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Stephen L. Rabinowitz is Co-Chair of the firm's Global Real Estate Practice and Chair of the New York Real Estate Practice. He serves as an adviser to a wide variety of private equity funds, asset managers, developers, and institutional and entrepreneurial investors and operators in the acquisition, financing, development, sale and leasing of all classes of commercial properties including multi-family, office, hospitality, and condominium properties. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to venture formation and engineering sophisticated capital structures.


  • Development
  • Hospitality
  • Private equity funds
  • Restructuring



  • Maximus Real Estate Partners in the transformation of Parkmerced, a multi-family community in San Francisco with more than 5,700 stable housing units and another 6,000 units under development. Stephen has been the lead legal counselor to the owners of Parkmerced since 2005 and has advised on all aspects of the project including equity capitalization, financing, development, and technology to help bring to fruition Maximus’ vision of the first sustainable and completely carbon neutral residential development. Mr. Rabinowitz’s representation at Parkmerced has included the first-of-its-kind partnership between Uber and a real estate company, designed to encourage car-free living and establish a sustainable, multimodal transportation model for communities and developments across the United States.
  • SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE:SLG) in connection with the purchase of 11 Madison Avenue, the historic New York City office tower located on the east side of Madison Square Park, for more than $2.25 billion. Reported to be the second largest office building transaction ever.
  • Qatari Diar Investment Company in a joint venture with Tishman Speyer to construct a 1.1 million square foot mixed-use development on Long Island City New York.
  • 233 S. Wacker LLC in the $1.3 billion sale of former Sears Tower in Chicago to Blackstone. Reported to be the largest U.S. office transaction outside of New York.
  • Ceruzzi Properties in a joint venture with Shanghai Municipal Investment USA in connection with the $325 million acquisition of 520 Fifth Avenue, a planned mixed-use development which will include three levels of retail space and 180,000 sq. ft. of luxury condominiums with a total projected sellout of $1 billion.
  • East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) and the East Harlem Scholars Academies in all real estate, leasing and facilities matters including the development and construction of the 60,000 East Harlem Education Center, housing the East Harlem Scholars Academy, a PreK-8 public charter school, a high-school robotics program and administrative offices.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, City & State, Real Estate Power 100, 2021-2022
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2007-2022
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2021
  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides, "Best of the Best," Real Estate, 2019 
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2017-2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2006-2021
    • "Top 100 Lawyers," 2017
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States,
    • Real Estate and Construction - Real Estate, 2007-2009, 2012-2015, 2017, and 2019-2021
    • Real Estate Finance, 2021
  • Selected, a Law360, "MVP," Real Estate, 2015
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013 and 2015
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal - "The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers," 2014
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Member of the Board of Trustees and Corporate Secretary, East Harlem Tutorial Program
  • Member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Lupus Foundation of America


  • J.D., cum laude, American University Washington College of Law, 1986
    • Notes and comment editor, American University Law Review
  • B.A., History, cum laude, Brandeis University, 1983
  • Clerk to U.S. District Chief Judge, James C. Turk, United States District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1986 Term
  • New York