• Michael T. Sillerman concentrates his practice on real estate matters and land use and zoning. Michael renders advice on all aspects of site development, including acquisition, air rights purchases, zoning, landmark considerations, environmental matters, tax abatements, economic development incentives and discretionary government land use approvals.

    Michael regularly represents a variety of major developers and institutions, including commercial banks, medical institutions, schools, museums and religious organizations in New York City’s land use review and landmark procedures. Michael was previously the executive assistant to City Council President Carol Bellamy.

    Michael has been land use counsel on the expansions of Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Morgan Library. Over the past few years, he has served as counsel to the developers of new residential super towers, including 111 West 57th St., 36 Central Park South, 43 East 60th St. and 53 West 53rd St. He also acted as land use counsel for the first two transfers of development rights from the Hudson River Park, for the 1,711 million square-foot St. John’s Warehouse project and very recently, for the 752,000 square-foot Douglaston project on 29th Street and 11th Avenue.

    Michael is recognized in the fields of Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers in America (2007 – 2020). He is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2007 – 2012; 2016 – 2020), Legal 500 US (2009 – 2017) and New York Super Lawyers (2006 – 2019). He was named Lawyer of the Year in New York Magazine’s “New York Area’s Best Lawyers” list (2010), the only named Lawyer of the Year in the area of land use and zoning for New York City. Michael was listed in Real Estate Weekly’s 2008 All Stars special supplement.



    • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1976
      • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • B.A., Cornell University, 1968

    Bar Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 1981
    • New York, 1977

    Professional Affiliations

    • Real Estate Board of New York, Landmarks Committee, Chair
    • Real Estate Board of New York, Planning and Zoning Committee, Vice-chair
    • Committee on Historic Preservation and Land Conservation of the Real Property Section of the American Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute
    • Society of Architectural Historians, Life Member

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