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USA Guide

Real Estate — New York

Senior Statesperson

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leonard Boxer is respected by peers as "a real leader at the real estate Bar." He has extensive experience handling an array of complex commercial real estate transactions.

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Senior Statesperson

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Edelman is described by market sources as "the most well-connected counselor who has ever practiced real estate law in New York," and also praised for "his great work ethic." He is vastly experienced advising on a wide range of real estate transactions, including complex, cross-border deals.

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Senior Statesperson

Benjamin F Needell

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Benjamin Needell is "a super practical lawyer; very deal oriented and exceptional at cutting through to the heart of the issue," sources comment. He has extensive experience handling complex real estate transactions on behalf of a wide range of clients.

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Senior Statesperson

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Eugene Pinover "has an ability to see the big picture very quickly," commentators report, adding that "he understands the business ramifications of transaction and is a skilled negotiator." He has extensive experience handling complex real estate transactions for domestic and international clients.

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Senior Statesperson

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Simkin "has impressed us with his ability to strategize in difficult, unexpected situations, with regards to real estate transactions," one client asserts. He possesses significant experience across a range of real estate transactions, including leasing, acquisitions, financings and development projects.

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Star Individuals

Jonathan L Mechanic

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Mechanic is renowned for his expertise handling a wide range of complex and market-leading real estate transactions. One impressed client comments: "He possesses great knowledge of legal matters while also bringing a brilliant business mind to the negotiating table," adding: "His insight and expertise are critical to our success."

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Band 1

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Ivanhoe is highly regarded for his significant experience advising on complex real estate transactions. Sources report: "Rob Ivanhoe is an outstanding lawyer and great deal-maker. He can cut through nonsense and get right to the point, and has very good business sense."

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Band 1

Joshua Mermelstein

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Mermelstein is a "sophisticated, highly qualified and experienced lawyer," according to sources, who continue: "He is pretty academic and he finds solutions." He has extensive experience across a broad array of transactional matters, including fund formation, restructuring and construction-related issues.

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Band 1

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Jay Neveloff has extensive experience handling complex real estate transactions and is highlighted for his significant knowledge of condominium matters. One client comments: "He's one of our most trusted advisers and is highly effective in deploying his resources for us."

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Band 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Sernau is praised for his "deep experience in all manner of real estate matters" by sources, with others adding: "He'll get it done quickly and easily." He is highly regarded in the market and frequently handles high-profile and complex transactions.

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Band 1

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chris Smith is highly regarded by sources as "a terrific business lawyer," and they go on to say that "he is very well versed and very well integrated" in the real estate transactional space. He has significant experience advising a broad client base on complex deals.

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Band 1

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One client attests that Robert Sorin demonstrates "excellent negotiating skills, excellent judgment and a thorough understanding of the market and our business." His work ranges broadly across the hotel, residential, retail, office and mixed-use asset classes.

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Band 1

Robert J Wertheimer

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients report that Robert Wertheimer "takes all our interests to heart," while another comments: "He's been not only a great lawyer but also a really good adviser and sounding board." He has significant experience handling a range of commercial real estate matters, including development and acquisition transactions.

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Band 2

Eric M Feuerstein

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Eric Feuerstein "not only excels in his job but has the ability to build an extremely strong team around him," sources enthuse. He possesses significant expertise across a wide range of real estate matters, including financings, debt restructuring and joint venture transactions.

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Band 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harris Freidus has "a wealth of real estate experience, is completely dialed in with the market and is able to provide strategic guidance," comment clients. He has a broad-based real estate practice with experience across acquisition, financing and development transactions.

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Band 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Meredith Kane is "a top-notch lawyer. She has excellent knowledge and is very easy to work with," clients say. She has significant experience handling complex matters in the New York real estate arena, and frequently acts for a number of high-profile clients.

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Band 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "knowledgeable and experienced" Steven Klein is experienced handling a diverse spectrum of transactional real estate functions. His areas of expertise include acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures.

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Band 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Lance is well regarded in the market for his considerable ability advising a wide range of clients on complex real estate transactions and financing matters. Sources report: "He has very strong and relevant real estate experience," with another adding: "He has strong technical skills."

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Band 2

Jeffrey A Lenobel

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Lenobel is "very experienced, great at seeing the big picture and handling big, important concepts," sources report. He acts for a broad client base featuring developers, lenders, borrowers and real estate funds. His experience includes handling acquisition, joint venture and restructuring matters.

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Band 2

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Moskowitz offers particular strength handling a range of commercial real estate transactions, including financing, M&A and joint venture issues. A source says: "He is sharp, a very quick study and approaches our representation as though he was an extension of our firm," with another reporting: "He is a confident deal-maker with a great skill set."

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Band 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Polevoy "has outstanding expertise and knowledge," say market sources, who also highlight "his excellent understanding of the client's interests and needs." He has experience handling a wide range of complex real estate transactions, often acting for developer and investor clients.

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Band 2

Stephen L Rabinowitz

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Rabinowitz handles a broad range of commercial real estate matters for a client base of asset managers, private equity funds, investors and developers. One client comments: "He has provided exceptional service. He is a deal-maker and able to assist on the business side."

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Band 2

Wallace L Schwartz

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Wallace Schwartz has a broad transactional real estate practice encompassing experience across a range of matters, including joint venture, restructuring and development transactions. An impressed client says: "He is very practical, very calm, and able to take the tension out of a room and align interests between parties," and another lauds: "He is amazing. I value his opinions and insight."

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Band 3

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Marco Caffuzzi is described as "an extremely talented, practical problem solver" by market commentators who add: "He is very smart and efficient." He possesses experience across real estate acquisition, disposition and development matters.

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Band 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Dady is "at the top of his game in terms of expertise in the marketplace and he's very good at dealing with problems proactively," according to one impressed client. His real estate practice focuses on handling a broad range of financing and corporate transactional matters.

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Band 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients "think tremendously" of Peter Fisch, observing that "he is incredibly efficient and has a great practice." He advises a broad client base on an array of real estate transactional matters including M&A, development and financing issues.

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Band 3

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Herz "brings a lot of practical experience to the table," note clients, who report that "his practice is driven by sound advice." He has experience acting for a broad spectrum of clients on complex transactions, with notable expertise in leasing matters.

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Band 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Hisiger is well regarded in the market for his considerable experience handling a broad range of real estate financing and transactional matters. Clients comment: "He has an amazing ability to understand the issues, he gets into the weeds and understands the nuances."

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Band 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Irwin advises across a wide array of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures. One source comments: "He is quite constructive in approaching a transaction in a commercial manner and getting through it with no undue risk to us," with another adding: "I always feel that he's looking out for us and our interests."

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Band 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Kleinman is recognized by his peers as "very affable and effective," as well as "very smart and very commercial." His wide-ranging work in the real estate arena encompasses advising clients on complex financing, debt restructuring and M&A transactional matters.

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Band 3

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Eric Landau is "very business minded, smart, thoughtful and a pleasure to deal with," sources observe. He has experience handling a range of complex transactions, including acquisition, disposition and mixed-use development matters. He often acts for leading institutional investors and developers.

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Band 3

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Olsen "knows how to get a deal done. He is practical and has the gravitas to negotiate," say sources. He is well regarded for his experience advising a diverse client base on complex real estate transactional matters.

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Band 3

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Saft of Holland & Knight LLP is highlighted for his expertise in condominium and development matters. One source praises him, saying: "My experience with him has been A-plus. Stuart is a pleasure to work with and gives the best, most practical guidance."

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Band 3

Raymond A Sanseverino

Loeb & Loeb LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's real estate practice Raymond Sanseverino is "tremendously responsive and knowledgeable," say sources, with others adding: "He prides himself on his experience and he brings all that to bear." He has extensive experience handling an array of leasing matters, acting for both landlords and tenants.

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Band 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carl Schwartz of Hunton & Williams LLP has significant experience across a range of complex real estate matters, including financing, joint venture and leasing transactions.

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Band 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ross Silver is experienced handling an array of transactional matters, including acquisitions, leasing and joint venture issues. He is adept in both portfolio and single-asset deals. Sources report: "Ross has an exceptionally strong eye for detail, has extensive experience, is always practical and cuts to the chase."

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Band 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Silvera is noted for his experience in the real estate market, skilled across a range of commercial transactions including financing, acquisition and disposition matters across a spectrum of asset classes.

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Band 3

Joshua Stein PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Stein of Joshua Stein PLLC has extensive experience advising a range of clients across both transactional and contentious real estate concerns. His areas of expertise include ground and space leases, defaulted loan disputes and development matters.

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Band 3

Davis & Gilbert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Uram has significant experience across an array of complex leasing transactions and is often sought out for his expertise by market-leading corporations and major landlords. Clients attest: "You sleep better knowing that he's working on your matters."

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Band 4

Robert I Bressman

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Bressman of Mayer Brown LLP is "very intelligent, experienced and practical," say sources. He has a broad commercial real estate practice, with expertise across joint venture, leasing and development transactions.

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Band 4

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Canter "has a good transactional approach, represents his client well and is very practical," sources report. He is experienced handling a range of transactional real estate matters, and is highlighted for his particular expertise across condominium matters.

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Band 4

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Drewes is "very intelligent and responsive," say clients, who go on to highlight that "he has a very client-first mentality." His practice encompasses experience handling complex real estate transactions for an array of clients.

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Band 4

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Endick is "always willing to help and make himself available," comment clients, who report that "he immerses himself in his client's business and advocates to the utmost." He has experience in a range of real estate transactions, with notable expertise across leasing matters.

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Band 4

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Godman is "very smart, dedicated, knowledgeable and quick on his feet, but also calm and collected," commentators report. He acts for a broad spectrum of clients in complex real estate transactions, including financing, development and leasing matters.

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Band 4

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Henry is "not only extremely smart, but extremely calm and practical. He always figures out how to get things done," report clients. He offers ability handling transactional real estate matters for domestic and international clients.

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Band 4

Adam Leitman Bailey

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Leitman Bailey of Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has considerable experience handling high-value real estate litigation. Clients report: "He's a great negotiator, he's whip smart but, most importantly, Adam is very creative and strategic."

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Band 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Levy has notable experience acting for a wide range of clients on complex real estate transactions. His areas of expertise include joint venture, restructuring and leasing matters. He also demonstrates expertise in cross-border deals.

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Band 4

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Lichter of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is "a good deal-maker, a smart negotiator and very client service focused," according to market sources. He acts for a range of clients, including property owners, developers and financial institutions, across a range of real estate market transactions.

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Band 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Miller advises commercial clients across an array of real estate transactions including financing, joint ventures and acquisition matters. Clients comment: "He is excellent and a pleasure to work with."

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Band 4

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Moerdler of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has considerable expertise advising clients on a wide range of transactional and contentious real estate matters. "We were so glad he was on our side," one client comments, adding: "He was an absolute pleasure to deal with, always had our best interest at heart and had a wealth of experience."

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Band 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Pattiz of McDermott Will & Emery LLP is praised by sources for his "very keen business sense" and his "tremendous depth of experience." He has notable experience in a range of commercial transactions including acquisitions, leasing and financings.

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Band 4

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Rishty of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP "is amazing; he's one of the smartest lawyers I know and has a wide breadth of experience," an impressed source comments. He offers considerable ability across a wide range of transactions, including financing and debt restructuring often acting for both borrowers and lenders.

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Band 4

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of the firm's New York real estate practice Neil Rock has notable expertise across an array of real estate transactions. One source comments: "He is very creative, has a wealth of experience and can solve problems," with another highlighting: "He is an incredibly strategic thinker."

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Band 4

Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Ross of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP is described as "an excellent attorney" by clients. His commercial real estate practice displays particular expertise in advising high-value property owners across acquisitions and dispositions.

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Band 4

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Safron is described as "smart and levelheaded" by a commentator who highlights that "his advice, both legal and business, is faultless." He possesses extensive experience across a wide range of real estate transactions.

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Band 4

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen Scanna is "terrific and very thoughtful," reports a client, with another commenting: "The service provided was superb." She offers strength across an array of transactions, including financing, acquisition and development matters.

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Band 4

Loeb & Loeb LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Sold is "extremely responsive to my needs," comments one client, who also lauds: "His expertise and knowledge within his field is stellar." He offers skill handling a range of commercial real estate matters, including sales, acquisitions and commercial leasing.

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