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Mr. Braun's practice focuses primarily on commercial and real estate litigation, with special focus on land use and environmental law.
Mr. Braun 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. Mr. Braun has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers (2006-2013) and Best Lawyers (2013-2014). 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).
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 new 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 a lawsuit challenging its expansion program, and the Drexel Burnham Lambert liquidating trust in a litigation to enforce its rights under 575 policies of mortgagees' title insurance.