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Jeffrey L. Braun

Partner

Phone: 212.715.7830 Fax: 212.715.8285 New York

Jeffrey Braun's practice focuses primarily on commercial and real estate litigation, with special emphasis on land use and environmental law. He has handled numerous real estate, land use and environmental litigations for leading developers, corporations and non-profit institutions. He also has extensive experience in litigating breach of contract and business tort claims, insurance coverage disputes, professional malpractice issues, construction disputes, and disputes arising from the privatization of government-subsidized (Mitchell-Lama) 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, undertaken for Silverstein Properties, he made significant new law in New York's highest court on conceptual environmental reviews.

The high-profile real estate, environmental and land use disputes that Mr. Braun has handled include the representation of Forest City Ratner Companies in multiple litigations challenging the environmental review of its proposed Atlantic Yards redevelopment project, The Mark Hotel in a series of litigations with its ground lessor, Columbia University in litigation challenging approvals for its proposed new Manhattanville campus, Solow Development in a litigation challenging the rezoning of the former Con Edison sites on First Avenue, The Trump Organization in the litigation challenging its right to construct the new building at First Avenue and 49th Street, RFR Davis & Partners in litigations challenging its building at Third Avenue and 78th Street, the Guggenheim Museum in litigations challenging the annex behind its Frank Lloyd Wright building on Fifth Avenue, Capital Cities/ABC in litigations challenging its headquarters building on West 65th Street, The Museum of Modern Art in lawsuits challenging its expansion programs, and the Drexel Burnham Lambert liquidating trust in a litigation to enforce its rights under 575 policies of mortgagees' title insurance.

Mr. Braun has been recognized in the 2014 Legal 500 US, New York Super Lawyers (2006-2013) and Best Lawyers (2013-2015). He was profiled in The New York Times as one of the “Lawyers Who Mold the Shape of a City” in an article about New York City’s land use bar (1996).

Representative Matters

  • Rodriguez v. Winski, 973 F. Supp.2d 411 (S.D.N.Y. 2013)
  • Bleecker Street Tenants Corp. v. Bleeker Jones LLC, 16 N.Y.3d 272 (2011)
  • Mark Hotel LLC v. Madison Seventy-Seventh LLC, 61 A.D.3d 140 (1st Dep't 2009)
  • Develop Don't Destroy (Brooklyn), Inc. v. Urban Development Corp., 59 A.D.3d 312 (1st Dep't 2009)
  • Tuck-It-Away Associates L.P. v. City of New York, 2008 NY Slip Op 51979U, 2008 N.Y.Misc. LEXIS 5740 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. Sept. 24, 2008)
  • Goldstein v. Pataki, 516 F.3d 50 (2d Cir. 2008) and 488 F. Supp. 2d 254 (E.D.N.Y. 2007)
  • Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn v. Empire State Development Corp., 31 A.D.3d 144 (1st Dept. 2006)
  • Board of Managers of Soho Int’l Arts Condominium v. City of New York , 2005 WL 1153751 (S.D.N.Y. May 13, 2005), 2004 WL 1982520 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2004) and 2003 WL 21403333 (S.D.N.Y. June 17, 2003)
  • 620 Broadway Housing Corp. v. City Planning Comm’n , 12 A.D.3d 215 (1st Dep’t 2004)
  • Vassell v. Reliance Security Group plc , 322 F. Supp.2d 459 and 322 F. Supp.2d 454 (S.D.N.Y. 2004)
  • Beekman Hill Ass’n v. Chin , 274 A.D.2d 161 (1st Dep’t 2000)
  • Ciao Europa, Inc. v. Silver Autumn Hotel Corp. , 270 A.D.2d 2 (1st Dep’t 2000)
  • Landmark West v. N.Y.C. Board of Standards and Appeals , 266 A.D.2d 119 (1st Dep’t 1999)
  • The New York Botanical Garden v. Board of Standards and Appeals , 91 N.Y.2d 413 (1998)
  • Sheinberg v. 177 East 77, Inc. , 248 A.D.2d 176 (1st Dep’t 1998)
  • Nycal Corp. v. Inoco plc , 968 F. Supp. 147 and 949 F. Supp. 1115 (S.D.N.Y. 1997)
  • Schonfeld v. Thomson , 243 A.D.2d 343 (1st Dep’t 1997)
  • Made From Scratch, Inc. v. City of New York , 200 A.D.2d 439 (1st Dep’t 1994)
  • MLI Industries, Inc. v. N.Y.S. Urban Development Corp. , 205 A.D.2d 998 (3d Dep’t 1994)
  • Neville v. Koch , 79 N.Y.2d 416 (1992)
  • One Century City Apartment Corp. v. Great Pacific Century Corp. , 114 N.J. 480, 555 A.2d 605 (1989)
  • Parkview Associates v. City of New York , 71 N.Y.2d 274 (1988)
  • Guggenheim Neighbors v. Board of Estimate , 145 A.D.2d 998 (1st Dep’t 1988)
  • Vereins- und Westbank, AG v. Carter , 691 F. Supp. 704 (S.D.N.Y. 1988)
  • Ockels v. Commissioner , 54 T.C.M. (CCH) 785 (1987)
  • Century Operating Corp. v. Popolizio, 60 N.Y.2d 483 (1983)

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J.D., Yale Law School, 1971
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B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers University, 1968
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New York, 1973
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1996
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U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
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U.S. Tax Court, 1985
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1975
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1975
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1975
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Honorable Harry Pregerson,  U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1971 - 1972