Since opening its doors in 1979, Rosenberg & Estis has been renowned for its in-depth knowledge of the New York City real estate market and its attorneys’ ability to recognize and handle all areas of complex real estate matters.
“We have an across-the-board ability to create and shape deals, not just document them,” says Luise A. Barrack, the Managing Partner of the almost 60 attorney firm. “We find solutions. Where opportunities exist, we capitalize on them; and if they don’t exist, we create them.”
As a result of those skills, Rosenberg & Estis is one of New York City’s leading boutique real estate law firms. The firm’s attorneys practice in all areas of residential and commercial real estate, including development, transactions, litigation, and appeals. Because of the firm’s “can do” ability, building owners and developers regularly call upon the firm to carry out major residential and commercial real estate projects, involving office buildings, hotels, mixed-use projects, demolitions, renovations, construction, condominium and co-op conversions and resolution of conflicts in connection with same.
“We continue to be the first choice among the city’s most prominent developers, landlords, and institutions, because our depth of knowledge allows us to devise the best strategy for any client, regardless of their size, the type of entity or budget,” Barrack notes.
Long-term clients include the Durst Organization, for whom the firm put together a joint venture with Bank of America to construct One Bryant Park, a 51-story tower that serves as the bank’s investment banking headquarters. In another high-profile transaction, the firm worked on the joint venture between the Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build and lease One World Trade Center. The firm also represents New York not-for-profit organizations, such as the YMCA of Greater New York, the Museum of Modern Art, and Carnegie Hall.
“It is gratifying that so many concrete examples of our work that can be seen throughout the city,” Barrack observes, “and I think that our clients know that we are there for them during every step of the process, guiding their projects from inception to completion.”
“In representing the buyer, the seller, the investor, the lender, the developer—whoever is acquiring or conveying the property—we look at a property from every angle,” Barrack says. “Our cumulative experiences include virtually every real estate scenario an attorney in New York City can face, and that allows us to identify the critical issues and calculate the risk of potential liabilities in transactions and in litigation.”
By offering the full range of real estate legal services, Barrack adds that the firm has truly distinguished itself from other New York real estate law firms. “Very few law firms offer the level of service that we offer, particularly at our price point, and that is something we are very proud of.”