Real Estate
Real Estate
A core practice of the firm since its founding in 1836, for nearly two centuries our Real Estate group has played an integral role in real estate and industrial projects across the United States—from the development of the Port of New York to the building of our country’s canals and the construction of our national rail system.

Our attorneys continue that tradition today, working at the leading edge of real estate—representing parties in the financing, purchase and sale of iconic properties and serving as go-to counsel on complex financings throughout the nation.  Our team includes attorneys who are the architects of the present-day commercial real estate finance industry.

We cover the full spectrum of real estate services, including complicated, multifaceted projects and sophisticated financings and workouts, providing innovative and market-savvy legal counsel driven by each client’s view of—and desired outcomes for—each transaction.  Whether we’re working with an insurance company, private equity fund, CMBS lender, commercial bank, investment bank, commercial real estate loan servicer or any other type of real estate lender, owner or investor, we begin with an understanding of that client’s structure, business, advantages and concerns.  We bring this individualized legal counsel at all stages of a transaction.

With more than 40 attorneys handling real estate transactions in our offices across the nation, as well as colleagues in tax, litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, financial institutions, ERISA and regulatory compliance who focus on real estate matters, our team provides comprehensive legal services to all of our real estate finance clients.

Our Real Estate team handles:

Financing.  Our attorneys represent insurance companies, CMBS lenders, funds, commercial banks and other institutional lenders, as well as owners and developers, in construction and permanent mortgage loan transactions, sale-leasebacks and other forms of real estate financing, involving all property classes and types, including office buildings, shopping centers, hotels and resorts, industrial properties and apartment complexes.  We represent numerous leading capital markets lending platforms in the origination of large volumes of mortgage loans intended for securitization as well as mezzanine loans, A/B note structures, participations and other complex structured finance projects.  Our team’s respected CMBS origination platform actively develops structures and strategies with lenders, as well as partnering with trade associations, to understand and interpret the burgeoning regulatory landscape both nationally and globally.

Acquisitions and Dispositions.  We represent major financial institutions and other investors and owners in connection with joint ventures and the acquisition and disposition of all types of real property, including office buildings, apartment complexes, hotels and resorts, hospitals, shopping centers and industrial complexes located throughout the United States.  We have successfully represented real estate equity funds of several Wall Street investment banking firms in the acquisition and sale of numerous properties, as well as private developers and investors in acquisitions and sales involving a variety of real estate product types.

Credit-Tenant Leasing Transactions.  Our team is a leader in the credit-tenant leasing market, in transactions spanning all property types—corporate headquarters and other principal offices, distribution facilities, financial trading floors, and multi-property pools of banking and various retail properties—and with an aggregate value in the billions of dollars.  We represent clients that include lessors; credit-tenants; loan originators (both financings to be held in our clients’ portfolios, and those for immediate sale through private placement and other securitization vehicles); purchasers of securitized loan interests; and major residual value insurers in all aspects of these transactions.  We handle traditional sale-leaseback transactions, as well as in the emerging market of financing credit tenant leases that do not qualify as “bondable.”

Loan Workouts and Real Property Litigation.  We work with financial institutions, servicers and other investors in workouts and loan restructurings and in litigation involving distressed real estate. Our litigation and transactional teams work together seamlessly to provide clients with strategic and comprehensive legal counsel that is process-savvy and results-oriented.

Leasing.  Our attorneys advise both landlords and tenants in connection with commercial leasing, including office, retail and industrial space.  Our clients include international and U.S.-based banks, national retail operators, insurance companies and companies in the entertainment, food and hospitality sectors.

Not-For-Profit Corporations.  We represent a variety of not-for-profit hospital, educational, religious and other institutions in the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of their properties throughout the United States.

 
 

Overview

A core practice of the firm since its founding in 1836, for nearly two centuries our Real Estate group has played an integral role in real estate and industrial projects across the United States—from the development of the Port of New York to the building of our country’s canals and the construction of our national rail system.

Our attorneys continue that tradition today, working at the leading edge of real estate—representing parties in the financing, purchase and sale of iconic properties and serving as go-to counsel on complex financings throughout the nation.  Our team includes attorneys who are the architects of the present-day commercial real estate finance industry.

We cover the full spectrum of real estate services, including complicated, multifaceted projects and sophisticated financings and workouts, providing innovative and market-savvy legal counsel driven by each client’s view of—and desired outcomes for—each transaction.  Whether we’re working with an insurance company, private equity fund, CMBS lender, commercial bank, investment bank, commercial real estate loan servicer or any other type of real estate lender, owner or investor, we begin with an understanding of that client’s structure, business, advantages and concerns.  We bring this individualized legal counsel at all stages of a transaction.

With more than 40 attorneys handling real estate transactions in our offices across the nation, as well as colleagues in tax, litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, financial institutions, ERISA and regulatory compliance who focus on real estate matters, our team provides comprehensive legal services to all of our real estate finance clients.

Our Real Estate team handles:

Financing.  Our attorneys represent insurance companies, CMBS lenders, funds, commercial banks and other institutional lenders, as well as owners and developers, in construction and permanent mortgage loan transactions, sale-leasebacks and other forms of real estate financing, involving all property classes and types, including office buildings, shopping centers, hotels and resorts, industrial properties and apartment complexes.  We represent numerous leading capital markets lending platforms in the origination of large volumes of mortgage loans intended for securitization as well as mezzanine loans, A/B note structures, participations and other complex structured finance projects.  Our team’s respected CMBS origination platform actively develops structures and strategies with lenders, as well as partnering with trade associations, to understand and interpret the burgeoning regulatory landscape both nationally and globally.

Acquisitions and Dispositions.  We represent major financial institutions and other investors and owners in connection with joint ventures and the acquisition and disposition of all types of real property, including office buildings, apartment complexes, hotels and resorts, hospitals, shopping centers and industrial complexes located throughout the United States.  We have successfully represented real estate equity funds of several Wall Street investment banking firms in the acquisition and sale of numerous properties, as well as private developers and investors in acquisitions and sales involving a variety of real estate product types.

Credit-Tenant Leasing Transactions.  Our team is a leader in the credit-tenant leasing market, in transactions spanning all property types—corporate headquarters and other principal offices, distribution facilities, financial trading floors, and multi-property pools of banking and various retail properties—and with an aggregate value in the billions of dollars.  We represent clients that include lessors; credit-tenants; loan originators (both financings to be held in our clients’ portfolios, and those for immediate sale through private placement and other securitization vehicles); purchasers of securitized loan interests; and major residual value insurers in all aspects of these transactions.  We handle traditional sale-leaseback transactions, as well as in the emerging market of financing credit tenant leases that do not qualify as “bondable.”

Loan Workouts and Real Property Litigation.  We work with financial institutions, servicers and other investors in workouts and loan restructurings and in litigation involving distressed real estate. Our litigation and transactional teams work together seamlessly to provide clients with strategic and comprehensive legal counsel that is process-savvy and results-oriented.

Leasing.  Our attorneys advise both landlords and tenants in connection with commercial leasing, including office, retail and industrial space.  Our clients include international and U.S.-based banks, national retail operators, insurance companies and companies in the entertainment, food and hospitality sectors.

Not-For-Profit Corporations.  We represent a variety of not-for-profit hospital, educational, religious and other institutions in the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of their properties throughout the United States.

Partner
Email (212) 808-7559(212) 808-7559
Karyn Fulton co-chairs the firm’s Real Estate practice group. Karyn is involved in all aspects of transactional commercial real estate law.  Her practice includes real property acq...
Partner
Email (973) 503-5931(973) 503-5931
Paul Keenan serves as managing partner of Kelley Drye’s Parsippany office, as well as co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate practice.  In his third decade of practice, Paul offers pa...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7618(212) 808-7618
David Barry is a partner in the firm’s New York office. He focuses his practice on employee benefits, executive compensation and real estate matters. David has particular experience ass...
Partner
Email (203) 351-8063(203) 351-8063
Jennifer Bedoya focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions throughout the United States.  Her experience is multi-faceted, and includes permanent financings, construction loa...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7638(212) 808-7638
Bob Bickford chairs the firm’s Hospitality practice group.  Bob focuses his practice on transactions relating to different types of real estate assets throughout the United States, repr...
Partner
Email (973) 503-5920(973) 503-5920
Joseph Boyle focuses his practice on class actions and commercial litigation.  His experience includes various areas of consumer class action litigation and litigation involving telecommunica...
Partner
Email (713) 355-5055(713) 355-5055
Micheal Dobbs has nearly two decades of experience in commercial, environmental and tort litigation matters, with an emphasis on environmental litigation and regulatory matters.  He has serve...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7535(212) 808-7535
Chris Drewes’s practice covers all aspects of commercial real estate, and his work includes real estate financing, joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, development, construction, leas...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7570(212) 808-7570
Joe Forte has substantial experience in commercial real estate capital markets and finance, with a particular emphasis on the origination, structuring, workout and enforcement of commercial mortga...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7568(212) 808-7568
Ben Frankel is a partner in the firm's New York office. He focuses his practice on real property law and estate planning.
Partner
Email (212) 808-7589(212) 808-7589
Deron Green focuses his practice in the areas of commercial real estate finance and commercial mortgage securitization.  Deron has extensive experience representing commercial banks, insuranc...
Partner
Email (973) 503-5929(973) 503-5929
Stephen Hauck’s practice is focused on commercial real estate finance. Steve has extensive experience representing investment banks, commercial banks, insurance companies, debt funds, R...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8857(202) 342-8857
Joe Hoffman co-chairs the Washington D.C. Business Group.  His commercial practice focuses on real estate and corporate transactions involving the purchase and sale of assets and companies, a...
Partner
Email (973) 503-5984(973) 503-5984
James Jacobus concentrates his practice in the area of real estate finance and the capital markets.  Jim has represented U.S. and European investment banks, commercial banks, insurance compan...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7623(212) 808-7623
James Kirk has more than three decades of experience in the representation of financial institutions, including insurance companies, large commercial banks, private pension funds and developers, i...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8887(202) 342-8887
Michael S. Kosmas is the deputy chair of the firm’s Global Hospitality and Leisure practice.  He focuses his practice primarily in the areas of corporate and real estate law, principall...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7752(212) 808-7752
Dean Loventhal’s practice involves all types of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint venture developments, sale leasebacks, loan sales and purc...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8605(202) 342-8605
Aaron Rosenfeld advises on commercial real estate transactions including real estate development, hospitality asset transactions, mergers, acquisitions, private equity transactions, commercial lend...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7520(212) 808-7520
Barbara Shachnow represents investment banks, commercial banks, private equity funds, insurance companies and other institutional lenders, as well as institutional real estate investors and develo...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8431(202) 342-8431
Allan Weiner co-chairs the firm’s Washington, D.C. business team and is a senior member of the firm’s Corporate, Real Estate and Private Client groups.  His practice is focused on...
Special Counsel
Email (212) 808-7539(212) 808-7539
Matt Basile has broad experience in commercial real estate law, including mortgage, mezzanine and construction financing, acquisitions and dispositions, developments, joint ventures, and net lease ...
Special Counsel
Email (973) 503-5965(973) 503-5965
Brian Foley is special counsel in the firm’s Parsippany office.  His practice focuses on real estate finance and the capital markets, particularly in representing institutional lenders ...
Special Counsel
Email (973) 503-5983(973) 503-5983
Chaviva Schoffman Negari is special counsel in the real estate department of the firm’s Parsippany office. Chaviva specializes in the area of commercial real estate finance with an emphasis ...
Special Counsel
Email (212) 808-7969(212) 808-7969
Lien-Ha Nguyen is equally skilled in both real estate debt and equity transactions.  She is valued by clients and colleagues alike for her often novel approach to problem-solving, closing eve...
Special Counsel
Email (973) 503-5942(973) 503-5942
Renu Shevade focuses her practice on the representation of property owners and commercial and residential developers before municipal, county and state authorities in connection with securing land ...
Special Counsel
Email (973) 503-5918(973) 503-5918
Joe Vidulich focuses his practice on the areas of real estate, real estate finance and capital markets.  Joe has particular experience with the origination, purchase/sale and securitization of...
Special Counsel
Email (973) 503-5966(973) 503-5966
Susan Yeu is involved in all types of commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on commercial leasing, acquisitions and dispositions throughout the United States.  She has extensiv...
Senior Associate
Email (973) 503-5947(973) 503-5947
Deborah Bilotti is a senior associate in the firm’s Parsippany office.  Her practice focuses on commercial real estate and finance.  
Senior Associate
Email (973) 503-5907(973) 503-5907
Melissa Gelade is a senior associate in the firm's Parsippany office.  She focuses her practice on real estate.
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-7562(212) 808-7562
Carolyn Jones, a senior associate in the New York office, concentrates her practice on representing individuals in financial services, private equity, real estate, sports and the performing arts, ...
Senior Associate
Email (973) 503-5930(973) 503-5930
May Lee’s practice is focused on commercial real estate.  May represents various portfolio and CMBS lenders in the origination of commercial mortgage loans.  May handles the financi...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-5136(212) 808-5136
Michael McMahon advises clients on a full spectrum of commercial real estate transactions.  Michael’s commercial real estate practice primarily involves the representation of investment ...
Senior Associate
Email (973) 503-5944(973) 503-5944
Sandra Rodriguez focuses her practice on the area of commercial real estate.  She has experience representing institutional lenders and investment banks in connection with the origination and ...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7818(212) 808-7818
Amaad Bhatti is an associate in the firm’s New York office. His practice concentrates on commercial real estate transactions throughout the United States, with a focus on real property acqui...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8601(202) 342-8601
Nathan Brill is an associate in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.  His practice focuses on commercial transactions including real estate, mergers, acquisitions, private equity and comme...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7688(212) 808-7688
Phillip Crain is an associate in the Real Estate practice group.  Phillip represents buyers, sellers and lenders in financings, acquisitions and sales of commercial properties. In the Su...
Associate
Email (973) 503-5980(973) 503-5980
Spencer Cuddy is an associate in the firm’s Parsippany office. He focuses his practice on real estate.
Associate
Email (312) 857-7079(312) 857-7079
Courtney Kleshinski is an associate in the firm’s Corporate practice group and located in the Chicago office. She concentrates her practice on all facets of equity and debt financings, merge...
Associate
Email (203) 351-8035(203) 351-8035
Stephen Panico is an associate in the firm’s Stamford office. His practice focuses on commercial real estate and commercial mortgage securitization. Stephen represents investment banks,...
Associate
Email (973) 503-5946(973) 503-5946
Angelica Pedraza is an associate in the firm’s real estate practice.  Angelica’s practice focuses on real estate transactional work.  She also has experience in leveraged fina...