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Melanie Meyers

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Real Estate; Land Use, Construction and Development; Environmental


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


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


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


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

United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

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

Within: Land use/zoning

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is considered the ‘gold standard’ for land use and zoning work in New York City. The 12-strong team works on high-profile mandates, which have included assisting Google with the zoning due diligence in relation to its $2.4bn acquisition of Chelsea Market from Jamestown Properties, and also advising on ongoing land use with regard to the potential expansion of the property. The team also advised JPMorgan Chase on various aspects of the planned redevelopment of its headquarters on Park Avenue - the first major project to be carried out under the Greater East Midtown Rezoning Plan, passed in 2017. In addition, the team continues to act as counsel to Related Companies in relation to numerous zoning aspects concerning the development of Hudson Yards; with the firm's assistance, the client was able to create a complex underlying legal architecture allowing for the establishment of multiple business sites with separate financings. Melanie Meyers is a key figure in the practice group, as is Carol Rosenthal, who ‘intimately understands the complexities of zoning in a way that is grounded in both historical context and palatable ways to set new precedent’. ‘True starZachary Bernstein stands out for his ‘willingness to be clear that there aren't always simple clear answers and that some goals require a more subjective path’; he co-led the JPMorgan Chase mandate with David Karnovsky, another key practitioner. Special counsel Wesley O’Brien and associate Nicholas Williams are also recommended.

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