Biography

Ray Hannigan represents something rare in today’s hyper-specialized legal services world: an aggressive real estate litigator known for outstanding results, as well as a seasoned dealmaker who regularly advises on a wide range of domestic and international real estate transactions.

This combination allows Ray to navigate through a wide array of client challenges, from institutional battles for control of billions in assets, to high-profile partnership disputes over family-owned real estate interests.

In managing these intricate matters, Ray often uses litigation as a strategic tool to bring parties to the bargaining table – and to a mutually satisfactory resolution – faster. Once an agreement is reached, Ray's extensive transactional experience allows him to close the deal, achieving greater continuity and efficiency for his clients.

Real Estate Litigation + Dispute Resolution
Ray is recognized as one of New York’s top real estate litigators. He frequently advises prominent clients seeking a competitive advantage, including lenders, owners, developers, opportunity funds, title companies, banks and other real estate players. Ray has litigated – and won – a wide variety of actions involving contract, brokerage, construction and leasing disputes, as well as lien law issues. He also regularly handles workouts and foreclosures of complex mortgage loans. Ray has also represented every major title insurance company in New York, often acting as special appellate counsel on difficult appeals.

Transactional Real Estate + Litigation Value Added
Ray has helped clients make the unlikeliest of deals come to fruition, calling on his comprehensive experience, and his strong relationships with buyers and sellers. Ray began his career as a transactional real estate lawyer, closing sophisticated deals including property sales, acquisitions and development projects, as well as numerous complex commercial mortgage loans, often involving securitizations initiated by investment banking clients. This diverse experience gives him valuable insights into how agreements should be structured and provisions crafted in order to prevail should judicial enforcement be necessary.

New York + Overseas
While based in New York City's vibrant real estate market, Ray has also represented clients with real estate and business interests from around the world. He immerses himself in new cultures in order to navigate cultural differences and better advise his international clients in countries such as Korea, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Holland, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Ray is also proficient in Italian, Japanese and French.