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Andrew R. Berman

Andrew R. Berman

New York Law School
Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Founding Director, Center for Real Estate Studies
New York, NY, USA

Andrew R. Berman is a partner in Orrick’s international real estate practice group and a former partner at Sidley Austin. He also previously practiced at Wachtell, Lipton and Davis Polk. Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Berman was a full-time Professor of Law and Chair of the Real Estate Department at New York Law School (NYLS) from 2002 to 2014. At NYLS, Mr. Berman founded, and served as the Director of, the Center for Real Estate Studies and the Institute for In-House Counsel. Since returning to private practice full time, Mr. Berman has continued his affiliation with NYLS and was appointed Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law in real estate. He also continues to direct the Institute for In-House Counsel, and mentor current and former students.

Throughout his career, Mr. Berman has served on various committees of the American Bar Association, New York City and New York State Bar Associations, Urban Land Institute, and other professional organizations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and currently serves on the ACREL Leasing Committee and the Legal Opinion Committee. Mr. Berman is an alum of Princeton University and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, cum laude, Order of the Coif.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Berman has represented clients in a broad range of sophisticated real estate transactions, including commercial leasing, acquisitions and sales, secured and unsecured financings, and real estate development and construction projects. He has particular expertise representing owners and tenants in lease transactions of different asset classes, including office, retail, multifamily and industrial; and with ground leases, assignments, subleases and surrender/termination agreements. He also advises clients with complex issues involving lease administration, property management, and compliance with various federal, state and local regulations. Mr. Berman also advises on the development and redevelopment of mixed-use projects, construction projects, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships for public and private companies.

In addition to this Sixth Edition of Friedman on Leases, Mr. Berman has written and published numerous articles on real estate law in national law reviews and for business and law textbooks. He continues to speak regularly at conferences and seminars throughout the United States. Mr. Berman is frequently sought out to serve as an expert witness and consultant on major litigation cases and transactions, many of which involve commercial leasing issues.

Mr. Berman’s unique experience as both a practitioner and scholar of real estate allows him to bridge the gap between the private practice and academic study of real estate law, a perspective that he has sought to reflect in this revised and new edition of the treatise.

Recommended for Real Estate and Construction, Legal 500 2015


  • CLE Seminar, Speaker, "Mezzanine Loans and EB-5 Financings," June 25, 2015
  • Practising Law Institute, Commercial Real Estate Financing 2015, Panelist, "Real Estate – Finance Opinions of Counsel," April 20, 2015
  • Institute for In-House Counsel, Moderator and Conference Organizer. Panels included: "Hot Issues in Leasing"; "Building a Successful Compliance Department"; "Ethics for In-House Counsel"; and "Managing the Outside/In-House Counsel Relationship," April 8, 2014


  • Mezzanine Debt and Preferred Equity in Real Estate, in Alternative Investments: Instruments, Performance, Benchmarks, and Strategies 163 (H. Kent Baker & Greg Filbeck eds., John Wiley & Sons 2013)
  • Risks and Realities of Mezzanine Loans, 72 Mo. L. Rev. 993 (Fall 2007)
  • “Once a Mortgage, Always a Mortgage” – The Use (and Misuse) of Mezzanine Loans and Preferred Equity Investments, 11 Stan. J.L. Bus. & Fin. 76 (Autumn 2005)
Andrew R. Berman is associated with the following items:
Treatise  Treatise Friedman on Leases (6th Edition) - Friedman on Leases
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Cleveland, OH

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