John S. Lego

Mr. Lego is a partner whose practice focuses on real estate, including commercial and residential transactions, commercial mortgage refinancing, and commercial leasing for both retail and offices.

He also has experience negotiating construction contracts and license agreements with neighboring property owners. He has represented institutional lenders, the State of New York, commercial developers, labor unions, hoteliers, restaurateurs, and buyers and sellers in all facets of real estate law.

Mr. Lego has the knowledge and experience to achieve his clients’ goals and close transactions effectively and efficiently—from a multi-million-dollar office building financing to a purchase of a cooperative apartment on the lower east side, and from representing commercial landlords of new construction office buildings to representing tenants in a sub-sublease of office space. Whether acquiring a restaurant through an asset sale, developing a parcel of land through a joint venture agreement, or entering into a franchise agreement and leasing retail space, Mr. Lego helps clients negotiate their transactions with attention to detail and a focus on compliance with government regulations and applicable law – all with the intention of achieving the client’s goal.

He has represented clients in the purchase of property from the City of New York’s Economic Development Corporation, negotiations for land leases with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and closing $50,000,000 construction loans with a consortium of lenders.

Mr. Lego also very much enjoys working with individual buyers and sellers of residential cooperatives, condominiums, and townhouses. From sellers in the Sherry Netherlands and buyers in the Four Seasons at 30 Park Place to buyers and sellers in HFDC cooperatives, each client receives individual attention and the legal services deserving of the firm’s clients. He gives clients the time and attention necessary to explain complex legal issues and leverages the experience and skills of his firm colleagues when issues cross into the firm’s other practice areas.

Mr. Lego is particularly involved with the arts, having worked with the Cheim Read and Marianne Boesky galleries. He has also volunteered his time to the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He frequently conducts impromptu law seminars with artists in the gallery and ceramic studio he and his wife own in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They also own commercial real estate together and are developing a new building from the ground up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Mr. Lego uses his personal real estate business experiences to bring a practical and empirical business approach to his real estate practice.


The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1987 

Southwestern Law School, J.D., 1992


New York