Jeffrey A. Moerdler

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  • New York University (JD, 1981)
  • Columbia University (BA, 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Jeff is the head of the Real Estate and Communications practices in New York. A general commercial real estate attorney for almost 30 years, his clients include large national companies, particularly in the high-tech, telecommunications, financial services, health care, supermarket, and oil and gas sectors as well as numerous smaller local clients.

His real estate practice is both national and local and includes representation of landlords and tenants in all types of leases; counseling owners and developers in the acquisition, sale, development, and renovation of property; advising lenders and borrowers in commercial loans; and the representation of all parties in real estate litigation.

During the past 20 years, he has developed a unique specialty practice in the intersection of real estate with technology, communications, and energy issues. He has extensive experience representing landlords, tenants, and communications service providers in the leasing, purchase, sale, and financing of data centers and switch facilities, collocation facilities, radio and television broadcast antennas, distributed and in-building antenna systems, rooftop antennas, and fiber-optic transactions as well as the wiring of buildings for broadband communications access. Jeff has also negotiated thousands of rooftop and cellular antenna leases, inside wiring agreements, antenna tower leases, and switch facility leases throughout the country — covering over 500 million square feet.

He has also devoted a considerable portion of his practice to power and energy issues related to real estate and other technology matters, including large solar and wind installations and bulk power purchases. 

A frequent speaker on real estate topics, Jeff also writes a monthly column called Leasing on the Level, covering leasing topics in Real Estate Weekly. He is a member of the board of advisors and regular contributor to Commercial Lease Law Insider, Commercial Tenant’s Lease Insider, and Communications Environmental and Land Use Law Report. In addition, he frequently contributes to Mortgage and Real Estate Executives Report and is regularly quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commercial Property News, Real Estate Weekly, and other publications.

In the past, he has served in numerous governmental positions, including as assistant to the First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York and assistant to the Deputy Borough President of the Borough of Manhattan. From 1981 to 1982, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles L. Brieant, US District Judge, and later Chief Judge, for the Southern District of New York. 

Jeff is also an emergency medical technician on his local volunteer ambulance and coordinator of his local chapter. 

Recognitions & Awards

  • Chambers USA: New York – Real Estate (2011 – 2014)
  • New York Super Lawyers: Real Estate (2006 – 2014)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Real Estate Law (2013 – 2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)
  • Commissioner, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Vice chair, Audit Committee of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Vice chair, Governance and Ethics Committee of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Member, Committees on Security, Capital Planning, and World Trade Center Redevelopment of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Member, Executive Committee of New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Member, Regional Plan Association New York Committee
  • Past member, New York State Financial Control Board representing President Pro Tem of the New York State Senate
  • Past member, New York State Banking Board
  • Past member, Departmental Disciplinary Committee of New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division First Judicial Department

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