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Our Vision

Lester Bleckner & Shaw LLP is breaking the mold of the traditional, compartmentalized law firm. Our broad negotiation skills and cross-specialization expertise allows us to provide effective and efficient counsel to our clients and offer invaluable insights to help them achieve their goals. At Lester Bleckner & Shaw we have created the full-service, “one-stop shop” real estate law firm, uniquely positioned to represent the entire lifecycle of a project, from site selection to financing, acquisitions to construction agreements, leasing to litigation and more. Our versatile team takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to legal advocacy, giving our clients a distinct advantage over others in the competitive world of real estate.

Areas of Practice

Our attorneys have decades of experience in virtually every aspect of the real estate industry, enabling them to be proactive and strategic when advising our clients.


Our goal is to help our clients overcome obstacles, solve dilemmas, protect against risk and succeed in their ventures.

Ian Lester


Ian is a founding partner of Lester Bleckner & Shaw LLP. Throughout his nearly 20 years of practice his focus has been on guiding his diverse group of clients – entrepreneurs, developers, owners, investors, commercial landlords and tenants – through all phases of their real estate projects. Ian has a well-earned reputation as a tenacious advocate for his clients and his practical and creative approach to addressing complicated and nuanced issues led one of Ian’s clients to call him a “consiglieri with the mind of a business lawyer.” This, together with his multifaceted practice and knowledge of how “all of the pieces fit together”, provides Ian with an “uncanny ability to see around the corner before reaching the end of the block.”

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David Bleckner


David is a founding partner of Lester Bleckner & Shaw LLP and has been one of the leading commercial leasing attorneys in New York City for more than 30 years. In addition to representing a broad range of institutional and individual landlords and tenants, he has been representing ownership of the properties in the Empire State Realty Trust portfolio since he started his career in 1986, including significant aspects of their office leasing, retail leasing and broadcaster and telecommunications licensing transactions.

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Martin Shaw


Martin is a founding partner of Lester Bleckner & Shaw LLP. He is experienced in all facets of real estate law, including development, acquisitions, construction, sales, financing and litigation. He has extensive experience representing developers in real estate and asset-based lending transactions involving the acquisition, development, construction, sale and leasing of all forms of real property and drafting, filing and amending condominium and cooperative offering plans in New York State.

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David Levy


David regularly advises clients on all matters related to real estate, with a particular focus on the acquisition and disposition of commercial property, commercial leasing (both on the landlord and tenant side) and related corporate matters, including the negotiation of partnership and JV agreements. Prior to joining LBS, David spent nearly a decade litigating complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts.

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News & Legislation Updates

Stay up to date with our take on the latest news and legislation affecting the New York real estate landscape.
LBS & Clients In The News
17 May 2023

X-Golf Signs Scarsdale Location

Lester Bleckner Shaw LLP represented P. Lawrence Enterprises in the sublease of 870 Central Park Avenue in Scarsdale, New York for an agreement that will bring X-Golf, the most innovative and accurate golf simulator experience in the world, to the 8,840-square-foot retail space.
LBS & Clients In The News
31 March 2023

Empire State Realty Secures Long-Term Lease in Manhattan

Lester Bleckner Shaw LLP represented Empire State Realty Trust in the leasing of a 33,803-square-foot space to nonprofit organization Claims Conference at 1359 Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.
LBS & Clients In The News
28 March 2023

$28M Financing for Four-Building Office Portfolio

Lester Bleckner Shaw LLP represented the sponsor of the $28 million financing for a four-building portfolio in Manhattan

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Our firm philosophy is to understand our clients, understand their business, and understand their objectives in each representation we undertake.
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