Goldfarb & Fleece LLP

New York Commercial Real Estate Attorneys

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Firm Overview

The lawyers you choose as part of your development, leasing or financing team are critical to the success of your real estate project. Let the knowledge and experience of the attorneys at Goldfarb & Fleece LLP help you achieve your goals.

At Goldfarb & Fleece, we take pride in our reputation as a preeminent New York City real estate law firm which, since 1929, has provided sophisticated counsel on complex transactions using a creative, yet practical, approach.

We assist clients in acquiring, developing, financing, leasing and selling office buildings, shopping centers, malls, hotels, apartment buildings, residential communities and industrial properties and telecommunications facilities - essentially any real estate asset - in any location.

Our experience, efficient size, sharp focus and relentless commitment to our clients allow us to achieve success in today's challenging real estate market.
Main Office

Main Office
345 Park Avenue, 33rd Floor
New York,   NY  10154

Phone
  • 212-891-9100
Commercial Real Estate
The attorneys of Goldfarb & Fleece LLP have represented clients in all types of commercial, retail and residential development projects, including major office buildings, shopping centers and retail facilities.
We advise clients in all aspects of the development process, including site assemblage, acquisition, construction and permanent financing, equity arrangements, leasing, offering plans, reciprocal easement and development agreements, and construction and design contracts.

Through this representation, the attorneys at Goldfarb & Fleece have obtained extensive experience preparing and negotiating the wide array of documents required to take a project from dirt to a residential community, retail center or office building, as the case may be. Our involvement in projects is typically as an active member of the client's team, which permits us to keep track of all the moving pieces and interlocking facets of complex development projects. We have learned from experience that it is not enough to negotiate a good joint venture deal or favorable terms in a loan agreement. The obligations of all the parties - developer, investor, lender, contractor and sales or leasing agent - must dovetail so that each party's responsibilities are clearly set forth in the documentation, and, most importantly, there are no surprises for the client.

Because we have an extraordinarily low turnover of attorneys at Goldfarb & Fleece, you can be confident that whether your project takes three, five or seven years to complete, the same attorneys (and their historical knowledge) will be with you from start to finish.
Landlord and Tenant
At Goldfarb & Fleece LLP, office leasing has been a central focus for decades.
Our attorneys represent the owners of office buildings in New York City and throughout the United States. Whether the client owns a single building or a large portfolio of commercial real estate, our lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience with all aspects of leasing transactions.

We represent the owners of many of New York's premier office buildings, negotiating leases for many hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space with major corporate tenants. We counsel landlords on issues specific to their building(s) and the needs of their respective tenants.

Because of the firm's long-term involvement in the leasing of office space in New York, we have developed and maintained many relationships with brokers and other real estate attorneys. These relationships facilitate smooth office leasing transactions for our clients and help build mutually beneficial long-term relationships between landlords and tenants.

Our extensive leasing experience enables us to craft solutions to satisfy a tenant's needs, while at the same time protecting ownership's interests.

The real estate law firm of Goldfarb & Fleece LLP represents sophisticated tenants in their lease negotiations for office space throughout the country. Our clients include international, national, regional and New York City companies having leases ranging in size and scope from international headquarters to smaller regional offices in both urban office towers and suburban office parks. We represent many clients on a portfolio-wide basis, allowing us to assist them in establishing standard leasing practices and procedures. Our extensive office leasing experience enables us to ensure that today's highly detailed office leases address the particular needs of our tenant clients.

Our representation often begins at the initial negotiation of a letter of intent where we assist our clients in addressing their critical business concerns at the outset of a proposed transaction. Many of our clients' concerns involve construction and facility issues that require the practical knowledge obtained by our attorneys through their prior representation of office building owners and other tenant transactions.

It is this type of vast legal and practical experience, representing both landlords and tenants, that enables the lawyers of Goldfarb & Fleece to focus on these complex lease details and craft the solutions necessary for our tenant clients to obtain favorable leases that meet their business objectives.
Real Estate
Goldfarb & Fleece LLP has considerable expertise in representing owners and developers in complex financing transactions in New York and throughout the United States, from single-asset mortgage loans to multi-state portfolio financings.
Such transactions have involved multi-tenanted office buildings, residential properties, hotels, retail shopping centers and single-tenant net leased properties.

Our attorneys have broad experience completing various types of financing transactions, including traditional single-lender mortgage loans, syndicated mortgage loans, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loans, bond-type financing, credit tenant financing, conduit financing and mezzanine loans.

We draw on this experience in helping borrowers and lenders solve complicated issues and strike a balance between the borrower's need to maintain operational flexibility and the lender's need to protect their collateral.

In addition to real estate financing, Goldfarb & Fleece attorneys have experience with credit transactions and routinely represent our real estate clients in a wide variety of personal financing transactions.

Donald D. Adler

Counsel

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1981

Education:
-Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. 1980
-University of Vermont, B.A. 1975


Donald Adler has been counsel to Goldfarb & Fleece since 1993. He has represented owners and tenants in commercial leasing for more than 20 years. He also represents clients in commercial acquisitions and financings and residential transactions. Donald has also been an arbitrator in civil court in New York City and is a past board member of the Avenue of the Americas Association.
Education
  • Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1980

Marc J. Becker

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1984
-Massachusetts, 1983

Education:
-Boston University School of Law, J.D. 1983
-Clark University, B.A. 1979


Marc J. Becker represents a wide range of clients in commercial leasing, development, sales, acquisitions and financing transactions. His diverse client base includes individual developers, nonprofit organizations, real estate investment trusts, co-op and condo boards, restaurants and locally, regionally, nationally and internationally recognized real estate companies. His commercial leasing background includes mall and shopping center leasing, office leasing, warehouse and garage leasing, and mixed-use developments in Manhattan, the outer boroughs and beyond.

Marc joined Goldfarb & Fleece in 1985 and became a partner in 1993. Prior to joining Goldfarb & Fleece, he was a litigation associate at Martin Clearwater & Bell in Manhattan.

Marc has lectured and led roundtable discussions at the national law conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers and at Columbia Business School. He spent two years as a faculty member of the School of Continuing Education at New York University and from 1991 to 2003 was a certified leader for the New York City Inner City Outings Organization, a Sierra Club community outreach program that provides opportunities for inner-city youths to explore the beauty of the natural world. Marc served on the board of directors of the North Stamford Association from 2005 to 2010 and presently serves on the Board of Directors of The Wildlife Center of Fairfield County, a not for profit corporation dedicated to the operation of a wildlife rehabilitation and education facility in Stamford, Connecticut. He is a contributing author of a chapter entitled "Securing Lease Obligations - Lease Guaranties, Letters of Credit and Other Credit Enhancements" to an upcoming book entitled The Business of Shopping Center Law published by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Marc has been selected as one of New York's "Super Lawyers" each year since 2006 and his rating by Martindale-Hubbell consistently remains at AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5. He has recently been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Corporate Real Estate Law and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association (member, real estate section), and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

While attending Boston University School of Law, Marc was an editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine.

Marc and his wife live in Stamford, Connecticut, with their two children.

A list of his representative transactions is available upon request.
Education
  • Boston University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1983

Michael Bollag

Michael Bollag practices general commercial real estate law and has represented clients in the purchase, sale and financing of office, retail and development properties and the leasing of retail and office space. He represents both landlords and tenants in office and retail leasing, and buyers and sellers in the acquisition of real property throughout the United States.

Michael joined Goldfarb & Fleece in August, 2013, prior to which he was an associate in the real estate group at Proskauer Rose LLP and Blaivas & Associates, P.C.

Bar Admissions
-New York, 2008

Education
-New York University School of Law, New York, New York
--J.D. - 2007
-Brooklyn College
--B.A. - 2004
Education
  • New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007

Ronald E. Burton

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1992
-Connecticut, 1991

Education:
-Columbia Law School, J.D. 1991
-Columbia College, B.A. 1987


Ronald E. Burton has been with the firm since 1992 and became a partner in 2000. His practice emphasizes commercial leasing, acquisitions, and financings on behalf of such clients as Kaplan, Inc., L&M Development Partners, Inc. and The J Companies. Ron established and now manages the firm's telecommunications practice area. He is also responsible for overseeing the resolution of clients' landlord-tenant disputes.

Ron is currently the President of the Westchester Jewish Council, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Westchester County. He also serves on the board of Solomon Schechter Westchester and the JCC of Mid-Westchester. He has coached little league, basketball and plays guitar at his kids' schools on occasion. Back in the day, Ron was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Columbia sports teams.

He lives with his wife and three children in New Rochelle, New York.
Education
  • Columbia Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

Joseph W. Chouinard

Associate

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1993
-New Jersey, 1992

Education:
-Columbia Law School, J.D. 1992
-Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
-Columbia Business Law Review, Editor
-Rutgers College, B.A. 1987


Joseph Chouinard's practice focuses on conveyances, leases, telecommunications licenses, construction and various types of financings. Joe has been involved with properties throughout the United States and, in many cases, has handled the ancillary corporate matters that come with structuring a real estate project.

Joe has been with Goldfarb & Fleece LLP since September of 2000. He was previously with Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch LLP, now Day Pitney LLP, in New Jersey, where he worked on real estate and asset-based financings.
Education
  • Columbia Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1992

Bindi Dharia

Associate

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 2004

Education:
-Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (Cum Laude) 2003
-Order of the Coif
-Stern School of Business at New York University, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) 2000


Bindi Dharia practices general commercial real estate law, with a focus on retail and office leasing. She has handled a variety of transactions including purchase, sale, financing and leasing transactions of commercial property throughout the United States.

Bindi recently represented Vornado Realty Trust in connection with leases for the redevelopment of Manhattan Mall, Bergen Town Center in Paramus, New Jersey and Rego Center in Rego Park, New York. Bindi's tenant work includes representing Kaplan, Inc. and UBS Financial Services Inc.

Bindi joined Goldfarb & Fleece in March 2007, prior to which she was an associate in the real estate group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2003

Steven M. Fenton

Associate

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 2007
-New Jersey, 2006

Education:
-New York Law School, J.D. (Cum Laude) 2005
-New York Law School Law Review, Associate Editor
-Justice John Marshall Harlan Scholar
-Vassar College, B.A., 2002


Steven M. Fenton practices all areas of commercial real estate law. Steve's practice has recently focused on representing both landlords and tenants in connection with the leasing of office and retail space. He has handled a variety of transactions including purchase, sale, financing and leasing transactions of commercial and residential property throughout the United States.

Steve joined Goldfarb & Fleece LLP in January 2010, prior to which he was an associate at Kelley, Drye & Warren, LLP and then at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

While attending New York Law School, Steve was an associate editor of the New York Law School Law Review and a Justice John Marshall Harlan Scholar.
Education
  • New York Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2005

Douglas H. Gladstone

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1996
-U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1996
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1996

Education:
-Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 1995


Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, A.B., B.S.M. 1989
Douglas Gladstone joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2007. Douglas has a sophisticated transactional real estate practice with extensive expertise in drafting and negotiating contracts, construction financing agreements, partnership agreements, and joint venture agreements. He also handles construction, development, and workout agreements and commercial, ground, net and retail leases. He represents a variety of clients in the acquisition, financing, development, ownership, management and disposition of office buildings, multi-family and mixed-use properties, shopping centers, hotels, townhouses and other properties in New York City and nationwide.

Douglas recently represented a joint venture in connection with the acquisition and financing of a 256-unit garden apartment complex in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and the purchaser under a "stalking horse" bankruptcy contract in connection with the acquisition of a mixed-use condominium project in Manhattan. Douglas also represented a locally prominent self-storage developer in connection with an $89 million acquisition, construction financing, redevelopment and subsequent bulk sale of a portfolio of self-storage facilities throughout New York City.

Douglas also has extensive experience representing developers in connection with the acquisition, construction financing, redevelopment and conversion of multifamily apartment buildings into high-end, single-family townhouses, including projects at 709 Park Avenue, 35 West 76th Street, 26 West 76th Street, 60 Jane Street, 38 West 87th Street, 1281 Madison Avenue and 13 West 89th Street, New York City.

Douglas has also represented Benenson Capital Partners, LLC, in various transactions, including the acquisition and financing of a 65,000-square foot, newly built multinationally tenanted shopping center in Miami, Florida; the acquisition of development rights and sale of a development project at 221 East 34th Street, New York City; the sale of hotels in Westport and Southbury, Connecticut; the sale of nine Walmart parcels and the acquisition, financing and disposition of multiple net lease and other commercial properties throughout the United States.

Douglas worked in the commercial real estate industry while attending Brooklyn Law School, where he served as vice president of the student body.

Douglas lives in Rye Brook, New York, with his wife and two sons.

Jennivere L. Kenlon

Bar Admissions:
-New York

Education:
-Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York,2007
--J.D.
--Honors: Fordham Moot Court Jessup Bench Team, Member
--Honors: Fordham's Mulligan Moot Court Competition, Finalist
-Law Journal: Fordham International Law Journal, Staff Member and Associate Editor
-Carnegie Mellon University, 1999
--B.A.
--Major: Psychology


Jennivere L. Kenlon practices general commercial real estate law, and has represented clients in the development, leasing, acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial real estate. She has substantial experience representing financial institutions and borrowers in commercial real property and asset-based financing transactions, hotel owners and managers in hotel acquisitions and dispositions, and real estate developers in connection with retail and mixed-use developments in New York and throughout the United States. Jennivere also represents office and retail landlords in their commercial real estate leasing and development activity.

While attending law school, Jennivere was on the editorial board for the Fordham International Law Journal and was also a member of the Fordham Moot Court Board.

Jennivere joined Goldfarb & Fleece in September 2012, prior to which she was an associate in the real estate group at DLA Piper LLP (US) and Holland & Knight LLP. She is a member of both the New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar Association, and has been named Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for her commitment to providing pro bono legal services.
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007

Jenny Kim

Associate

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 2005
-New Jersey, 2005

Education:
-New York University School of Law, J.D., 2004
-Florence Allen Scholar
-Tufts University, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) 2001


Jenny Kim practices general commercial real estate law and has handled a variety of transactions including purchase, sale, financing and leasing transactions of commercial property throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Goldfarb & Fleece in July 2006, Jenny was an associate in the real estate group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Education
  • New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2004

Soyoung Lee

Counsel

Soyoung specializes in office and retail leasing and has extensively represented landlords and tenants in connection with complex commercial leasing transactions in New York City and throughout the United States. Soyoung has significant experience in negotiating leases, subleases, license agreements, management agreements, brokerage agreements, surrender agreements, guaranties and other leasing-related documents.

Prior to joining Goldfarb & Fleece in April 2013, Soyoung was a corporate associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and then a real estate associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

Year Joined Firm:
-2013

Areas of Practice:
-Negotiating Leases
-Subleases
-License Agreements
-Management Agreements
-Brokerage Agreements
-Surrender Agreements
-Guaranties
-Other Leasing-Related Documents

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 2001

Education
-Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, New Jersey
--J.D. - 2000
--Law Review: Rutgers Race and Law Review, Managing Articles Editor, 1999 - 2000
-Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
--B.A. - 1997

Past Employment Positions
-Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Associate
-Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Associate

Languages
-Korean
-Japanese
Education
  • The State University of New Jersey School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2000

Bruce S. Leffler

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1977

Education:
-New York University School of Law, J.D., 1976
-New York University, B.A. (Cum Laude) 1973


Bruce S. Leffler has been practicing real estate law for almost 30 years, representing owners, developers and tenants in the areas of financing, leasing, development, acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate.

Bruce has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex real estate transactions, including the redevelopment of the Cross County Shopping Center in Westchester County, the development of the Thomson Reuters building at 3 Times Square and the acquisition and re-development project at 32 Avenue of the Americas, both in New York City. Bruce has represented borrowers in a wide range of complicated real estate financing transactions with major financial institutions, including construction financing for large New York City metropolitan area projects.

Bruce's representation of both owners and tenants in large office and retail lease negotiations gives him the experience to find the creative solutions required to finalize such transactions.

Bruce's practice has also included advising clients on various ownership structures and arrangements and in the reviewing and drafting of a wide range of joint venture documentation.

Bruce's prior litigation experience has allowed him to craft inventive resolutions to adversarial situations and, in those limited instances when the firm's clients have found no alternative other than judicial recourse, strategically oversee outside counsel.
Bruce has been with Goldfarb & Fleece LLP since 1981 and became a partner in 1986.

He has consistently been named a New York "Super Lawyer" and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, real property Law Section, and the Real Estate Board of New York.

Bruce lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.
Education
  • New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

Pamela Silverman Leibow

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1996
-District of Columbia, 1998

Education:
-Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) 1995
-Order of the Coif
-Competed on One of Georgetown's Trial Advocacy Teams
-Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Notes Editor
-University of Virginia, B.A. 1991


Pamela S. Leibow practices real estate law, with an emphasis on commercial office leasing, dealing primarily with transactions with respect to property in New York City. She has a wide range of experience in leasing and subleasing matters and has represented both landlords and tenants. Some of the large leasing matters on which she recently worked include Seward & Kissel LLP's renewal lease at One Battery Park Plaza and a new lease with the National Football League at 345 Park Avenue. She also represented Avon in its new headquarters lease at 777 Third Avenue, New York City. Pamela has been involved in numerous leasing transactions relating to retail space as well. In addition, Pamela is a leader on the Goldfarb & Fleece LLP team that handles leasing on behalf of the Rudin family, often supervising and training associates. Pamela has been involved in construction financing as well as general refinancing of office buildings and residential buildings in New York City.

Pamela joined Goldfarb & Fleece in 1997 and became a partner in January 2004. She started her legal career as an associate in the real estate department of Proskauer Rose LLP. While attending Georgetown University Law Center, Pamela competed on one of Georgetown's trial advocacy teams, and was a notes editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.

Andrew H. Migdon

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1998

Education:
-New York University School of Law, J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) 1997
-Order of the Coif
-New York University Law Review, Editor, 1995-1997
-Harvard University, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) 1992


Andrew Migdon practices real estate law, with an emphasis on the representation of landlords and tenants in the leasing of office space in Manhattan, as well as real estate and other financing transactions.

Andrew recently represented the Rudin family in the negotiation of new leases with the National Football League and Piper Jaffray & Co. at 345 Park Avenue, the negotiation of Seward & Kissel's renewal lease at One Battery Park Plaza, and the negotiation of a new lease for AllSaints Spitalfields Boston store at 126 Newbury Street.

Andrew has represented both lenders and borrowers in a wide variety of financing transactions. He recently represented the Rudin family in the refinancing of its office towers at 345 Park Avenue, 32 Avenue of the Americas, 41 Madison Avenue, 1675 Broadway, and 80 Pine Street as well as its residential tower at 215 East 68th Street. He has also represented borrowers in large-scale construction financings, including Forest City Ratner Companies' construction financing for its Ridge Hill project in Yonkers, New York. Andrew also has broad experience representing borrowers in private banking transactions.
Andrew is a member and director of The Rudin Foundation, and serves as counsel to The Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation and The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation.

Prior to joining Goldfarb & Fleece LLP, Andrew was an associate in the Banking & Credit and Structured Finance groups at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Education
  • New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1997

Sidney A. Migdon

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1965
-U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1978

Education:
-New York University School of Law, J.D. (Cum Laude) 1965
-Board of The Annual Survey of American Law
-Order of the Coif
-American Jurisprudence Award in Taxation
-American Jurisprudence Award in Administrative Law
-American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law and Evidence
-Hunter College, B.A. 1962


Sidney A. Migdon practices real estate law with an emphasis on large scale commercial acquisitions, development, leasing and financing. He represents developers and investors and has represented the Rudin family in the acquisition, development, leasing and financing of office buildings and apartment buildings for more than 35 years. His practice also involves tenant representation including representation of major corporations as well as a number of New York City law firms.
Notable projects include the development, leasing and financing of 3 Times Square and the acquisition, redevelopment, leasing and financing of 32 Avenue of the Americas.

Sidney served on the Board of The Annual Survey of American Law and received American Jurisprudence Awards in Taxation, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Evidence while attending New York University School of Law.

Sidney joined Goldfarb & Fleece in 1966 and became a partner in 1974. He is a member of The Real Estate Board of New York and The New York State Bar Association. He has lectured for the Commercial Leasing Section of The New York State Bar. He is counsel to and a Director of the Realty Foundation of New York and is a Member of the Board of the New York Junior Tennis League.
Education
  • New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1965

Kamran Moattar

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1992
-Connecticut, 1991

Education:
-Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1991
-University of Denver, B.A.


Kamran Moattar practices real estate law, with an emphasis on commercial transactions. This practice includes multiproperty portfolio acquisitions and sales on a national level, as well as construction, conventional, high-leveraged and mezzanine financing. Kamran has significant experience representing clients in single-tenant, net-leased property transactions, ground lease arrangements, sale-leasebacks and tax-efficient tenancy-in-common structures. Recent transactions include acquisition and leaseback of 31 bank branches in five states, and fee and leasehold acquisition and leaseback of eight department stores in the Northeast. Kamran also represents clients in partnership agreements, joint ventures and development transactions all over the United States, and, recently, in development projects in Panama and the Bahamas. He has been with Goldfarb & Fleece since 1994 and became a partner in 2001.

Kamran has been an adjunct associate professor in the finance, law and taxation division of New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is a member of the real property division of the New York State Bar Association. Kamran has been awarded a rating of AV Preeminent (the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale-Hubbell.
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

Nathan Nudelman

Counsel

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1998

Education:
-University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. 1998
-Binghamton University, B.A. 1995


Nathan Nudelman is a commercial real estate and real estate finance practice attorney with specific expertise in condominiums and cooperatives, including commercial, mixed-use and residential projects. He has represented numerous sponsors in New York City co-ops and condominiums, as well as buyers, sellers, developers, condominium boards and other clients in various commercial and residential real estate transactions. His transactional experience includes purchases, sales, financings and leasing with respect to a wide variety of properties such as office buildings, shopping centers, industrial facilities, cooperatives, and condominiums throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Goldfarb & Fleece LLP in March 2003, Nathan was an associate with the real estate group at the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton.
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1998

Arlene B. Richman

Arlene Richman's practice encompasses all aspects of general commercial real estate law. Ms. Richman is experienced in the purchase, sale, leasing, development and financing of all property types. Her clients have included domestic and foreign developers, landlords, corporate and retail tenants, investors, sponsors, commercial and investment banks, and originators and underwriters of CMBS. Ms. Richman also counsels non-real estate driven corporate clients with respect to real estate matters.

Ms. Richman joined Goldfarb & Fleece as of January, 2014. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Richman served as General Counsel of the U.S. shopping center division of a publicly traded Canadian real estate conglomerate, General Counsel of a privately owned real estate company in Chicago, Illinois and was in private practice with Sidley Austin LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP.


Year Joined Firm
-2014

Areas of Practice
-General Commercial Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions
-New York, 2010
-Illinois, 1994
-Texas, 1985
-Ohio, 1981

Education
-Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
--J.D. - 1981
--Honors: Editor, Law Review
-Cornell University
--M.B.A. - 1978
-Cornell University
--B.S. - 1977
--Honors: Dean's List

Past Employment Positions
-Cahill, Gordon & Reindel
-Sidley Austin LLP , Private Practice
-Latham & Watkins LLP, Private Practice
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1981

Steven B. Shore

Partner

Bar Admissions
-New York, 1973
-Florida, 1979
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1974

Education
-University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. (Cum Laude) 1972
-Order of the Coif
-American Jurisprudence Award in Real Property
-American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts
-Brooklyn College, B.A. (Cum Laude) 1969


Steven B. Shore practices real estate law, with an emphasis on commercial acquisitions, dispositions and financings. He has represented numerous Fortune 100 corporations, as well as a number of New York City law firms, in the leasing of office, store and theater space in Manhattan. A primary focus of his practice is sale-leaseback and net lease transactions.
He has the highest rating (AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5) from Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected as a New York "Super Lawyer" each year since 2006.

Steve has been with Goldfarb & Fleece since 1980, becoming a partner in 1981. Prior to joining Goldfarb & Fleece, he was with the law firm of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in New York City.

Steve is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the New York State Bar Association and the State Bar of Florida. He periodically lectures on real estate law at Fordham Law School. He has also taught real estate law at Mercy College Paralegal Institute and lectured on the Times Square Redevelopment Project.
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1972

Lisa F. Siegel

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1984

Education:
-New York University School of Law, J.D. 1983
-University of Rochester, B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) 1979
-Phi Beta Kappa


Lisa F. Siegel manages the firm's construction contract practice and handles all aspects of real estate law affecting properties both locally and nationally. Lisa's construction contract practice includes projects that stand alone as well as projects that are part of larger developments or are in connection with a client's overall management of its assets.

Lisa's expertise includes representing owners in agreements with architects, engineers, design consultants, design-builders, construction managers, general contractors, project managers and owners' representatives, for diverse projects such as major office and residential apartment buildings; shopping centers; warehouse and distribution facilities; research and development facilities; schools; individual private residences including condominium apartments, cooperative apartments, townhouses and houses; build-out of office, restaurant, spa and retail spaces; and elevator maintenance and modernization. In addition, Lisa's practice includes representing owners and investors on national large-scale commercial acquisitions and financings of triple net leased properties as well as representing developers and owners in shopping center and office leases, sales and acquisitions of shopping centers and office properties, and the development of shopping centers.

Lisa has been with Goldfarb & Fleece since 1988, becoming a partner in 1993. Prior to joining Goldfarb & Fleece, she practiced in the real estate department of Shea & Gould in New York City.
Lisa is a member of the American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.
Education
  • New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1983

Spencer K. Stein

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1994
-New Jersey, 1993

Education:
-Albany Law School Union University, J.D. 1993
-Vassar College, B.A. (Cum Laude) 1990
-Winner of the Wall Street Journal Prize for excellence in Economics
-Elected to Omicron Delta Epsilon


Spencer K. Stein practices commercial real estate law, with an emphasis on office and retail leasing. Spencer has represented major developers and Fortune 500 companies in office and retail transactions throughout the country, including corporate headquarters leases, national data and telecommunication center leases, "big box" and "mall shop" leases, and New York City flagship stores and landmark location leases. He has represented both landlords and tenants in these types of leasing transactions. In addition, his commercial leasing background includes warehouse and garage leasing and net leases.

Spencer recently represented Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. in the negotiation of the lease for its international corporate headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, and the lease for its international data, telecommunications and reservations center in Braintree, Massachusetts. He also represents UBS Financial Services Inc. and its affiliates in the negotiation of their office leases throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Spencer's landlord work includes representing Benenson Capital Partners, Forest City Ratner Companies, Africa Israel, Rudin Management Co., Muss and Vornado Realty Trust.

Spencer joined Goldfarb & Fleece 2003 and became a partner in 2008. Prior to joining Goldfarb & Fleece, he was an associate with the real estate group at Davis & Gilbert, LLP.
Education
  • Albany Law School Union University
    Juris Doctorate , 1993

Britta Thornquist

Associate

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 2005

Education:
-Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 2004
-Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Member
-Tulane University, B.S. ( Magna Cum Laude) 2000


Britta Thornquist practices general commercial real estate law with an emphasis on office and retail leasing. She has handled a variety of transactions including purchase, sale, financing and leasing transactions of commercial property throughout the United States.

Britta joined Goldfarb & Fleece LLP in May 2007, prior to which she was an associate in the real estate group at Dechert LLP and then at Alston & Bird LLP, where she was a member of the firm's pro bono committee.

Prior to attending law school, Britta spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Save the Children.
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center
    Juris Doctorate , 2004

Neal A. Weinstein

Partner

Bar Admissons:
-New York, 1982
-Georgia, 1981
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
-U.S. Supreme Court

Education:
-Emory University School of Law, J.D. 1981
-State University of New York at Albany, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) 1978


Neal A. Weinstein has a broad commercial real estate practice that emphasizes acquisitions, tax-free exchanges, dispositions and financings of commercial properties throughout the country. His clients include major public companies and leading developers with respect to all aspects of large-scale commercial, residential and mixed use projects, including, site acquisition, construction financing, joint venture formation and public offerings of condominiums and community associations. Neal also has extensive experience in office, retail, industrial and net leasing on behalf of both domestic and international owners and tenants on a nationwide basis.

Recently Neal was a leader of the G&F team which handled the acquisition by the Rudin family of the 590,000 square foot St. Vincent's Hospital development site in the West Village in Manhattan. This project is one of the largest, most complex and most transformative luxury residential condominium projects in New York City. In addition to the acquisition out of bankruptcy, G&F handled the acquisition and construction financing in excess of a half billion dollars and joint venture agreements with international equity partners.

Neal led the G&F team involved in acquiring 130 West 12th Street in Manhattan and the related construction loan by JP Morgan Chase. The project is a 43 unit luxury pre-war condominium offered pursuant to an offering plan prepared by the G&F team. He also led the team handling the 246,000 square foot office lease for Avon's new national headquarters at 777 Third Avenue, New York City. As part of his commitment to the local community, Neal has recently represented, on a pro bono basis, The Drawing Center and Central Park Conservancy with respect to several transactions.
Neal has been with Goldfarb & Fleece since 1986, becoming a partner in 1990. Prior to joining Goldfarb & Fleece, he practiced in the real estate department of Graubard Moskovitz McGoldrick Dannett & Horowitz in Manhattan.

Neal is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Member of the Real Property Committee on condominiums and co-ops), Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former member real estate section sub-committee on condominiums and cooperatives), American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, and International Council of Shopping Centers. He has been awarded an AV Preeminent TM 5.0 out of 5 rating by Martindale and has been named a "Super Lawyer" for 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Education
  • Emory University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1981

Robert M. Zimmerman

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-Missouri, 1994
-New York, 1999

Education:
-University of Southern California Law Center, J.D. 1994
-Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Managing Editor
-Major Tax Planning, Managing Editor
-Vassar College, B.A. 1985


Robert M. Zimmerman is a partner with a commercial real estate and real estate finance practice and has handled transactions involving a wide variety of properties including hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and residential subdivisions in the New York metropolitan area as well other parts of the United States. Robert has particular expertise in negotiating joint ventures and structuring complex real estate ownership.

Prior to joining Goldfarb & Fleece in June 2000, Robert was an associate with the real estate group at the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP.

Robert was the Managing Editor of the Interdisciplinary Law Journal as well as the Managing Editor of Major Tax Planning at USC Law Center. Prior to attending law school, Robert ran a family textile business and worked in film production.

Robert lives in Larchmont, New York with his wife and daughter.
Education
  • University of Southern California Law Center
    Juris Doctorate , 1994

Marc E. Wasser

Partner

Bar Admissions:
-New York, 1998
-New Jersey, 1998

Education:
-Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. 1997
-University of Delaware, B.A. 1994


Experienced in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, Marc focuses on the retail leasing sector. Marc represents several prominent national and New York City retail developers in connection with the leasing of projects ranging from regional enclosed malls to urban vertical centers and mixed-use projects to "street" locations. In connection with such representation, Marc counsels his clients on the wide variety of issues that arise in the retail leasing arena and is well-versed in the nuances of co-tenancy clauses, kick-out rights, assignment and subletting issues, and exclusive clauses.

Marc has lectured on retail lease issues at Columbia University and on behalf of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Marc recently represented Vornado Realty Trust in connection with leases for the Disney Stores' Times Square flagship and JC Penney's only Manhattan location as well as numerous leases for the redevelopment of Bergen Town Center in Paramus, New Jersey, and the development of Rego Center in Rego Park, New York.

Marc joined Goldfarb & Fleece in April 2000, after practicing real estate law at the New York City firm of Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLP, and became a partner in January 2009.
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