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Meredith J Kane

Meredith J Kane

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP1285 Avenue of the AmericasNew YorkNew YorkUSA10019-6064

Global Leader

Real Estate 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Meredith Kane is recognised as a “super lawyer” and excels in advising developers and equity investors on all aspects of real estate transactions. 


Co-chair of the real estate department and two-term member of the firm’s management committee, Meredith J Kane regularly represents developers, equity investors, institutional and entrepreneurial owners and government agencies in all aspects of development, finance, acquisitions and sales, equity joint ventures, restructuring, leasing and securitisation of real estate.

She has represented Avalon Bay Communities, The Lefrak Organization, Vornado Realty Trust, Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, Lendlease Americas Development, Muss Development Company, Jonathan Rose Companies, Gotham Organization, the Shubert Organization, Carnival Corporation, The New School, Union Theological Seminary, Lighthouse International and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, as well as multiple foreign and domestic investors, in major real property acquisitions, sales, financings and developments.

Ms Kane has received numerous honours and awards for her work. In 2019, Ms Kane was recognised in New York Law Journal’s inaugural list of “New York Trailblazers” for her work in helping transform the New York City skyline. Ms Kane was also recognised as a 2017 “Real Estate MVP” by Law360. Commercial Observer has twice cited Ms Kane as part of its Power 100 list of “Power Attorneys,” the top real estate lawyers who are “the legal world’s most powerful, most connected and most exciting players,” and has profiled Ms Kane individually as one of New York’s most influential real estate attorneys. Euromoney Legal Media Group named her Best in Real Estate at the 2012 inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards, and Grid Magazine named her one of the top 10 American women in real estate development. She was honoured as the 2009 Woman of the Year by WX - New York Women Executives in Real Estate, and as one of the Top 50 Women in Real Estate and one of 25 Current Leaders in the Industry by Real Estate Weekly and The Association of Real Estate Women.

Ms Kane is also cited by multiple legal directories as one of the leading real estate lawyers in the United States. In Chambers USA, she is described as “very highly regarded by market sources”, “incredibly knowledgeable”, a “shrewd negotiator” and a “problem solver”. Ms Kane is also recognised in Who’s Who Legal: USA, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America and numerous other peer-review publications. She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Ms Kane is a member of the board of governors of the Real Estate Board of New York. She served as a commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1995 to 2004. She was a member of the World Trade Center Memorial Center Advisory Committee. She was a lead official from 1985 to 1887 of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development in charge of the development of 8,000 new housing units, and a City Planning official for the City of New Haven from 1977-79 in charge of mixed-use retail and commercial districts. She is a regular speaker at professional forums on real estate development and finance, including the American Bar Association, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the Urban Design Forum, Columbia Law School, the New York State Bar Association and the Practising Law Institute. She annually writes the US chapter of The Real Estate Law Review, an international legal reference publication covering developments in real estate law in 33 countries, as well as the US chapter of Lexology’s Real Estate Navigator. Ms Kane is a member of the Avenue of the Americas Association (chair, 1999–2007), WX-Women Executives in Real Estate, the New York Women’s Forum, the ULI-Urban Land Institute, the Urban Design Forum (board of directors, 2010-present), and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former Chair, Economic Development Subcommittee). She is the chair of the board of trustees of The Olana Partnership, and serves on the boards of several other civic and not-for-profit organisations.

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