Jeffrey A. Lenobel is a partner with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP (“SRZ”) in New York City, an international law firm with over 400 attorneys. He has chaired the Real Estate Group at SRZ for more than two decades. Jeff has served as one of three partners on the Firm’s Operating Committee since it was established ten years ago and had been elected to the Firm’s Executive Committee and Compensation Committee for the past 16 years. Jeff practices primarily in the areas of cooperatives and condominiums, real estate restructuring, development, finance, sales and acquisitions. His clients include real estate funds, developers, borrowers, lenders and other financial institutions in their real estate and capital markets activities, complex financing transactions, sales and acquisitions, developments, funds, joint venture arrangements, including workouts and restructurings, and other related matters.
A veteran of the firm, Jeff has grown the real estate practice at SRZ, which today is in an elite class that completes billions of dollars in real estate transactions annually. Under his leadership, the Real Estate Group has developed a reputation for producing inventive solutions to the most difficult challenges in a timely and efficient manner. In his own practice, one factor that separates Jeff from others is his hands-on approach to matters. Nationally recognized as a leading lawyer, he has a reputation for expediently structuring complex deals that utilize diverse financial vehicles.
Jeff has been ranked for the past eight years as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in the NY Metro Area” by Super Lawyers and named as one of “New York’s Most Powerful Real Estate Attorneys” by the Commercial Observer. An elected member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, he is consistently listed in Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States and other ranking publications. Jeff has chaired and/or served on numerous committees of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, including its Committee on Cooperatives and Condominiums.
Outside of the office, Jeff is a Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Forum on Law, Culture and Society at NYU School of Law, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on human rights and social justice issues. Jeff is also currently a member of the Admission Board at Cumberland School of Law. At various times during his career, Jeff has served on the Advisory Boards of Chicago Title Insurance Company, Stewart Title Insurance Company and Fidelity Title Insurance Company. He is frequently invited to write and speak on current real estate topics at leading industry events.
On a personal level, Jeff is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Friars Club of New York City and is a member of the Board of Directors of (i) Phoenix Owners Corp. in New York (where he also serves as Treasurer), (ii) the Sanctuary at Longboat Key Club Community Association, Inc. in Longboat Key, Florida and (iii) the Sanctuary IV at Longboat Key Club Condominium Association, Inc. in Longboat Key, Florida. Jeff has also served on the Executive Committee of the UJA-Federation, Real Estate Lawyers Division, and the Executive Committee for the Fund to Cure Asthma of the National Jewish Medical and Research Center. An avid golfer, Jeff is a member of The Longboat Key Club (in Longboat Key, Florida) and a long-standing member of Metropolis Country Club (in White Plains, New York) where he has served many terms as Vice President, Treasurer and member of its Board of Governors. He is also involved as an active member of the Harmonie Club in New York City.