The Chambers USA Awards for Excellence program recognized Fried Frank with two significant honors during the event held in New York on May 26, 2016:
- Fried Frank partner Jonathan Mechanic received the “Outstanding Contribution to Legal Services” award.
- Fried Frank's Asset Management Practice received the “Investment Funds Client Service Award.”
The awards are based on research for the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business
Widely recognized as the one of the real estate industry's leading legal minds and ranked among the top real estate attorneys in the nation, Mr. Mechanic routinely counsels developers, owners, investors, REITs and financial institutions in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and has been instrumental in transactions that have redefined the New York City skyline. He is recognized by Chambers & Partners as the only Star Individual in Real Estate and has been named one of the "Most Influential Lawyers" by The National Law Journal;
he has been honored as an "MVP Lawyer of the Year" by Law360, and he is consistently named to The Commercial Observer's
"Power 100" list of the most powerful people in NY real estate (the only practicing attorney to make the list in 2015 and 2016). In addition, Mr. Mechanic received New York University's 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award and he is Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy. Mr. Mechanic also serves on the executive committee for the Board of Governors of REBNY, the advisory board of NYU's Shack Institute of Real Estate and the advisory board of The Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University. He also previously taught a real estate transactions course at Harvard Law School.
In selecting Fried Frank for the “Investment Funds Client Service Award,” Chambers said that Fried Frank's clients are united in their praise of the team's commitment to client service, with many citing the Firm's service as being as important as the group's technical excellence when selecting the Firm. In the words of one interviewee: “Fried Frank's client service is the best I've ever seen. The responsiveness is amazing, the partners and the associates are all incredible experts in the subject matter and extra-commercial in the advice they give, and the work product is second to none."