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Office Leasing Committee

Office Leasing Committee

Welcome to the Office Leasing Committee

The OFFICE LEASING COMMITTEE focuses on topical legal issues relating to the leasing of office space. Through programming and publications, the Committee explores current trends and issues facing office landlords, tenants, and property managers and strives to provide practical solutions to resolve common challenges in office leasing transactions. We invite you to join and become an active member of our Committee.

Committee Leadership

Robert J. Shansky, Esq., Scarola Zubatov Schaffzin PLLC, New York, NY Bob is an experienced and widely respected transactional real estate lawyer. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1968), and the Harvard Law School (J.D., 1971). He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the premier organization of United States real estate lawyers, he was included in the 22nd, 23rd and 24th Editions of the Best Lawyers in America (c) in Real Estate Law, and has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers (2006-17). Bob is an active member of many professional organizations including the American Bar Association (Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, participating in the Leasing Group Committee on Emerging Issues and Specialized Leases, Retail and Industrial Leasing Committees, Chair of the Retail Leasing Committee 2015/2016, 2016/2017, Chair of Commercial Leasing Group 2017/2018, and the New York State Bar Association (Environmental Law Committee and Real Property Section, Member of the Executive Committee, Committee on Commercial Leasing (currently Co-Chair of this Committee)). He has spoken frequently on real estate issues at ABA, ACREL, New York State Bar and PLI programs and was a contributing editor to the treatise Commercial Leasing (Second Edition), published by The New York State Bar Association in 2010. Bob's practice includes transactions in a wide array of complex real estate and corporate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financing and development of commercial, industrial, warehouse and residential projects. Bob practiced for 27 years with the New York office of Jones Day, where he was a partner.

Kate Williams is a staff attorney for the Corporate Services Department in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Chicago office. She focuses her practice on corporate and e-discovery matters. Katie is experienced in supervising and managing large volumes of contested litigation discovery files, as well as issuing and responding to various litigation pleadings. In addition, Kate is experienced in working on a variety of securitized commercial loans. Having previously worked for a large international bank, she focused on the review of property engineering and environmental reports, commercial leases, easements, zoning reports, property insurance matters, operating agreements and analyzing reserves. Katie earned her LL.M. in 2007 and her J.D., with distinction, in 2005 from the John Marshall Law School. Katie is a member of the American Bar Association Real Property Probate & Trust Division and is a current editor of RPTE e-report. She is a past American Bar Association Real Property Fellow and past Vice Chair of the Securitization and Finance Committee.

Upcoming Leasing Group Events - Free Monthly call

Committee Events

Free Monthly Call- Renewal Rights, Rights of First Refusal and First Offer: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

January 17, 2018
Please join Bob Shansky on the monthly call. He will be talking about objectives,
drafting, use and problems that may arise in connection with the
captioned rights in various types of commercial leases.
He will also share some war stories of transactions that have been
adversely affected by badly drafted clauses. An outline and some sample
language for illustrative purposes will be provided.
We hope you will join the call.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT/5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
Dial in number: 866/646-6488
Participant Pass code: 601 676 1423,
January 17

Section Events

    Section 199A -- Planning to Maximize the Deduction


    The new section 199A deduction for passthrough entities creates opportunities for businesses that are not C corporations but may require new and creative planning to maximize the deduction. - Understanding the computation of the 20% deduction - Applying the limitations on the deduction - Understanding ...

    Exit Mechanisms and Dispute Resolution in Real Estate Joint Ventures


    Sharing a joint vision for a new real estate venture is a critical element of future success. However, life throws many curveballs and the long-lasting partnership the venture partners had initially envisioned may not come to fruition. Therefore, it is crucial that the joint venture agreement include ...

    Next Steps in Financing


    During this session the panelists will discuss sophisticated commercial real estate projects that touch upon specific issues applicable to most loans. For these projects, the panelists will comment on frequently arising and negotiated borrower-lender issues, including the following: Topics ...

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Shansky, Robert


Williams, Catherine

Committee Roster  

Modified by Robert Shansky on January 8, 2018

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