Damian Racanelli concentrates his practice in real estate law and construction law. With an extensive background in general contracting and commercial real estate, Damian prepares agreements for commercial real estate transactions, assists with contract term negotiations, drafts purchase and sale agreements, drafts and reviews leasing agreements, and conducts legal research and analysis.
Your background is in real estate and construction. How does your experience help your clients?
My prior experiences give me the ability to look at a transaction from several different points of view—from a client’s perspective, from an attorney’s position and even from an adversary’s viewpoint. Being familiar with all of these points of view enables me to better understand the task at hand, envision what the end goal is and obviate issues that may arise. If you have been in a client’s shoes, you are better informed about what the client may need, aside from your experience as an attorney. I can assure my client that I’ve been in this situation before and identify the points we should negotiate, the ones we should concede and the ones on which we should hold firm.
“Success is the sum of everything you do: Personal accomplishments, surpassing the expectations of your clients and deserving the respect of others.”
What sets Farrell Fritz apart from other firms?
It’s the firm’s reputation; the attorneys are known for their integrity, their knowledge and their experience. I have heard this from everyone—including opposing counsel. It is a sign of success when your adversaries acknowledge and respect the experience and integrity you bring to a transaction—and that speaks to the quality of the representation clients receive.
How are you involved in the community?
There is a strong emphasis on pro bono work in the firm. Farrell Fritz encourages everyone, including its junior associates, to become involved in pro bono matters. We represent those who cannot afford an attorney, but we also help those who are working for change in their communities. I grew up on Long Island, and I want to live and practice on Long Island. Farrell Fritz is the perfect fit because of its great reputation and its support for the community I care about.