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
Regular contributor to the award-winning Canna Law Blog.
How New York Cannabis Legalization Priorities Equity, LA Weekly, April 8, 2021.
“N.Y. Legalization Offers Head Start for Existing Operators, But Newcomers Won’t Be Put Out“, Cheddar, April 9, 2021.