Robert M. Kessler

Top rated Real Estate attorney in New York, New York

Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.
Robert M. Kessler
Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.

Practice Areas: Real Estate

Licensed in New York since: 1986

Education: University of North Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011 - 2023

Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.

733 Third Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY 10017 Phone: 212-551-8435 Email: Robert M. Kessler Visit website


Bob Kessler joined Rosenberg & Estis in 1997. He is a member of the Transactions Group, where he has represented developers, sellers, purchasers, landlords, and tenants in real estate transactions and real estate-related contracting of various types, sizes and complexity. He specializes in public-private transactions, including ground leases and subway station improvement agreements for three prime sites in the Times Square area. Bob also represents owners and tenants on commercial leases, telecommunications matters, and preparation and negotiation of contracts (e.g., consulting, construction and management) in connection with the development, occupancy, and operation of real estate. In addition, he represented an owner/operator of ferry and tour boats on various transactional and operational matters, including contracts with governmental agencies.

Prior to joining Rosenberg & Estis, Mr. Kessler was Senior Counsel at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC). At EDC he was instrumental in forging many of New York City's largest and most sophisticated public/private real estate ventures, including the 42nd Street/Times Square redevelopment, Metro-Tech, Brooklyn Renaissance Plaza, and Queens West. Mr. Kessler also represented EDC and the New York City Industrial Development Agency (IDA) on many other sale, lease, development, construction, contracting and financing matters.

Bob Kessler's over 30 years of extensive experience have included such diverse topics as land use and zoning, environmental regulation, legislative affairs, condemnation, tax abatements and exemptions, New York City and State procurement and public approval processes, corporate retention incentive transactions and privatization of City assets. He has, in addition, been a speaker on public/private partnerships and been named a New York Super Lawyer.


First Admitted: 1986, New York

Professional Webpage:

  • Review, drafting and negotiation of certain World Trade Center documentation for Durst Organization as consultant/joint venture partner/manager;
  • Represented Joint Venture of SJP Properties, Inc. and Prudential Real Estate Investors on Ground Lease transaction for Times Square site with 42nd Street Development Project Inc. (a subsidiary of New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development) and The City of New York, and related agreements, including easement and Subway Entrance Agreement with New York City Transit Authority;
  • Numerous commercial leases and telecommunications and signage licenses for the Durst Organization and other clients;
  • Represented several tax-exempt entities including Open Society Foundations and Cornell University in connection with net leases of Manhattan office buildings including subleasing, sub-sublease, multiple SNDAs and tax-exempt leasehold condominiums
  • Represented Durst Organization in connection with a joint venture with SFA Properties for future residential acquisitions and development, and represents that joint venture on various contracting and operational matters;
  • Reviewed World Trade Center documentation for insurance consortium;
  • Numerous corporate transaction documents, license agreements, leases, permits, financing documents and service agreements for New York Water Taxi and Water Taxi Beaches.
  • Represented Durst Organization in forming joint venture, and joint venture of Durst Organization and Vornado in submitting a (runner-up) proposal and drafting/negotiating preliminary documentation, for multi-block "Hudson Yards" project;
  • Represented Joint Venture of Durst Organization and Bank of America on Ground Lease transaction for midtown Manhattan property acquired by eminent domain by New York State Urban Development Corporation (d/b/a Empire State Development), and related development and construction-related agreements, including Subway Agreement with New York City Transit Authority;
  • Numerous construction and consultant agreements for the Durst Organization, Westbrook Partners, The Ford Foundation, Vornado and other clients; and
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Served as a speaker/panelist at a daylong Lorman Education Services seminar on Public/Private Partnerships, speaking on Public/Private Real Estate Development Deals in New York City (2007)
  •  Student Winner – American Planning Association Writing Competition (1984)
Educational Background:
  • B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • MA in City and Regional Planning - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985
  • JD - University of North Carolina School of Law, 1985
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New York, 1986
Industry Groups:
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Public/Private Real Estate Transactions
  • Telecommunications Licensing

Office location for Robert M. Kessler

733 Third Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY 10017


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011 - 2023

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