Robert Sorin is a real estate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm as a partner in 1997.
Mr. Sorin's practice covers a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including the sale and acquisition of office, hotel and retail properties, joint ventures, commercial mortgage and mezzanine financing, construction financing, leasing, the development of office, residential, hotel and mixed-use projects, loan sales, and debt restructurings.
Having begun the practice of law in 1983, Mr. Sorin has been lead counsel on some of the most high-profile real estate transactions of their respective times. In 2009, he represented Macklowe Properties in the sale of the General Motors Building in New York City to Boston Properties for US$2.8 billion, the largest price ever paid for the purchase of a single building in US history. In 2018, he represented Google in its US$2.4 billion acquisition of Chelsea Market, the second largest price ever paid for the purchase of a single building in the US. In 2010, he represented Google in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of 111 Eighth Avenue, the location of Google’s New York headquarters. He also represented Macklowe Properties in the US$6.4 billion acquisition of the Manhattan portfolio of Equity Office Properties from The Blackstone Group, the largest single-transaction price ever paid for a private acquisition of real estate assets.
He has also represented landlords and tenants in millions of square feet of leasing transactions. He represented BlackRock as tenant in its 850,000 square foot headquarters relocation in New York City, and has represented Google as tenant in all of its leases in New York City, including at Pier 57. He has represented The Related Companies as landlord in virtually all of the leases signed at Hudson Yards, including with L'Oreal and SAP, and is representing SL Green, as landlord, in its leasing at One Vanderbilt Avenue, the iconic building being constructed next to Grand Central.
Mr. Sorin is a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, and Planning and Preservation.
Mr. Sorin is consistently recognized in “Band 1” by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Real Estate and is consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Real Estate. He was named by Law360 as a 2011 “MVP Lawyer of the Year,” and was recognized by Real Estate Weekly in its 2008 and 2009 All Stars edition honoring real estate industry leaders.
He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He also serves as a member of the Governance Committee of Fried Frank.
Mr. Sorin received his JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1982 and his BA, magna cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979. He is admitted to the bar in New York.