James P. Godman - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

James P. Godman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

ames P. Godman represents sellers and purchasers, developers, investors, lenders and borrowers, and landlords and tenants in a full range of real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, development, financings and restructurings, and joint venture and leasing transactions. 

Chambers USA 2016 has recognized Mr. Godman as a leading practitioner in real estate, noting that clients describe him as "fantastic,” "very responsive" and “extremely thorough and knowledgeable.” Previously, clients told Chambers he is “very commercial, very user-friendly,has a lot of local New York knowledge” (2014), and understands the business issues and knows how to find solutions” (2015). Among his most notable New York work, Mr. Godman represented a joint venture between The Peebles Corporation and The El-Ad Group in the acquisition and financing of 108 Leonard Street (formerly known as 346 Broadway), the single largest building ever sold by New York City. Redevelopment plans for this 419,000-square-foot Tribeca landmark included a mixed-use combination of luxury condominium residences, a possible boutique hotel and an approximately 15,000-square-foot community space, along with a parking facility. Mr. Godman’s work on the transaction included forming a joint venture, negotiating the contract of sale and related leaseback, and assisting with the financing for the acquisition. He also represented Rockrose Development Corporation in its refinancing and sale of the leasehold estate in 22 River Terrace.

On a national scale, Mr. Godman represented Millennium Partners in a long-term lease by Millennium to Equinox Fitness of the Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY clubs located in Boston, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as part of the transaction in which Millennium sold its health and fitness club business and certain related assets to Equinox Fitness.

Additional Information

Experience

Represented Rockrose Development Corporation in its refinancing and sale of the leasehold estate in 22 River Terrace, a 26-story residential apartment building located in Battery Park City.

Represented Peebles Corporation in the formation of a joint venture with The El-Ad Group and a joint venture in the acquisition and financing of 346 Broadway, the Tribeca landmark and single largest building ever sold by New York City, for redevelopment, including a mixed-use combination of luxury condominium residences, a possible boutique hotel, an approximately 15,000-square-foot community space and a parking facility.

Represented Millennium Partners in connection with long-term leases by Millennium to Equinox Fitness of the Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY clubs located in Boston, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as part of a transaction in which Millennium sold its health and fitness club business and certain related assets to Equinox Fitness.

 Represented an investment bank in a $2 billion sale/leaseback and mortgage financing transaction with one of the largest domestic public companies.

Represented a real estate investment and development company in the development, leasing and financing of a mixed-use project containing approximately 800,000 square feet of retail space and 2 million square feet of residential condominium units.

University of PennsylvaniaBA 1987New York University School of LawJ.D. 1990
New York State Bar Association

Client Comments

"My experiences working with Mr. Godman on a number of matters have been nothing but positive, and I would highly recommend him. He is incredibly responsive, proactive, and clearly understands his clients' needs and concerns."

"Jim is not only knowledgeable from a technical sense, but also from a practical sense. He knows what it takes to get a deal done and is always quick to come up with a practical solution to difficult problems."

Office Location

1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
United States


Practice Areas

Real Estate Law