Belinda G. Schwartz > Herrick, Feinstein LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Herrick, Feinstein LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10016
United States

Work Department


Partner; Chair, Real Estate Department


Belinda Schwartz has chaired Herrick’s Real Estate Department since 2014, is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee since 2017 and is a 30+ year veteran of New York City’s commercial real estate market. She is a leader and mentor for 50+ attorneys and urban planners (23 of which are women) and one of the only women in the country to chair a major commercial real estate practice.

One of the industry’s most creative real estate dealmakers, Belinda’s clients value her ability to find common ground in negotiations and achieve a desirable outcome as swiftly as possible. Her clients include prominent developers, owners, funds, investors and family-owned real estate businesses, whom she advises in complex debt and equity transactions including real estate restructurings and workouts; fund formation; property acquisitions and sales; joint ventures; development deals; construction matters; ground leases and commercial leases.

Belinda frequently advises clients in single asset and portfolio transactions involving residential, hospitality, office and retail properties across the U.S. She has also advised on several of New York City’s largest development projects, including Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Empire Stores complex, Downtown Brooklyn’s 1.8 million square-foot City Point project, and one of the largest land swaps in Manhattan history, a deal which won REBNY’s coveted Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award. Recently, Belinda has been leading her clients through the impact of COVID-19 on their real estate transactions, development projects, workouts and restructurings, loans and leases as a critical addition to her clients’ business team.

Belinda has consistently been ranked one of New York City’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in AmericaSuper LawyersCrain’s New York Business, City & State and Real Estate Forum, which has twice named her a “woman of influence.” Belinda was named one of of Crain’s New York Business 2021 Notable Women in Law. In 2020, Belinda was named one of National Law Journal’s Trailblazers in Real Estate/Construction Law. In 2019, Belinda was named one of Real Estate Weekly’s, Real Estate Dealmakers, and in 2018, one of Real Estate Weekly’s Leading Ladies of Real Estate. Additionally, for the past number of years she has been named one of Bisnow’s New York Power Women. 


  • Legal Outreach, Advisory Board
  • Real Women of Real Estate, Founder
  • Professional Real Estate Forum (PREF), Board Member
  • Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Member
  • WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate, Member
  • TAGLaw®, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member


  • New York University School of Law (J.D.1983)
  • Barnard College

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate

From its New York City and Newark offices, Herrick, Feinstein LLP acts for owners, developers, lenders and investors in developments, acquisitions and sales, and commercial and ground leasing. The firm offers an experienced team all specializing in cooperatives and condominiums, along with Karol Robinson and special counsel Brett Gottlieb, both focusing on affordable housing. Mitchell Korbey leads its land use and zoning group, while Patrick O’Sullivan Jr is the go-to for Qualified Opportunity Zones. Other significant transactional attorneys include Jonathan Adelsberg, Michael Smith and department chair, Belinda G. Schwartz . All lawyers mentioned are based primarily in New York.