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Nichole D. Cortese

Chair, Commercial Real Estate Leasing

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Nichole Cortese practices in the area of commercial real estate law, concentrating on the representation of both landlords and tenants in office and retail leasing and subleasing. In addition, she has a wide range of experience in related matters, including commercial real estate sales and acquisitions, real estate brokerage and agency agreements and the assessment of the real estate aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

  • REBNY Cross-Fire Lease Negotiation Seminar
    Speaking Engagements
  • CLE Webinar: Social Media for the Real Estate Industry


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., Cooper Editor, Fordham University Urban Law Journal, Vol. 31 (2003-2004)
    Senior Writer and Research Editor, Fordham University Sports Law Forum, Vol. 3 (2002-2003)
  • New York University, English and American Literature, B.A., magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • Named "Best Lawyer" in Real Estate Law by The Best Lawyers in America (2024)
  • Selected for inclusion in Connect Media's “Women in Real Estate Awards” within the New York & Tri-State regional category (2021)
  • Named among "Notable Women in Law - New York" by Crain's (2020)
  • Named among “Rising Stars of Real Estate” by Real Estate Weekly (2018-2019)
  • Named in The Legal 500 US in Real Estate, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2018-2023)
  • Named "New York Metro Super Lawyer" in Real Estate by Thomson Reuters (2013-2017)


  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Real Estate Section