Mr. Hisiger possesses "amazing knowledge of the market," and sources describe him as "superbly responsive, thoughtful and helpful," adding that "he really cares."Chambers USA 2017

James I. Hisiger


James Hisiger retired from the partnership on June 30, 2018. He is former Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins' Real Estate Practice and was a partner in Latham's New York office. Mr. Hisiger has extensive practical experience in real estate financing (construction, permanent, second-lien, leasehold, mezzanine, and preferred equity) including securitized financings, syndications and participation, sale-leasebacks, and OpCo/PropCo structures, with respect to various asset classes, the formation and negotiation of complex joint ventures (mergers and acquisitions, passive equity, and management roles), limited partnerships and liability companies, as well as, acquisitions, dispositions and exchanges, option agreements, ground leases, and commercial leases. He developed a subspecialty in the gaming and hospitality industry through development and finance transactions located in New York, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, and California.

In recent years, Mr. Hisiger represented Citibank Global Markets Realty Corp., Barclays Capital Real Estate, Inc, Barclays Capital Real Estate Finance, Inc, Coastal Development Companies, The Carlyle Group, The Cordish Companies, Morgan Stanley, Stahl Real Estate Company, Credit Suisse, and Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Hisiger was appointed to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Downtown Redevelopment Task Force after September 11 and was the Chair of its subcommittee on Property Rights.

Mr. Hisiger has been named a leading real estate lawyer by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, and The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers. He has delivered lectures at numerous conferences throughout the United States and has written articles that have appeared in National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, Practical Law Company (PLC), and Briefings in Real Estate Finance, an international journal.

  • Education
    • JD, John Marshall Law School, 1977
      with honors
    • BA, State University of New York at Albany, 1973
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