Michael Pollack

Of Counsel
New York

Michael Pollack has practiced real estate and corporate law in the greater New York metropolitan area for more than 30 years. Mr. Pollack advises clients on the purchase, sale, and financing of major commercial properties; lease transactions; construction contracts; real estate development projects; and litigation management.

Michael is known for representing some of the most prominent investors in central business district properties, ranging from institutional real estate investors and pension funds to Fortune 100 companies and multigenerational real estate families. His experience covers a wide range of asset classes, including office buildings, retail properties, multifamily properties, hotels, and development projects. Michael has also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel to a private real estate investment, management and construction company with a geographically diverse real estate portfolio.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Office, retail and industrial leases on behalf of prominent landlords and anchor tenants, including financeable net leases and ground leases and building-wide and portfolio wide leasing programs.
  • Formation of joint ventures on behalf of private equity investors and developers.
  • Purchase, sale and financing of investment properties, including portfolio transactions affecting net lease retail properties, office buildings, development sites and multi-family properties and pursuant to loan origination programs by CMBS lenders.
  • Counseling owners and users of properties on various elements of distressed real estate, including landlord-tenant litigation strategies, loan forbearance and workouts and partnership disputes.
  • Representation of condominium and cooperative boards in complex matters with unit owners, shareholders and adjoining landowners.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

  • Contribution of land by not-for profit community services organization in exchange for new facility to be constructed as part of mixed-use low-income housing project development.
  • Representation of not-for-profit theater organization in development of new theater facility under ground lease and condominium structure.

Professional Activities

New York City Bar Association, Real Property Law Committee, Land Use, Planning and Zoning Subcommittee

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Landlord, Tenant & Litigation Perspectives on Retail Leasing," New York City Bar, City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education, New York, November 6, 2017 

Speaker, "Embracing the Inevitable: The Changing Face of Office & Work Spaces," Mazars 6th Annual New York Commercial Real Estate Summit, New York, April 20, 2017

Panelist, "Inside, Outside, and Court Side Perspectives on Retail Leasing," New York City Bar, City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education, New York, November 7, 2016

Plenary Forum, Information Management Network, 3rd Annual Real Estate General Counsel's Forum (East), September 2013

New Construction Development and Financing Panel, Information Management Network, 2nd Annual Real Estate General Counsel's Forum (East), September 2012

Board Memberships & Community Service

Real Estate Board of New York

Planning Board, Town of North Castle

Airport Advisory Board, County of Westchester

Publications

Author, "The Shape of Air: Development Potential Realized," Legal –Ease, BOMA Magazine, March | April 2018 

Co-author, "The Shotgun Tenancy: The Fate of the Prime Landlord and Subtenant When a Bankrupt Tenant Rejects Its Lease in Bankruptcy," The Practical Real Estate Lawyer published by American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, January 2017  

"Is Cherryland Still Relevant?" CRE Finance World magazine, Winter 2015

Credentials 

Education

Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1983)
Editor, Commentaries; Paul J. Liacos Scholar

Cornell University (B.S. 1980)

Admissions

Massachusetts (inactive)

New York