Commercial real estate lawyer David M. Curry counsels clients in the sale, acquisition and leasing of hotel, retail, office and industrial properties, as well as air rights transactions. Additionally, he represents lending institutions and borrowers in commercial mortgage, construction and mezzanine financing; owners in construction contract negotiations; and borrowers and purchasers in industrial development agency transactions.
What attracted you to real estate law?
My interest in real estate law began back in law school at St. John’s University. I found my property law class particularly interesting, so when the professor announced that he was looking for someone to work for him that summer updating his treatises on New York condo and co-op law, I applied for the position. I worked for him and discovered how much I enjoyed real property law. The following year, I was a summer associate in the real estate practice at Paul Hastings. I’ve been practicing in the field ever since.
“I measure success by the phone calls I receive asking that we represent a client again because of his or her satisfaction with the outcome of previous transactions, or by calls from prospective clients who were given our name by a client who recommended us. Repeat business from people who could go anywhere for their legal representation is a key indicator of success.”
How do you maintain successful client relationships?
The key to maintaining client relationships is to be attentive and responsive. As long as you can respond to someone promptly – even if you don’t have the answer – but just to let them know you’re working on it, that goes a long way. The people who say good things about me, and come back to me repeatedly, are those who consistently say I’m available and responsive. Also, people give business to people they like. I try to add a personal touch to my work and have found great success in doing so.
What are some of your largest transactions?
I represented the owners in the sale of the iconic 272-room Garden City Hotel in 2012. I also recently completed a transaction for a company leasing 41,000 square feet of space in a building in Hauppauge, and another client selling a property in Manhattan that set a new record for the price of land in Manhattan.
How do you give back to the community, and why is it so important?
I am probably most active with the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps veterans transition back to civilian life. I believe it’s important to give back because I feel very fortunate to be where I am – and I know there are many people out there who aren’t as fortunate. In particular, giving my time and energy to an organization that provides assistance to our military heroes is incredibly rewarding. My community involvement brings me joy as well as gives me the opportunity to meet some great people.
What makes Farrell Fritz different from other law firms?
From my perspective there are two significant differences: one professional; the other personal. Professionally, I believe the firm’s depth and breadth of experience in various fields sets us apart. When a client comes to me with an issue for which I may not know the answer, someone here does – and that someone is often a top-notch attorney who is considered to be at the forefront of their field on Long Island, if not in New York or the region. From a personal perspective, the culture is unique among law firms. There’s an appreciation for the importance of family. It’s that personal aspect, plus the knowledge in various fields, such as estate planning, litigation, commercial litigation and real estate, that make Farrell Fritz stand out.