Ronald D. Sernau, co-chair of the Real Estate Department, has more than 25 years of experience in real estate law, representing sophisticated parties in particularly visible transactions involving trophy properties. The community has consistently recognized Ron as a member of the inner circle in New York's real estate industry.
Ron offers clients the insight he has gained by representing opposing interests in similar transactions. He has represented landlords and tenants, lenders and borrowers, purchasers and sellers, equity investors and developers, managers and owners, and brokers and principals. He draws on his experience to address legitimate interests that the opposing party must protect, and to minimize the negotiation of issues that the opposing party can compromise. Ron's clients, some of which have relied on his advice for decades, routinely involve Ron in their strategic decision making.
Ron's clients include a variety of enterprises that are involved with real estate. He represents some of the most prominent real estate developers in New York City in their investments in, and their development of, premier properties. Various businesses, from large publicly traded companies to boutique investment firms, engage Ron to address their real estate concerns. He also has substantial experience in providing general legal advice for luxury retailers, with a particular focus on real estate issues.
Ron created the Proskauer Commercial Leasing System, which automates the commercial leasing process, reducing the processing time for a commercial lease from several weeks to several days. Realcomm, a real estate technology trade organization, awarded Ron with its prize for the best use of technology in real estate law in 2004.
An avid speaker on real estate topics, Ron has appeared before groups sponsored by the Association of the Bar of The City of New York, the New York Hospitality Council, Inc., the New York State Bar Association, the Georgetown Commercial Leasing Institute, CB Richard Ellis, Inc., the Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate, Practising Law Institute, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He lectures at New York University and his articles have appeared in The New York Law Journal and The National Law Journal.
New York City Bar
New York State Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
Chambers USA: Real Estate 2005-2015
Chambers USA: Real Estate Nationwide 2015
The Legal 500 United States: Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate 2014-2015
The Legal 500 United States: Real Estate: East Coast 2007-2013
Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015
Top Ten New York Super Lawyers 2012
Top 100 New York Super Lawyers 2010-2013
New York Super Lawyers 2010-2014
Real Estate Finance
Private Equity Real Estate
Health Care Industry
Cornell Law School, J.D., 1986
magna cum laude
Order of the Coif
Editor, Cornell Law Review, 1985-1986
Ithaca College, B.S., 1981
summa cum laude