Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Real Estate Department

New York
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What the team is known for High-quality representation across the full range of real estate matters, including lending, acquisition, development and joint venture deals. Frequently advises on the financing and development of high-profile projects in New York City and across the country. Acts for a wide range of market clients, including developers, investors and fund managers.

Strengths A client describes the firm's attorneys as "diligent, hard-working, client-oriented and smart," adding: "It is always both a pleasure and a relief to know that they are assisting as outside counsel."

One commentator reports: "They are highly respected and add an unmatched level of credibility when dealing with other developers and city agencies."

Another appreciates their "extremely specialized and nuanced advice."

Work highlights Acted for the Rockefeller Group on the development of 30 East 29th Street, a new 46-story luxury residential condominium in Madison Square North.

Represented Empire Resorts in the $485 million financing and development of a new luxury gaming resort in the Catskills.

Notable practitioners


Harris Freidus
counsels investors and developers on an array of sophisticated acquisition, development and finance matters. Peers consider him an "exceptional attorney."


Meredith Kane
represents a varied and prestigious client base across a range of real estate matters, including significant acquisitions and developments. Clients consider her a "superb lawyer" and highlight her "leadership, guidance and sage advice."


Peter Fisch
is proficient at handling sophisticated development matters, regularly assisting with joint venture concerns, leasings and acquisitions and dispositions. One client describes him as "a thoughtful, rational dealmaker" and praises his ability to "maintain a good working relationship with all parties no matter the conditions."