Denise Pursley leads Nixon Peabody’s national Real Estate practice, which encompasses Nixon Peabody’s real estate, affordable housing, environmental and land use practices. As practice group leader, Denise is responsible for managing and setting strategy for the group and its industry teams. Denise advises on all aspects of commercial real estate, real estate finance, development, land-use and environmental law. She works with national company owners and operators, institutional investors, pension fund advisors, real estate developers, institutional lenders and investment banks.
I focus on real estate acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, development, management and debt and equity financing for all asset classes. The industries with which I work vary from commercial real estate developers to health care facilities to institutional investors to energy providers and telecommunication companies. Typically, the projects on which I work are complex or of strategic importance to our clients and may be located anywhere in the country.
I have substantial experience in all facets of acquisition, disposition, leasing and mergers and acquisitions. A hallmark of my practice is to assemble and carefully lead selected teams to undertake sophisticated due diligence projects. For example, I have coordinated real estate due diligence and closed projects that run the gamut from the purchase of equity interest in a wind farm tax equity limited liability company with projects in five states to the purchase of a national supermarket chain with more than 230 properties under ownership, lease or sublease.
Some of my favorite projects have been working to bring new life to environmentally contaminated properties and brownfields. Adaptive re-use of property can revitalize an entire neighborhood. A typical project would be the sale of a facility that is a federal or state superfund site, inactive hazardous waste site or former industrial facility. Recently, I worked closely with a client’s internal and external team of business, real estate and environmental professionals to negotiate the sale of a former industrial facility for commercial re-use in a downtown area on terms and conditions that satisfied state regulators and allowed the purchaser to achieve its development goals. My combination of real estate and environmental experience makes me the ideal lawyer for these complex projects.
I also provide critical advice on real estate and environmental issues associated with electric, gas and renewable energy projects. I’ve represented project developers and equity investors in wind, solar and geothermal energy facilities coast-to-coast. These complex deals involve real estate, environmental, zoning, land use entitlement and governmental permitting and require me to work collaboratively with our multi-disciplinary client teams.
Health care-related real estate work continues to be very active as the health care industry reacts to the implementation of governmental programs. I have developed a deep understanding of the industry from years of working with hospitals, physician groups and others in the health care industry that enables me to provide practical advice to my clients. I also expect to see more adaptive re-use of excess retail assets that are returning to the market as a result of business model adjustments and right-sizing of footprints by retailers.
The Real Deal | October 05, 2021
This article in New York City’s top real estate trade publication—part of a special report on law firms and real estate attorneys—quotes Affordable Housing & Real Estate practice group leader and Long Island partner Denise Pursley on the uncharted waters of the eviction moratorium and how we’ve been advising clients. The story also notes the firm’s work with pro bono organizations, such as Lawyers Clearinghouse, in helping tenants who could be vulnerable to eviction.
Law360 | September 18, 2020
Affordable Housing & Real Estate practice group leader and Long Island partner Denise Pursley is featured in this Q&A article, where she provides her outlook on the real estate industry and how it’s been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Privacy | 06.09.21
Real Estate Law Alert | 03.28.20
New York Law School, J.D., magna cum laude (Notes Editor, New York Law School Law Review)
University of Florida, B.S., (recipient of Dean's Cup for Service)
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Denise was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the field of Real Estate Law. She has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2020.
Denise was recognized in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500: USA as a Leading Lawyer in the Real Estate category.
Denise has been recognized three times by the Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business and is in the program’s Hall of Fame. She was named a rising star by Long Island Business News in its “40 Under 40” list in 2000.
Denise also has been recognized for her exceptional standing in the legal community in real estate in the 2007, 2010 and 2011 editions of New York Super Lawyers magazine (Metro Edition).
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Denise Pursley is the former general counsel of the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc. (“LIHP”), a nationally recognized nonprofit corporation facilitating the development of affordable and workforce housing on Long Island. She is an active member of several national and local organizations, including CoreNet Global, ICSC (Innovating Commerce Serving Communities), the Women Economic Developers of Long Island (“WEDLI”) and the Association for a Better Long Island (“ABLI”). As a leader in her field, Denise has served as chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and is a member of the New York and Florida State bar associations. She is a frequent presenter and author on timely topics related to real estate, environmental and sustainable development.