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Jay A. Neveloff


Chair, Real Estate

Phone: 212.715.9290 Fax: 212.715.8290 New York

Jay A. Neveloff is a nationally recognized transaction attorney who represents a broad range of clients in connection with the development, ownership and financing of real estate projects, including many high-profile super luxury and mixed-use, commercial, retail and residential projects in New York City and throughout the country. Mr. Neveloff represents institutional and private equity funds and other investors in joint ventures, as well as the acquisition and sale of property (including portfolios of properties), and assists joint ventures in connection with a broad variety of developments. He also represents major international funds and financial institutions in commercial lending transactions, loan restructurings and workouts.

Mr. Neveloff’s most notable transactions include high-profile projects in New York City, such as the Waldorf Astoria, where he is representing the current owner in several aspects, and the Time Warner Center, representing Related-Apollo, as well as the acquisition and/or development of numerous properties, including 432 Park Avenue, 200 Lafayette Street, 2 Rector Street and 5 Hanover Square on behalf of CIM. He represented Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center in the sale of the main hospital campus and New York Life Insurance Co. in the sale of Manhattan House, a residential complex comprising an entire block on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Mr. Neveloff has represented the Ponte family in numerous lower Manhattan transactions, as well as Donald Trump and The Trump Organization for more than 25 years in innumerable real estate matters, including Trump Tower, 40 Wall Street, Trump Palace, Trump International in New York and Chicago, the GM Building, the Plaza Hotel, and numerous other matters.

Mr. Neveloff regularly assists clients in the hotel and hospitality industry in the acquisition and development of properties, as well as with loan restructurings. He recently represented Starwood Hotels in the sale of several hotels including the Sheraton Manhattan, as well as the retail portion of the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan, and bought, sold and restructured numerous hospitality loans. He has been involved in unique hospitality-related products for several clients, including properties such as the iconic Plaza Hotel and St. Regis. Mr. Neveloff has deep experience in workouts and restructuring of properties in every asset class (including residential condominiums, hotels, commercial properties and hospitals) involving New York properties as well as properties in other gateway cities. Recently, he led a team of litigation, bankruptcy and real estate lawyers in a mezzanine foreclosure/bankruptcy involving a large development site near Sutton Place in Manhattan.

On a national scale, Mr. Neveloff has facilitated the development of numerous regional and local shopping centers and other commercial projects throughout the country. He represented the owners of Starrett City, the largest federally subsidized housing complex in the United States, in a major capital transaction; represented the previous operator of Stuyvesant Town in a variety of matters; and facilitated the sale of a major casino hotel in Las Vegas on behalf of the owners. Recently, in an M&A capacity, Mr. Neveloff led a multidisciplinary team representing Del Monte Pacific in the $1.68 billion acquisition of Del Monte Foods.

Lauded by clients as a “well respected” lawyer who “understands the scale” of the New York real estate landscape and “can eliminate problems” (Chambers USA 2014), Mr. Neveloff has been described as “a consummate real estate attorney” and “the dean of high-end, mixed-use condominium developments” (Chambers USA 2015). He has been ranked in Tier 1 for Real Estate by Chambers every year since 2003. Other observers say Mr. Neveloff is “a fantastic attorney” who is “very focused and detailed” (Legal 500 US 2015).

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1974
B.A., Brooklyn College, 1971
District of Columbia, 1992
New York, 1975
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
U.S.D.C., D.C.
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers (2006-2018)
    -Chambers and Partners’ Chambers USA (2003-2017)
    -Law Business Research Limited, Who's Who Legal, Top Five Thought Leaders in North America (2017)
    -Law Business Research Limited, Who's Who Legal, One of the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers (2004-2014, 2016-2017)
    -Legalease’s Legal 500 US (2009-2017)
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers (2006-2015)
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers (2016)
    -Top Lawyers in New York Real Estate Right Now, Commercial Observer (2011)
    -15 People You Should Know, NYinc (2010)
    -Top Deal Maker for 2009, Real Estate Weekly (2009)
    -Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers (2008)
    -Honoree, Lubavitch Youth Organization (2008)
    -The City’s Top Movers and Shakers, The New York Post (2008)
    -Real Estate Board of New York, Board of Governors, 2014-Present
    -American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Board of Governors, 2012-Present
    -American Law Institute
    -American College of Mortgage Attorneys
    -American Bar Association, Vice Chairman, Committee on Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Other Investment Vehicles, 1988-1995
    -Phipps Houses, Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member
    -Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP Member, Executive Committee and Planning Committee
    -New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section; Committee on Financing and Liens; Committee on Condominiums and Cooperatives
    -Briarcliff Manor Planning Board, 1995-2015