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Elise Wagner is a partner in the Land Use Department at Kramer Levin, where she concentrates her practice in land use, zoning, environmental and historic preservation law. She has substantial  experience counseling for-profit and non-profit property owners on the planning and development of new buildings and the reuse of existing buildings. She has coordinated the public approval processes for major public-private development projects involving cooperation between private developers and agencies of New York City and State. She has negotiated numerous multi-party transactions for the transfer of development rights, and has performed due diligence on the purchase and financing of major properties.

Representative Transactions

  • Major Medical Centers — Land use counsel to several major hospitals in connection with a new clinical building, a biomedical research building, an expansion of an existing emergency department and a new ambulatory care center.
  • Jewish Home Lifecare — Land use advice regarding the relocation of its nursing home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  • Major University —Land use approvals for new and converted academic buildings, and advice in connection with changes to the New York City Building Code.
  • Madison Square Garden — Land use approvals by the New York City Council to allow the continued operation of the arena and to allow significant additional signage.
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — Secured a zoning variance from the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals to enlarge Ailey’s headquarters located on West 55th Street in Manhattan.

Ms. Wagner has been recognized by Legal 500 US (2012,2014-2017), Best Lawyers (2011-2018) and New York Super Lawyers (2007‑2016). She was recently featured in the “Annual Women in Real Estate Spotlight” by the New York Real Estate Journal.

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1981
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1978
New York
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers (2007-2016)
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers, Top Women Attorneys (2015, 2016)
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers (2011-2018)
    -Legalease’s Legal 500 US (2012; 2014-2017)
    -Bisnow’s New York Commercial Real Estate Power Women (2016)
    -Board of Directors, New York Building Congress
    -Board of Directors, WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate
    -Board of Advisors, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University School of Law
    -Former Chair of Building Committee and former member of the Board of Trustees, Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester (Chappaqua, NY)
    -Environmental Review Board, Town of New Castle (Chappaqua, NY) (Former member)
    -Board of Directors, New York University School of Law Alumni Association (Former member)