ALBANY, NY – Dec. 4, 2015 – Sam NeJame, a highly respected New York government law and policy attorney, has joined the Albany office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder. NeJame has a particular focus representing the New York real estate industry, including the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), along with SL Green and Tishman Speyer, two of Manhattan’s largest commercial landlords. He also represents important corporate and civic organizations as well as a wide variety of other clients with a major presence in New York State, including New York City.
Greenberg Traurig represents Fortune 500 companies and leading health care companies, major nonprofit institutions, and large real estate companies in legislative and regulatory matters. As the newest addition to the Albany office, NeJame will work closely with the attorneys in Greenberg Traurig's New York City office, which has one of the largest real estate practices in the City.
“Sam is known throughout the legislature and executive branch for being a skilled problem solver. CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and leaders of civic associations and important nonprofit organizations regularly turn to him for his expert counsel and ability to assist their organizations to reach their business goals,” said Harold Iselin, Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig's Albany office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice. “We are thrilled that he will be joining the Greenberg Traurig team.”
Edward C. Wallace, Co-Chair of the firm’s New York City office, who has represented major institutions including Columbia University, New York University, Fordham University, Extell Development Company, Silverstein Properties Inc., The Chetrit Group, and the Bistricer family before City government, said, "Sam's credibility with the government and with developers reinforces Greenberg Traurig's established reputation as a ‘go to’ firm for government advocacy."
“Sam’s experience in representing New York City clients further enhances the collaborative practice that our firm has created between our New York City and Albany government law and policy practices to assist clients throughout the State, as well as our one stop shopping expertise working with real estate clients on regulatory, legislative, and land use development issues,” said John Mascialino, Chair of Greenberg Traurig's New York City Government Law & Policy Practice.
“One of our distinguishing features is our commitment to a top-tier State and Federal government law and policy practice, and we are the only firm holding that position in the capitals of the key states of New York, Florida, Texas, and California," said Richard A. Rosenbaum, Greenberg Traurig's Chief Executive Officer. "Sam is an example of adding strength to strength, and his particular experience in the industries that complement ours, including real estate, health care, and economic development, makes him an invaluable addition to our experienced Albany team."
“I have known and respected the Greenberg Traurig team for many years and am looking forward to working with them. The firm’s substantial resources, depth of legal expertise, and local, state, and national footprint will materially benefit my clients,” said NeJame.
NeJame is an adjunct professor at The Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at State University of New York (SUNY) Albany, teaching a course on New York State government, the law, and lobbying. He also frequently guest lectures on the topic of government relations and the law at SUNY Albany and for various trade association boards. NeJame received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, and his B.A. from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs.