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Jonathan L. Mechanic

Partner
Real Estate



Jonathan L. Mechanic is chairman of Fried Frank's Real Estate Department. He first joined the Firm in 1978. He became a partner in 1987, when he rejoined the Firm after having acted for five years as general counsel and a managing director of HRO International Ltd., a real estate development organization responsible for the development of more than 2.5 million square feet of office space in Manhattan.

Mr. Mechanic routinely counsels developers, owners, investors, REITs and lenders in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition and development of office, retail, hotel and mixed-use properties; commercial mortgage, mezzanine and construction financing; acquisition and sale of distressed debt; and joint ventures and restructurings.  He also represents both landlords and tenants in commercial leasing and ground lease transactions.

Mr. Mechanic has taught the real estate transactions course at Harvard Law School for seven of the last nine years.  He also lectures regularly for NYU Law School, the Real Estate Board of New York and the Practising Law Institute, and is a co-author of The Commercial Office Lease Handbook published by the American Bar Association.

Honors & Awards

Fried Frank's Real Estate Department was awarded the Chambers USA Award for Excellence 2009 for Real Estate, an award which honors outstanding lawyers and law firms across the USA.  In 2007 Mr. Mechanic was named a "Dealmaker of the Year" by The American Lawyer and in 2006 he was the recipient of the Chambers USA Award for Excellence for Best Real Estate Lawyer.  Mr. Mechanic is consistently recognized as a "Star" individual in real estate, a ranking given to attorneys with exceptional recommendations in their field, by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.  He is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 in Real Estate.  He appeared on the cover and was featured in the 2007 edition of New York Super Lawyers.  In March 2011, Mr. Mechanic was named one of the "Most Influential Lawyers" by The National Law Journal.  He was also named "MVP Lawyer of the Year" by Law360 in 2011 and 2013, and is consistently included on The New York Observer's "Power 100" list of the most powerful people in New York real estate as well as The Commercial Observer's "The Lawyers You Call" list.

In addition, Real Estate Weekly recognized Mr. Mechanic in its 2008 All Stars edition, which honors real estate industry leaders.  He was also honored with the Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award at the Real Estate Board of New York's 112th annual banquet and received the National Jewish Health Humanitarian Award in 2009.  In December 2011, Mr. Mechanic was awarded the Judge Joseph M. Proskauer Award by UJA-Federation of New York.  In 2013, Mr. Mechanic was honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters and for his work on behalf of the Eldridge Street Synagogue.  Over the years, he has also been honored for his philanthropic activities by National Jewish Hospital, Israel Bonds, the Modell Foundation, ORT, The Association for the Help of Retarded Children, Albert Einstein Medical College, the Police Athletic League and The Salvadori Center.

Professional Associations

Member, Executive Committee, Board of Governors, Real Estate Board of New York

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Member, National Realty Committee

Member, Executive Committee, Real Property Law Section, New York State Bar Association

Advisory Board, NYU Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

Advisory Board, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate

Member, Real Estate Roundtable 

Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Member, YMWREA

Board Member, New York University Law School

Board Member, The Eldridge Street Synagogue

Board Member, YMCA 

Board Member, The Jeffrey Modell Foundation

Board Member, Realty Foundation

Board Member, National Jewish Hospital

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions
New York
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Tel:  +1.212.859.8222
Fax:   +1.212.859.4000

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EDUCATION
New York University School of Law, JD – 1977
Order of the Coif
Editor, Law Review
Brandeis University, BA – 1974
Magna cum laude
 
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