale of assets. Clients say: "He anticipates issues and our needs well when drafting our agreements."

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Safron has a broad real estate practice and is particularly well thought of for his leasing work. He is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer in the detail of a deal, and extremely thorough."

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Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen Scanna is a broadly experienced real estate partner with a strong transactional and financing focus. She is described by sources as "a very strong lawyer with a very good developer representation practice."

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ross Silver centers his practice on transactional matters and is active on joint ventures, acquisition and deposition deals. Interviewees describe him as "a great sounding board and a great quarterback of multiple groups."

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Loeb & Loeb LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Sold is an experienced leasing attorney with years of experience in the New York market. Clients say: "He is a good negotiator and good at not getting sidetracked by minutiae. He has a great feel for what's important." 

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