Stephen Lefkowitz

Stephen Lefkowitz

  • Of Counsel
  • Real Estate
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8780
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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Stephen Lefkowitz is a real estate of counsel resident in Fried Frank's New York office.  He was a partner in the Firm from 2003-2015.

Mr. Lefkowitz's practice focuses on real estate development, with an emphasis on land use, zoning and structuring large-scale, complex projects involving public/private development and financing arrangements. 

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Lefkowitz held various positions. From 1976 to 1982, he was an associate professor at Columbia University School of Law. In 1976, he served as counsel to the New York State Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development. From 1971 to 1975, he served as general counsel to the New York State Urban Development Corporation (Empire State Development Corporation) and had previously served as special assistant counsel to Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. He currently serves as secretary, member of the board of directors and member of the executive committee of the Alliance for Downtown New York.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Lefkowitz is recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Senior Statesmen). He is consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Real Estate as well as Real Estate: Land Use and Zoning (Leading Lawyer). In 2017, he was awarded the Lewis Rudin Award by Coro New York Leadership Center. In addition, Real Estate Weekly recognized Mr. Lefkowitz in its 2008 All Stars edition, which honors real estate industry leaders.

Professional Associations

Secretary, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Alliance for Downtown New York

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York

Practices & Industries


Harvard Law School, LLB – 1962
  • magna cum laude
  • Member, Law Review
Yale University, BA – 1959
  • summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
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