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Leslie R. Byrd focuses her practice on representing for-profit and not-for-profit developers of market rate and affordable condo, coop and rental projects in connection with financing (including government programs), preparation of offering plans, and unit sales. She has over 25 years of private and public sector experience in leasing and development, including more than a decade of work with condominiums and cooperatives. In addition, she negotiates office, warehouse and ground leases for major retailers and financial institutions, purchase and sale agreements, management agreements and zoning lot development agreements.

Representative Matters

  • 70 Charlton (92 market rate coop units and 29 affordable rental apartments in lower Manhattan for Extell Development Organization)
  • The Aldyn on Riverside Boulevard in Manhattan (150 market rate condominium units and 136 market rate rental apartments for Extell Development Organization, The Carlyle Group and RREEF Alternative Investments)
  • The Edge in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (575 market rate condominium units and 347 affordable rental apartments for Douglaston Development)
  • The Langston in Harlem (180 condominium units, 67% income-restricted, for The Gotham Organization)


  • “Cuomo Expands COVID-19 Relief for Condo, Co-op Sponsors,” Stroock Special Bulletin, April 21, 2020
  • Co-author, “NY Issues Condo and Co-op Plan Guidance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic,” Stroock Special Bulletin, March 31, 2020


  • Member, Law360’s Real Estate Editorial Board, 2021
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association (Real Property Law Section; Committee on Condominiums and Cooperatives), Member
  • New York City Bar Association (Real Property Law Committee), Member

Speeches & Events

  • Speaker, "City Bar Summer Series," New York City Bar, June 8, 2021
  • Speaker, The Rise of Commercial Condominiums, Stroock Podcast, May 2021
  • Moderator, “Climate Mobilization Act: Financing and Offsetting the New Emissions Limitations Requirements,” New York City Bar, February 10, 2021
  • Program Chair, “Commercial Real Estate Law: The Basics & Beyond,” New York City Bar Association, May 2018 & May 2017
  • Panelist, “ABC’s of Office Space," New York City Bar Association Seminar, November 2005

Admitted To Practice

New York


J.D. Harvard University, 1983

B.A. Harvard University, 1979