Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., 2002), Production Editor, Arts & Entertainment Law Journal
Lehigh University (B.S. in Business and Economics, high honors, 1999)
Risa C. Letowsky is co-chair of the Leasing Practice Group at Duval & Stachenfeld LLP. Ms. Letowsky counsels and represents landlords and tenants in large-scale office, retail, shopping center, industrial and ground lease transactions.
Among the notable matters Ms. Letowsky has handled in her career, she was an integral part of the team that represented Millennium Partners in the long-term lease by Millennium to Equinox of all of the Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY health and fitness clubs located in Boston, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. as part of the transaction in which Millennium sold its health and fitness club business and certain assets to Equinox.
Ms. Letowsky is currently handling the retail leasing for the Wynn hotels located in Las Vegas and Massachusetts, and is also handling the retail leasing for Area15, an immersive entertainment complex in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is being developed by Fisher Brothers. In addition, Ms. Letowsky is part of the team handling the leasing for Industry City, a 6,000,000 square foot development in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Ms. Letowsky regularly represents a large insurance company in connection with leases throughout the United States, including its lease of 130,000 square feet of office space in Jersey City, New Jersey and 110,000 square feet of office space in Cleveland, Ohio. She previously represented a large international professional services firm in connection with several of its leases throughout the United States, including headquarters leases in Los Angeles and Chicago. Ms. Letowsky has also represented WeWork in connection with a number of their leases throughout the United States.
Prior to joining Duval & Stachenfeld, Ms. Letowsky was Special Counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Earlier in her career, Ms. Letowsky served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Rouse Properties, Inc., and as an associate in the real estate group of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
Committed to providing pro bono services, Ms. Letowsky has been honored by the Legal Aid Society and the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York for her work with these organizations, two of the numerous nonprofit and charitable organizations to which she has dedicated pro bono services. Ms. Letowsky previously sat on the board of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, Women’s Leadership Junior Council, and is actively involved in UJA-Federation of New York’s Young Real Estate Executives Division and Women’s Division.
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