facts about duval & Stachenfeld


We are a "Pure Play in Real Estate Law", which encompasses our determination to focus all of the Firm's practices around our core expertise in real estate.


Size of Firm:  We are about 70 lawyers. 

Location:  We have one office in midtown Manhattan at 555 Madison Avenue. 

Practice Areas:  We have the following practice areas: 

  • Real Estate (including land use)
  • Litigation 
  • Corporate 
  • Bankruptcy 
  • Tax 
  • Not-for-Profit     

Pure Play in Real Estate Law:  We are a “Pure Play in Real Estate Law”, which encompasses our determination to focus all of the Firm’s practices around our core expertise in real estate. Notably:

Largest NYC Real Estate Practice:  We now have roughly 50 full-time real estate lawyers, which enables us to take pride in the fact that we now have one of the largest (and perhaps the largest) real estate practices in New York City.

Global Practice:  We have a global real estate practice – and we handle transactions throughout the U.S. and throughout the Globe, including Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. 

Major Transactions:  We have handled many of the largest and most complicated real estate transactions for well-known real estate and institutional clients. More about our Real Estate Practice Group >

Litigation:  Our litigation practice has a major presence in financial services matters and tax related matters.  In addition, our litigation practice has a major real estate component that weaves into our real estate pure play.  There are currently eight litigation partners.  The practice is headed by Allan Taffet, who is: a Harvard Law School graduate – a former U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York – and a former practitioner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. The group’s clients are largely financial institutions and real estate companies.      More about our Litigation Practice Group >

Tax:  Our tax practice has deep expertise in virtually all U.S. tax issues.  In addition, our tax team has particular expertise in cross-border matters (both in-bound and out-bound).  Finally, our tax team is particularly skilled in real estate matters, which fits nicely with our real estate pure play.  Our tax practice is headed by industry luminary, Stephen Land.  Stephen is one of the top tax lawyers in the world.  His credentials include:  

  • Education at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School
  • Top 5% of his class in all of the foregoing
  • Development of practice expertise at Sullivan & Cromwell  
  • At Linklaters (launching and building the U.S. tax practice at one of the world’s largest firms, and becoming recognized as one of the leading international tax lawyers in the United States).  
  • This is now punctuated by being elected as an officer of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association – to become Chair in 2016 – one of the most prestigious tax positions anywhere for a tax lawyer.  

Stephen is now joined by two tax associates (both from Linklaters) and the client response to these associates has been magnificent. More about our Tax Practice Group >

Corporate:    Our Corporate practice handles M&A, private equity and corporate acquisitions and dispositions.  In addition, one of the crown jewels of the Firm is our corporate real estate practice, which is devoted to joint ventures and similar transactions in the real estate world.  The practice is co-headed by Terri Adler (who also heads the real estate department) and Patrick Duval (a founder of the Firm).

The Firm is a worldwide industry leader in joint ventures and similar transactions in the real estate world.  Indeed, the corporate real estate team has worked on thousands of co-venture transactions during the Firm’s history and we believe our expertise and skill set is without par at any other law firm. More about our Corporate Practice Group >

Bankruptcy:  Our bankruptcy practice is known for acquiring assets out of bankruptcy, as well as addressing the fraudulent conduct of debtors.  Our bankruptcy practice is also well-known for its expertise in the real estate world, which of course melds well with our real estate pure play.  The chair of our bankruptcy practice, Kirk Brett, is an effective and practical lawyer with deep experience in all aspects of insolvency, credibility in the courtroom, excellent judgment, and a track record of finding creative solutions for our clients. More about our Bankruptcy Practice Group >

Tax Exempt Organizations:  Our tax exempt organizations practice has great expertise in the unique regulatory, economic and legal issues of tax exempt organizations (public charities and private foundations), including with respect to internal governance issues and disputes.  It is also closely aligned with our real estate practice; indeed, we created a separate Tax Exempt Real Estate Practice, recognizing that many not-for-profit entities have real estate issues that require a combination of legal expertise in both the real estate and not for profit areas. More about our Tax Exempt Practice Group >

Knitting of Practice Areas Together Through Real Estate Pure Play:  We enhance all of the foregoing practice areas through the adjunct of the powerful pure play real estate practice.  At the same time, the strength of our real estate pure play is augmented by these excellent practices. 

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