skip to main content

Leonard Boxer helps real estate owners, developers and institutions navigate the complicated legal landscape of real property. His business acumen and skill with novel financing mechanisms have earned him a reputation for consummating complex real estate transactions. His extensive practice covers a full range of commercial and residential matters, including zoning, land use, governmental regulations, financing, ownership structures, cooperatives and condominiums, real property taxation and exemptions.

Leonard is well known for his ability to see complicated real estate transactions through to a positive conclusion, including overseeing the acquisition of the World Trade Center site and the development of Starrett City, the nation’s largest affordable housing development.

Leonard serves as counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York. Beyond his practice, he is the chairman of JASA, an agency that services the elderly population of New York City, and chairman of the Children’s Hearing Institute for hearing impaired children.

Leonard has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 USA, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. Clients called him “a dean of the real estate bar” with “great contacts in the business community.”

Leonard has been co-chairman of the China-United States Real Estate Council and serves on the Board of Governors of the New York University Real Estate Institute, among other public service contributions.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America for practice in real estate law
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Lincoln Center’s Real Estate & Construction Council, Honoree
  • New York Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Super Lawyers for work in real estate
  • The Legal 500 USA, Nationally Recommended
  • UJA Federation, Palm Beach Campaign, Honoree


  • Member, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
  • Co-chairman, CUREC, The China-United States Real Estate Council
  • Member, Board of Governors, New York University Real Estate Institute
  • Member, Board of Governors, Counsel and Executive Committee, Real Estate Board of New York
  • Member, Real Estate Advisory Committee of the Board of Trustees, Guggenheim Museum, 2003–present
  • Chairman, Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, 2003–present
    • Trustee, 1987–present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, New York University, 2000–present
  • New York University School of Law
    • Member, Board of Trustees
    • Member, Council on the Future of the Law School
    • Member, Capital Campaign Steering Committee
    • Member, Board of Governors, School of Law Alumni Association
    • Co-Chairman, Weinfeld Associate Program, Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
    • Founder, Boxer Family Professorship
  • Member, New York Regional Cabinet, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1995–present
  • Member, Board of Governors, Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Wyndham International
  • Member, Committee on Condemnation and Tax Certiorari, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Real Property Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New York Regional Advisory Board, Valley National Bank
  • Member, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Chairman, Children's Hearing Institute, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, 1994–present
  • Trustee, National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, 1985–present
    • Founder, Boxer Fund for Pediatric Allergy Research
  • Member, New York Advisory Board, Chicago Title Insurance Co., 1979–present

Selected Activities

  • U.S. Army Reserve, 1963–1969

Admitted To Practice

New York

Speeches & Events

  • Speaker, "Demystifying NYC’s Newly Released Property Tax Assessments," Stroock and REBNY, January 21, 2021


LL.B., New York University School of Law, 1963

B.S., New York University, 1960; Beta Alpha Psi