Beyond the Bricks and Mortar
With our close connections to the private and public world of New York City’s real estate law community and a large alumni base in the profession who maintain close ties to the Law School, you will have many avenues to explore the field. Our graduates are behind some of the biggest and most ambitious building projects in the United States. As a recent graduate entering the real estate law field you can expect to see how real estate is built from the ground up. Whether you want to work in urban planning, real estate financing, construction law, or real estate investment and management, we have alumni in every corner of the field.
Brooklyn Law School graduates are working at large law firms involved in all aspects of real estate transactions, including financing, litigation, zoning and planning, taxation, REIT’s, and securitization. Other graduates work for construction law firms or in the legal departments of large real estate developers such as Forest City Ratner or Tishman Speyer Properties. Brooklyn Law School alumni are also working on the government side of real estate law at agencies such as the NYC Department of Housing and Preservation, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development.
Select Notable Alumni
Charles S. Cohen ’77 is President and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation. Mr. Cohen is an expert in all phases of building development—construction, leasing, financing, marketing, and management. The company re-develops underutilized buildings, from office skyscrapers to corporate parks to design centers, in New York, Texas, Florida, and California.
Irwin B. Cohen ’58 is an independent real estate developer whose visionary projects have been credited with the revitalization of several urban areas, most notably in New York City and Philadelphia. They often involve the redevelopment of historically significant buildings into non-residential uses such as the renowned Chelsea Market in Manhattan, which helped to revive a long-declining factory area of New York City.
Leon H. Charney ’64 is the owner of the property firm and development company L.H. Charney Associates Inc., and landlord to large national retail tenants that include Tommy Hilfiger, Liz Claiborne, Office Depot and Jones New York. Mr. Charney is also a television producer and the moderator of the award-winning public affairs program, “Leon Charney Report.” Mr. Charney has also been a legal and political advisor to state and national leaders in the United States and Israel.p>
Milton Cooper ’52 is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kimco Realty Corporation (Kimco), and former Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mr. Cooper was one of the founders of Kimco, a Real Estate Investment Trust that owns and operates North America's largest portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Mr. Cooper is a past-Chair of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.
Jeffrey Feil ’73 is President of the Feil Family Foundation and CEO of The Feil Organization, one of the largest privately-owned real estate companies in the United States. The company handles every area of real estate, from management and leasing to design and development. Brooklyn Law School’s newest high-rise student residence is named Feil Hall in recognition of the generosity of the Feil Family Foundation and Mr. Feil is member of the Law School’s Board of Trustees.
Lucas A. Ferrara ’84 is a partner at Newman Ferrara LLP, a renowned New York based real estate firm. Mr. Ferrara is the named co-author of the critically-acclaimed, three-volume West treatise Landlord and Tenant Practice in New York and has contributed a chapter to West's New York State Administrative Procedure and Practice.
Daniel Finkelstein ’55 is of counsel at Newman Ferrara LLP, a renowned New York based real estate firm. Mr. Finkelstein has over fifty-five years of real estate litigation experience. He is a co-author of the critically-acclaimed, three-volume West treatise Landlord and Tenant Practice in New York. Before joining Newman Ferrara LLP, he was a founding member of one of New York City's largest landlord-tenant law firms, Finkelstein, Borah, Schwartz, Altschuler & Goldstein, P.C.
Jeffrey D. Forchelli ’69 is the founder and managing partner of the firm of Forchelli, Curto, Schwartz, Mineo, Carlino & Cohn, LLP with offices in Mineola and Melville, New York. Mr. Forchelli’s practice concentrates on complex real estate and land use matters, including litigation and tax certiorari for major real estate developers and major corporations. The Jeffrey D. Forchelli Conference Center at Feil Hall was named in his honor, and he is a member of the Law School’s Board of Trustees.
J. Michael Fried ’75 is the founder and CEO of Phoenix Realty Group, a national real estate fund manager providing capital and expertise to urban developers, as well as opportunistic rates of return to institutional investors. Mr. Fried oversees the firm's new business development, strategic planning, and overall company operations. Mr. Fried is also the Chairman of the PRG Investment Committee.
Caleb D. Koeppel ’81 is a member of Koeppel Companies LLC, a real estate investment, brokerage, leasing and management firm, and founder of KTR Newmark Real Estate Services LLC. Mr. Koeppel is a former member of the Board of Directors of The Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc., the Real Estate Board of New York and numerous other community and civic organizations.
C. Glenn Schor ’72 is Chief Operating Officer of The Treeline Companies, a real estate firm which owns and manages more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial real estate in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Schor is actively involved in a variety of business, educational, and philanthropic organizations.
Larry A. Silverstein ’55 is President and Chief Executive Officer of Silverstein Properties (SPI), one of the most active and respected real estate development and investment firms in New York. SPI has developed, owned and managed more than 35 million square feet of commercial, residential, and retail space in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as in Michigan and Florida. Currently, SPI has $10 billion of development activities underway, including rebuilding the commercial office space at the World Trade Center, one of the largest public-private developments ever undertaken.