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.
- Real Estate
- Real Estate Development and Transactions
- Mixed-Use, Condominium, and Multifamily Development
- Real Estate Finance
- Distressed Real Estate
- Private Equity Real Estate
- Insurance Company and Institutional Investments
- Emerging Companies and Venture Capital
- Real Estate and Construction Litigation
- 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.
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.
New York City Bar Association, Real Property Law Committee, Land Use, Planning and Zoning Subcommittee
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
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
Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1983)
Editor, Commentaries; Paul J. Liacos Scholar
Cornell University (B.S. 1980)