GRUNDMAN--Neil. The attorneys and staff at Olshan deeply mourn the loss of esteemed real estate lawyer Neil Grundman, founding partner of the Olshan law firm in New York, who passed away Thursday morning. He was legendary among the real estate bar and the real estate community. Among his many ground-breaking representations, Grundman represented North American Mortgage Investors and MGI Properties, REITs whose shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange, Transamerica, Kaufman Organization and other major New York property owners. Olshan partner Thomas Kearns noted that, "Neil was one of the leading real estate transactional lawyers in the city for decades. He had a unique ability to cut to the key parts of a transaction and negotiate them effectively for his clients, always with great humor and professionalism." In addition to his accomplishments as a lawyer, Grundman was dedicated to his community and was a long time member of the board of trustees of Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, serving as president from 1994-1996. Olshan began in the 1960's when Grundman joined Marvin Olshan and over the years their two-lawyer firm grew to 80 lawyers. Before retiring in 2003, Grundman was Olshan's senior partner in the Real Estate Group. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1958 and earned an A.B. in 1955 from New York University. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1959 and was a member of the New York State Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta.
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Published in The New York Times from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2012