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Davis & Gilbert Continues Reputation as Robust Leader in New York's Real Estate Community

New York, February 26, 2009 - Davis & Gilbert was responsible for seven of Manhattan's largest office leasing transactions (based on square footage), including the second overall largest, for 2008.

As detailed in a report released by Crain's New York Business, these transactions, with their respective rankings and tenants, include:



Square Footage



375 Hudson Street


Saatchi & Saatchi


636 11th Avenue


Ogilvy & Mather


300 Park Avenue

537, 515

Colgate-Palmolive Co.


333 West 34th Street


The Segal Co.


825 Seventh Avenue




11 Madison Avenue




200 Varick Street


Cardinia Real Estate


Responsible for the second largest deal was Donald E. Sonnenborn, who represented landlord Tishman Speyer in its transaction with international advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.  Mr. Sonnenborn also worked with Tishman Speyer in its lease with Colgate-Palmolive.  Additionally, Mark E. Maltz worked with Ogilvy & Mather, Mediaedge:cia, and Enfatico; Real Estate Practice Chair Gerald R. Uram and John P. Seligman represented The Segal Co.; and Mr. Seligman served as counsel to Cardinia Real Estate.

Additionally, Jeffrey A. Moross and Yossi Subar were responsible for New York City's largest leasing transaction in January 2009 when they represented a New York Stock Exchange company in connection with its leasing of almost 200,000 square feet of office space on Madison Avenue for its national headquarters.

Davis & Gilbert's Real Estate Group was recognized for its robust leasing practice and high-profile work in Chambers USA 2008.  The firm handles commercial leases across the United States, representing both landlords and tenants in office, retail, and industrial leases.

"Our involvement in a significant percentage of Manhattan's largest leasing transactions represents the depth and breadth of our practice. We have a unique industry perspective that enables us to provide advice on all real estate-related matters, from the earliest stages of negotiations to the structure and terms of transactions - counsel that's become even more pertinent in today's economic climate," said Mr. Uram.

About Davis & Gilbert LLP
Davis & Gilbert LLP is an independent, strategically focused, full service, multi-disciplinary law firm of more than 110 lawyers. Founded over a century ago and located in a single office in New York City, the firm represents a wide range of clients - including some of the world's largest public companies, small and mid-size independent companies, partnerships, joint ventures, large media conglomerates and multinational holding companies - throughout the United States and internationally. Davis & Gilbert is widely regarded as the #1 law firm for the marketing communications industry and has practices focusing on real estate, litigation, intellectual property, labor & employment, corporate and middle market M&A, and private client services.

For additional information on Davis & Gilbert's real estate practice, please contact:
Gerald R. Uram, Chair