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Davis & Gilbert Remains a Leader in New York's Real Estate Leasing Market

New York, September 3, 2014 - Davis & Gilbert was responsible for six of
Manhattan's largest office leasing transactions (based on square footage) for the first half of 2014.

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



Square Footage



520 Madison Avenue


Tishman Speyer (Landlord)


1 Penn Plaza


Publicis Groupe (Tenant)


11 West 42 Street


Tishman Speyer (Landlord)


320 West 13 Street


Theory Holdings (Tenant)


520 Madison Avenue


Tishman Speyer (Landlord)


150 Varick Street


Wieden + Kennedy Inc. (Tenant)


The firm represented landlord Tishman Speyer in three separate transactions, which was reflected in the rankings and totaled over 324,100 square feet. Co-Chair of the Real Estate Group, Donald E. Sonnenborn, handled the Michael Kors (USA) Inc. lease at 11 West 42 Street, and the Davidson Kempner lease at 520 Madison Avenue. In addition, Partner, Glenn E. Motelson, handled the Carlyle Investment Management lease at 520 Madison Avenue.

Partner, John P. Seligman, represented tenant Publicis Groupe on its 113,945 square foot lease at 1 Penn Plaza, and also represented tenant Wieden + Kennedy Inc. in its 69,750 square foot lease at 150 Varick Street with assistance from Associate, Kate McGeough.

In addition, Partner, Jeffrey A. Moross, represented tenant Theory Holdings in an 86,962 square foot lease at 320 West 13 Street.

Davis & Gilbert’s Real Estate Practice Group
With one of New York City’s preeminent real estate practices, Davis & Gilbert regularly handles Manhattan’s largest retail, office and commercial leases on behalf of landlords and tenants, as well as a wide range of other real estate matters involving the ownership, conveyancing and financing of properties across the country. We routinely advise international banks, financial services companies, national and international retailers, law firms and major advertising agencies when they lease corporate headquarters and branch offices. Davis & Gilbert also represents pension trusts and the owners of many high-profile office buildings and complexes. The Real Estate practice group has earned rankings in legal directories such as Chambers USA, “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers and The Legal 500 U.S.

About Davis & Gilbert
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. Davis & Gilbert is ranked in publications and legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500 and Best Law Firms. The firm has also been consistently recognized in The BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service A-Team” (2012-2015) and in The National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List (2012-2014). 

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