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Real Estate


Mandelbaum Salsburg’s Real Estate Practice Group has been assisting our clients purchase, sell, finance, develop, lease and manage real property for over fifty years.

Our practice involves diverse asset types including office buildings, medical offices, shopping centers, strip malls, residential housing complexes, industrial park facilities, and Brownfield and redevelopment sites. Our technical skill, experience, practical perspective and business acumen enable us to skillfully execute complex transactions in a cost-effective manner.

Real Estate Acquisition, Development and Disposition

Our attorneys are skilled and experienced in the negotiation of complex contracts and execution of due diligence review including title, survey and property condition. We provide our clients with advice and assistance on the tax aspects of their real estate transactions, including 1031 and 1033 exchanges and procurement of tax incentives and benefits through PILOT and Developer Agreements with local governmental bodies.

Our practice group is skilled and experienced in developing commercial and mixed use projects with reciprocal easements, covenants and declarations to address the rights and interests of multiple owners and users of complex mixed use residential, commercial and industrial property. Our practice group has developed and implemented complex condominium structures, including organization of commercial and residential condominium associations to facilitate and enhance property development. In conjunction with our Corporate Group and Taxation Group, our attorneys are able to provide our clients with the technical support, advice and guidance necessary to establish tax efficient and organizationally sound deal structures for their projects, including structures providing for sponsorship with outside investors and real estate joint ventures.

Permitting, Approvals and Land Use

Procurement of governmental approvals and permits is an integral component of real property development. Our land use attorneys regularly appear before Municipal boards and other governmental agencies to procure planning approvals, variance relief, subdivision approval and other permits and approvals essential to the contemplated use of property. We have secured approvals for industrial parks, shopping centers, mixed use and multi–family projects and some of the largest residential planned unit developments in New Jersey. Together, with support from our complementary Environmental Practice Group, we represent developers, contractors and investors in obtaining permits and approvals regarding wetlands and other environmental issues affecting property development.

Real Estate Finance

With the advantage of having experience representing both borrowers and lending institutions, our practice group advises and assists our clients in the negotiation, structuring and documentation of sophisticated financing facilities for their projects including construction financing, mezzanine financing, structured finance transactions, private syndication and private equity funding.

Environmental Aspect of the Real Estate Transaction

Environmental conditions are a significant factor in most real estate transactions and our skilled and experienced environmental lawyers are an integral component of our approach to property development. Our environmental attorneys provide advice on the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated property, and compliance with statutes and government regulations affecting real property transactions, including ISRA compliance, underground storage tank compliance and remediation, and soil and ground water remediation. We also provide support in evaluating environmental insurance products to promote successful management of the risk and liability a property owner may face with respect to future remediation and environmental related claims.


We represent both landlords and tenants in complex leasing transactions for a broad array of asset types. Our leasing practice includes conventional office space, shopping center and industrial property leases as well as long term ground and net leases. As a result of our extensive experience, our attorneys fully appreciate and understand the intricacies of lease administration and management and successfully develop practical and cost-effective solutions to complex leasing issues.

Tax Appeals, Condemnation Proceedings

We counsel our clients with regard to reducing real property tax assessments and producing tax abatements for qualifying taxpayers. Our group has utilized its expertise in valuation and negotiation with public entities to successfully defend and maximize awards in public-taking matters initiated by state and local authorities.

Condominium and Management Practice

Our attorneys provide representation to residential and commercial condominium associations including matters pertaining to by-law enforcement, voting and meetings, contract procurement and assessment collection. We also represent landlords and professional management companies in the management of shopping center, office building and industrial park portfolios.

Real Estate Litigation

In conjunction with our Commercial and Corporate Litigation Practice Group, our attorneys provide advice, guidance and representation in litigation matters pertaining to all aspects of Real Property. On behalf of real estate developers, commercial landlords, commercial tenants, and investors, we have successfully litigated disputes pertaining to commercial leases, land-use determinations, real estate partnership disputes and condemnation proceedings.

We also represent commercial tenants in disputes over their leases. Our practical perspective and business acumen enable us to skillfully and successfully develop practical and cost effective solutions to complex litigation issues.

September 27, 2019Robin Lewis Appointed to the Board of Directors of The International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Ltd

Congratulations to Robin F. Lewis, Member in the Firms Real Estate Practice Group, who was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of The International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Ltd. The International Society of Primerus Law Firms is a society of over 3,000 lawyers in 170 member firms in more than 40 countries worldwide that provides clients easy access to the right lawyer, with the right skills, in the right location, and at the right cost. To learn more about Primerus, click here:

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September 16, 2019Josh Gorsky Named to 40 Under 40 by Mid Atlantic Real Estate

Congratulations to Joshua Gorsky who was named to 40 Under 40 by Mid Atlantic Real Estate. Learn more about Joshua here:

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September 12, 2019Joshua Gorsky Moderating the ICSC New Jersey Next Generation Program on October 3rd

Joshua Gorsky, Associate in the Real Estate Practice Group, will be moderating the ICSC New Jersey Next Generation Program on Thursday, October 3rd. The program will review several ways in which you can stay ahead of missteps in your retail real estate transactions as well as avoid the pitfalls that cause deals to fall through and how to premeditate common issues. For more information or to register for this event, click here....

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May 14, 2019Craig Alexander Closes Multi-Million Dollar Sale in Hudson County, New Jersey

Craig W. Alexander, a partner in the firm's Real Estate Department, represented a prominent investor in the multi-million dollar sale of a pharmacy located in Hudson County, New Jersey....

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April 11, 2019Barry Mandelbaum Discusses Firm's Real Estate Group in Real Estate NJ's Spotlight Issue

Barry R. Mandelbaum, Chair of Mandelbaum Salsburg's Real Estate Practice Group and co-founder of the Firm, highlights how the Firm's 89-year history provides a unique experience for their clients in Real Estate NJ's Spotlight Issue. Click here to read more....

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February 11, 2019Craig Alexander Closes Multi Million Dollar Mortgage Loan

Craig W. Alexander, a partner in the firm's Real Estate Department, closed a million dollar mortgage loan on behalf of a prominent investor for a commercial building in Essex County, New Jersey. Mandelbaum Salsburg was able to leverage its relationships to assist the client in acquiring the property in an unusual transaction commencing with the purchase of the existing debt, financed by a hard money lender introduced to the client by the firm. The client acquired title to the property after the firm structured a "deed in lieu of" transaction made possible by the firm's relationship with the lender and title company, followed by a refinancing with an institutional lender also introduced to the lender by the firm....

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February 5, 2019Craig Alexander Closes $20M Construction Loan in Ridgewood, NJ

Craig W. Alexander, a Member in the Firm's Real Estate Practice Group, closed a $20,000,000 construction loan on behalf of a prominent developer for a residential project in Ridgewood, New Jersey....

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January 22, 2018Mandelbaum Salsburg's Real Estate Team Completes Largest Real Estate Transaction in the Firm's 89 Year History

Congratulations to Mandelbaum Salsburg's Real Estate team on completing the largest real estate transaction in the Firm's 89 year history. This complicated transaction on behalf of long-time Firm client Rubenstein Properties involved the sale of a portfolio of 29 properties (located in 6 different states) having approximately 5.2 M square feet of industrial space with a purchase price of nearly $200M. Member Owen Hughes led a team of attorneys and support personnel from the real estate practice and our Environmental Group, including Member Gordon Duus, who provided assistance on environmental matters. The contract was negotiated and signed in the fall of 2018. The transaction involved complex title and survey issues, property condition diligence, tenant issues, bulk sale and environmental compliance activities and negotiation and procurement of environmental insurance. The closing stretched over 3 days during the week of January 14, 2019, including one night with Owen and Chair Barry Mandelbaum leaving the closing table at midnight. We are proud of the team effort by the members of our Real Estate and Environmental practices to ensure a successful portfolio sale for our client....

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November 29, 2018Mandelbaum Salsburg Receives High Rankings in Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Report for 10th Year in a Row

Mandelbaum Salsburg has once again received high rankings in the 2019 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms." The firm received "Metropolitan Tier 1" rankings in Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law; "Metropolitan Tier 2" rankings in Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking & Finance, and Litigation - Real Estate; and "Metropolitan Tier 3" rankings in Corporate Law and Environmental Law. These rankings were determined through Best Lawyers' overall evaluation, which was derived from a combination of feedback from the Firm's clients, the high regard that attorneys in other firms have for Mandelbaum Salsburg attorneys, and information provided by the Firm to Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers is a widely respected peer-review publication and the oldest in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals alike as a significant honor. If the votes for a firm are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that firm must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. The Firm has received high rankings by Best Lawyers since 2010. In addition, several attorneys in the Firm maintain Best Lawyers' designations for their particular practices and have been so designated for several years....

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October 25, 2018Real Estate NJ Spotlight on Barry Mandelbaum and the History of The Firm


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23 OctReal Estate Group Helps Secure $17 million financing for client in purchase of Bronx NY apartment buildings

Congratulations to Robin F. Lewis and Daniel Barkin, Members in the Firm's Real Estate practice, who worked on securing financing as Counsel to Sterling National Bank which provided $17 million to Taconic Investment Partners for the purchase and financing of 2 apartment buildings in Bronx, NY.…/109…/nyc-real-estate-week-in-review...

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July 16, 2018Essex County's Top Lawyers List 2018

We are pleased to announce that seven of our attorneys have been voted by their peers to be included in Morris/Essex Health & Life Magazine's Essex County's Top Lawyers List for 2018. Congratulations to Barry R. Mandelbaum (Real Estate), Robin F. Lewis (Real Estate), Richard Miller (Elder Law), Vincent J. Nuzzi (Criminal Defense), Michael Saffer (Commercial Litigation), Lynne Strober (Family Law), and Doug Eilender (Land Use and Environment)....

13 Feb2017 Mandelbaum Salsburg Year in Review

We are pleased to share our 2017 Year in Review which highlights some of the Firm's notable successes during the last year. We are thankful to our clients who have allowed us to continue doing what we love. We continue to expand our practice areas and bench to reflect our clients needs....

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8 NovMandelbaum Salsburg Receives High Rankings in Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Report for 9th Year in a Row

Mandelbaum Salsburg has once again received high rankings in the 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The firm received “Metropolitan Tier 1” rankings in Real Estate Law and Securitization and Structured Finance Law; "Metropolitan Tier 2" Rankings in Litigation - Banking & Finance; and “Metropolitan Tier 3” rankings in Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Environmental Law and Litigation - Real Estate....

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24 AugDuus Authors Legal Q&A for on Using Environmental Insurance to Close Real Estate Deals

Gordon Duus, Member and Chair of the Firm's Environmental Law Practice Group, recently published a Legal Q&A Two-Part series on entitled "Using Environmental Insurance To Close Real Estate Transactions." Check out Part 1 here and check back tomorrow for Part 2!...

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15 AugSeven Mandelbaum Salsburg Attorneys Recognized By Their Peers In Best Lawyers in America 2018

We are proud to announce that 7 of our attorneys were selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 edition*. Inclusion on this list of the top practitioners in various areas of practice across the United States is an honor as it is bestowed by fellow attorneys. Best Lawyers* is regarded as one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession....

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7 JulMandelbaum Salsburg's Charlie Lorber discusses new plans to be filed for the Lorraine Project in Montclair, NJ

Charlie Lorber, a Senior Counsel in the Firm's Real Estate Department was recently interviewed by on a mixed-use project on Lorraine Avenue in Montclair, NJ....

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6 AprMandelbaum Salsburg Plays Matchmaker in Large Mixed-Use Redevelopment Project

A recent matchmaking of 2 of our clients by our Real Estate Practice Group resulted in a large mixed-use redevelopment project that closed this April! To read details of this exciting project visit:

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20 JulMandelbaum Salsburg Welcomes Lauren Carnevale, Esq.

We are pleased to announce that Lauren A. Carnevale has joined the Firm as Counsel. Ms. Carnevale will focus her practice on secured lending and commercial real estate law, with an emphasis on leasing and all aspects of complex real estate transactions...

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13 MayRobin F. Lewis Featured in Women in The Law, Special Edition of Best Lawyers Magazine

Robin F. Lewis, a Member in the Real Estate Practice Group, was selected by her peers to be featured in the Women in the Law, Special Edition of Best Lawyers Magazine. She has been recognized as a leader in Real Estate Law in New Jersey....

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1 JanBuilding Opportunities for Multi-Family Housing

Fairfield, NJ-based Woodmont Properties is a regional real estate company that develops, builds, markets and invests in a diversified range of real estate, with a 50+-year history in commercial real estate. For nearly 40 of those years, Woodmont’s management team has worked with Barry Mandelbaum and...

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