Steven Simkin - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Steven Simkin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 212-373-3073

Steven Simkin, Chair Emeritus of the Real Estate Department, maintains an active practice in major development projects, acquisitions and financings. His clients include major developers, investors, real estate investment trusts, institutional and private equity lenders, funds, and public and private institutions. He also has significant experience with workouts, restructurings and dispute resolutions integrating litigation, bankruptcy and tax expertise. He speaks regularly at industry symposiums and conferences on lease negotiations and writes on complex financing issues.

Additional Information


His numerous development transactions include representing the landowner in connection with:

  • redevelopment of the Gramercy Park Hotel;
  • redevelopment and coop conversion of the Stanhope Hotel;
  • negotiation of a 99-year ground lease with a developer for a high-rise apartment complex that will include both market-rate and affordable housing components in West Chelsea;
  • redevelopment of 470 Vanderbilt Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, into a mixed-use facility including office, retail, residential and cultural space;
  • renovation and modernization of the historic Breslin Hotel in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan;
  • a ground lease covering the lower floors and amenity facility of a new East Side residential condominium; and
  • renegotiation of a long-term ground lease between The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and Edward J. Minskoff Properties allowing for the development of a 370,000-square-foot mixed-use retail, educational and office property at 51 Astor Place.
University of PennsylvaniaBS 1969 University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolJ.D. 1973

Client Comments

"When it comes to experience in understanding the value of leasehold or leased fee interests, you cannot do better than to work with Steve Simkin. Because of the long term nature of these types of transactions, you need someone who can protect you in the future which Steve does because of his familiarity with the multitude of variances in each potential transaction. Mr. Simkin also knows how to assemble a team of colleagues to help execute work promptly and with precision. All transactions are treated as though they are time of the essence. Clearly, he is above his peers."

"Having worked over 25 years in the field of real estate, I can say that Steve Simkin is one of the finest legal counselors with whom I have worked. Very complex matters are explained very clearly and succinctly; there are always multiple options to consider. Steve Simkin works extremely well as part of our team to bring out the best collective ideas and solutions to the issues at hand. It is an honor and privilege to work with such a talented, creative, energetic, and brilliant individual, as well as the fine associates he has assembled to work with him."

-Marjorie Nesbitt
Valeray Real Estate Company

"Steven Simkin is hands down the industry's most talented and well regarded attorney in representing private clients and institutions in the area of complex commercial real estate transactions."

-Eric Hadar
Allied Partners Management LLC

Office Location

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
United States

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law