Max Friedman is a real estate lawyer who handles complex real estate transactions, including development arrangements, ground leases, condominium structures, financing arrangements and public/private partnerships. He counsels a broad range of private, public and tax exempt organizations on both purpose-built and mixed use projects (including office, multi-family, community facility and hospitality components).
Max's prior experience includes serving as law clerk to Honorable Irving R. Kaufman, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1977-1978) and Luce Scholar, Member of Law Faculty, National University of Singapore (1979-1980).
- Representation of The New York City Economic Development Corporation in connection with numerous notable projects, including the redevelopment of Times Square, the development of the nine sites comprising “Essex Crossing” on the Lower East Side, the sale of 49-51 Chambers Street and 346 Broadway in lower Manhattan and the development of East River Science Park on the campus of Bellevue Hospital.
- Representation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in connection with certain financing initiatives, including two new loans secured by specific assets within the Navy Yard, and with the leasing of Building 77, a 1 million square-foot property, for retail, office and industrial space, including development of a prototype lease for Building 77.
- Multi-decade representation of the YMCA of Greater New York in the development of numerous facilities, including new branches in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, various financings, the sale of development rights and other real estate matters (including leases, construction agreements and consulting agreements).
- Successful advocate for Forest City Ratner in connection with Forest City’s role as master developer of the Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island and as developer of the “Bridge”, a co-location building located on the Cornell-Technion campus, including the negotiation of a master lease and condominium structure for the building.
- Representation of a Fortune 500 company in connection with the condominiumization of numerous commercial buildings in mid-town Manhattan and the sale of condominium units for office and other uses.
- Representation of various family interests in the ground leasing, for development, of sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, on both a stand-alone basis and as part of large scale plans, including agreements for the rezoning of property to facilitate development.
- Representation of The Nature Conservancy in connection with the acquisition of 168,000 acres in the heart of the Adirondacks.
Professional and Community Involvement
Awards and Recognition
- Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent TM
- “Volunteer of the Year,” The Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Chapter, 2007
- New York Super Lawyer, 2006-2012