Edward C. Wallace

Edward C. Wallace

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Edward C. Wallace serves as Co-Chairman of the firm's New York office. Ed has significant experience in law, business, and government. He serves as a trusted advisor to companies doing business with government. He serves as outside counsel to JCDecaux North America. He has advised Extell/Carlyle, Silverstein/El Ad, Columbia University, NYU and Fordham on major real estate development projects and major government service providers including JCDecaux and Hornblower.  

Prior to entering the private sector as a Vice President at Boston Properties, he served as City Council Member-at-Large (Manhattan) and then Chief of Staff to the New York City Council President. Ed began his career in the Chelsea neighborhood office of the Legal Aid Society. Ed serves on the executive committee of the French American Foundation and New Yorkers for Parks where he was chair. He serves as counsel to the Citizens Budget Commission and served as counsel to NYC 2012, the City’s Olympic bid. Ed has been listed in multiple additions of The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers and is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell. He is on the City and State Power 100 List.

Concentrations

  • General corporate adviser to international companies
  • Counseling and lobbying on behalf of many of New York City’s leading developers, corporations and non-profit organizations
  • Negotiating and structuring economic incentive packages for corporations
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Extell’s Riverside Center: Representation of Extell in the final phase of ULURP City Council approval for the development of Riverside Center, a 31.5 million square-foot, five building, mixed use development project adjacent to Riverside Park.
  • Columbia University:  Representation with regard to securing approvals from the City and State for the University’s 17-acre expansion in West Harlem. In addition, GT worked extensively with Columbia on ancillary issues, including the Project Labor Agreement for the expansion and community housing issues, which surrounded the project.  
  • New York University: Advised NYU in its major campus expansion in Greenwich Village to allow approximately 2 million square-feet of new construction.
  • Fordham University:  Secured approval for a $1.6 billion, 2.3 million square-foot master plan for the University’s Lincoln Center Campus, including two 60-story residential towers on Amsterdam Avenue.
  • Jewish Home Lifecare: Representation on a variety of legislative matters on the City and State levels including, among other projects, the construction of a new, highly innovative "Green House" skilled nursing facility in Park West Village.
  • JP Morgan Chase: Representation in negotiations with the City and State governments for a potential relocation of their 2+ million square-foot Manhattan headquarters to Hudson Yards.  
  • Hornblower Cruises & Events: Representation of Hornblower Cruises & Events in negotiating a highly sought after contract to become the sole operator of the New York Citywide Ferry Service, including a planned expansion by 2018 which will cover all five of the city's boroughs for the first time. The routes will cover more than 60 miles of waterway and offer 21 landings, with more than one-half million New Yorkers living within one half mile of a landing point. The Citywide Ferry Service is expected to generate a minimum of 155 new jobs by 2018 and will complete an estimated 4.6 million trips per year, thereby increasing transportation options for New Yorkers.
  • JCDecaux,  NA: Serve as outside general corporate counsel to JCDecaux, the world's largest out-of-home advertising company. GT has negotiated P3 agreements at major airports (NY Port Authority) and with U.S. cities (Los Angeles, Chicago) on behalf of JCDecaux.
  • Vice President, Boston Properties, 1986-1992
  • Chief of Staff, Office of the New York City Council President, 1983-1985
  • New York City Council Member-at-Large, representing Manhattan, 1981-1983
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, 1976-1981
 

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America® "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2017
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law; Corporate Law, 2005-2018
  • Listed, City & State, "NYC POWER 100," 2014-2017
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • Recipient, Sir Michael Smurfit Business Achievement Award, 28th Annual American Celtic Ball, 2016
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Government Relations Law Firm of the Year," 2014
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011 and 2012
  • Listed, AVENUE magazine "Legal Elite," Real Estate Law, April 2011
  • Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Board Member, New Yorkers for Parks
    • Past Chair, 2012-2014
  • General Counsel, Citizens Budget Committee
  • Board Member, Grand Central Partnership
  • Board Member; Executive Committee,  French American Foundation
 

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1976
  • A.B., Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York, 1971
Admissions
  • New York