Belinda Schwartz chairs Herrick’s Real Estate Department, one of the largest commercial real estate law practices in New York City.
One of the industry’s most creative real estate dealmakers, Belinda advises prominent developers, owners, funds, investors and family-owned real estate businesses in complex debt and property acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, financings, development deals, ground leases and related matters.
Belinda's clients value her ability to find common ground in negotiations and achieve a desirable outcome as swiftly as possible. She frequently advises clients in portfolio deals for residential, hospitality and commercial properties across the U.S., and in key markets such as Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago. She has also advised on several of New York City’s biggest development projects, including Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Empire Stores complex, Downtown Brooklyn’s 1.8 million square-foot City Point project, and one of the largest land swaps in Manhattan history, a deal which won REBNY’s coveted Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award.
Belinda has consistently been ranked one of New York City’s leading real estate lawyers by Super Lawyers (2008-2017) and Real Estate Forum, which has twice named her a Woman of Influence. In 2017, she was also named one of Crain's New York Business' 100 top women lawyers.
Family-Owned Real Estate Businesses
Belinda serves as outside general counsel to many family-owned real estate businesses with portfolios valued in excess of $1 billion. In this role she helps clients manage a full range of transactional and operational concerns, as well as succession planning, and tax and estate planning. Belinda also uses her keen understanding of interpersonal dynamics to resolve conflict, and when necessary, negotiate business divorces.
Belinda has significant experience representing foreign investors from China, Israel, Turkey and South America, who are looking to invest in U.S. real estate, either as principals, mezzanine investors or preferred equity providers. Navigating cultural differences and different business practices, Belinda helps to demystify the intricacies of the New York City market for foreign investors.
Memberships & Associations
- Advisory Board, Lighthouse Opportunity Fund II LLC
- Advisory Board, Legal Outreach
- Founder, Real Women of Real Estate
- Board Member, PREF
- Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
- WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate
- Steering Committee, DC Finance
- American Bar Association