The chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s New York real estate team, Stephen Rabinowitz, has played an integral role in a wide range of complex and high-profile real estate deals in the U.S. and internationally, including the $2.25 billion purchase of a historic New York office tower that’s reported to be one of the largest single-building transactions in the city’s history, earning him a spot on Law360's 2015 list of Real Estate MVPs.
Rabinowitz, a co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s New York office, joined the firm in 1994 and has been a key contributor to the strategic growth of its real estate practice. Although he spent time in trial court as a federal law clerk just after graduation from law school, a mentor steered him in the direction of real estate law, where he’s enjoyed a nearly 30-year career, handling the acquisition, financing, development, sale and leasing of all classes of commercial properties.
Among deals he’s helped to close, Rabinowitz led the team that represented SL Green Realty Corp.’s headline-grabbing $2.25 billion purchase of a historic New York City office tower at 11 Madison Ave.
The MVP shrugs off his leadership role in that transaction and others, pointing to the work of his colleagues. His own contribution, he said, is his tenacious work ethic.