Warren J. Karp - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Warren J. Karp

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 212-801-6824

Warren Karp represents national and international clients on diverse retail, real estate and commercial business matters. Warren’s clients include national and international retailers, developers, property owners, banks and financial institutions and municipalities. He serves as co-chairman of the firm's New York office and chairperson of the firm's Retail Industry Group recognized by Chambers USA as a first tier practice area from 2007-2013.

Harpur College, SUNY BinghamtonBA 1970Brooklyn Law SchoolJ.D. 1973
American Bar FoundationGeorgetown University Law Center Advanced Commercial Leasing InstituteNew York Bar AssociationPennsylvania Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationInternational Bar AssociationInternational Council of Shopping CentersReal Estate Board of New York

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Retail industry
    • Leases, real estate transactions and development
    • Logistics, distribution and supply chain, and warehouse services agreements
    • License agreements
    • Consignment agreements
    • Diverse retail operational agreements
  • Real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development and restructuring
  • Office, commercial, industrial and warehouse leases
  • Municipal and governmental leases and development projects
  • Bankruptcy real estate transactions
  • Brownfield acquisitions and redevelopment
  • Retail and commercial condominiums
  • Business and commercial law

Significant Representations
  • Representation of a prominent, international luxury goods retailer in connection with its real estate leases and its expanded distribution, supply chain and logistics services programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.
  • Representation of big box retailers in the acquisition, development and ground leasing of retail stores and warehouse facilities.
  • Representation of an international luxury food manufacturer and retailer in connection with its expanded distribution, supply chain and logistics services programs in North America and Asia.
  • Representation of landlords negotiating retail leases, reciprocal easement agreements and development agreements and easements.
  • Representation of a bank acquired from the FDIC in connection with the disposition and restructuring of its extensive real estate portfolio.
  • Representation of financial institutions in the acquisition, development and leasing of branch locations and offices.
  • Representation of clients in connection with real estate due diligence on bids to acquire operating businesses with significant real estate assets.
  • Representation of developers and retailers in connection with the acquisition, leasing, and development of Brownfield sites.
Part 2
  • Representation of a commercial cooperative in its relationship with the City of New York, including the negotiation of its lease, grants and funding agreements with the New York City Economic Development Authority and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Authority.
  • Representation of a client to acquire a Brownfield industrial site through a structured, competitive bankruptcy court bid, structuring the redevelopment of the site as a retail condominium to create added value and facilitate the rapid redevelopment of the property, and structuring and negotiating a bonded lease with the anchor tenant.
  • Representation of a client on the real estate components of the acquisition of assets of the estate of Elvis Presley.
  • Representation of a municipality settling a complex litigation and structuring agreements for the development of a former municipal landfill for use as a mixed-use residential, retail and entertainment project.
  • Representation of a municipality in structuring a design-build municipal parking facility, including a sale/leaseback transaction with the developer.
  • Representation of a client disposing of over 200 real estate leases and fee properties during its bankruptcy liquidation generating in excess of $380 million for the bankruptcy estate.
  • Representation of a client in a complex multi-party exchange and development project including property assemblages, exchanges and development agreements with city agencies for construction of a major downtown retail redevelopment project.

Client Comments

"Warren Karp is a gentleman and an experienced dealmaker who we rely on to finish our most challenging transactions."

"Warren Karp has an excellent response time. He is always available. He has an outstanding sense for relevant business issues and potential consequences. He has a great rapport with customers and he gets things done. He has the highest professionalism and ethics."

-David Ruiz

"Warren is an outstanding attorney who provides well-reasoned, practical advice. He understands and is focused on achieving the business as well as the legal objectives. Warren is a great partner to have on your team."

-Joseph B. Conn
VP & Deputy General Counsel
PetSmart, Inc.

Office Location

MetLife Building
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166
United States

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law (Industrial)