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THE LAW FIRMS WITH THE BIGGEST REAL ESTATE PRACTICES

THE LAW FIRMS WITH THE BIGGEST REAL ESTATE PRACTICES

The calls began almost as soon as the new rent law passed. Overnight, the sweeping rules — which Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed in June — vastly restricted what landlords could do with rent-regulated apartments. And those landlords, crushed from a stinging political defeat and given no grace period to adjust to the new rules, turned immediately to their lawyers. Not surprisingly, that translated into a lot of legal work.

Against this backdrop, The Real Deal ranked the city’s top law firms by real estate practice. The white-shoe law firm Fried Frank once again landed the top spot on TRD’s headcount ranking, with 105 real estate lawyers in New York — up from 94 last year. It was followed by Clifford Chance — a regular at the top of the ranking — with 87 real estate lawyers (up from 79 last year) and the real estate-only firm Rosenberg & Estis, with 85 attorneys, according to TRD’s research. The global firm Greenberg Traurig, along with Bryan Cave and Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, rounded out the top five spots (the last two tied).

Overall, TRD found 1,530 real estate attorneys working at the top 30 firms as of early September. That was up 2.5 percent from last year.

Jay Neveloff Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
Jay Neveloff Kramer
Levin Naftalis & Frankel
Luise Barrack Rosenberg & Estis
Luise Barrack
Rosenberg & Estis

RANKFIRMNUMBER OF LAWYERS IN NYCNUMBER OF REAL ESTATE LAWYERS IN NYC
1Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson394105
2Clifford Chance20587
3Rosenberg & Estis8585
4Greenberg Traurig26874
5 (tie)Bryan Cave12355
5 (tie)Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf9055
7Herrick Feinstein12654
8 (tie)Proskauer Rose43953
8 (tie)Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel31253
8 (tie)Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goldel5353
11Sidley Austin40252
12Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom61551
13 (tie)Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher35550
13 (tie)Stroock & Stroock & Lavan19350
15 (tie)Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton55448
15 (tie)Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman4848
17 (tie)Holland & Knight16547
17 (tie)Arnold & Porter29147
19Duval & Stachenfeld4646
20Simpson Thacher & Bartlett57345
21 (tie)Paul Hastings27244
21 (tie)Loeb & Loeb17944
23Schulte Roth & Zabel29838
24Pryor Cashman18537
25Kirkland & Ellis60536
26 (tie)Ropes & Gray36535
26 (tie)King & Spalding20535
26 (tie)Haynes and Boone7535
29 (tie)Akerman12334
29 (tie)London Fischer7234
Source: First published in the October 2019 issue of The Real Deal. TRD analysis of NY State Open Data and of firms’ websites in late August. Firms were provided totals for confirmation, but not all responded. Attorneys had to spend at least half their time working on real estate matters to qualify.

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