Biography

Joann Berardo Birle concentrates her practice on commercial real estate law, with a particular emphasis in retail, office, industrial and warehouse leases for landlords and tenants.

Joann's tenant-side experience includes the representation of luxury watch and shoe companies in their expansion into luxury shopping centers throughout the country, a top-five U.S. bank in branch leases throughout New York and New Jersey, and leases for major restaurants and food brands in prime Manhattan locations. She most recently represented Convene in the leasing of their flagship location with more than 70,000 square feet of retail/event space at Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan. Her recent landlord-side experience includes the representation of a receiver in the leasing of a large mall in New Jersey, and a prominent real estate owner in leasing a large office complex in New Jersey.

Her other areas of her practice include acquisitions, dispositions and financings of retail, office and residential properties; institutional secured lending; and the negotiation of construction, consultant, vendor and architectural services agreements.

Joann also has an active pro bono practice. In 2017, the Lawyers Alliance for New York honored Joann with its Cornerstone Award for outstanding service to nonprofits that improve the quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. During that year, Joann negotiated leases for nonprofits that provide senior services, leadership training, early childhood Head Start programs, and support for women with HIV. 

During law school, Joann was awarded NYU's D. George Levine Memorial Award for the highest grade in real property law, as well as the Professor Robert R. Rosenthal Award for excellence in New York practice. 

Prior to joining Herrick, Joann was counsel at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe (formerly Werbel & Carnelutti, PC).