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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

ONE NEW YORK PLAZA, NEW YORK, NY 10004, USA
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Stephen Lefkowitz

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Real estate, land use, construction and development, pro bono, acquisitions, dispositions and related financings

Position

Stephen Lefkowitz is of counsel in Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department, resident in the New York office. Mr. Lefkowitz focuses his practice on real estate development, with an emphasis on land use, zoning and structuring large-scale, complex projects involving public/private development and financing arrangements. He also represents companies in structuring tax and other municipal incentives with New York City and State.

Career

Mr. Lefkowitz joined Fried Frank as a partner in 2003. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Lefkowitz held various positions. From 1976 to 1982, he was an associate professor at Columbia University School of Law. In 1976, he served as counsel to the New York State Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development. From 1971 to 1975, he served as general counsel to the New York State Urban Development Corporation (Empire State Development Corporation) and had previously served as special assistant counsel to Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller.

Member

Secretary, Board of Directors, Executive Committee of the Alliance for Downtown New York

Education

Mr. Lefkowitz received his LLB from Harvard Law School in 1962, magna cum laude, and his BA from Yale University in 1959, summa cum laude.


United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s ‘heavyweight’ practice has recently advised on numerous acquisitions and disposals of assets, mortgage and construction financings, joint ventures and leasing matters in the New York area. The team also has a strong national reach and, with the support of its Washington DC office, regularly handles single-asset and portfolio transactions across the US. Notable recent work included representing The Related Companies and BlackRock in various matters related to the development of Hudson Yards, a $20bn development project in New York City; acting for Brookfield Property Partners regarding its various leases in the Manhattan West development to the National Hockey League, McKool Smith and Accenture; and advising Paramount Group on its joint venture with Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC. Leading figures include Jonathan Mechanic, a ‘go-to lawyer in the New York-based development space’, who advises a range of developers, investors and lenders on commercial real estate transactions, and counsel Stephen Lefkowitz, who focuses on land use, zoning and large-scale project structuring. Tal Golomb and Robert Sorin are also names to note, and recently acted for The Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust in the $1.6bn redevelopment of Penn Station. Recently-promoted partner Valerie Kelly is a key figure in Washington DC, handling large commercial leases on behalf of landlords and tenants. Matthew Parrott joined in 2017 is a co-chair of the firm’s real estate litigation practice.

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United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

Within: Land use/zoning

The top notch New York-based practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is praised for its ‘deep knowledge of land use issues and partners with long experience in the private and public sector’. ‘Strategic and tactical’ co-practice head Melanie Meyers advises, alongside of counsel Stephen Lefkowitz and Tal Golomb (who handles the transactional side), Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust on the $1.6bn redevelopment of the James A. Farley post office building into a new train hall as part of the redevelopment of Penn Station. In another highlight, the team advised Maefield Development on the purchase of a leasehold stake in 1568 Broadway, a hotel in the middle of Times Square; the team is handling the zoning approvals for the historic site that will be part of a $1.8bn hotel-retail-signage and food and beverage redevelopment. Carol Rosenthal and Zachary Bernstein are other names to note.

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