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Michael J. Levine

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Phone: (212) 564-9800 Ext: 406
Fax: (212) 564-9802

345 Seventh Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, New York 10001

Michael Levine, one of the founding partners of the firm, concentrates his practice in commercial real estate and corporate law. His clients include institutional and private lenders, borrowers, developers, owners and corporate entities. His past projects have included office buildings, residential apartment buildings, shopping centers, property for redevelopment and vacant land. He has also provided legal expertise for the development of affordable housing.

Mr. Levine has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions, including acquisitions and sales; commercial leasing; construction and development agreements; transferable development rights; 1031 exchanges; and real estate financing, including acquisition, construction, mezzanine and securitized loans.

Mr. Levine counsels clients on the best legal structure and organization for their ventures, preparing and filing documents for entities such as limited liability companies, joint ventures and corporations. He has prepared operating agreements, shareholder agreements, employment agreements and purchase and sale agreements for both assets and stock transactions.

As a real estate attorney, Mr. Levine's practice has incorporated legal matters involving condominiums and cooperatives. He has prepared condominium and cooperative offering plans, including a complicated lease-hold condominium plan at Battery Park City, and applications for no-action letters. He has also helped clients in the conversion of a cooperative apartment corporation to a condominium association. Mr. Levine has served as general counsel to both condominium associations and cooperative corporations, including Article 2, or Mitchell-Lama, corporations. In fact, Mr. Levine was the first attorney in the State of New York to represent a New York City Mitchell-Lama cooperative in its successful dissolution and reconstitution as a private cooperative.

Projects Mr. Levine has been involved in include:

  • "The Link" and "650 Sixth Avenue," New York, New York (El-Ad Properties)
  • "One Ten 3rd Condominiums," New York, New York, and "North8 Condominiums," Brooklyn, New York (Toll Brothers)
  • "Riverhouse, One Rockefeller Park," New York, New York (The Sheldrake Organization)
  • "The Gretsch Building," Brooklyn, New York (The Wydra Family)
  • "Williamsburg Terrace," Brooklyn, New York (Henry Wollman)
  • "Waterview Towers Inc." and "Oceanview Towers Inc.," Brooklyn, New York (formerly Mitchell-Lama cooperative corporations)


J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 1979

Master of City Planning, University of Pennsylvania, 1975

B.A., City University of New York, 1973
cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar, 1981
U.S. District Courts, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York, 1981
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1979
New Jersey State Bar, 1979

Professional Associations

New York State Bar Association
Real Property Law Section
Commercial Leasing Committee
Business Law Section

New York State Association for Affordable Housing