Joshua Stein

Retired Partner

Joshua Stein retired from the partnership in July 2010. He was a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group in the New York office and a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He handled a wide range of commercial real estate loans, leases, development projects, purchases, sales, restructurings, and other transactions for purchasers, sellers, secured lenders, investors, and borrowers. He closed loans secured by shopping centers, office buildings, hotels, apartment buildings, mixed-use projects, assisted living facilities, and other real property in portfolio and single-asset transactions in New York and nationally. These included acquisition, refinancing, and development loans.

Mr. Stein negotiated numerous leases, subleases, nondisturbance agreements, and related transactions, including many long-term "financeable" ground leases. He has represented buyers and sellers of almost every type of real property. Mr. Stein's hotel experience includes purchases, sales, development, and negotiation and restructuring of management agreements. He was engaged as an expert witness, and as a court-appointed receiver, in real estate disputes.

For the year ending in May 2006, Mr. Stein chaired the New York State Bar Association's Real Property Law Section, whose 5000 members include most of the real estate lawyers in New York. For five years before that, he chaired the Section's Commercial Leasing Committee.

He has published four books: Stein on New York Commercial Mortgage Transactions (LexisNexis 2006); A Practical Guide to Real Estate Practice (ALI-ABA 2001); Lender's Guide to Structuring and Closing Commercial Mortgage Loans (Mortgage Bankers Association 2004); and A Guide to Ground Leases (With Forms and Checklists) (ALI-ABA 2005). He edited and wrote much of the New York State Bar Association's two-volume treatise on Commercial Leasing (2004) and has published more than 150 articles, checklists and other materials on commercial real estate law and practice. Some of his articles have won awards, including a 2002 Burton Award recognizing clarity and simplicity in legal writing. He is one of the leading nonacademic writers on commercial real estate law and practice in the United States.

His name has appeared repeatedly in these international guides to leading real estate lawyers: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Chambers); Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers (Euromoney Legal Media Group); International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (Law Business Research); International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers (Law Business Research); The World's Leading Lawyers (Chambers); and others. Mr. Stein is also recognized as a leading real estate attorney in the 2008 Chambers US legal guide.


  • JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1981
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1977