The author of over 30 articles (including as a member of the board of editors) and a lawyer with over 20 years’ focus primarily on significant commercial and office leases, Mark Morfopoulos is widely recognized as a “go-to” counsel for real estate professionals and his peers. During his career, Mark has advised a distinguished list of clients, including UPS (where he was in-house counsel), the City of New York (representing all NYC agencies in their leasing transactions), Icon Parking, Loews Corporation, Burlington Coat Factory, Rite Aid and Boston Properties. Mark currently represents some of the City’s most prominent landlords in their lease negotiations. Some of his most notable deals include representation, as landlord’s counsel, for flagship leases to Bulgari, Zegna, Stuart Weitzman, Coach and Tag Heuer on Fifth Avenue’s Plaza Hotel District.
Known for his personable approach to negotiations, Mark uses creative yet unmatched strategies, serving as an advocate for landlords and for tenants with significant retail operations. All parties count on his keen attention to detail and practical drafting. They prize his capacity to drill down to the ‘heart’ of the deal – the result of years’ experience and firm dedication to best-in-class practices and strong results.
Board Member – Commercial Lease Law Insider and Commercial Tenant Law Insider
Board Member – Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy
Select Speaking Engagements
Co-Panelist: “13th Annual Business & Real Estate Developments,” NJ Continuing Legal Education, Business and Real Estate Seminar, February, 2010
Planning Chair and Co-Panelist: “The Art of Reviewing a Leasehold Title Commitment 2009,” National Webcast, ALI-ABA, December, 2009
Roundtable Leader: “Tenant Pitfalls When Signing SNDA Agreements,” International Council of Shopping Centers, Law Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, October, 2009
Contributor (forms and commentary): “The Commercial Lease Formbook: Expert Tools for Drafting and Negotiation, Second Edition” American Bar Association, Section of Real Property/ Trust and Estate Law, 2010
“Professionalism is an Asset,” New Jersey Law Journal, December 15, 2008
“Avoid Making Eight Mistakes After a Lease is Signed,” Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy, December 2011
“Seven Tips for Negotiating a Favorable Access Clause,” Commercial Tenant’s Lease Insider, February 2011
“The Art of Reviewing a Leasehold Title Insurance Commitment,” The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, ALI-ABA, January 2010
“Read your Lease before you send a letter exercising important rights,” Retail Law Strategist, February 2009