Kipnis, Scott R.

  New York, New York, USA
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Mr. Kipnis, a member of Schnader’s Real Estate Practice Group, head of the group's New York Office Real Estate Team and leader of the firm's Retail Industry Team, focuses his practice on closing deals for national and regional chains in leasing and retail property development transactions and regularly closes numerous office, warehouse and industrial leases. He has nearly 25 years of experience handling all aspects of commercial leasing, including construction-related disputes, permits, variances, and diverse developmental issues. 


In real estate matters, Mr. Kipnis represents institutional and private interests in all phases of real estate transactions and development (for sellers, purchasers and developers) and provides keen insight regarding zoning, land use and title issues, insurance coverage and financing. Mr. Kipnis has a particular understanding of all aspects of retail property development from the inception of lease negotiation to retail store launch and beyond. He was among the first practitioners to develop a practice of buying leases from bankrupt companies and most recently was among the first practitioners to handle retail leasing deals on a military base. His clients include major Fortune 500 retailers, smaller national and regional retailers, commercial NYC real estate developers, insurance defense third-party administrators, and emergent businesses seeking general business and litigation advice.

Mr. Kipnis’ practice also includes the smooth resolution of complex leasing disputes, general land use advice including the acquisition of building and sign permits and representing clients’ interests in variance applications. He is experienced in negotiating the resolution of contractual, licensing, construction and, employment disputes, overseeing premises defense insurance litigation, working on general bankruptcy matters for both debtors in possession and creditors, and resolving general business disputes.

Mr. Kipnis’ background representing the different parties involved in retail leasing and property development informs his deal-closing approach to such transactions. He spent the first half of his career representing commercial banks, landlords, and retailers in commercial and real estate litigation. In addition to Mr. Kipnis’ experience in purchasing bankrupt company assets, he has participated in several complex and high profile bankruptcy matters, and has often served as counsel to debtors-in-possession.

Mr. Kipnis has been an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers for more than a decade.

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