Partner Chris Smith and counsel Peter Strauss (both New York–Real Estate) were recently appointed adjunct faculty at St. John’s University’s newly minted Mattone Family Institute for Real Estate Law. Chris and Peter will be teaching commercial real estate leasing. Their respective practice experience includes advising and negotiating on behalf of clients in a wide range of transactions, including representing both owners and tenants in complex lease transactions in New York City and throughout the U.S. and owners in some of the largest office lease transactions in New York City in terms of square footage and in terms of highest rents fetched.
“We are proud to support the newly created Mattone Family Institute and appreciate our former Shearman & Sterling colleague, Rob Sein, for considering us,” said Chris. “We hope to teach the practical aspects as well as technical aspects of this topic.”
The Institute was designed to be the Law School’s academic and pre-professional training center for students with an interest in pursuing a career in real estate law. Among other opportunities, the Institute provides the knowledge, practical experience and ethical training required to excel in today’s real estate law practice through continuing legal education, industry conferences, expanded course offerings, clinical training, and externships and internships.