The Real Deal New York

The Closing with Leonard Boxer

The attorney discusses his childhood in Brooklyn, working as a code-breaker
for the Army and helping Larry Silverstein win the World Trade Center lease
By E.B. Solomont | December 16, 2014 10:27AM

From the December issue: From the LeFrak Organization to Donald Trump, most major real estate developers in New York have called upon attorney Leonard Boxer at some point over the last five decades. Boxer cut his teeth in real estate law under the tutelage of the late developer Robert Olnick, whose credits included Starrett City.

Today, Boxer heads Stroock & Stroock & Lavan’s real estate practices, where his notable deals include helping Larry Silverstein raise the equity to acquire the long-term lease for the World Trade Center in 2001, just weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks. Boxer still carries a worn billfold containing his ID for 1 World Trade Center. “It was a great accomplishment when we did it,” he said, “But look what happened after that.” [more]