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August 12, 2011 4:48 PM

Who Are New York's Top Real Estate Lawyers and How Are They Feeling?

Posted by Brian Baxter

The New York Observer assesses the state of the city's evolving commercial real estate market by checking in with more than a dozen property specialists—including partners at 11 Am Law 200 firms—for their perspective on what's driving major Manhattan office space deals these days.

The Observer, well-known for the attention it lavishes on high-profile commercial and residential property transactions, kicked off its survey of the New York real estate scene by interviewing Robert Ivanhoe, chair of the global real estate practice and national real estate investment trust group at Greenberg Traurig.

Ivanhoe—whose notable transactions over the past couple of years include advising a consortium on an ultimately unsuccessful $900 million investment offer for bankrupt Extended Stay Hotels and being part of a four-firm group working on a revised $15 billion development deal for Manhattan's West Side—told the Observer that while business has been somewhat slow over the past three years, things have begun to pick up lately.

In a separate story Wednesday, the pink paper rounded up what it dubbed "The Top Lawyers in Commercial New York Real Estate Right Now."

Among those landing on the list (and offering opinions on the market's finer points): Stroock's Leonard Boxer, Loeb & Loeb's Raymond Sanseverino, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel's Jay Neveloff, Sullivan & Cromwell's Joseph Shenker, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson's Jonathan Mechanic, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Neil Rock, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft's William McInerney and Steven Herman, Holland & Knight's Martin Miner, Proskauer Rose's Ronald Sernau and David Weinberger, Cozen O'Connor's Kenneth Fisher, and Richard Sussman and Michael Lefkowitz of New York's Rosenberg & Estis.

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