Simon Malinowski, Attorney
Simon was appointed managing attorney of our New York office in 2021, but he’s been contributing to our clients’ success since he worked for Harris Bricken as a summer associate in 2010 and 2011.
A seasoned real estate attorney, Simon advises developers, investors, contractors, and design professionals across all stages of the property development process, including: condominiums; multi-family rental properties; retail developments; mixed-use developments; and special projects. He also provides comprehensive legal services covering all aspects of commercial property ownership, from leases to refinancing to renovating.
Simon is especially valued by our clients for his incisive writing and shrewd negotiating skills, as well as for his extensive experience handling construction access agreements through proactive negotiation and RPAPL §881 petitions.
Simon is fluent in both Russian and Chinese, and a number of his international real estate clients come from Russian- and Chinese-speaking countries. With support from our foreign direct investment team, Simon helps our foreign clients successfully navigate the foreign investment issues that go with developing real estate in a foreign country.
Before starting as a real estate lawyer in New York City, Simon played a key role in the formation of our firm’s cannabis practice by drafting the documents that in the early days of legalization quickly became the seminal legal framework for operating a cannabis dispensary. He also was instrumental in advocating for our cannabis clients before various local governments. Simon’s experience navigating newly enacted cannabis legislation, combined with his finance and real estate expertise, provides our clients with significant advantages in New York’s developing cannabis market.
In each of the past five years, Simon has been named a New York State “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a peer-nominated process that identifies the top 2.5% of lawyers under 40 in each jurisdiction.
More About Simon
New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, Queens Borough President webinar, January 25, 2022.
MRTA She Wrote: Understanding NY’s Cannabis Laws to Take Your Business to Prime Time, CWCBExpo, New York City, New York, November 5, 2021.
Building a Cannabis Business in New York: An Operator’s Perspective, Harris Bricken webinar, September 23, 2021.
Retail and Multi-Family Real Estate Development for Overseas Investors, Harris Bricken webinar, August 25, 2021.
Cannabis in New York: The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act’s Impact on New York City, Harris Bricken webinar, August 17th, 2021.
Urban Real Estate Development for Overseas Investors, Harris Bricken webinar, July 28th, 2021.
U.S. Real Estate for Overseas Investors, Harris Bricken webinar, June 30, 2021.
Cannabis in New York: Intro to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, Harris Bricken webinar, May 4, 2021.
Great Expectations, Cannabis Business Times, May 12, 2022.
Queens BP hosts talk on cannabis legalization, Queens Daily Eagle, January 27, 2022.
NY Senate Confirms Two Key Cannabis Officials, Law360, September 2, 2021.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Calls Special Session to Make ‘Long Overdue’ Decisions For Cannabis Program, Cannabis Dispensary Magazine, September 1, 2021.
Justice Clarence Thomas’ Statement on Cannabis Is Political, Lawyer Says, Cheddar, July 2, 2021.
New York’s Cannabis Plan Doesn’t Add Up, Cannabis Culture, June 21, 2021.
Opportunities for restaurants, minority-owned biz in NY marijuana law, attorney says, Albany Business Review, April 27, 2021.
N.Y. Legalization Offers Head Start for Existing Operators, But Newcomers Won’t Be Put Out, Cheddar, April 9, 2021.
Regular contributor to the award-winning Canna Law Blog.
New York Cannabis Regulation: Overview, Thomson Reuters Practical Law, December 13, 2021.
Sports Star Arrested For Ridiculous Amount Of Weed — And Other Reasons We Need To Legalize Marijuana, The Fresh Toast, July 6, 2021.
How New York Cannabis Legalization Priorities Equity, LA Weekly, April 8, 2021.
New York State Bar Member of the Committee on Cannabis Law
New York Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2016-2020)