Eric G. Menkes
Eric Menkes’s primary area of expertise is commercial leasing, and he heads the firm’s Leasing Practice Group.
On the landlord side, Mr. Menkes’s clients include Jamestown Properties, Extell Realty, Angelo, Gordon & Co., Young Woo Associates, Belvedere Capital, and Olmstead Properties. Among other significant projects, he is handling the leasing for Pier 57, a 275,000 sf new retail development located on the Hudson River in Manhattan; Industry City, a 6,000,000 sf development in Sunset Park Brooklyn catering primarily to technology tenants; three major New York City office buildings; a 1,500,000 sf “trophy” tower in downtown Chicago; and the Showcase Mall Shopping Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Further, he represented Lehman Brothers in the leasing of its New York City headquarters building prior to its bankruptcy filing.
On behalf of tenants, Mr. Menkes represents a number of luxury retailers. He has represented the Italian apparel company Prada in virtually every one of its store leases in the US and Canada. He also represents Church’s Shoes and Polo Ralph Lauren, and has handled matters for Gucci Group’s brands, as well as for Nike/Converse, H&M, Circuit City and Kmart.
In addition to Mr. Menkes’s leasing expertise, he has also had considerable experience handling sales, acquisitions and financings, including the acquisitions of a $560 million New York City office building (and the corresponding $350 million CMBS financing); a 600,000-square-foot Atlanta office tower; office buildings in San Diego and suburban Washington, D.C.; a Dallas shopping center; a major Atlanta hotel; numerous multifamily housing developments; and a controlling interest in a Minneapolis condominium office building.
Mr. Menkes regularly lectures at International Council of Shopping Center law conferences; he is a contributor to The Practical Real Estate Lawyer; and he has spoken before the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is former counsel and Chairman of the Board and Counsel for Miracle House of New York, a not-for-profit housing agency.
Mr. Menkes is admitted to practice in New York.
International Council of Shopping Centers
Committee on Housing and Urban Development of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Contributor to The Practical Real Estate Lawyer
Lecturer before the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
Former Chairman of the Board and Counsel for Miracle House of New York, Inc., a not-for-profit house agency
Super Lawyers: New York Metro: 2006-2016