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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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Steven Simkin is an accomplished lawyer who is well acquainted with advising clients on complex real estate development projects. 


Steven Simkin, chair emeritus of the real estate department, maintains an active practice in major development projects, acquisitions and financings. His clients include major developers, investors, real estate investment trusts, institutional and private equity lenders, funds and public and private institutions. He also has significant experience with workouts, restructurings and dispute resolutions integrating litigation, bankruptcy and tax expertise. He speaks regularly at industry symposiums and conferences on lease negotiations and writes on complex financing issues.

Steve has broad experience in the area of commercial office leasing and has been a regular panellist in the annual symposiums conducted by the New York Law Journal titled "Mastering the Art of Negotiating the Modern Lease". He has completed office lease negotiations for the headquarters of HBO and NASDAQ. Mr Simkin is currently engaged to represent Time Warner in connection with its four million square foot relocation move in New York City and the surrounding area.

With his involvement in the purchase, sale or financing of several hundred regional malls, Steve's shopping centre experience is extensive. Equitable, Simon Properties, Taubman, Federated Department Stores and Saks & Company are among his list of clients. He has also been a principal speaker at the International Conference of Shopping Centers' annual meeting discussing the acquisition of regional malls.

In 2016, as a part of Commercial Observer's "power 100", Steve was one of the few lawyers named "legal MVPs", lawyers who were behind the New York market's most exciting transactions during the previous year. Steve has also been recognised by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and The Best Lawyers in America and is included in Who's Who Legal: Real Estate, Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers and has been selected by the Real Estate Board of New York as one of the most influential persons in New York City.

Steve is a cum laude graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania college and law school, where he was an assistant editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. In addition to his practice, he serves as chair of the firm's space committee. He has served as a member of the executive committee of the real property section of the New York State Bar Association and is currently on the advisory board of First American Title Insurance Company and Commonwealth Title Insurance Company. He is on the boards of the New York University Real Estate Institute, the New York Junior Tennis League and the Dahesh Museum of Art.

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