Ashley E. Champion - Real Estate lawyer - Nixon Peabody LLP

Ashley E. Champion

Ashley Champion’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.

What do you focus on?

Commercial Real Estate

I work with owners, investors, developers, and state and local agencies and authorities in acquiring, selling, leasing, financing, and developing commercial and institutional real estate, both locally and throughout New York State and in other large and small markets across the country.

Land Use and Zoning

Complex zoning and land use matters require dealing with and harmonizing the concerns and often competing interests of multiple stakeholders. I guide private sector and municipal clients through the maze of governmental processes and appear before municipal boards and agencies to secure the permits and approvals our clients need to move their projects forward.

Public-Private Partnership Developments

I work with developers and governmental entities on comprehensive public-private partnership developments, including transit-oriented developments and other mixed-use developments with unique commercial and residential components.


A substantial focus of my practice involves representing property owners and tenants in the negotiation and drafting of retail leases for space within single-tenant buildings, large shopping plazas, and mixed-use developments, as well as all other types of leasing arrangements, including ground leases and leases for office, manufacturing, storage, and mixed-use space.

Wind, Solar, and Utility Projects

I work closely with developers in drafting and negotiating wind, solar, and telecommunications facilities leases and all types of utility easements and agreements and in pursuing land use and zoning approvals and municipal agreements for energy and utility projects.

Medical facilities

I assist institutions and health care providers in buying, selling and leasing hospital, nursing home, urgent care and medical office facilities. I represent a large regional medical institution and its affiliates in all aspects of their real estate undertakings, which include a significantly sized portfolio of off-site medical office leases.


  • “Land Use – The Comprehensive Plan: What, Why And How Can It Address Our Changed World,” New York State Bar Association CLE Programs, Webinar, March 9, 2021

Forty Under 40

Rochester Business Journal | September 04, 2020

Rochester Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Ashley Champion is recognized as one of Rochester Business Journal’s 2020 “Forty Under 40” honorees.


Ashley E. Champion



Phone: 585-263-1361

Fax: 866-629-0105

Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., cum laude

Niagara University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude

New York


  • Selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the field of Real Estate Law; also recognized in prior years.
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Real Estate (New York (Upstate)) in 2020 and 2021 and as an “Up and Coming” lawyer in its 2019 and 2018 editions
  • Recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2020 Forty Under 40 award
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Magazine's 2014–2019 Upstate New York Rising Stars lists in the area of real estate law
  • Recipient of the Daily Record’s 2015 Excellence in Law, Up & Coming Attorney award
  • Genesee Country Village & Museum, Board of Trustees and Facilities Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Justinian Society, Albany Law School’s honorary scholarship group
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