Real Estate

Future-focused, business-grounded advice and thoughtful solutions to help you structure, negotiate and close the most complicated real estate and finance deals.

Our approach

The real estate industry is driven by constant changes in capital markets, finance opportunities, new tax incentives, business demand, demographics and entirely novel technology-driven industries.

Our clients are looking for counsel that can identify trends and tap resources to multiply their opportunities.

Whatever the project, we are constantly thinking about what’s next for our clients. Which means a focus on sustainability, transforming communities and leveraging incentives to get shovels in the ground. Real people, real knowledge, creating real partnerships and opportunities.

Who we work with

We work with the full range of participants in the market and with every class of asset, for example:

Affordable housing

We work with every kind of affordable housing—from communities designed for the elderly, to those needing supportive services and housing for veterans. And we use every type of financing resource from HUD, including tax-exempt bonds and tax credits.

Corporate real estate and institutional owners and investors

We work with corporate on their real estate strategies addressing changing needs, especially in a down market when companies are consolidating space, whether they own or lease. By the same token, institutional owners and investors need to satisfy financial growth demands. Since real estate is one of any company’s biggest expenses, paying attention to opportunities pays off.

Entertainment, sports and convention centers

Some of the most successful sports franchises have engaged us to help build new stadiums, including the New York Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets. Whoever your team is, we have the capability to steer your stadium build from the ground up.

Higher education

Colleges and universities are a sweet spot in our practice. We can help you establish and maintain a solid governance structure and tap into available public and private financing for new infrastructure projects—all in accordance with exempt status requirements.

Industrial and manufacturing

We help manufacturing companies find and build their large, often-specialized facilities. We also connect owners with developers looking to repurpose old industrial sites for contemporary public and commercial use.


We assist developers and investors who build housing or install solar power for various branches of the U.S. military.

Museums, theaters and the arts

We have helped nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations to expand their facilities or relocate. We bring the added benefits of tax credit financing experience, nonprofit knowledge and an Arts and Cultural Institutions team that knows arts-related issues inside and out.


We work with some of the world’s biggest franchises and brands on their headquarters and retail spaces—whether negotiating leases or constructing entirely new buildings.

Prospect of China tariffs rattle retail pros

Real Estate Finance & Investment | June 01, 2018

In the following coverage from Real Estate Finance & Investment, Chicago affordable housing and real estate partner David Allswang offers his thought leadership on some of the key issues addressed at the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in Las Vegas.

ICSC: Retail shrinkage is necessary for sector evolution

Real Estate Finance & Investment | June 01, 2018

In the following coverage from Real Estate Finance & Investment, Chicago affordable housing and real estate partner David Allswang offers his thought leadership on some of the key issues addressed at the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in Las Vegas.

Nixon Peabody scoops up P3, project finance pro in NY

Law360 | May 25, 2018

Media coverage of the arrival of New York City public finance and project finance partner Roderick “Roddy” Devlin continues with this profile in Law360, which highlights some of Roddy’s largest recent deals, including the $4 billion public-private partnership to upgrade New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Nixon Peabody beefs up NY real estate group with new partner, new practice

American Lawyer | May 24, 2018

Affordable housing and real estate partner Erica Buckley and project finance and public finance partner Roddy Devlin are both quoted in this article announcing an expansion of our real estate practice in New York City.

On our island: Nonprofit highlights of the week

Long Island Business News | May 10, 2018

Long Island Real estate associate Michael Webb’s recognition as the Pro Bono Partnership’s “Volunteer of the Year” is included in this roundup column of local nonprofit news and awards in Long Island.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | May 07, 2018

In this roundup of promotions to partner and firm management positions, 14 attorneys from Nixon Peabody are highlighted. The 11 attorneys promoted to partner are Ellie Altshuler, Mark Beaudoin, Erik Birkeneder, Hannah Bornstein, Chris Browning, Barry Carrigan, Keri McWilliams, Matt Mullen, Steven Richard, Charles Tamuleviz and Alison Torbitt. In addition, Kenneth C. Lind was promoted to leader of the firms’ public finance practice group, Justin Thompson was promoted to office managing partner in LA, and Aaron Yowell was promoted to chief innovation officer.

Pittsford Planning Board votes 'yes' to Verizon cell tower

The Democrat & Chronicle | April 10, 2018

This article about the planning board vote to approve the site plan for a Verizon cell tower in Pittsford, New York, mentions Rochester real estate senior counsel Tom Greiner for representing Verizon.

Montana Highlights

Big Sky Business Journal | April 09, 2018

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this roundup of major Montana business news for its representation of Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc., in its acquisition of Ruby Valley Bank in Twin Bridges, Montana. Nixon Peabody’s deal team was led by Public Company Transactions partner Lloyd Spencer and senior counsel Ray Gustini and included Public Company Transactions partner Sean Clancy, Real Estate partner Colette Dafoe, Energy & Environmental Group partner Jean McCreary, and Labor & Employment partners Jeff Gilbreth, Yelena Gray and Tom McCord.

Pittsford Cell Tower Vote Is Tonight: What You Need to Know

The Democrat & Chronicle | April 09, 2018

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this article for its representation of Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems of Allentown, which is acting as agent for Verizon Wireless in the company’s attempts to build a new cell tower in Pittsford.

Developers Get Key Town Approvals to Move Forward with Whole Foods in Brighton

Democrat and Chronicle | March 28, 2018

Rochester commercial litigation counsel Kevin Saunders, who is the representing the neighborhood advocacy group Clover/Allens Creek Neighborhood Association, is quoted in this article is about a recent town board meeting in Brighton, New York, regarding the contentious issue of a Whole Foods project, which is considered one of the area’s largest development projects in decades.

Prominent Keene shopping plazas up for auction again

Keene Sentinel | March 27, 2018

Manchester commercial real estate partner Mark Beaudoin is mentioned in this article for his legal work involving two prominent shopping centers in Keene, New Hampshire that are scheduled for foreclosure auction.

Nixon Peabody leasing four floors at 53 State Street

Boston Globe | March 08, 2018

This article highlights Nixon Peabody’s lease signing for the new Boston office location—planned for January 2019—and quotes managing partner and CEO Andrew Glincher.

Developers Cool to Downtown Boston Sites the State Sees as Hot Properties

Boston Globe | February 22, 2018

Boston real estate partner Chris Froeb is quoted in this article for his view on why the state has struggled to sell two pieces of prime real estate in downtown Boston.

Nixon Peabody Sees Partner Profits Surge; With a continued focus on delivering better value to clients, firm saw gains in gross revenue and profits per partner in 2017

American Lawyer | February 22, 2018

Nixon Peabody Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Glincher is quoted in this article discussing the firm’s strong performance in fiscal 2017.

4 Things Real Estate Lawyers Need to Know About Bitcoin

Law360 | February 14, 2018

Los Angeles Office Managing Partner Justin Thompson and real estate associate Garth Bostic are quoted in this article about the factors real estate lawyers need to consider as bitcoin becomes a more popular method of payment in property transactions.

NH Business Newsmakers

The Union Leader | February 05, 2018

Manchester real estate partner Mark Beaudoin was included in this round-up of executive promotions.

New York City’s Fanciest Offices Are Absolutely Jaw-Dropping

New York Post | January 18, 2018

This article on the most attractive office spaces in New York City highlights Nixon Peabody’s Midtown Manhattan office and includes a quote by New York City managing partner Joe Lynch.

Americans rush to pay property taxes before new year

Hearst Television | December 27, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg provides commentary in this news segment about which Americans benefitted from pre-paying their property taxes before the new tax legislation took effect.

Blank Rome, Nixon Peabody steer $53M loan for Bronx apartments

Law360 | November 28, 2017

New York City affordable housing partner Aaron Yowell counseled Park Management Inc. in its $53 million acquisition of a seven-floor apartment building in the Bronx serving lower-income renters.

Public-private partnerships see limited application in NY

Rochester Business Journal | November 17, 2017

Rochester real estate partner Bruce Baker and New York City global finance counsel Alex Yim were quoted in this feature on the increasing use of public-private partnerships to fund projects in cities across the U.S.

Zoning board tables cell tower variance request, again

The Post-Journal | November 02, 2017

This article about a proposed installation of a cellphone tower in a residential neighborhood mentions Rochester real estate associate Rob Brenner for representing Verizon in the matter.

Autonomous vehicles will change cities landscapes. Here’s how.

Forbes | October 20, 2017

Los Angeles real estate partner Justin Thompson and associate Garth Bostic authored this article about how the emergence of autonomous vehicles will impact cities, regulations and driving habits.

Macy's, Hot Topic… dermatology? Providers eye malls for one-stop healthcare shopping

Modern Healthcare | September 28, 2017

Long Island real estate partner Ed Puerta is quoted in this article about the trend of health care providers moving into shopping malls.

Another fast-growing tech firm heads into downtown Boston

Boston Globe | August 16, 2017

Managing partner and CEO Andrew Glincher is quoted in this article about the availability of office space in the Boston area.

Law360 names attys who moved up the firm ranks in Q2

Law360 | August 03, 2017

The promotion of Jared Lusk to Rochester office managing partner was included in this article.

Consensus forming on housing credits, but hurdles remain

Law360 | August 02, 2017

Washington DC affordable housing partner Richard Price is quoted in this article about the Senate Finance Committee's hearing regarding the potential increased availability of affordable housing tax credits.

Cell tower woes: Pittsford public skeptical of proposal

Democrat & Chronicle | June 12, 2017

Rochester real estate senior counsel Tom Greiner is quoted in this article about a proposed Verizon Wireless cell tower in a residential neighborhood.

Lusk takes uncommon path to lead Nixon Peabody office

Rochester Business Journal | May 26, 2017

Rochester office managing partner Jared Lusk is featured in this profile discussing his background and path to partner at Nixon Peabody.

Pelican Point Marina seeks boat storage expansion

The Daily Messenger | May 12, 2017

Rochester real estate associate Rob Brenner was quoted in this article about the new rezoning request made by East Lake Road business owners for 6.4 acres behind the Pelican Point Marina.

Law360 names attys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | April 28, 2017

This article mentions recent leadership promotions at the firm including David Brown, Jared Lusk, Jim Vallee, Graham Beck, Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Emily Crandall Harlan, Daniel Gibbons, Linda Huber, Ilana Kameros, Haydon Keitner, Darren Miller, Neal Pandozzi, Edward Puerta, Stephen Reil, and Elizabeth Young.

Legal Risks of Using Automated Drones in Construction

Engineering News-Record (ENR) | April 27, 2017

San Francisco commercial litigation partner Matt Richards and associate Aldo Ibarra contributed this article about legal risks construction companies should consider as automated drone technology becomes more widely used in the industry. Click here to read the full article.

The future is in...a parking garage? Here's one way driverless cars will change urban development

Los Angeles Times | April 16, 2017

Los Angeles real estate partner Justin Thompson is quoted in this article about how autonomous vehicles will impact building developments and urban planning.

An open letter to Dr. Ben Carson: Nixon Peabody’s Deborah VanAmerongen shares her thoughts for the next HUD secretary

Affordable Housing Finance | January 04, 2017

In this open letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary nominee Dr. Ben Carson, New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen shares her insights on working with HUD and advice for the future.

2017 predictions: What’s ahead for the affordable housing industry?

Affordable Housing Finance | January 04, 2017

This story focuses on the 2017 affordable housing industry outlook. New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted discussing the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

How drones will affect commercial real estate

National Real Estate Investor | December 23, 2016

Los Angeles Real Estate partner Justin Thompson and associate Garth Bostic co-authored this article about how drones will affect commercial real estate and property rights.

Swedish investor pays $64.25M for South Boston apartment tower

Banker & Tradesman | December 20, 2016

Boston real estate partner Christopher Froeb and associate Christina Ricotta are mentioned as counsel representing the buyer in the sale of a South Boston, Massachusetts apartment building.

Legal Implications of Hotel Brand Proliferation

Hotel Executive | December 12, 2016

Los Angeles real estate partner Justin Thompson and associate Erin Kansy contributed this article about legal issues resulting from the recent expansion in hotel brands.

Industry leaders cautiously optimistic post-election

Affordable Housing Finance | November 21, 2016

New York City Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this article about impacts the election may have on the New York City affordable housing industry. In the article, Deborah emphasizes that President-elect Trump knows real estate finance, is from New York, and likely understands the importance of affordable housing programs.

Boston business leaders react to news of President-elect Donald Trump

Boston Business Journal | November 09, 2016

This article is a roundup of Boston-area business leaders’ reactions to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. Boston Real Estate partner Chris Froeb comments on the impact the Trump administration may have on the Boston real estate community.

Swedish Investor Adds To Cambridge Multifamily Portfolio

Banker & Tradesman | October 04, 2016

Boston real estate partner Christopher Froeb and associate Christina Ricotta are mentioned in this article representing Akelius US LLC in its acquisition of Forest Court Apartments in Massachusetts.

People on the Move

Los Angeles Business Journal | October 03, 2016

This news brief highlights the arrival of Los Angeles real estate partner Bryan LeRoy.

Real Estate Giants: 30 Hudson Yards, New York

Law360 | September 30, 2016

This article, the eighth story in a series looking at the law firms and lawyers behind the 10 tallest U.S. towers currently being built, focuses on 30 Hudson Yards in New York. New York City real estate partner David Portal is noted as representing Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corp.

Nixon Peabody Snags Ex-Manatt Real Estate Partner in LA

Law360 | September 29, 2016

This feature story highlights the arrival of Los Angeles real estate partner Bryan LeRoy.

Over A Dozen Firms Guided Largest Q1 Real Estate Deals

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.

Driverless Cars Pave the Way for Real Estate Development

Law360 | April 07, 2016

Los Angeles partners Justin Thompson, Rudy Salo and associate Daniel Eliav co-authored this piece discussing the potential impact driverless technology could have on real estate development as well as infrastructure financing.

Gold Coast Development Scaled Way Down After Major Legal Battle with City

DNAinfo: Chicago | March 28, 2016

Chicago partner Chuck Bernardini is quoted in this feature article discussing the issue of zoning and development in Chicago.

In-House Counsel Profile: FreshDirect LLC's Mike Brizel

National Law Journal | February 01, 2016

This profile features FreshDirect’s Mike Brizel and provides an overview of the company, the in-house counsel’s background and current legal team. The section dedicated to “Outside Counsel” prominently features Nixon Peabody as Brizel’s go-to for all Bronx-based real estate matters.

Revived Real Estate Market a Boon for Transactional Attorneys

Daily Journal | December 30, 2015

Los Angeles Real Estate partner Justin Thompson provides commentary in this story on real estate market trends.

The Current Legal State of Hotel-Condo Development

Hotel Executive | December 01, 2015

Los Angeles Real Estate partner Justin Thompson authored this column discussing notable legal developments paving the way for a resurgence in developer interest in condo-hotel projects.

Condo proposal stirs zoning flap in fast-growing West Loop

Crain's Chicago Business | December 01, 2015

Chicago Real Estate partner Ron Cope is quoted in this story discussing the dispute over a proposed nine-story condo building in Chicago’s West Loop.

Firms Feted for Pro Bono Work

New York Law Journal | November 06, 2015

The Lawyers Alliance for New York presented the 2015 Cornerstone Awards for outstanding pro bono legal services provided to nonprofit organizations. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen and Long Island real estate associate Ed Puerta were among the those honored.

Dealbook: Firms Wrestle with Making Room for Younger Lawyers

The New York Times | November 05, 2015

Nixon Peabody is positioned in this feature article as a firm focused on creating an entrepreneurial environment where attorneys can pursue their passion and thrive. CEO and Managing Partner Andrew Glincher is quoted discussing the need for attorneys to focus on the future. Associate Joe Carello, a member of our Labor & Employment practice and Food, Beverage & Agriculture industry team, is also quoted within the story discussing efforts to grow a practice providing legal services to craft breweries and how these efforts are supported by the firm.

Swedish Investor Acquires South Boston Properties for $169M

Banker & Tradesman | October 16, 2015

This coverage notes Akelius Residential AB’s purchase of two properties in South Boston. Real Estate partner Chris Froeb and Real Estate associate Christina Ricotta are noted as Akelius’ counsel.

Andrew Glincher of Nixon Peabody, on the Gears Inside Rebranding a Firm

Forbes | September 15, 2015

Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Glincher is featured in this leadership profile. Andrew discusses his leadership style and strategy in this in-depth piece.

Succession Planning

Bloomberg BNA | September 01, 2015

Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Glincher provides commentary in this piece on identifying and developing future leaders.

Drought in Calif. is Changing the Real Estate Landscape

Law360 | July 23, 2015

San Francisco Real Estate associate Ian O’Banion and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing how California’s historic drought conditions are impacting the real estate industry.

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