Denise Pursley leads Nixon Peabody’s national Real Estate practice, 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 client 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 lead carefully selected teams to undertake sophisticated due diligence projects. For example, I have coordinated the real estate due diligence for the purchase of a national supermarket chain that has over 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 is very active right now and will continue to be as the health care industry reacts to the implementation of governmental programs. I have developed a deep understanding of the industry from years working with hospitals, physician groups and others in the health care industry that enables me to provide practical advice to my clients. I am also very interested in big data, both as an asset class and as an intelligence tool. The demand for big data facilities continues to grow. These facilities have unique requirements relating to energy and infrastructure and may be developed on brownfield sites, all areas in which I have extensive experience.
Law360 | May 04, 2016
The $390M purchase of a premier site within New York’s South Street Seaport Subdistrict by Oceanwide Center NY LLC, a subsidiary of Oceanwide Holdings Co., is among the 10 largest Q1 real estate deals. Nixon Peabody advised Oceanwide on the transaction. The coverage notes the deal team was led by partners Denise Pursley, Colette Dafoe and David Cheng.
New York Law School, J.D., magna cum laude (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 Pursley recognized in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500: USA as a Leading Lawyer in the Real Estate category.
Denise Pursley 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. Denise Pursley has been recognized as a rising star by Long Island Business News as a recipient of their “40 Under 40” honor in 2000.
Denise Pursley has been recognized for her exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of Real Estate in the 2007, 2010 and 2011 editions of New York Super Lawyers Magazine (Metro Edition).
Denise Pursley is the 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, the International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”), the Women Economic Developers of Long Island (“WEDLI”) and the Association for a Better Long Island (“ABLI”). As a leader in her field, Denise Pursley has served as the chairperson 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.