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Stephen Lefkowitz

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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

Position

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

Career

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

Member

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

Education

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


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Real estate

Within: Real estate

‘Best in class’ Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is adept at handling acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, joint ventures, REIT matters, litigation, and land use and development issues, as well as mortgage, mezzanine and construction financing for borrowers and lenders. A recent highlight saw Robert Sorin advise Google on its $2.4bn acquisition of the Chelsea Market building in New York City. Practice chair Jonathan Mechanic, who is ‘a great intermediary when negotiating complex transactions’, advised JP Morgan on its headquarters redevelopment at 270 Park Avenue in New York, while Tal Golomb and Sorin advised Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust on the $1.6bn redevelopment of the James A Farley post office building as part of the redevelopment of New York's Penn Station. Joshua Mermelstein led in representing Trinity Church Wall Street on Disney's $650m purchase of a 99-year lease at 4 Hudson Square, where the company will build its new New York headquarters. The firm continues to represent Related Companies and Oxford Properties on the $20bn development project at Hudson Yards, and this year it secured the sale of leases to Third Point, Arosa Capital Management and HealthCor Management, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and Mount Sinai. Of counsel Stephen Lefkowitz and Washington DC-based Valerie Kelly are also recommended, as is associate Alex Sutherland and Nathaniel Lifschitz, who was promoted to partner in March 2018. Other clients include Maefield Development, Brookfield, The Children’s Investment Fund Management and Blackstone. All named attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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