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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Melanie Meyers

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Real Estate; Land Use, Construction and Development; Environmental

Position

Melanie Meyers is a partner in Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department, resident in the New York office. Ms. Meyers' practice focuses on real estate development, with an emphasis on land use, zoning and structuring complex projects, environmental review, public approvals, and private/public partnerships. Her clients include The Georgetown Company, Related Companies, Forest City Ratner Companies, Columbia University, Jamestown Properties, Hospital for Special Surgery, Park Tower Group, Verizon Communications, Rudin Management Company, Inc., Cornell University and Alchemy Properties.

Career

Ms. Meyers joined the Firm in 2003 as a partner. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Meyers served as general counsel to the New York City Department of City Planning. From 1994 to 1997, she was an adjunct professor in the Real Estate Development Program at Columbia University. From 1993 to 1994 Ms. Meyers was an associate professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and an assistant professor from 1990 to 1993.

Member

Ms. Meyers is a member of WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate and the New York City Bar Association. She is also on the Board of Governors of Real Estate Board of New York and on the advisory board of Real Estate Law Reporter.

Education

Ms. Meyers received her JD from Columbia Law School in 1987, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and editor and board member of Law Review and her BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982.


United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s ‘dominant’ New York offering is led by industry standout Jonathan Mechanic, who has a ‘powerful practice’ representing clients such as Citigroup and Coach. Mechanic, along with Tal Golomb, Melanie Meyers and Robert Sorin, continued to advise the Related Companies on many aspects of the development at Hudson Yards; the team also represented tenants in relation to the major redevelopment project and, in one example, counsel Stephen Lefkowitz acted for Time Warner in the $1.5bn development and purchase of a new headquarters at 30 Hudson Yards. Another name to note on the dirt side is Joshua Mermelstein, whose impressive caseload included acting for Brookfield Asset Management on the $1.03bn purchase of over 120 self-storage facilities in 16 states as well as Puerto Rico. The ‘incredibly strong’ debt finance group includes the ‘energetic and creativeMichael Barker, who handled a range of construction loan and mortgage loan financings for various investment fund lenders, including Children’s Investment Fund and Blackstone Group. In addition to the New York office, where all attorneys named thus far are based, the practice has a ‘small but strong’ office in Washington DC led by Franz Rassman. Rassman, along with Sorin and Golomb, assisted Tishman Speyer with the $270m redevelopment of Macy’s Downtown Brooklyn store.

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United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

Within: Leading lawyers

Melanie Meyers - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Within: Land use/zoning

The ‘excellent’ New York-based team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is home to ‘some of the best land use attorneys in New York, who are also easy to work with’. The team is headed by Stephen Lefkowitz, who alongside Melanie Meyers continued to advice the Related Companies on various approvals for the $20bn Hudson Yards development; the group has been working on approvals for ground leases affecting various projects, including the retail podium and residential and office buildings. High-value commercial and residential developments are the mainstay of the practice, and other prominent projects include the development of 550 Madison Avenue by the Saudi conglomerate Olayan America; Carol Rosenthal led the advice. Zachary Bernstein and Tal Golomb are also key names in the team.

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