Firms To Watch: Real estate

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP acts for several of the leading real estate developers, owners, investors and REITs in the New York market on acquisition, leasing and sales of retail, office, industrial, hotels and mixed-use properties. New York based co-heads Brian Lichter and Michael Rishty are the key attorneys.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. stands out for its niche specialization in data center leasing, colocation, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), broadcast and antenna tower leasing and related telecom real estate matters. The firm concentrates its real estate transactional, finance and leasing practice in the Massachusetts and California markets, with offices in Boston and Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. The practice is led by Daniel Gaquin in Boston and San Francisco, and by Paul Churchill in San Francisco.  
Norton Rose Fulbright routinely works with corporations, institutional and private equity investors and developers on the full gamut of real estate matters, from joint ventures, acquisition of membership interests through to commercial leases. Industrial, multifamily and mixed-use properties, as well as energy project related transactions involving offshore and wind energy are a key areas of work. Based in San Antonio, John Jennings chairs the practice.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

The ‘top tier‘ team at DLA Piper LLP (US) impresses with its ‘combination of technical talent, commercial savvy, and efficiency’ and is nationally renowned for its representation of estate investors, asset managers, fund sponsors, lenders, developers and owners. Amy Carbins leads its Washington DC real estate team, which also houses the up-and-coming Lauren Rico, and senior statesman, Frederick Klein , who is the go-to advisor for domestic and offshore investors in projects throughout the US. New York’s Michael Haworth is highly experienced in acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and financings, often with a cross-border Asian/U.S nexus. ‘Top of the heap‘ practice chair John Sullivan sits in the Boston office alongside co-vice chair, Barbara Trachtenberg and the offices’ managing partner, Bryan Connolly, who concentrates on real estate development. In the same office, Cara Nelson  represents pension funds, investors and institutional funds in acquisitions, sales and financings of all asset types. Chicago’s Bradley Levy acts for many of the firms’ hospitality and healthcare sector clients in their real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

John Sullivan; Richard Klawiter; Barbara Trachtenberg

Other key lawyers:

Amy Carbins; Frederick Klein; Lauren Rico; Michael Haworth; Bryan Connolly; Bradley Levy


‘The DLA Piper real estate practice is top tier. It’s hard to find a firm that has the same combination of technical talent, commercial savvy, and efficiency. While at the same time being pleasant people and fun to work with. There’s a reason they’re the first call we make when we’re looking at a new transaction.’

‘John Sullivan – top of the heap. Really exemplary service – you always get his attention, he’s a skilled and effective technical lawyer as well as negotiator. ‘

‘Cara Nelson – It’s not surprisingly they work so well together. Efficient, practical, tough when needed but able to cut through the unnecessary aspects to get to a good result.’

‘Bryan Connolly is an exceptional real estate development lawyer – knowledgeable, strategic, creative, responsive.’

‘I truly enjoyed working with the entire DLA Real Estate team, especially with Fred Klein and Lauren Rico, who are based in DC. It was a very fluid, smooth and enjoyable working relationship and I felt confident that I was in good hands and nothing was going to slip through the cracks. I am not sure the deal would have closed without DLA.’

Key clients

AEW Capital Management

Ares Management

Artemis Real Estate

ASB Capital Management


Blackstone Real Estate Advisors

Boston Consulting Group

Boston Properties


Cabot Industrial

Carlyle Group

CBRE Global Investors

Corebridge Financial (f/k/a AIG Global Real Estate)

Eugene Asset Management

First Washington Realty

General Investment Development Group (GID)

GI Partners

Greene Courte Partners

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital


Longpoint Realty Partners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Northland Investment Corporation

Nuveen Real Estate

Oxford Properties Group/OMERS


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Shimizu Realty Development

USAA Real Estate


Veris Residential


Wheelock Street Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Harrison Street Real Estate in connection with an acquisition/joint venture ($1.225 billion enterprise valuation) with American Campus Communities of a portfolio of public-private-partnership (P3) student housing facilities located on Arizona State University’s campus.
  • Advised First Washington Realty, Inc in its multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Donahue Schriber Realty Group, Inc., a private REIT.
  • Represented Griffin Realty Trust, Inc. in the $1.132 billion sale of a 53-building national office portfolio to a joint venture of Workspace Property Trust and GIC (Minister for Finance (Singapore)).

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Smart, efficient and effective‘ is one clients’ description of the New York City-based Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP real estate group, which leverages a deep bench of expertise in all aspects of commercial real estate and financings. Spearheading its practice, Jonathan Mechanic represents developers, owners, investors and REITs in landmark transactions. ‘Top tier in all waysFiona Kelly ‘s practice has a significant international focus, often advising overseas investors on their real estate interests in the US. Private equity funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, developers and investors are her key clients. Robert Sorin advises on acquisitions of office, hotel and retail properties, while Tal Golomb works with investors, lenders and not-for-profit institutions on large-scale development projects, public/private initiatives and ground and development leases.In Washington DC, Valerie Kelly's commercial practice concentrates on large commercial leases for both landlords and tenants. Laurinda Martins , Steven Rudgayzer , Michael Werner and Alexander Sutherland  are also high recommended for their experience handling complex joint ventures and development mandates.


Practice head(s):

Jonathan Mechanic

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Kelly; Robert Sorin; Tal Golomb; Laurinda Martins; Valerie Kelly; Alexander Sutherland; Steven Rudgayzer; Michael Werner


‘They really are top of the heap in NY and across the US. They’re always the ones you want in your corner, and don’t want on the other side of the table. Smart, efficient and effective. They’ve see it all and have a very deep bench in all things real estate/corporate real estate.’

‘Fiona Kelly – top tier in all ways. Able to give the best advice – both technically and pragmatically. Highly efficient, which always makes me feel like I’m getting good value even if the rack rates seem high. She always get the business rationale underlying the deal which is invaluable – helps get the best advice to get to to the result you care about, not an academic answer.’

Key clients


IDB Group


Taconic Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Taconic Partners as part of a consortium in connection with the refinancing of multiple condominium units within “Site 3” and “Site 4” of the Essex Crossing development in New York, NY.
  • Advised BlackRock, as tenant, in connection with its headquarters relocation to 50 Hudson Yards from the Plaza District in midtown.
  • Advised IDB Group and its affiliate Property & Building International in the USD 330 million acquisition of HSBC’s US Headquarters at 452 Fifth Avenue in New York City and the lease back of over 850,000 square feet to HSBC.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP boasts significant capabilities across all aspects of real estate with regular work on the acquisition, disposition and development of high-end assets and portfolios. Expanding the practice's West coast offering, Lauren Giovannone joined the Los Angeles office from Paul Hastings LLP, and lends her expertise in the hotel, sports, restaurant and entertainment sectors. Co-chairs Eric Feuerstein (New York) and Jesse Sharf (Los Angeles) act for institutional and non-institutional investors and lenders in financings, acquisitions and restructurings. Also with a strong borrower and lender-side focus are Los Angeles partners Drew Flowers, Mike Szczurek and Sean Tierney. Based in San Francisco, Allison Kidd is active on the Bay area’s largest mixed-use developments, public-private partnerships, and ground leases.

Practice head(s):

Eric Feuerstein; Jesse Sharf

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Giovannone; Drew Flowers; Mike Szczurek; Sean Tierney

Key clients

Rockpoint Group

Hackman Capital Partners

RXR Realty



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MSD Partners




Work highlights

  • Advised Rockpoint on the $430 million acquisition of the Royal Lahaina Resort and the Ka’anapali Ocean Inn on the Island of Maui, Hawaii and related joint venture with two operating/capital partners.
  • Advised Blackstone Real Estate Advisors on the $252 million disposition of eight industrial properties in Denver, Colorado, totalling approximately 1.3 million sqft.
  • Advised KKR & Co on a $357 million acquisition, joint venture and financing of Presidential City in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Stephen Rabinowitz in New York co-leads Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s nationwide real estate practice alongside Miami’s Richard Giusto, with both highly distinguished for their expertise in commercial property acquisition and disposition, investment and development work. Also in New York, Robert J. Ivanhoe concentrates on REITs, financings, workouts and restructurings. In Chicago, Corey Light represents retailers, property owners and developers and has recently advised Greystar in the sale of a 30-property, multifamily housing portfolio to Ivanhoe Cambridge for $3.6bn. In the same office, Michael Baum advises clients in connection with the sponsorship, formation and implementation of U.S. and international, with a strong focus on Mexico and Brazil, real estate opportunity funds, joint ventures, acquisitions, financings, leasing and dispositions. From the Orange County office, Bruce Fischer chairs the West coast real estate offering. The firm also frequently advises on corollary practices such as environmental, tax, insurance, ADA and litigation.


Practice head(s):

Richard Giusto; Stephen Rabinowitz; Michael Baum

Other key lawyers:

Robert J. Ivanhoe; Bruce Fischer; Corey Light


Customer service is outstanding. Understand the need to bring in specialists from around the GT organization.

Key clients

Brookfield Properties Group

Global Student Accommodation

KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III Inc.

CBRE Investment Management

SL Green Realty Corp

Square Mile Capital Management

Starwood Capital Group

Swire Properties

The Ardent Companies

Trammell Crow

Work highlights

  • Represented KBS Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc in matters including acquisitions, dispositions, and financings in properties across the United States, including the most recent sale of 207,000 SF, three building Class A office park in Fairfax, VA for $23 million.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is best known for its expertise in asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, debt restructuring, and its extensive track record representing REITs in complex transactions. New York based Jonathan Schechter and Christopher Hartmann act for private equity investors on many of Manhattan’s top joint venture formations and preferred equity investments, for example, advising Access Industries in its joint venture with Witkoff Group for the loan-to-own acquisition of The XI, two mixed-use luxury towers located on the High Line in New York. In Chicago, Andrew Small and Rachel Brown advise funds, lenders and sponsors on private equity capital raising, investment and development of commercial real estate. Robert Keane, Jr. and Kevin Ehrhart in Los Angeles specialize in representing investment banks, commercial banks, non-regulated lenders and pension funds in real estate-related equity investments.




Practice head(s):

Jonathan Schechter; Rachel Brown; Kevin Ehrhart

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Small; Christopher Hartmann; Robert Keane, Jr.

Key clients

Starwood Capital Group

GLP Capital Partners

KKR & Co. Inc.

Carlyle Global Credit

Wynn Las Vegas LLC

Cerberus Capital Management

TPG Real Estate Partners

Rockwood Capital, LLC

LaSalle Investment Management

Oaktree Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Oak Street Real Estate Capital, a division of Blue Owl, on its acquisition together with GIC of STORE Capital Corporation, an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust, in a transaction valued at approximately $14 billion.
  • Represented Carlyle Global Credit Investment Management LLC on its purchase and financing of a portfolio of real property assets from iStar Inc. for an enterprise value of approximately $3 billion.
  • Represented Starwood Capital Group on its joint venture with Blackstone for the $1.5 billion acquisition of Woodspring Suites properties.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP houses a ‘team that works well together at all levels of seniority; gives practical sound advice and is always available when you need them at short notice.’ It maintains a strong track record in high-profile development projects in the California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Florida markets, as well as acquisitions and dispositions, lease agreements, and finance and joint venture transactions. The firm regularly works with tech companies on office and data center requirements, and with Asian, Middle Eastern, and European sovereign wealth funds on their investments into hospitality-sector real estate. San Francisco’s David Hamsher and Gordon Hart continue to act for Lennar Corporation as lead outside counsel in connection with its role as the manager and investor in Treasure Island in San Francisco, and Treasure Island Development Group in connection with development of the $5bn project. Eric Landau chairs the global real estate practice from New York, which also houses Peter Olsen and Eric Allendorf, who predominantly acts for lenders in debt finance and restructurings. Philip Feder in Century City has deep experience in real estate commercial and finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Philip Feder

Other key lawyers:

Peter Olsen; Eric Allendorf; David Hamsher; Gordon Hart


‘Excellent real estate and commercial contracting capability’

‘A team that works well together at all levels of seniority; gives practical sound advice and is always available when you need them at short notice.’

‘The Paul Hastings team is unlike any other I deal with in the industry. Their depth and knowledge plus insight into what is impactful from a business perspective is unmatched and saves both time and expedites resolutions.’

Key clients


Qatar Investment Authority

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Investment Corporation of Dubai



Five Point Holdings

Lennar Corporation

L&L Holding Company

Witkoff Group

Millennium Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Extell Development

Investcorp International


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Morgan Stanley


Wells Fargo

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP‘s diversified real estate practice spans M&A for both public and private real estate companies, portfolio and asset sales and acquisitions, structured finance, development, leasing and joint ventures. In a landmark transaction, practice head Gregory Ressa worked alongside Krista Miniutti and Davis Coen to advise Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust in its acquisition of AIG’s interests in an affordable housing portfolio for approximately $5.1bn. Sasan Mehrara and Krista Miniutti predominantly counsel private equity firms and real estate opportunity funds; public-to-private acquisitions is a key area of expertise. Anthony King has a strong following among Asia-based clients, having recently returned from its Hong Kong office. Scott KobakWhitney Salinas and Justin Vilinsky are the other key lawyers of note for complex real estate private equity fund joint venture arrangements and financings. All figures are based in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Ressa

Other key lawyers:

Krista Miniutti; Davis Coen; Sasan Mehrara; Scott Kobak; Whitney Salinas; Anthony King; Justin Vilinsky

Key clients



The Carlyle Group

Hilton Worldwide Holdings

Northwood Investors


Crown Acquisitions

Invitation Homes

BioMed Realty

CorePoint Lodging

Lindsay Goldberg

Westbrook Partners

Pure Industrial Real Estate

Great Wolf Resorts

Motel 6

Kaufman Astoria Studios

DigitalBridge Group, Inc. and IFM Investors

Outrigger Hospitality Group

Extended Stay Hotels

Work highlights

  • Represented Blackstone Core+ perpetual capital vehicles, primarily comprised of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, alongside Blackstone Property Partners, in their acquisition of American Campus Communities in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $12.8 billion.
  • Represented affiliates of DigitalBridge Group, Inc. and IFM Investors in their proposed acquisition of Switch, Inc. in a transaction valued at $11 billion.
  • Represented affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate in their acquisition of PS Business Parks, Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $7.6 billion.

Holland & Knight LLP

June 2022 saw the addition of Los Angeles based firm law, Pircher, Nichols & Meeks practice to the Holland & Knight LLP group in Los Angeles, and the opening of its Century City location, to expand its West Coast presence and complement its existing three offices in California. Recognized for its land use and zoning expertise, as well as its strong retail and hospitality practice, the firm is led by New York based Joe Guay and Vivian De Las Cuevas-Diaz from Miami, who has developed a reputation as the go-to attorney for Latin American investors who want to make connections in the US real estate market. She also routinely acts for landlords and tenants in retail, commercial, hotel and warehouse leasing agreements. Boston's Margot Mendelson Hammond is also well-versed in net lease finance and commercial lending. Also recommended are Daniel Faust in Miami for complex joint venture transactions and mixed-use hospitality projects; and Stuart Saft in New York, who co-chairs the condominium development and conversion team, and is one of Manhattan’s experts on conversion-to-condominium and cooperative ownership, development, sale-leaseback and timeshare. In the same office, Noah Shapiro specializes on on all transactional and leasing work in respect of office, retail and ground leasing of Class A properties. In Washington DC key figures include Chris Camarra and Tara Scanlon.


Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Faust; Noah Shapiro; Chris Camarra; Tara Scanlon; Stuart Saft; Margot Mendelson Hammond


‘Their client service is excellent at every level, and our relationship is one of true partnership. They are genuinely interested in understanding our business and eager to help us work smarter and faster. We never feel like just another billable hour. They help us see around corners and plan for future success. Holland Knight is my first call when I need a thought partner and they continue to impress.’

‘Holland Knight’s real estate team is comprised of business minded attorneys who align themselves with our goals. They are personable, very knowledgeable and committed. The associates that I have worked with seem very happy to be at Holland Knight.’

‘Vivian de las Cuevas Dias – an ace. I think of her as my guardian angel. ‘

‘Tremendous experience, set the standard for the industry in terms of knowledge and commercial-ness, always available.’

Key clients

Blackstone-managed real estate funds

Oko Group

Asia Capital Real Estate

Roadside Development

Fisher Island Holdings

Norwich Partners of Florida LLC

Elion Partners

The Witkoff Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Fisher Island Holdings in all phases of continuing development of Fisher Island, including more than $500 million of real estate closings at Palazzo del Sol and Palazzo della Luna.
  • Representing Oko Group, the developer in the development and sales of a mixed use luxury condominium with hotel, retail, restaurant, spa and residential components in the Crown Building on 57th and 5th valued at over $900 million.
  • Advising a newly-formed NY-based investment firm in connection with the its acquisitions, joint ventures and financings of 25 multi-family projects located throughout the United States.

Jones Day

Jones Day is ‘highly experienced in all aspects of real estate transactions‘, including leasing, major build-to-suit and build-to-lease projects. Leading the practice from its Chicago office, Robert Lee has longstanding experience in real estate private equity capital formations, portfolio transactions and joint ventures and REIT work; he is particularly noted for his work with Europe and Asian based client, and recentlyy alongside Michael Austin and Kyle Baltes on Henderson Park Real Estate Fund’s joint venture with Salamander Hospitality, LLC and the joint venture’s $139m acquisition and financing of the DC Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Brian Sedlak has a significant focus on infrastructure work, and is noted for university and higher education real estate transactions. All lawyers are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lee; Brian Sedlak

Other key lawyers:

Michael Austin; Kyle Baltes


They are highly experienced in all aspects of real estate transactions, from acquisitions to financings, entitlement, development joint ventures, etc. It’s a one-stop shop. They always keep the business objective at front of mind. Jones Day can handle any real estate issue that arises. They thrive on complex transactions and high pressure, and they are always highly responsive and professional.’

Key clients

MARK Capital Management Limited

Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

Henderson Park Capital Partners

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated

LSC Communications, Inc.

Trammell Crow Residential

Navistar International Corporation

Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC

Georgetown University

Work highlights

  • Represented Greystar in connection with its $2 billion acquisition of a portfolio from The Finger Companies, and establishment of the associated joint venture formed to acquire the assets.
  • Represented MARK Capital Management Limited in connection with the €1.585 billion sale of Crossbay, its specialized pan-European last-mile logistics platform, to Prologis European Logistics Fund, the world’s largest owner of logistics real estate.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Headed by Michelle Kelban  and Michael Haas in New York together with Chicago based Rachel Bates, Latham & Watkins LLP‘ ‘highly experienced, smart, up-to-date on industry practices and very responsive‘ nationwide real estate group maintains a strong reputation in real estate finance, both borrower and lender-side, REIT transactions, real estate focused private equity transactions and development work. Also in Chicago, Gary E. Axelrod continues to advise private equity sponsors and funds, REITs and institutional investors on major developments across the US. Working with Bates, he recently advised Highgate Capital Investments on its acquisition, along with Aurora Health Network, of the Wellness Infrastructure business of DigitalBridge Group, a digital infrastructure REIT in a transaction valued at $3.2bn. ‘Experienced and poised beyond his years‘ New York’s Justin Elliott and Mark Semotiuk maintain a strong reputation in the New York market for single asset and portfolio financings, acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings. In Century City, Meghan Cocciis a superstar in the hotel industry‘.


Practice head(s):

Michelle Kelban; Michael Haas; Rachel Bates

Other key lawyers:

Gary Axelrod; Justin Elliott; Mark Semotiuk; Meghan Cocci


‘Highly experienced, smart, up-to-date on industry practices, very responsive. Justin Elliott is experienced and poised beyond his years. Very practical and, in a civil way, a tough advocate.

‘Meghan Cocci is a superstar in the hotel industry. Rock solid knowledge of the entire field. Able to use her general knowledge and apply it flexibly in each transaction. Remarkably poised under pressure.’

‘Michael Haas is a seasoned pro atop the team.’

‘Justin Elliott in general real estate. Meghan Cocci in hospitality, is also commended.’

Key clients


Brookfield Real Estate Secondaries Fund

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Highgate Capital Investments

Surfrider Malibu Hotel

Oak Hill Advisors

The Blackstone Group Inc.

Cain International Advisers Limited

White Oak Partners

Invitation Homes Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised StonePeak in its joint venture with Blackstone to purchase from Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII L.P. the fee interest in the luxury casino hotel The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for more than $5.65 billion.
  • Advised Brookfield Real Estate Secondaries Fund in its $452 million general partner-led recapitalization of Berkeley Partners Fund IV, which was one of Brookfield Secondaries’ major SEED transactions.
  • Advised on the sale of Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa to funds managed by Trinity Fund Advisors LLC and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP‘s client portfolio ranges from institutional fund managers and public real estate companies, to overseas investors and government entities. The firm routinely acts for borrowers and lenders in securitized and syndicated loan transactions, and for sellers and purchasers of commercial, industrial, hospitality and multifamily residential properties. In New York, practice co-head Peter E. Fisch is a top advisor to developers, REITs and institutional investors. Department chair Harris B. Freidus and fellow partner Salvatore Gogliormella are well recognized for their handling of development and transactional work involving infrastructure, hospitality, healthcare and entertainment nexus, demonstrated through their continuing representation of Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the redevelopment of the Times Square Shuttle station.

Practice head(s):

Peter E. Fisch; Harris B. Freidus

Other key lawyers:

Salvatore Gogliormella


‘Harris B. Freidus is our contact at the firm, he has represented us for many years and is one of the best transactional attorneys in New York City’

Key clients

American Finance Trust

Apollo Global Management

Carmel Partners

CIM Group

Columbia University

Eastgold Holdings

Fortress Investment Group

iStar, Inc.

Lehigh Hanson, Inc.

Lendlease Group

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the new development by JPMorgan Chase Bank of a 2.5 million-square-foot new world headquarters building at 270 Park Avenue.
  • Advising the CIM Group in the development and financing of 111 Montgomery Street, a new residential condominium project near Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Representing funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. in connection with the $6.25 billion acquisition of The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo and Convention Center from Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Focusing on the Boston, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles markets, Proskauer Rose LLPbreadth of expertise, bench strength, client orientation and deal sophistication’ is praised as ‘second to none’. The firm maintains its stellar reputation in transactional and leasing work involving life science, hotels and hospitality and retail real estate assets. Ronald Sernau in New York has deep experience representing purchasers and sellers, equity investors and leading Manhattan developers in transactional, leasing and development work. In Boston, Keith Barnett continues to hold lead counsel on multiple California transactions for the Vons and Safeway banners long-time client, Albertsons, including most recently, advising on conveyancing of air rights and other property rights in connection with development of several retail sites. Sean Boulger and Katelyn O’Brien are the other recommended partners in Boston.


Practice head(s):

Ronald Sernau; Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Sean Boulger; Katelyn O’Brien


‘Proskauer’s breadth of expertise, their bench strength, their client orientation and their deal sophistication are second to none among the many firms we deal with.’

‘Sean Boulger is the best Real Estate Partner in the Boston market among the many I’ve dealt with. He is very smart, very even tempered, innovative and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Albertsons Companies, Inc.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Campanelli Companies

Carpenter & Company, Inc.

Extell Development

Gravestar, Inc.


JLC Infrastructure

Lendlease Development

Paramount Leasehold

SL Green


Work highlights

  • Advising Extell Limited in the development and financing of a number of development projects in Midtown Manhattan, including mortgage and mezzanine construction financing for Central Park Tower.
  • Advised Vornado Realty in Facebook’s expansion at 770 Broadway, adding approximately 300,000 square feet at the office building as well as in a lease for Citadel to expand by an additional 84,000 square feet at 350 Park Ave and 425 Park Ave.
  • Advised Albertsons on multiple California transactions for the Vons and Safeway banners.

ArentFox Schiff

ArentFox Schiff stands out for it extensive real estate and hospitality expertise, and its representation of tax-exempt entities, such as public charter schools, in bond financing and the real estate aspects of municipal bankruptcies. It also maintains a busy practice advising on senior living and in the sports and venue related civil infrastructure transactions. From Washington DC, Thomas Castiello counsels developers, institutional equity players and several DC public charter schools on local development work. In the same office, Kenneth Jacobs and Bryson Filbert lend complementary expertise in senior living and shopping centers, and multifamily, office and industrial space, respectively. Richard Brand in San Francisco leads the West Coast real estate team. In New York, Christine McGuiness and Stefanie Graham are the lead attorneys for commercial real estate and landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Castiello

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Jacobs; Bryson Filbert; Richard Brand; Christine McGuiness


‘The team are experts on Non Profit and real estate, particularly in the DC market. We go to them with any real estate question (lease, acquisition, construction, New Markets Tax Credits, financing, etc.). They have extensive knowledge in the areas that matter most to us. They have been with us for more than a decade.’

‘Tommy Castiello is the lead partner and is considered part of the internal team. He has been the lead for our organization for more than a decade and is top notch. We go to Tommy with every real estate question that we have and he can either answer / aupport directly or has someone on his team that can help.’


Key clients

Foulger-Pratt, LLC

DLC Management Corporation

Federal Capital Partners

KIPP DC Public Charter School

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Los Angeles Lakers

South Bay Partners

Sterling Equities

Ambac Insurance Corporation

Fannie Mae

Work highlights

  • Represented Foulger – Pratt in the high-profile acquisition and development of the Landmark Mall site in Alexandria, VA.
  • Advised Federal Capital Partners in joint ventures, equity investments, acquisitions, and financing of over $600 million.
  • Advised Sterling Equities in the acquisition and refinancing of a 400 unit residential apartment complex with ground floor retail located in Miami, FL.

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP represents leading banks, special servicers, private equity firms, REITs, CMBS lenders, and borrowers in the full breadth of complex transactional, leasing and development work. It is particularly known for its strength in land use, tax structuring, condominiums and hospitality resort developments. Department chair Amy McClain sits in the Baltimore office, with complementary assistance from Mary Jo George and Molly Bryson in Washington DC, head of its housing finance and affordable housing teams, respectively. James Walston in Minneapolis focuses on real estate development. For hotel developments and distressed assets, Christopher Payne in Denver and Dominic De Simone in Philadelphia, are recommended.


Practice head(s):

Amy McClain; Dominic De Simone; Mary Jo George; James Walston; Christopher Payne; Molly Bryson

Key clients

The Macerich Company

Grand Canyon University

New York City Housing Authority

Pennrose Properties

CGA Mortgage Capital

2017 Limited Partnership

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation

Landmark Properties

Padre Canyon Resort, LC

Work highlights

  • Advising The Macerich Company and its affiliates in transactions involving retail and mixed use projects throughout metropolitan Phoenix.
  • Represented Grand Canyon University in the successful completion of (i) a $500 million short-term note direct placement and (ii) a $1.2 billion public bond offering to refinance the remaining balance of a secured note issued in 2018 as part of the purchase of the University related to its transition back to a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit status and to fund additional capital assets.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Housing an ‘incredibly strong team of very talented attorneys and advisorsDebevoise & Plimpton LLP is highly recommended for corporate M&A involving real estate-related companies and assets, joint ventures, borrower and lender-side financings, loan restructurings and workouts. The practice reports increased activity representing clients in life science-focused real estate transactions, industrial and logistics centres and residential property. Peter Irwin chairs the New York-based group, which also includes Nicole Levin Mesard and Edward Rishty , who stands out for experience in capital market transactions involving real estate.


Practice head(s):

Peter Irwin

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Levin Mesard; Edward Rishty


‘Incredibly strong team of very talented attorneys and advisors.’

‘Eddie Rishty is much more than a service provider. He is a partner in all respects, knows when to push and when to pull. Has strong legal acumen and incredible interpersonal skills. I have had the privilege of working with Eddie for more than a decade and consider him to be the best that I have ever worked with.’

‘Excellent teamwork and collaboration; deep industry insights’

Key clients

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Avanath Capital Management

Breakthrough Properties

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Carmel Partners

Cohen Private Ventures

Conway Capital

Creation Equity

Elliott Investment Management

Global Atlantic Financial

JPMorgan Asset Management

Stone Point

Third Point LLC

Tishman Speyer Properties


Work highlights

  • Advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) in the formation of a programmatic joint venture between CPP Investments and LMC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lennar Corporation, to develop Class-A multifamily residential communities in high-growth metropolitan areas across the U.S.
  • Represented Avanath Capital Management in acquiring its 100th asset: a mixed-use portfolio containing two mixed-use properties and comprised of 601 affordable residential units, ground-floor commercial and retail space and underground parking in Brooklyn, New York, for $315 million.
  • Represented JP Morgan Asset Management in a joint venture with Realterm Logistics to acquire a 22-property portfolio of high flow through (HFT) logistics facilities located in 11 states across the United States.


Often instructed by institutional investors, REITs and private equity funds, Goodwin‘s practice co-chairs Diana Brummer and John Ferguson maintain their stellar reputation in the New York market for sophisticated commercial transactions and construction and mezzanine financings. Its growing proptech and propsci practice continues to generate new instructions from tech, hospitality and leisure, and life science companies. Over on the West Coast, Dean Pappas and Jennifer Sung are the main contacts at the Los Angeles office.


Practice head(s):

Diana Brummer; John Ferguson

Other key lawyers:

Dean Pappas; Jennifer Sung


We used GP for our multifamily JV projects. Their broad depth of knowledge I think due to their high volume of deal flow in this area was a huge strength. They were able to quickly grasp and understand the complexity of our deals. Also, their familiarity with our co-developers and counsel was a big asset as well.

Dean Pappas is a brilliant lawyer. Again, we found his breadth of experience to be a huge strength. He also has a very good commercial sense and was able to provide practical solutions to complex issues. Jenn Sung similarly is able to grasp and advise on complex issues. She is very attentive to detail and responsive.

Key clients

AEW Capital Management

AvalonBay Communities



Boston Properties



Mack Real Estate

Medical Properties Trust


Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Led by Howard Schreiber  in Dallas and Laurie Grasso and Brett Gross out of New York, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP leverages bench strength nationwide to advise on high-end acquisitions and sales, financing, property development and leasing work, particularly in the affordable housing, and life sciences and health care sectors. Also in Dallas, Jeff Giese and Katy Carmical counsel global private equity firms, opportunity funds, and developers on a wide range of real estate assets including multifamily, retail, office, industrial, hospitality and golf. Other key New York-based lawyers include Anthony Bonan and associate Paul Greco.

Practice head(s):

Howard Schreiber; Laurie Grasso; Brett Gross

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Giese; Katy Carmical; Anthony Bonan; Matt Scoville; Paul Greco

Key clients

Cove Property Group


Industrial Logistics Properties Trust

L+M Development Partners

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated

Patrinely Group, LLC and USAA Real Estate Company, LLC


RMR Group

Rockrose Development


Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Tishman Speyer

Work highlights

  • Represented Industrial Logistics Properties Trust in its $4 billion acquisition of Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp., a deal that adds 126 industrial properties to ILPT’s portfolio, expanding the company’s geographic reach and tenant base.
  • Represented Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated in its combination with Healthcare Trust of America, a $7.75 billion deal that created one of the nation’s largest owners of medical office buildings.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP acts for owners and developers, private equity funds, lenders, and institutional and foreign investors in acquisitions and sales, development, joint ventures, ground leasing, financings and most notably, condominium work. Jay Neveloff chairs the department from New York with Daniel Ross Berman and Jonathan Canter lending their complementary expertise in development deals, preferred equity investments, recapitalizations and restructurings. Key sectors include hospitality, industrial, health care, gaming, entertainment, retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use properties.

Practice head(s):

Jay Neveloff

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Ross Berman; Jonathan Canter


‘Kramer Levin consistently provides excellent legal work. They set the standard in ethics, dependability, and trust. The attention to detail gives me comfort when they represent me in complex matters.’

‘Partners – Jay Neveloff and Daniel Berman – perform at the highest business standards. They have become trusted business advisors, always structuring creative solutions to complex issues. They have a tireless work ethic, and a deep command of the law, and most importantly never lose sight of what we’re trying to accomplish.’


Key clients

Fortress Investment Group LLC

Westbrook Partners LLC

CIM Group

Mitsui Fudosan America


New Valley Realty

Related Companies

VICI Properties Inc.

Vornado Realty Trust

JVP Management


Brookfield Property Group

Safehold, Inc.

NYU Medical Center

Mount Sinai Hospital

LCOR Incorporated

Extell Development

Sage Hall Partners

Innovo Property Group

DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented CIM in connection with the acquisition, development, condominiumization and many other matters relating to the development of the super tall, super luxury development at 432 Park Avenue.
  • Represented Innovo Property Group in connection with the negotiations of a potential acquisition of 452 Fifth Avenue, a Class A office building in New York, NY, and the concurrent acquisition financing.
  • Representing a developer in the acquisition of a landmarked building in the West Village, to be redeveloped into ultra-luxury condominium units.

Mayer Brown

Highly recommended for its expertise negotiating and establishing joint ventures, Mayer Brown‘s active real estate practice remains sought-after for retail, industrial, office, hotel, healthcare, housing as well as land ventures. Brian Aronson in Los Angeles heads the practice; he advises REITs, life insurance companies, pension funds, portfolio asset managers, and other institutional lenders and investors on all transactional matters. Over in Chicago, Heather Adkerson and Paul Meyer are the key figures, with Meyer particularly noted for his extensive experience advising on acquisitions, dispositions and financing involving office buildings, apartment complexes, retail centers, industrial and logistics facilities, hotels, storage facilities, condominiums, medical and assisted-living facilities.

Practice head(s):

Brian Aronson

Other key lawyers:

Heather Adkerson; Paul Meyer

Key clients

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

GITIS Partners

Grosvenor Americas USA, Inc.

Heitman Capital Management

Innovatus Capital Partners LLC


Prologis, Inc.

State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services

Work highlights

  • Represented a publicly traded financial institution in a $1.1 billion life sciences campus construction financing.
  • Represented Deka Immobilien in the $802 million purchase of the 635,000 square foot Lakefront Blocks office building in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.
  • Represented a large superannuation fund in Australia, in the purchase of $121.5m of CMBS horizontal risk retention certificates and a $570m mezzanine loan secured by the same underlying collateral, consisting of a national logistics portfolio owned by a Blackstone fund.

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster‘s nationwide practice advises on the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets and mortgage loans and purchase of large-scale development sites. It also represents numerous lease landlords and tenants in leasing transactions. Joint venture and co-investments are also growing areas of instruction; the firm acts for clients in development or ownership of hotels, office buildings, brownfield, multi-family and single-family residential developments. Global practice chair Mark Edelstein sits in New York office, which also houses Jeffrey Temple, who co-heads the US group alongside Los Angeles’ Thomas Fileti.

Practice head(s):

Mark Edelstein; Jeffrey Temple; Thomas Fileti


What we especially appreciate about the MoFo team is the focus on crossing the finish line while protecting their clients’ interests.

Tom is an outstanding attorney to have as your transaction counsel. What really makes Tom standout is the respect he garners from the other side. His demeanor is always calm, well-measured, humble, and courteous. His approach engenders trust, especially because it is backed by deep knowledge of both the law and industry norms and by a breadth of experience that informs his counsel.

Key clients

Capital One

CGI Merchant Group

CIBC World Markets







Mori Trust

RIDA Development Corporation


Tishman Speyer


Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Represented Mori Trust in the acquisition of 601 Massachusetts Avenue.
  • Represented CGI Merchant Group in connection with the acquisition and financing of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has extensive expertise assisting real estate private equity funds on all transactional activity, financings, asset management and leasing and operations. Its strong hospitality focus has seen it act for brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt and Marriott; notably, a team led by Michael Liever in San Francisco and Seattle’s Katherine Jones advised Lawrence Investments on the $345m acquisition of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort. Practice co-heads Randolph Perry and Gerard Walsh are based in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Walsh; Randolph Perry

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Jones; Michael Liever

Key clients

Ascend Real Estate Partners


Broadreach Capital Partners

BlueMountain Capital Management

Calmwater Capital

Cirrus Real Estate Partners


Hackman Capital Partners

KEB Hana Bank

Lawrence Investments

Lift Partners

Local Bounti

Macquarie (formerly GLL Real Estate Partners)

New York Life

PNC Bank

Prometheus Real Estate Group

Sagehall Partners

Skylight Real Estate Partners

Stockbridge Capital Group

Superior Plus

University of California

Walton Street Capital

Westbrook Partners

Zephyr Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing Westbrook Partners on the $1+ billion mixed-use development project at 706 Mission in the Yerba Buena arts and cultural district of San Francisco.
  • Advised the Board of Regents of the University of California on the $620 million UC Davis Aggie Square mixed-use development project, located on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.
  • Represented Skylight Real Estate Partners on a complex, multi-layered joint venture with Panther Capital Management, Arden Group and upper tier investors, and the venture’s $15 million in financing that was used to acquire a 1-acre site in Miami’s up-and-coming Edgewater neighborhood.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has an extensive history acting for representing private equity clients and REITs in equity and finance transactions, demonstrated by New York’s Daniel Stanco, who co-leads the team, and Anthony Mongone advising Blackstone Mortgage Trust and Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies in the financing of its $6.4bn acquisition of the Crown Resorts luxury hotel and casino portfolio in Australia. Global co-head John (Jack) Creedon, Richard Gordet and counsel Effie George Floyd in Boston advise on joint ventures and co-investments, distressed debt purchases and restructurings, acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and ground-up development.


Practice head(s):

John Creedon; Dan Stanco

Other key lawyers:

Richard Gordet; Effie George Floyd


‘Familiarity with our firm, investment strategy, and subject matter expertise.’

Dan Stanco is a thought provoking and highly technical attorney that can think big picture while knowing and looking after the details.


Key clients

Abrams Capital Management


American Equity Investment

Apollo Management

Audax Group

Bain Capital Real Estate



BrightSpire Capital


CPP Investment Board

Grosvenor Capital Management

Harbor Group International

Kayne Anderson

King Street Capital Management


Morgan Stanley

MSD Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Oak Hill Advisors

Oxford Properties

Partners Group


Related Fund Management

RMR Group

Rosewood Investment Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Partners Group on more than 10 high-profile complex joint ventures valued at approximately $3 billion in the aggregate for the acquisition and development of real estate assets located throughout the U.S.
  • Represented The Baupost Group in the $400 million joint venture with affiliates of Atlas Capital and Zeckendorf Development to acquire 550 Washington Street, New York, NY and develop a $1 billion+ super-luxury condominium.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP routinely represents REITs, leading developers, institutional landlords, and operators of hospitality, industrial and retail centres in all transactional, financing, development and leasing activities. Recommended lawyers in Boston include Catherine Burns , Andrew Pearlstein and Eric Greenberg, who stands out for his leasing portfolio work. New York’s key figures include real estate finance partner Daniel Evans and Cynthia Mitchell , who specializes in assisting healthcare clients in acquisition and disposition of the assets, and obtaining mortgage financing. Paul Mattingly chairs the practice from Atlanta.


Practice head(s):

Paul Mattingly

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Evans; Cynthia Mitchell; Catherine Burns; Andrew Pearlstein; Eric Greenberg


‘Seyfarth serves as our primary real estate counsel. It adds value and brings innovation through the use of technology and alternative fee arrangements to the portfolio of work.’

‘Seyfarth’s Real Estate group is heavily relied upon for their professionalism, creativity, innovativeness and leadership. Seyfarth’s expertise, insight and judgment have been essential to our success, and proven to be highly capable of responding to shifting demands, often anticipating significant directional changes in advance. ‘

‘Experienced team and trust their legal expertise for real estate equity and finance transactions. Responsive, understands what we need, are business savvy and efficient to work with. High level of confidence in the team. ‘

‘Seyfarth is very client focused.  They have a broad bench which makes them a one-stop-shop. Their bench is also deep, the quality of service and advice is well worth the cost.’

‘They understand our business and what clients need, and have the legal expertise, and understand the key issues most important to us. They are easy to work with and I have a high degree of confidence in them. They are proactive and bring issues to our attention that at times are not even on our radar. Good follow through.’

Key clients

LBA Realty

American Life, Inc.

UC Regents


Battery Global Advisors

John Hancock Life Insurance Company

BentallGreenOak (U.S.) Limited Partnership

Invesco Real Estate

United Legwear Company LLC

NorthBridge Partners LLC

Hammes Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented LBA Realty in a $922.16 million acquisition and financing of a six-property portfolio of ground leased warehouse buildings.
  • Represented John Hancock Life Insurance Company in a $173.45 million sale of a luxury multifamily community in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • Represented UC Regents in a $145 million multi-step transaction, which included a buyout of its existing joint venture partner and entry into a new joint venture for the redevelopment of an existing office park into a cutting edge life sciences campus in San Diego, California.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP‘s real estate healthcare expertise was significantly with the addition of a five-attorney team from Polsinelli PC, led by Los Angeles partner Tim Reimers, who joined in February 2022. Nancy Scull leads the practice from San Diego, focusing on representation of commercial, industrial, retail and residential developers in all real property transactions, with a particular expertise in mixed use projects, condominiums and Bureau of Real Estate regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Scull

Other key lawyers:

Tim Reimers


‘The group of attorneys we use bring both strong theoretical and extremely practical advice and approaches to our deals. They also draft some of the cleanest and easiest to follow documents. The team is always available for advise or quick reviews of documents or situations large or small, even when between major loan closings or extension.’

‘They have diversified substantially in the past 5-10 years with a supporting cast including associates up to senior associates and counsels that is almost entirely female. We’ve watched this next generation grow up in the business and they’ve consistently demonstrated the best habits and practices of their more senior peers.’


Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Blackstone Group

Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority

Realty Income

Murphy Development Company

Chevron USA

Momentum Real Estate Partners

Save Mart Supermarkets

Lincoln Property Company [LPCC West LLC]

The TCW Group, Inc.

Legacy Health

SteelWave, LLC

Taco Bell

Faring Capital

KB Home

Minkoff Group

GID & Various entities affiliated with GID

M&T Bank Corporation

Arbor Realty Trust

BlackRock Funds

SMARTCO Properties, L.P.

SKW Funding

Work highlights

  • Advising The Walt Disney Company in establishing the governance structure and advising on the sales program for Disney’s Cotino™, a Storyliving by Disney™ community in Rancho Mirage, CA.
  • Represented the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) in connection with the three quarter billion dollar restructuring of ACTA’s public-private partnership backed debt.
  • Advised owner of the Hotel del Coronado in California, as part of a long-term redevelopment, on on the vertical subdivision of this mixed use building.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Combining national expertise across real estate, finance and private equity, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is well-equipped to advise on investments, acquisitions and dispositions, development, and financings. The firm is also regularly counsels clients on distressed properties, restructuring and loan workouts. Philip Rosen and Evan Levy co-head the practice from New York. Former practice head Michael Bond and Jannelle Seales are the other key lawyers in the same office.

Practice head(s):

Evan Levy; Philip Rosen

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bond; Jannelle Seales


‘The Weil real estate team is essential to our business. They have represented our company on all major corporate initiatives, they have the trust of senior management and they help us get a great result.’

‘Evan Levy is very commercial, understands the company’s business and the industry and finds creative solutions to help us achieve our goals.’


Key clients

American Securities

Amherst Holdings, LLC

Brookfield Asset Management

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Fortress Credit Corp.

Government of Bermuda

GS Infrastructure Partners

Iron Mountain

Island Capital Group

JZ Capital Partners

Lendlease Americas, Inc.

Lineage Logistics, LLC

MGM Resorts International

The Kroger Company

Work highlights

  • Advised MGM Resorts International (MGM Resorts) in its $17.2 billion sale of MGM Growth Properties LLC, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, to VICI Properties Inc.
  • Advising The Kroger Company, on the real estate aspects of its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc.
  • Advised Lendlease Americas, Inc. in a $15 billion venture to develop new properties in three major areas in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP‘s expertise spans the full spectrum of real estate transactions, leasing, and financing, both on the borrower and sponsor side. The practice is particularly active in commercial transactions involving office, retail, hospitality and gaming, life sciences, data centers and mixed-use properties. New York based David Drewes and Thomas Henry co-head the department alongside property finance expert, Krystyna Blakeslee , with further assistance from Misty Sanford in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Henry; David Drewes; Krystyna Blakeslee

Other key lawyers:

Misty Sanford

Key clients

Access Industries Inc.

Adept Development

AGC Equity Partners


Cain International

Caruso Affiliated Holding

Centerbridge Partners

Choice Hotels International

CIM Group

The Davis Companies

DiamondRock Hospitality, Inc.


GI Partners

Goldman Sachs

Harbor Group International (HGI)

Hudson’s Bay Company

IO Data Centers LLC

Jiaming Investment (Group) Co., Ltd.

JP Morgan

Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Oaktree Capital Management

Paramount Group, Inc.

St. John’s University

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Group (SMBC)

Tishman Speyer

Trammell Crow Company

Washington Prime Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Brookfield Asset Management in its strategic partnership with King Street Properties, including an investment of approximately $1.5 billion in equity capital towards King Street’s life science real estate pipeline.
  • Represented a leading global digital infrastructure REIT, in its $3.2 billion agreement to sell its Wellness Infrastructure business to real estate investment firms Highgate Capital Investments and Aurora Health Network.
  • Represented long-time client Paramount Group in multiple transactions, including the acquisition of the M&M store (1600 Broadway) in New York Times Square in a joint venture with BVK.

Akerman LLP

Acting for diverse mix of investors, developers, lenders, retailers, and corporate end users, Akerman LLP has a strong background in urban redevelopment, hospitality and retail real estate transactions, distressed real estate and commercial leasing. Fort Lauderdale based Eric Rapkin serves as chair of the department, and is assisted by Carol Faber in Miami and Richard Bezold  in West Palm Beach; Allison Nelson in Denver, and Lawrence Eiben in Chicago, who is an expert in acquisitions, sales, developments and financing of office buildings, shopping centers and mixed-use projects.



Practice head(s):

Eric Rapkin; Lawrence Eiben; Allison Nelson

Other key lawyers:

Carol Faber; Richard Bezold


‘The Akerman team that we work with has been exceptional. They are very responsive and anticipate needs and issues before they come up. We also appreciate the depth of experience. If we need an expert, they have it and know how to quickly bring in additional team members when needed.’

‘Timing for us is frequently a key driver in success. The Akerman team is always willing to put in whatever hours are required at any time to make sure the transaction is successful. The transaction side is led by Eric Rapkin, and he and his respective team always go above and beyond to make sure we are successful.’

Key clients

Space Coast Town Centre I, LLC

U.S. Bank

Swire Properties

MSC Cruises

Dacra Design 4141, LLC

Armenian American Museum

Ponte Gadea USA, Inc.

Multifamily Real Estate Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Space Coast Town Centre I, LLC in the development of an approximately 155-acre mixed-use property located in West Melbourne, Florida.
  • Representing the Armenian American Museum in connection with the construction of a new cultural and educational center in Los Angeles.
  • Advising Ponte Gadea USA, Inc. in the approximately $500 million purchase of arental tower in the Financial District of New York City.


With decades of experience in  acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing, and development, BakerHostetler’s multidisciplinary group is well-equipped to handle any time of real estate instruction. Based in Atlanta, Wendy Markham leads the practice and, often works alongside the office’s managing partner, Joann Gallagher Jones. Both are highly experienced across all real estate transactions, and have a strong following among clients in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Markham

Other key lawyers:

Joann Gallagher Jones

Key clients

The Milestone Companies

Accesso Partners, LLC

Turnbridge Equities

Hard Rock Hotels

Centennial Bank

Northside Hospital

Century Communities

BETA Technologies

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Centennial Bank in connection with approximately $105 million construction loan facility for a 100-unit mixed-use condominium project in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
  • Advised Hyatt Hotel Corporation in connection with management, branding and operational agreements for the Park Hyatt Mexico City mixed use project.
  • Acted for Northside Hospital (NHI) in all leasing and property management matters involving property owned or leased by NHI in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.

Clifford Chance

Ness Cohen‘s New York based real estate team at Clifford Chance provides the ‘right balance of law and commercial insight’, and is known for its representation of real estate funds on their transactional and investment work, including a strong roster of non-US entities, and its experience in portfolio transactions, and tax planning. An expert in real estate private equity and joint ventures, Cohen ‘is surrounded by an excellent team‘ which includes Jeanne Roig-Irwin and Eddie Frastai .

Practice head(s):

Ness Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Jeanne Roig-Irwin; Eddie Frastai


‘Its the right balance of law and commercial insight and the ability to always put things in context. They are good at advocating for things that matter and trading away things that matter less. We work on transactions, so finding solutions and assessing risk are very important skills and I have not found a better team than at Clifford Chance. When they are working on a deal for you, they do a great job of making you feel that your deal is their top priority.’

‘Ness Cohen and he is head and shoulders above the other lawyers I have worked with. He is extremely smart and he and his team do a great job of distilling issues so that we can focus on what is important. Ness has a great business sense and applies that overlay in his legal work. He is also very strategic and like a chess player is thinking several moves ahead. He is surrounded by an excellent team which makes the group a tour de force.’

‘The Clifford Chance team is responsive and clearly communicates with clients. They are receptive to client requests and closely listen to what the client needs so they are able to be fully responsive and provide customized solutions. Their knowledge of the market and best practices and ability to share that information with clients is invaluable as clients enter into new projects.’

‘I particularly appreciate Jeanne Roig-Irwin’s hands-on approach through the entire deal process. There were a variety of associates who were responsive to all client needs, but Roig-Irwin stands out as a strong partner when it comes to day-to-day knowledge of deals, the client needs, etc.’

Key clients

Allstate Insurance Company

Almanac Realty Investors

American Landmark Apartments

Deutsche Finance Group

Dream Asset Management

Electra America Hospitality Group


Madison International Realty, LLC

MEAG MUNICH ERGO Asset Management GmbH

Oak Street Capital

Rialto Capital Management

Safra National Bank

Stockbridge Capital Group, LLC

Waterfall Asset Management LLC

Yes! Communities, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Madison International Realty on an ongoing basis on matters relating to the ownership and operation of their 9 property NYC Core retail portfolio that spans approximately 2 million square feet.
  • Advising Stockbridge Capital Group on a subscription credit facility for a private REIT platform joint venture with three sovereign investors to own and operate a series of single-family rental communities, and a restructuring of a management company in connection therewith.

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is a prominent player in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC market, demonstrated by its continued work advising The Wharf in all of its office leasing and various development matters. From its office in Reston, John Lavoie is a sought after counsel in the Mid‑Atlantic region for commercial real estate transactions. He also advises institutional and individual landlords and tenants involved in major lease transactions, data center leasing and development and corporate headquarters projects.


Practice head(s):

John Lavoie

Key clients

Corporate Office Properties Trust

Falls Church, VA – West Falls / PN Hoffman

The Wharf / PN Hoffman

Lake Parime


Chewie Labs

Senti Biosciences

Brookfield Properties



Work highlights

  • Advised Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) on its agreement to sell its only multi-tenant data center, known as DC-6, to CloudHQ’s Cloud Capital for $222.5 million.
  • Represents Hoffman & Associates in a major redevelopment project in Falls Church, VA.
  • Represents Lake Parime in its lease for a close to 140,000 square feet crypto mining facility in Jacksonville, Florida.

Cox, Castle & Nicholson

Cox, Castle & Nicholson has expertise in matters involving land and improved property acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, joint ventures, residential and mixed-use development, land use, and regulatory compliance. The firm is a strong player on the West Coast, with teams in Los Angeles, led by Amy Wells, John Trott, Matthew Levy, and Scott Grossfeld, bolstered by its Orange County and San Francisco offices.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Levy; Amy Wells; John Trott; Scott Grossfeld


‘This legal team’s experience in this area is unequalled. They have been trusted legal advisors for more than two decades, often working on deals of many tens of millions of dollars. Their billings are fair and reasonable and they are always open to discussion on any item. When you have this firm on your side in a real estate transaction, you know you are going to come out on top of the deal.’

‘The lawyers, while strong advocates, are easy to work with, respectful and personable. This approach has built confidence over the years making the legal group a trusted team member in any new transaction.’

Key clients

MDR Hotels, LLC, and affiliate of Hardage Hospitality Group

GS Neptune Marina Apartments LLC, a joint venture among Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC, PGIM (an affiliate of Prudential Life Insurance Company) and Legacy Partners Residential, Inc.


Work highlights

  • Represented an investment vehicle of Placemakr in connection with the negotiation of a joint venture with an institutional investor for the purpose of acquiring, converting, renovating and operating the SoBro Apartments project in Nashville, TN.
  • Advising MDR Hotels, LLC, and affiliate of Hardage Hospitality Group in connection with the development of Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn in Marina del Rey, Los Angeles.
  • Advising GS Neptune Marina Apartments LLC, a joint venture among Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC, PGIM (an affiliate of Prudential Life Insurance Company) and Legacy Partners Residential, Inc, on various matters in connection with development of a large mix-use project in Los Angeles County.


From Chicago, Linda White chairs Dentons‘ real estate team where she focuses on commercial real estate acquisitions, workouts, leasing, financing, and tax-structuring. Todd Stennes is another key attorney in Chicago. The firm maintains a strong focus on real estate finance and represents a significant number of US and non-US borrowers in addition to banks, life insurance companies, and debt funds.

Practice head(s):

Linda White

Other key lawyers:

Todd Stennes


‘Todd Stennes is an experienced, practical and efficient lawyer in the real estate sector.’


Key clients

The Blackstone Group

EPC Real Estate

VanTrust Real Estate, LLC

Sterling Bay Company

Heitman Capital Management

Gulf Islamic Investments

Landmark Properties, Inc.

Riverside Investment and Development

Chelsfield America LLC

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on negotiating a new 13-year lease with Abbott Laboratories for 106,054 RSF and an extension and addition of another floor for IMC Financial Markets, and completed the restructuring of United Airlines’ 850,000 RSF lease in Willis Tower.
  • Represented Landmark Properties and its affiliates in connection with numerous real estate matters throughout the US including $1.5 billion-plus in current matters.
  • Advised a Gulf Islamic Investments-led joint venture in its $100 million acquisition and financing of an 11-building office park in Richmond, Virginia.

Eversheds Sutherland

With nationwide coverage across multiple US offices, Eversheds Sutherland’s team continue to be sought after for institutional investments across the country, with a growing transactional practice across Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Hospitality, data centers, energy and infrastructure remain key areas of growth. In Atlanta, Victor Haley and James Jordan are key attorneys, while in New York, John Busillo is the lead real estate partner. Chicago’s Marc Benjamin is also recommended for residential development and transactions relating to office and industrial property, leasing and real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

Victor Haley

Other key lawyers:

Marc Benjamin; James Jordan; John Busillo


‘This firm provides high quality service in an efficient and effective manner.’

‘James Jordan provide excellent service and pays particular attention to the individual client needs.’

John Busillo is an excellent lawyer: balanced and practical, providing sound representation.

Key clients

MDH Partners

Blue Source Sustainable Forests Company


Weyerhaeuser Company

Work highlights

  • Advised MDH Partners in its $1.26 billion sale of its Sunbelt Logistics Portfolio to a global institutional investor.
  • Advised Blue Source Sustainable Forests Company in one of the largest private forest carbon investments in US history, valued at approximately $1.8 billion.
  • Advising Hines on various significant transactions for all types of commercial asset classes across the country.

Herrick, Feinstein LLP

New York City based Herrick, Feinstein LLP impresses with its transactional, zoning, environmental, affordable housing, public private partnerships, leasing and condominium capabilities. Its chair, Belinda G. Schwartz is a prominent and active real estate practitioner in the New York market. She leads alongside Jonathan Adelsberg, who focuses on sales, acquisitions, large scale developments, and workouts.

Practice head(s):

Belinda G. Schwartz; Jonathan Adelsberg

Key clients

DH Property Holdings

Empire State Realty Trust

Extell Development


Harbor Group International

HK Organization

MAG Partners

MAXX Properties

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd.

MRP Realty

William Macklowe Company

Work highlights

  • Advising DH Property Holding on the sale to Brookfield Asset Management of a ground leasehold interest in 55 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY, a distribution facility that our client developed and leased to Amazon.
  • Represented MAG Partners – South Baltimore’s Port Covington Development in connection with a multi-faceted transaction with MacFarlane Partners, Sagamore Ventures and investment partner Goldman Sachs development of a megaproject in South Baltimore’s Port Covington.

Husch Blackwell LLP

Husch Blackwell LLP’s real estate practice concentrates on REIT transactions and funds, corporate real estate, retail, logistics, telecoms facilities and stadium development, land use and opportunity zones. Sports facility expert Kevin Kelley in Denver continues to assist with the relocation of an NFL team to a new stadium-anchored 300+ acre mixed-use development. In Kansas City, Charles Renner heads the public-private partnership group. In St Louis, key partners include David Linenbroker, David Richardson and head of practice, Carrie Hermeling.

Practice head(s):

Carrie Hermeling

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Kelley; Charles Renner; David Linenbroker


‘The team at Husch Blackwell is top-notch. Every person I encountered was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Calls and emails were returned promptly. The team took the time to ask questions to understand the unique aspects of the situation. When new issues arose outside of the initial scope, the team was able to bring in additional lawyers to assist in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Moreover, all of the solutions offered were extremely practical and easy to apply.’

‘Excellence in legal service delivery for real estate matters and true business partners. Firm has worked with our company on several initiatives, including alternative fee arrangements and increased diversity in the teams that provide us support. Collaboration is always excellent. Firm is focused on meeting our objectives efficiently, timely and at a fair cost.’

‘David Linenbroker is one of the best real estate lawyers I know, and he is a true business partner to our company.’

‘We use this team for real estate transactions in Colorado and Utah. Not only is the team knowledgeable about local issues, but they are also well-connected within the market. They can also draw specific expertise from elsewhere in the country as needed.’

Key clients

National Storage Affiliates

City of Anaheim, California/Angel Stadium

City of Oakland, California/ Oakland A’s Waterfront Ballpark District

Diode Ventures

GaleHart Communities

Mac Properties

MGE Capital LLC

Northwestern University

U.S. Bank

Northwest Missouri State University

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.

Cobalt Partners

Marquette University

Carbon Health

Untamed Equity

Impact Seven, Incorporated

FirstPathway Community Development

Clayco, Inc.

CBL Properties

Raven Development

Western Union

Great Rivers Greenway District

Tegethoff Development, LLC

TE Connectivity


Work highlights

  • Represented Diode Ventures in the development of a technology campus called Golden Plains, which will be a high-end, multifacility data center that will cost $8.2 billion.
  • Represented Raven Development in the acquisition of an approximately 5,000-acre mixed-use development consisting of residential, commercial, a golf course, a ski resort and lodge, and other amenities in Granby, Colorado.


Katten displays activity in Chicago and Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as in Washington DC and New York markets, particularly in acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and restructuring of all types of real estate. Alvin Katz , Mark Simon and David Dlugie are well-respected lawyers in Chicago. In Charlotte, head of lending, Frank Arado and Kenneth Lore in Washington DC, are also among its key lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Timothy G. Little

Other key lawyers:

Alvin Katz; Frank Arado; Mark Simon; David Dlugie; Kenneth Lore

Key clients


The Moinian Group

Callahan Capital Partners

Wells Fargo


Empire State Realty Trust

Fetner Properties

Affiliates of Pritzker Realty Group, LLC.

Lincoln Ventures LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented the Moinian companies in connection with the syndication of the credits and losses in connection with its Sky property on 42nd Street in Manhattan for a $1.4 billion-plus mixed-income and mixed-use apartment project.
  • Advised Rockrose as the owner of a major apartment project at Battery Park City, NY in the negotiation of a significant amendment to a long-term ground lease.

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP is highly active in commercial leasing and subleasing, acquisitions, sales and joint ventures, environmental issues, land use, zoning, development and entitlement matters. It is also increasingly active on distressed real estate transactions and workouts. The New York office houses global chair, Raymond Sanseverino, head of transactions, Christopher Barbaruolo and head of real estate finance, Steven Kornblau. Nichole Cortese and Kenneth Sold are instructed by major New York landlords and tenants, while Victoria Stephanova is active on joint ventures and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Sanseverino; Christopher Barbaruolo; Steven Kornblau

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Sold; Nichole Cortese; Victoria Stephanova


‘Experience, knowledge, and commitment to achieving the client’s goals. Ability to find satisfactory resolution of contentious issues.’

‘Thoroughness. Ability to provide quality work expeditiously on multiple assignments.’


Key clients



SL Green Realty

Outshine Properties

Arbor Realty Trust

RFR Holdings/ RFR Realty

Columbia Property Trust

Necessity Retail REIT

Global Net Lease

Brookfield Properties

Collection Center Property Company

Trinity Real Estate

Rego Park Office Tower

New York City REIT


US Retail/US Outlet/US Outlets Deer Park

Williamsburgh Garage LLC

Axonic Capital

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

BNY Mellon Bank

Georgica Green Ventures

Harbor Group International

Healthcare Trust

Hudson’s Bay Company

Japond Restaurant

Richard and Cheryl Schefer


Nakash Bellevue

Marx Realty

Ivanhoe Cambridge

Carlyle Group

Stoneridge Group

TigerJoy Holdings

Work highlights

  • Representing Rabina, a multi-generational, family-owned and operated real estate investment and development firm based in New York, in its $540 million construction financing package, and additional joint venture equity, for the approximately 1,000 foot tall to-be-constructed mixed-use skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan at 520 Fifth Avenue.
  • Represented global audit and consulting firm KPMG in its 20-year lease of approximately 450,000 SF for its new headquarters.
  • Represented SL Green Realty in connection with several marquis deals at SL Green’s world-class developments at One Madison Avenue and One Vanderbilt.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is particularly active in the burgeoning cannabis and CBD industry, helping multistate operators, owners and investors in partnerships, land permitting and ground leases. In the Silicon Valley office, Michael Polentz leads the practice and is experienced in acquisitions, leasing, land use, development and construction. Los Angeles’ Anita Famili Sabine is recommended for financing, development, leasing and investment-related transactions nationwide.

Practice head(s):

Anita Famili Sabine; Michael Polentz

Key clients

Avanath Capital Management

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

John & Marcia Goldman Foundation

Urban Catalyst


Work highlights

  • Represented the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in its plans to design and construct its new main museum campus, largely designed by renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.
  • Representing Avanath Capital Management, one of the country’s largest owners of conventional and affordable multifamily properties, in its acquisitions, financings and loan modifications for multifamily properties throughout the United States.
  • Advised Lowe Enterprises in its $200 million+ joint venture of Museum Place at the Historic Randall School, a unique 489-unit mixed-use development in the Southwest-Capital Riverfront Neighborhood of Washington DC.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s multidisciplinary real estate team combine experience in REITs, hospitality, M&A, finance, fund formation, private equity, ERISA, bankruptcy and restructuring. Leading the practice from San Francisco, Rachel Horsch has extensive experience on all aspects of real estate development, acquisition, joint ventures, leasing, financing and disposition of office, industrial, retail, multifamily residential and mixed-use properties.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Horsch


‘Great experience in design and construction issues and contracts.’

Key clients

Corem Kelly AB (f/k/a Klövern AB)


Los Angeles Unified School District

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB)

Pacific Gas & Electric

Three Wall Capital

Commonwealth Partners

Weller Development Company

JBG SMITH Properties

Great Eagle Holdings Limited

New York University

Work highlights

  • Advised Corem Kelly in the post-acquisition work, development, financing, and leasing of a portfolio of four development projects in Manhattan.
  • Represented CommonWealth Partners, the purchaser and borrower in the $1 billion+ purchase of Hudson Commons at 441 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan.
  • Representing Pacific Gas &Electricity Corporation in the relocation of its headquarters from San Francisco to Oakland.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP is noted for its representation of landlords and tenants in every type of leasing transaction, including headquarters office leases and ground leases, as well as sale-leasebacks and other structured transactions. Kris Ferranti leads the practice from New York and is highly active in acquisitions, dispositions, development projects, foreign investment, financings and ground and space leasing. In the same office, Lisa Brill acts for institutional investors and real estate operating companies in the investment, ownership and development of real estate.

Practice head(s):

Kris Ferranti

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Brill


‘Lisa Brill is a terrific lawyer and exemplifies what one looks for in counsel that is committed, available and responsive. She is the best.’

‘Shearman and Sterling has decades of experience and they have a deep bench that allows for valued advice and a seamless experience among the professionals at the firm’

‘Kris Ferranti is my main contact and does an excellent job of maximizing his services and minimizing the amount of hours billed on an issue.’

Key clients

Citibank, N.A.

Deutsche Bank

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Shorenstein Properties

GTIS Partners

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

SL Green Realty Corp.

Credit Suisse

Strategic Capital

The Olayan Group

Taconic Capital Advisors


Wafra, Inc.

Empire Square Group

Royal Bank of Canada

Corebridge Financial

Work highlights

  • Represented Citibank, as administrative agent, in connection with Digital Realty Trust’s $3.0 billion global revolving credit facility. The facility consists of a $3.0 billion dollar line of credit.
  • Represented Citibank, as administrative agent and sole lead arranger, in connection with £950 million in credit facilities to finance Sun Communities Operating Limited Partnership’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Park Holidays UK.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sullivan & Worcester LLP's Boston based real estate group led by Ashley Brooks represents developers across the United States with a concentration in greater Boston and across the New England region, on all aspects of development from acquisition, land-use issues, permitting at the state and federal level, debt and equity negotiation, leasing and disposition. Key sectors include life science, office, mixed-use, market rate housing, student housing, affordable housing and industrial properties. Karen Kepler routinely acts for for-profit and non-profit organizations. Jennifer Schultz has since left the firm

Practice head(s):

Ashley Brooks

Other key lawyers:

Karen Kepler; Jennifer Schultz


‘Sullivan has a great depth of bench within practice areas and the cross reference across practice areas (real estate, private equity, tax, compliance, REIT matters) is second to none.’

Key clients

Diversified Healthcare Trust


Scape Limited

The Cronin Group

Skanska Commercial Development USA

Beacon Capital Partners


Columbia Property Trust

FoxRock Properties

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Center Court Partners

The Flatley Company

Service Properties Trust

Office Properties Income Trust

Industrial Logistics Properties Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented Beacon Capital in the permitting and development of the first phase of their life science campus in the South Boston Marine Park.
  • Represented the Flatley Company in the redevelopment of a 25+ acre site in Charlestown, MA.
  • Advising Skanska in the redevelopment of the six-acre Simmons Residential Campus in the Fenway/LMA neighborhood of Boston; full redevelopment will be approximately 1.8 million square feet.

Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP‘s national real estate group has a specialty practice in tax finance, advising on use of public incentives, including low income housing tax credits, new market tax credits, tax increment financing, and other government incentive programs. It also routinely assists with corporate expansion, new construction, development and acquisition, particularly as it relates to headquarters and plant development projects. Thomas Coyne heads the practice from Cleveland.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Coyne

Key clients

Raytheon Technologies Corporation

Bank of China

SITE Centers

Brookfield Asset Management/Brookfield Properties (formerly Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.)

Pratt & Whitney

RPT Realty


Peppertree / K2 / Blue Sky

Ackermann Group

Eaton Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised a financial institution in a $40 million mixed use multi-family project with historic tax credits and new market tax credits.
  • Represented of Raytheon Technologies Corp, through its Pratt & Whitney Division on a billion-dollar development project in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Advising Eaton Corporation in the US on real estate projects, risk management processes and systems development

Vinson & Elkins LLP

With ‘great bench strength‘ in its principal New York and Dallas offices, co-headed by Wally Schwartz and Paul Martin , respectively, Vinson & Elkins LLP is a top choice for banks, private equity firms, REITs, developers, landlords and tenants, in all commercial transactions, debt and equity financing and development work. Julia Sanabria continues to hold a busy leasing practice, and has recently advised Related Santa Clara on the leasing of the 800,000 square foot retail component of a 240-acre mixed use project being built in Santa Clara, California. Adam Endick is also active in commercial leasing transactions. Both of the partners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Wally Schwartz; Paul Martin

Other key lawyers:

Julia Sanabria; Adam Endick


‘Great bench strength – from associates to senior partners; Team/collaborative approach. Also, extremely personable.’

Key clients

166 2nd LLC


Alex. Brown Realty

AT Industrial Owner Acquisition LLC

Aviation Facilities Company Management

CBRE Global Investors

B&D Holdings, LLC

Boston Properties Limited Partnership

Clarion Partners, LLC

Columbus Centre Retail LLC

Cypress Equities, LLC

Deerfield Management Company, L.P.

East End Capital

EE 215 NW 24 Owner, LLC

ERY Developer

Evenhar Development Corporation

Extell Development Company

Fetner Properties Inc.

Goldman Sachs Realty Management, L.P

The Georgetown Company

Hillwood Properties

Innovo Property Group

iStar Inc.

JEMB Realty

Joy Construction and MADDD Equities

JP Morgan Asset Management

Lee & Associates

Oxford Properties

Perot Development Company

Prime Advisor, L.P.

The Related Companies, L.P.

Rockpoint Group, L.L.C.

Sentry Centers Holdings LLC (dba Convene)

Spear Street Capital

Stream Realty Partners, L.P.

Taconic Capital

Taconic Partners

Trammell Crow Company

Transwestern Investment Management

WeWork Companies, LLC

Woods Capital Management, LLC

WPT Capital Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advising The Related Companies in the development of a 25,000 seat soccer stadium, hotel, commercial complex and residential buildings located adjacent to the Mets’ CitiField in the Willets Point neighborhood of Queens, New York.
  • Advised WPT Industrial Real Estate Trust in its $3.1 billion sale to Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.
  • Advised Perot Development Company in the formation of multiple joint ventures with Invesco Real Estate for the ground leasing, financing, development, subleasing and sale of DFW Park 161.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Andrew White chairs Winston & Strawn LLP‘s global practice and is highly experienced counsel for private equity funds, hedge funds, REITs, developers and other institutional investors and operators in a wide variety of real estate transactional matters. In Dallas, key names include department head, Billie Ellis and fellow partners Douglas Yeager and Jeffrey Smith. Industrial, multifamily, manufactured housing, self-storage, and retail assets are key sectors of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Andrew White; Billie Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Doug Yeager; Jeff Smith


‘Amazing all hands team. My preferred team across the country – would rely on them and hire for any transaction – simple to complex they always perform at an exceptional caliber.’

‘Depth of knowledge of our business practices and needs.’

The Partners, specifically Andy White, are incredibly knowledgeable on the business of our practice. They provide tremendous value and strength from top to bottom.

Key clients

Ambient Capital Partners

Berkeley Partners

Bernhard, LLC

Bridge Investment Group

Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group, Inc.

Cobblestone Real Estate LLC

Copper Beech Real Estate Capital

Crosspoint Properties

Freehold Capital Acquisitions, LLC


GEM Realty

Good Investment Partners

Karis Cold Storage

Kimco Realty Corporation

Long Cove Development, Inc.

Orchard Homes (Noho Solutions, Inc.)

Monument Square Investment Group


NexPoint Advisors

NGL Energy Partners

Nicola-Crosby Real Estate

Pine Tree

Priderock Capital Partners, LLC

Red River Development

Regions Bank

Stream Realty Partners

TPG Global and related entities

Triple-S Steel Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented NexPoint Advisors, LP, in connection with a refinancing of a portfolio of 29 self-storage sites located in 11 states having a loan amount of $356,500,000.


Known for its work in data center development, Akin advises many prominent investment funds as well as REITs on design, construction, financing, and leasing of data centers and co-location facilities. Fort Worth’s Marc Epstein and Dallas’ John Bain co-head the group and represent investors, owners, developers, landlords and tenants in the hospitality, retail, assisted living, office and transportation sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Bain; Marc Epstein

Key clients

CorePoint Lodging

Entertainment Properties Group

NewcrestImage Holdings, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented the borrower to secure a $480 million construction line of credit to be used to build out a data center in Santa, Clara, California.
  • Represented a private equity real estate fund in the acquisition of approximately 120 acres of land in Loudoun County, Virginia for a purchase price of $145 million.
  • Represented a private equity real estate fund in the sale of two operating data center facilities to a hyperscale data center operator for $146 million in Aldie, Virginia.

Arnold & Porter

Supported by its base in Washington DC and led by co-chair, Amy Rifkind, Arnold & Porter  has a focus real estate transactions involving federal government interests, as well as on large-scale office leasing. Its New York group is headed by fellow co-chair, Jeffrey Kapner , a top counsel for institutional lenders and property owners involved with commercial real estate finance and development. The firm also represents hotel owners and developers in the acquisition and sale of existing hotels, hotel financings, development and workout of distressed hotels.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kapner; Amy Rifkind; Steve Gliata

Key clients

Brennan Investment Group

AWH Partners

Blackstone Real Estate

Grandview Partners

Host Hotels & Resorts


Camalier Management LLP

American Real Estate Partners

Fivesquares Development


Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Akridge and affiliates in negotiating multiple joint venture agreements and an acquisition and construction loan, for Phase I of The Stacks Project in Washington DC.
  • Represented Brennan Investment Group in the sale/recapitalization of a portfolio of 40 industrial properties located throughout the country.
  • Advised the Camalier family office in connection with the ground lease of a development site in Naples, Florida to Ocean Properties (one of the largest hotel owners and operators in Florida) for the development of a 109-key five star luxury hotel property.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Connie Simmons Taylor leads the real estate team at Baker Botts L.L.P. where she specializes in developments, acquisitions, dispositions, with particular expertise in representing developers in major tenant office leases and retail leases. Paul Landen is involved in complex, multi-tier joint ventures, often involving foreign investors. Both partners are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Connie Simmons Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Paul Landen

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP nationwide practice focuses on sales, acquisitions, development, equity investments, financings, joint ventures, and restructuring. In particular, the firm is highly recommended for multi-property and portfolio deals and its strong commercial leasing practice, headed by Sam Walker in New York, which is known for acting on retail chain rollouts. Samantha Wallack is another name of note in the same office. Steven Shoumer chairs the practice from Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Wallack; Steven Shoumer; Sam Walker


‘They are intelligent deal making attorneys who make sure to find a path to complete the transaction while not at all sacrificing the their clients legal position/needs/requirements in such transaction.’

Key clients

Abacus Capital Group

DRA Advisors

George Comfort and Sons

L+M Development Partners, Inc.


Nelson Management

Ginsburg Development Companies, LLC

TF Cornerstone, Inc.

Camber Property Group


Citizens Bank

Signature Bank

U.S. Bank

Toll Brothers

Morgan Properties

Santander Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented DRA Advisors in the $880m acquisition of a portfolio consisting of 33 grocery-anchored shopping centers across various states.

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP has a strong track record working with creditors and borrowers, landlords and tenants, and sellers and purchasers, throughout the New England region as well as with national clients. Thomas Phillips in Boston chairs the leasing practice, and draws upon his expertise in retail, leisure, hospitality, and mixed-use properties. Hartford-based co-head Thomas Regan represents private equity funds, corporations, private developers, institutions, and not-for-profits in the development, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate projects and energy facilities.


Practice head(s):

Thomas Regan; Thomas Phillips


‘The real estate side of this firm is outstanding. It is headed by Tom Phillips who is brilliant in solving complex problems. He is also very good at assigning various cases to experts within the firm for particular matters. What is unique about this firm is the fact that they do have attorneys that specialize in the various components of Real Estate. Other firms usually only assign the client to one attorney and the client is at the mercy of that person to be alert and knowledgeable to the various nuances of each transaction whether it be leasing, financing or purchase/sales.’

‘The trustworthiness of each and every attorney has been comforting along with their specific knowledge in the area I am dealing in. Currently I am dealing with three different issues and have three different attorneys handle each matter all working un the the watch eye of Tom Phillips. I feel fully protected while using Brown Rudnick.’

Key clients



Plymouth REIT

Ulta Beauty


Condyne Capital Partners, LLC



Volta Charging

SSCP Asset Management d/b/a Snapbox Self Storage

McGovern Automotive Group

Uncommon Schools

GCP Applied Technologies

Rhino Capital Advisors LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Primark’s on new store leases in the U.S., and to advise on all existing store leases.
  • Advised Plymouth REIT in connection with its amended and restated credit agreement with respect to an increase of up to $500 million senior unsecured term and revolving loans.
  • Representing Volta Charging in permitting work enabling them to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with electronic advertising capability on third parties’ commercial properties throughout New England.

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart‘s practice is based in Boston and is particularly known for its transactional and leasing work in the life science sector. The practice is also instructed on joint ventures, negotiation of management agreements, urban and condominium development, land use and zoning and foreclosure matters. It also advises on construction contracts, architects contracts, and related matters, particularly on behalf of owners. Paul Laudano is the lead partner.

Practice head(s):

Paul Laudano

Key clients

NorthBridge Partners

Chevron Partners

Alexandria Real Estate

Jones Lang LaSalle

Grander Capital Partners

Simon Property Group

Oxford Properties Group

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Suffolk Construction

Bain Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. on a retail expansion project involving over 100 new bank branch locations, new ATMs, and related real estate matters. This includes due diligence, real estate acquisitions, leasing, condominiums, and all related work.
  • Represented Alexandria Real Estate Investors in the acquisition of Charles Park in Cambridge, MA, including work related to acquisition and permitting/redevelopment diligence.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton‘s New York-based practice spans the full range of transaction types and asset classes. This year saw the launch of  ClearyX, a platform offering lower cost legal services through the use of technology, project and process discipline. Practice co-head Steven Wilner is involved in wide variety of investment and financing matters. Other co-head, Daniel Reynolds counsels clients in the negotiation of joint ventures to acquire, finance, and develop office, retail, hotel, multifamily and mixed-use properties, and is also heavily involved in real estate financing transactions.


Practice head(s):

Steven Wilner; Daniel Reynolds


The team is extremely experienced and knowledgeable on deals throughout the United States.


Key clients

Argent Ventures

Axar Capital

Brookfield Asset Management

Cascade Investment L.L.C.


Island Capital

Madison Capital

Monarch Alternative Capital

Olshan Properties


Work highlights

  • Advised Argent Ventures in connection with its acquisition of the $275 million mortgage and mezzanine loans securing the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York City’s Times Square and the resulting restructuring and reposition strategies.
  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management in its acquisition of a 51% interest in a portfolio of five multifamily and mixed-used properties in New York and California, including a 30-story rental tower in Manhattan and buildings in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
  • Advised Wafra in its formation of a programmatic joint venture with a subsidiary of The Arden Group.

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC works on behalf of commercial and residential developers, lenders, investors, municipal bodies, blue-chip clients and SMEs on their industrial, retail, office, hospitality, residential and mixed-use real estate transactions and projects. From its Troy office, ‘attentive with a consistently positive approachMichael Lusardi and Katheryne Zelenock co-lead the department, specializing in acquisition, disposition and leasing, and real estate finance, respectively. Monica Labe is another noted senior partner in Troy, and John Cameron is the key figure in Grand Rapids.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lusardi; Katheryne Zelenock

Other key lawyers:

Monica Labe; John Cameron


‘Michael Lusardi is our key contact at DW. He is always very responsive, attending to our requirements with a consistently positive approach.’

‘Partners are extremely responsive and thoughtful when thinking through deal challenges.’

‘The real estate team at Dickinson Wright is spectacular. DW offers reasonable pricing and billing term, and provides provides excellent client service, including a two-day turnaround on documents. DW has a deep bench, with knowledge and expertise to ensure the best outcome on our real estate matters. DW works collaboratively, both within the firm and with my team.’

‘Monica Labe, the head of the DW real estate team, provides outstanding client service. She assigns the attorneys and paralegals which best match the skills required for each real estate matter, thereby ensuring that matters are handled efficiently and economically. She is very organized, a great negotiator, and an excellent attorney.’

Key clients

AR Global

Solo World Partners

Aramco Services Company

City of Mesa

Work highlights

  • Advised AR Global in connection with its acquisitions of medical office buildings nationwide, amounting to an investment of $150 million.
  • Advised Solo World Partners on the acquisition and related financing of a manufacturing plant in Shelbyville, Kentucky, comprised of 35 acres of land.
  • Represented the City of Mesa, Arizona in a pair of separate transactions to promote downtown redevelopment in the City.

K&L Gates

At K&L Gates‘ Charleston office, Matthew Norton co-chairs the firm’s global real estate practice and spearheads the resort, hospitality and leisure practice. He has worked extensively throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and is experienced in the sale, acquisition, financing, and development of hotels, resorts, and golf courses. Shannon Skinner is the other co-head, based in Seattle, concentrating her practice on commercial real estate and financing transactions, particularly regional shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, industrial and logistics properties, mixed-use projects, multifamily and museums.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Norton; Shannon Skinner


‘K&L Gates have completed numerous commercial real estate leases for my firm. They continually meet projected schedules. They are efficient with each lease and build on past transactions to simplify future negotiations.’

Key clients



Pensylvania – American Water Company

Hershey Foods

South Street Partners, LLC

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated

Sixth Street

IGIS Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Meritz Alternative Investment Management

Mastern Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Hana Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Representing a publicly traded healthcare REIT on national transactional and litigation/lease default work, including numerous medical office building single building and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, along with development work in connection with multiple medical office building properties across the United States.
  • Represented IGIS Asset Management in its acquisition of a 49% joint venture interest in the Midtown Center office and retail building located in Washington, D.C. At the time of closing, the acquisition was one of the largest real estate transactions in D.C. to be completed since the onset of the pandemic.
  • Represented Meritz Alternative Investment Management in connection with the acquisition of 49% of the membership interests in a Limited Liability Company joint venture entity indirectly owning the fee interest of the real property located at 220 East 42nd Street, New York, New York, commonly known as the “Daily News Building”.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

David Szeker and Darwin Huang lead the real estate transactional team at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP from New York, handling acquisitions and dispositions of single properties and property portfolios, financings, office and retail leasing and joint venture development. Huang is often instructed by Asian financial institutions, asset management companies and prominent family offices.

Practice head(s):

David Szeker

Other key lawyers:

Darwin Huang


‘The team has strengths in the different areas we have experienced like litigation, negotiation, financing and other activities related to real estate developments, and are able to provide a complete assistance to developers. As a foreign investor, we also appreciated their ability to introduce us to key players in the market.’

‘David Szeker led the team with a very wise yet reactive and very pragmatic approach.’

‘David Szeker is an extraordinary attorney and business thought partner. He devotes himself to his clients, and is genuinely interested in learning the minutest details about client operations. This attention to detail puts David in the best position to provide superb legal advice, to draft the highest-quality deal documents, and to help consummate deals on behalf of his clients.’

‘They are absolutely dedicated to learning the intricate details of their clients’ business, which then informs the legal services they provide. The KBT real estate group understands that each client is different, has unique needs, and faces unique challenges and opportunities. KBTS learns about its clients and applies that knowledge and learning to the legal services it provides, which results in a superb legal product.’

Key clients

Starwood Property Trust

SL Green

JDS Development


GFI Capital

Cottonwood Group

Quinlan Development Group

Mollenhour Gross

Korea Investments and Securities

Icon Realty Management

Take-Two Interactive

Douglas Elliman

Young Nian Group


Sterling Town Equities

Nostalgic Partners

Columbia Property Trust

Steiner NYC

Yellowstone Real Estate Investments

Dwight Mortgage Trust

F&T Group,

Relevant Group

Work highlights

  • Represented JDS Development in transactional and litigation matters in New York City and Miami, including in connection with its ongoing 9 DeKalb development in Brooklyn, New York, which development is now known as The Brooklyn Tower and is expected to open in 2023.
  • Advised Starwood Property Trust in numerous sales and mortgage loan matters of approximately $300 million across the nation, including in North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, California and New Jersey.
  • Represented SL Green Realty in a case against HNA Group International, part of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, involving the ownership of 245 Park Avenue, a commercial marquee office tower in New York City.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Following the major expansion of its Los Angeles and Chicago offices in the last few years, McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s New York office continues the trend and has welcomed the arrival of partners Megan Vallerie from Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Marshall Brozost and Alykhan Shivji from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Billy Hildbold from Morrison Foerster, all joining in May 2022. The firm is well-known for its portfolio and representation of private equity clients, institutional investors and developers in acquisitions and dispositions. Global practice chair Jeffrey Steiner is experienced in restructuring, structuring and managing complex real estate debt and equity investments and investment vehicles in the US and worldwide. Justin Bender in Chicago is another key hire from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Los Angeles’ Mal Serure is the go-to for REITs and Japanese clients.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Steiner


‘Great team with strong pedigrees and deep experience. A pleasure to work with.’

‘I started working with MWE since Mal Serure joined their real estate/finance team. He is always attentive to clients and very proactive, and provides flexible and practical solutions. His explanation and advice are logical and reasonable but very easy to understand for non-US lawyers and clients as well.’

‘Their strength comes from the fact that Mal Serure joined the team. He and his team are able to cover both real estate transactions and real estate finance.’

Key clients

Ladder Capital Finance

Silverstein Capital Partners

RFR Holding LLC

Natixis, New York Branch

Natixis Real Estate Capital

Arbor Realty Trust

S3 Capital (affiliate of Spruce Capital Partners)

Work highlights

  • Represented Ladder Capital in connection with amendments to appx. $1.5 billion of liquidity facilities to accommodate transitions from LIBOR to market-driven alternative rate environments.
  • Represented Silverstein Capital Partners in the origination of a $600 million mortgage and mezzanine loan financing package to Wildflower Development and Meadow Partner.
  • Represented RFR Holding LLC in the aggregate $49 million acquisitions of the Yves Hotel located at 146 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida from affiliates of Host Hotels & Resorts.

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Covering the full spectrum of real estate issues, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP continues to specialize in industrial, hospitality, mixed-use, resort and multifamily asset classes. Based in Atlanta, co-head Matthew Sours primarily represents developers and investors in all phases of commercial transactions. In the same office, Mark Block has expertise in the negotiation of joint venture agreements, like kind exchange issues, and forward contracts. Co-head Carol Weld King in Washington DC concentrates on transaction structuring, financing, acquisition, and development activities in the hospitality and lodging industry.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Sours; Carol Weld King

Other key lawyers:

Mark Block

Key clients

Portman Holdings

Panattoni Development Company, LLC

Noble Investment Group

Sila Realty Trust, Inc.

S.J. Collins Enterprises

Thornton Park Venture LLC

Express Wash Operations, LLC

Stockbridge Capital Group, LLC

Cortland Partners, LLC

Wood Partners

McDonald’s Corporation

Brookfield Properties

AWH Partners

Blaze Capital

Artemis Real Estate Partners, LLC


Terwilliger Pappas

Work highlights

  • Represented Wood Partners, LLC, in more than 60 transactions, including acquisition, development, disposition, and property management, including closing 24 acquisition and development deals totalling over $1m.
  • Represented Cortland Partners, LLC, in 18 acquisitions in 2022 totalling approximately $2.07 billion as well as over $1.50 billion in refinancing and equity syndication transactions.
  • Represented S.J. Collins Enterprises in the rezoning, variance, and zoning-related permitting for the development of a mixed-use development, totalling $450,000,000.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP offers multidisciplinary expertise across all areas of commercial real estate, with a particular focus on land acquisition and entitlement, development and construction, capital markets, lending, finance, and leasing. In the Boca Raton office, Jeffrey A. Deutch and Christopher Staller are ‘responsive, sophisticated, commercial, and detail oriented counsel‘ on all real estate transactions and leasing. In the same office, co-head David Itskovich ‘s practice concentrates on office buildings, market-rate apartments and affordable housing. Transactional lawyer and co-head Jo Thacker in Orlando is the go-to for land–use and zoning issues, intergovernmental coordination and planning, and public finance. Eric Klinger-Wilensky is the lead partner in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Eric Wilensky; David Itskovich; Jo Thacker

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Deutch; Christopher Staller


‘Nelson Mullins’ real estate department partners Jeffrey Deutch and Christopher Staller, who I work with extensively, are probably the most responsive, sophisticated, commercial, and detail oriented counsel of any practice that I’ve worked with in my career.’

Key clients

Wheelock Street Capital

Aventon Companies

The Bainbridge Companies

Starwood Capital Group

Watson Brickell Development, LLC

Tavistock Development Company

Xenia Hotels and Resorts – W Hotel

Centric by Hyatt Hotel

Caption by Hyatt Hotel

White Lodging

Work highlights

  • Acted for Aventon Companies in the acquisition of four vacant land sites in Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.
  • Assisted an affiliate of Wheelock Street Capital in connection with their investment into an assemblage of 76 parcels in West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Represented Starwood Capital Group in their acquisition of 9 properties.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP‘s practice is headed up by Pittsburgh-based Paul Didomenico, who has a strong following among global retailers, national REITs, lenders, tech companies, and owners of retail and other commercial and residential properties, handling development, acquisition and disposition, leasing, landlord tenant issues, zoning issues and commercial financing. Group chair Joseph Sarcinella in New York, Los Angeles based John Simonis and James F. Mogan, III in the Philadelphia office, are also highly distinguished counsel.

Practice head(s):

Paul Didomenico

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Sarcinella; James F. Mogan, III; John Simonis


‘High knowledge base, immense experience, extremely efficient, reasonable and has the client’s best interest to save them money regardless of situation.’

‘Extremely strong capabilities in a variety of areas including joint ventures, development, construction, acquisitions and financing. John Simonis is a true pro that has seen and done it all. John and his team are super responsive and always pragmatic – essential skills when evaluating complicated issues on a short timeline.’

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Julian Wise heads the real estate practice at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, which is widely known for its work with major New York landlords, office and retail tenants, on lease negotiations, particularly in the investment management, financial services and law firm areas. Seth Henslovitz is another key lawyer acting for developers, owners and operators of commercial buildings, shopping centers and industrial properties in respect of all real estate transactions. Net lease deals and sale-leasebacks are a key specialty of the firm, as is its work on commercial and mezzanine lending.

Practice head(s):

Julian Wise

Other key lawyers:

Seth Henslovitz

Key clients

Dalan Management

Fontainebleau Development

The Carlyle Group

The Spectrum Group

Blackstone Mortgage Trust

Hawkins Way Capital


Meritz Securities

Monday Properties

The Festival Companies

WAM Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone Mortgage Trust in $228 million of mortgage and mezzanine financing to Tishman Speyer for the acquisition and development of eight multi-family buildings in downtown Santa Monica, California.
  • Represented Mack Real Estate Group in cross-defaulted mortgage and mezzanine loans in the aggregate amount of $262.5 million to affiliates of TA Partners in connection with the ground-up construction of two residential complexes in Irvine, California.
  • Advised long-time client Blackstone as lender to 545Wyn, a 298,000 square foot creative office and retail building developed by Sterling Bay and located in the highly sought-after neighborhood of Wynwood, Miami.

Troutman Pepper

Offering a deep bench of expertise in retail, hospitality and energy real estate assets, Troutman Pepper‘s cross-disciplinary team continue to be sought after for a broad range of real estate projects, transactions and investments. The firm also stands out for its knowledge of issues surrounding the intersection of technology and commercial real estate, and has advised developers, owners, investors, property managers, tenants, and telecoms and software companies across the U.S. in matters involving Distributed Antenna Systems, building life safety and technology-enhanced building infrastructure. Anthony Greene leads the practice from Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Greene

White & Case LLP

Leveraging a national presence, White & Case LLP‘s transactional team is well-equipped to handle joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financings, workouts, construction and development for a wide variety of real estate owners, developers and asset types. Practise head Eugene Leone divides his time between the Chicago and New York offices and has a long track record of leading, structuring and executing commercial real estate transactions for a wide range of investors, including private equity, entrepreneurs and public companies. Michael McKeever in Chicago is another name to note, as is Steven Lutt in New York.

Practice head(s):

Eugene Leone

Other key lawyers:

Michael McKeever; Steven Lutt

Key clients

PWM Property Management LLC and Certain Affiliates

Atlas Arteria Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised PWM Property Management and certain affiliates on the sale of their interests in the commercial office tower located at 245 Park Avenue in New York City to an affiliate of SL Green Realty Corp.
  • Advising Atlas Arteria in the purchase of a 66.67% interest in the Chicago Skyway toll road from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and OMERS Infrastructure.
  • Advised Aramco on its entry into an Equity Purchase Agreement with automotive services provider Valvoline, Inc. to acquire Valvoline’s Global Products Business, subject to certain customary adjustments as set forth in the Equity Purchase Agreement.


Based in Boston, WilmerHale practice leans strongly towards life science real estate, representing owners, developers and life sciences companies in their large-scale development, joint ventures and acquisitions around Boston and Cambridge, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, DC. Key figures include Paul Jakubowski and head of practice, Douglas Burton.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Burton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jakubowski


‘Paul Jakubowski is an excellent relationship lawyer and Doug Burton knows his stuff.’

Key clients

Analog Devices

Atlantic Management Corporation

Casella Waste Systems

Dyne Therapeutics

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Work highlights

  • Advising Boston-based real estate investment and development company Atlantic Management Corporation in the acquisition, financing and leasing of corporate campuses and other large assets in Massachusetts.
  • Represented Casella Waste Systems Inc., a publicly traded Vermont-based regional waste management company, in connection with its acquisition of the businesses and real estate of Northstar Pulp & Paper Co., Inc. and its affiliates.
  • Represented Casella Waste Systems Inc., a publicly traded Vermont-based regional waste management company, in connection with its acquisition of the assets and real estate of Community Eco Power LLC in a bankruptcy proceeding.