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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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What the team is known for

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is frequently sought for guidance on some of New York City's largest and highest-value developments. Stellar service provided in a wide variety of real estate transactions, from joint venture formations to acquisitions and dispositions. Noted for its quality land use and zoning practice. Offers additional expertise in assisting clients on a spectrum of real estate project issues, including zoning and land use concerns and related litigation.


One impressed client says: "They have a depth to get us the advice that we need for the areas impacting real estate transactions."

"Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is concerned for its clients," a source remarks.

Another source comments: "The team is terrific with a very deep bench that has good relations in the market and it gives clients good credibility."

Work highlights

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP was counsel to Brooklyn Navy Yard in a 300-acre rezoning matter to allow for a commerical and industrial development.

Represented Two Bridges Property Owners in four Article 78 declaratory judgment proceedings related to a proposed development in Manhattan.

Provided counsel to Vornado Realty Trust in connection with the redevelopment of six million square feet of commercial space around Penn Station in New York City.

Acted as counsel for Brookfield on the sale of Simply Self Storage for $1.2 billion to Blackstone.

Notable practitioners

Carol Rosenthal offers great experience handling the land use and zoning aspects of large development projects. She regularly represents both developers and real estate owners.
"A super lawyer who is very accessible, thoughtful and knowledgeable." "Carol's flexibility, agility in bridging and meeting changing needs and leadership with her team were invaluable."

David Karnovsky is frequently engaged to advise on land use and zoning concerns relating to high-profile development matters.
"David Karnovsky is an expert on all land use matters in New York City."

Fiona Kelly co-heads the firm's corporate real estate transactions practice, and advises investors and private equity firms on a range of transactions including joint ventures, acquisitions and development.

Janice Mac Avoy co-heads the firm's real estate litigation group and is recognized for her extensive experience in the full range of real estate-related litigation matters.
"Janice is extraordinarily good at making complicated issues simple for clients and is very knowledgeable about New York real estate." "She is endlessly responsive and always provides crisp, actionable advice that has never led us in the wrong direction."

Jonathan Mechanic is regularly sought out by clients for his depth of experience across a wide variety of real estate matters, and offers particular strength in high-value acquisitions and development concerns.
"Jonathan is exceptionally smart, commercially minded and great at navigating complex deal issues." "His knowledge of and relationships within the New York City real estate community are invaluable."

Matthew Parrott is a respected practitioner who co-heads the firm's real estate litigation practice and routinely advises on high-stakes finance-related disputes.
"Matthew Parrott is intelligent, commercial and strategic."

Melanie Meyers routinely counsels major developers and commercial clients on zoning and land use matters.
"Melanie Meyers is top-notch and is seen on the big public matters."

Michael Barker regularly acts as lender's counsel to investors on a range of complex transactional matters. He offers substantial expertise in acquisitions and dispositions and complex financings, among other things.
"A top commercial real estate finance lawyer who has been directly involved and leads many complex, highly structured commercial real estate financings for lenders throughout the country." "He is knowledgeable about the market."

Michael Vines is a respected financing lawyer with notable expertise advising clients on complex loan originations.
"The hardest-working, most attentive to detail lawyer in the business." "Most trusted adviser in our rotation. One of the best from a technical standpoint and the best from a negotiating standpoint."

Michael Werner is well versed in a wide range of New York commercial real estate matters, including leasing, acquisitions and dispositions.
"Michael Werner's ability to help solve issues and get to the finish line make him invaluable to our firm."

Penny King is an associate recognized for her experience providing zoning advice to clients on large-scale developments in New York City.

Robert Sorin is noted for his experience acting for real estate investment trusts on acquisitions, dispositions and leasing. He offers expertise in handling projects including retail, hospitality and office developments.

Ross Silver demonstrates notable expertise in a range of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and leasing. He counts investment funds, banks and developers among his clients.
"Ross Silver provided excellent legal advice while being sensitive to the commercial deal. His calm and measured negotiating style helped to close the deal in a timely manner." "A strong negotiator who knows the real estate business very well."

Stephen Lefkowitz is an experienced practitioner who regularly provides counsel to real estate companies on land use concerns, particularly as they relate to development matters.

Suzanne deVries Decker has a growing reputation for her work in real estate finance and frequently counsels investors on significant loan transactions.
"She is excellent, a true finance lawyer on very complicated funky deals." "Suzanna deVries Decker is very user-friendly."

Zachary Bernstein is considered a rising star in the field of zoning and land use for his work advising clients on a range of complex mandates. He regularly assists real estate firms on the zoning aspects of their development projects.
"Zachary Bernstein is excellent at parsing highly complex land use issues, finding creative solutions and advocating them to the land use authorities."

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Real Estate: 
The practice counsels clients on the acquisition and disposition of single assets and portfolios, distressed real estate and workouts, mortgage and mezzanine financing and restructuring, development and construction, leasing, joint ventures, real estate investment trusts, and real estate litigation. 

Real Estate

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

New York

Real Estate: Corporate

Fiona Kelly
Band 3

Real Estate: Finance

Michael Barker
Band 2
Michael Vines
Band 3
Suzanne deVries Decker
Up and Coming

Real Estate: Litigation

Janice Mac Avoy
Band 1
Matthew Parrott
Band 2

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