Jeffrey L. Braun - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Jeffrey L. Braun

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

Jeffrey L. Braun litigates complex and often high-profile commercial, real estate, land use and environmental matters for leading developers, corporations and nonprofit institutions. Mr. Braun also litigates general commercial and business disputes, including breach of contract and business tort claims, insurance coverage claims, professional malpractice issues, construction disputes and disputes arising from the privatization of government-subsidized housing.

In the environmental arena, Mr. Braun has litigated the adequacy of several environmental reviews under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act and New York City’s implementing regulations. In one case, on behalf of Silverstein Properties, he made significant new law in New York’s highest court on conceptual environmental reviews. In the real estate area, he persuaded New York’s highest court that lease renewals are not subject to the Rule Against Perpetuities, allowing leases to contain an indefinite number of future renewal options, so long as each renewal only may be exercised prior to expiration of the preceding term.

The high-profile real estate, land use and environmental use disputes that Mr. Braun has handled include the successful representation of Forest City Ratner Cos. in multiple litigations in federal and state courts in which opponents challenged the use of eminent domain for its Barclays Center/Atlantic Yards redevelopment project and the approvals and environmental review of the project. Mr. Braun also has successfully defended the land use approvals for numerous major projects by a litany of for-profit developers (including Solow Management, Macklowe Properties, the Trump Organization, RFR Davis & Partners and Stellar Management) and nonprofit institutions (including Columbia University, the Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art). He also brought a successful challenge on constitutional grounds to the refusal by the Landmarks Preservation Commission to allow the owner of a commercial building in a historic district to remove an art installation from an exterior wall and use the wall for advertising.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
U.S.C.A., 9th Circuit
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
U.S. Tax Court

Represented the owners of the rental buildings at Park West Village in multiple litigations challenging construction of new buildings at the site.

Represented the owner of the Mark Hotel in multiple “Yellowstone” litigations against the fee owner who sought to terminate long-term ground lease for the hotel (Mark Hotel LLC v. Madison Seventy-Seventh LLC).

Represented the owner of 599 Broadway in successfully challenging the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s refusal to allow it to remove the “Art Wall” abstract sculpture from its exterior wall facing Houston Street and to install advertising on the wall (Board of Mgrs. of Soho Int’l Arts Condominium v. City of New York).

Represented The Trump Organization in litigations challenging the approvals for the residential building at 845 First Avenue and the Trump Soho Hotel.

Represents the sponsor of a luxury cooperative offering plan for the Mark Hotel in multiple litigations with purchasers who defaulted on their purchase obligations and seek the return of their down payments.

Represents JP Morgan Chase & Co. in lawsuit establishing that it is not required to allow demonstrations in the public plaza at One Chase Manhattan Plaza (Rodriguez v. Winski).

Represents a property owner in an arbitration against claims that it is responsible for the consequences of water that infiltrated an adjoining building.

Yale Law SchoolJ.D. 1971

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Litigation - Land Use and Zoning