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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. 
  • Culture Shed — Land use approvals by the New York City Council to allow Culture Shed Inc. to develop and operate a new facility to accommodate events and exhibits related to arts, culture and design, within the Hudson Yards area.
Ms. Wagner has been recognized by Legal 500 US (2012,2014-2015), Best Lawyers (2011-2016) and New York Super Lawyers (2007‑2014). She was recently featured in the “Annual Women in Real Estate Spotlight” by the New York Real Estate Journal.

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J.D., New York University School of Law, 1981
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B.A., Wesleyan University, 1978
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New York
    -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
    -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)
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