Areas of Focus
Leslie Kanter is an experienced real estate lawyer with diverse experience representing clients of all sizes in commercial leasing and other real estate transactions. She counsels large owners in complex office and retail transactions, helps major banks, technology companies and brands secure high-visibility headquarters, and represents property owners in strategic negotiations with New York City’s top restauranteurs.
Leslie skillfully advises clients on either side of a deal. While she regularly assists national and international firms and companies, she is equally adept at advising and counseling smaller, non-institutional owners.
Highly attuned to their business objectives and motivations, Leslie guides clients through the myriad issues that arise in a commercial leasing transaction. Clients value her ability to balance deal-specific nuances with the bigger picture to close retail, restaurant, office, warehouse and industrial transactions efficiently and cost-effectively.
Whether developing new strategies, drafting documents, or negotiating terms, Leslie delivers solutions that meet client goals. She moves quickly to establish productive working relationships with in-house counsel, brokers, leasing agents, design and construction teams, risk managers and opposing counsel. Her empathy and sense of humor help her to bring together stakeholders from both sides of the table and craft mutually satisfactory resolutions.
Before joining Davis+Gilbert, Leslie practiced real estate law at several large national law firms.
Represented a leading real estate owner and developer in its retail leasing and development at a residential complex containing over 600 rental units with modern amenities, including retail, dog walking facilities and gyms.
Assisted an Australian real estate investment and development company in restructuring deal terms and negotiating a lease with a regional retail bank for visible, prominent retail premises on Fifth Avenue in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Represented a brand-management software developer, in negotiating with a major insurance company to sublease an entire building in New York City’s Meatpacking District as its new world headquarters. In addition to arduous negotiations with the sublandlord, which was acquired mid-way through the transaction, the deal hinged on resolution of ancillary documents with various parties, including a substantive, delicate and out-of-the box multi-party consent.
Guided a real estate development company in negotiating an office lease of approximately 25,000 square feet at a commercial office tower with a large real estate investment firm relocating and expanding its New York headquarters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Represented a leading real estate owner and developer in negotiations to lease the retail space in a new mixed-use development, including deals for a white tablecloth restaurant and the initial lease up of a multiple stall food hall.
Insights + Events
- Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1987)
- Baruch College (B.B.A., 1983)
- New York
Member, Davis+Gilbert Corporate Social Responsibility
Member, Davis+Gilbert Women's Forum Committee
Member, Innovating Commerce Serving Communities