Peter L. Curry is a real estate attorney concentrating in economic development for many of the most prominent real estate developers, manufacturers, educational institutions and corporations located in the New York metropolitan region. He has participated in acquisitions, leases and financings, including tax-exempt bond financings, for corporate headquarters, factories and distribution centers, commercial printing establishments, universities, hospitals and other civic facilities, and assisted living facilities and multifamily housing. Peter has obtained grants, loans and other benefits from state and local agencies to foster corporate job growth and retention.
Peter counsels major corporations in the fields of telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, food manufacture and distribution, Internet content and other technology-driven fields in the acquisition or disposal of headquarters sites, manufacturing facilities and warehouse and distribution centers throughout the United States. He also represents commercial lenders in a variety of real estate financings.
What are some of your typical transactions?
I’ve represented the Engel Burman Group as they’ve built numerous assisted living facilities throughout the region, including acquiring sites, bringing land use applications and completing IDA bond transactions. I counsel educational institutions, such as Hofstra University, Adelphi University and Molloy College, on their tax-exempt financing for the construction of educational buildings, dormitories and sports facilities. I also act as the transactional lawyer for many small and medium-sized corporations as they grow and expand their business operations.
“Success is enabling clients who have no legal training to understand difficult legal concepts and apply these concepts to their businesses and lives. Our job is to remove the curtain of obscurity that make dealing with lawyers so difficult and stressful. There is nothing more gratifying than hearing a client say, ‘I dreaded getting involved in a transaction because I thought the whole thing would be over my head. Thanks to you, I now understand what I am getting myself into.’”
How do you build client relationships?
You build client relationships by going above and beyond for your clients. A client initially retains you because they have heard that you can efficiently complete the type of transaction the company wishes to undertake. Then, as you learn about the operations of the company and the special niches it occupies, you provide counseling that goes beyond the initial assignment. You now have the basis for a long-term, trusting relationship.
What do you think differentiates Farrell Fritz from other practices?
We take a holistic approach to servicing our client’s needs that relies on listening to the client’s aspirations and issues prior to offering advice. Then, we can identify all the concerns a client may face in a particular transaction, including those that may not be readily apparent to the client, and provide guidance accordingly. People also appreciate our commitment to superior client service. The attorneys at Farrell Fritz have a common attitude about how to practice law. That camaraderie transcends everything we do, and clients pick up on that.
You also do a lot to give back to the community. Tell us about that.
There are countless organizations that need board members with a legal background. It is important for me to give back by being involved with these boards. I am currently on the boards of the Interfaith Nutrition Network and the Cinema Arts Centre. I also serve as general counsel to several industry-related boards, including the Commercial and Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island and the Downstate Region of the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors.