Russ has been recognized by the Legal 500 for providing clients with "invaluable legal counsel" and for possessing "uncommon business acumen" and "superb problem-solving skills." Russ was selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars - Metro Edition, 2011-2014.
EducationUniversity of Michigan (B.A., 1997); Boston University School of Law (J.D., 2000)
Significant AccomplishmentsRepresented SL Green Realty Corp. in a 1.6 million square foot lease to Viacom International at 1515 Broadway. At the time, this transaction was the largest-ever New York City office lease (other than a few sale-leaseback arrangements); Represented Brookfield Office Properties in connection with a lease for 1.2 million square feet at One New York Plaza to Morgan Stanley, at the time, the largest single-asset office lease in New York City since 2008; Represented Lazard Group LLC in its long-term headquarters lease of approximately 440,000 square feet at Rockefeller Center, New York, NY.; Represented SL Green Realty Corp. in connection with its joint venture to develop a Pace University dormitory tower at 33 Beekman Street in Manhattan; Representation of the landlord in a complex transaction involving the conversion of a sublease to a direct lease of more than 500,000 square feet of prime New York City office space over an aggregate term of 20 years; Representation of one of the "Big Four" accounting and professional services firms in connection with major leases throughout the United States; Representation of the owners of several prominent office buildings in New York City in connection with their leasing of office and retail space; Representation of the owners of several prestigious hotels in connection with various retail leases and food and beverage management agreements; Representation of the owner in connection with the development, financing and leasing of a multi-use project consisting of over 800,000 square feet of retail space and 1,000 residential units in Flushing, New York; Representation of a Caribbean Government in connection with the purchase of the headquarters for its Permanent Mission to the United Nations; Representation of several prominent insurance companies and a global banking and financial services firm in connection with various major leases throughout the United States, including the renewal of a lease for over 400,000 square feet in New York City; and Representation of an AmLaw 100 law firm in connection with its leases of office space in New York City and Boston, MA.
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