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Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, has leased the 25th floor of 150 East 42nd Street to accommodate the law firm’s continuing growth.

Harry G. Heching, partner in Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, represented Wilson, Elser in the deal, which is a sublease from True North Communications. David M. Rubin, a partner, and Menachem Fuchs, an associate, at Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe, represented Interpublic, True North’s parent company.

Wilson, Elser took 23,034 square feet in the 42-story International Style steel-and-glass high rise, which was built in 1956. The new space, adjacent to the firm’s headquarters in the same building, was leased for 10 years. Asking rentals for the property are in the mid-$50′s on direct deals.

The New York office of Wilson, Elser, which refers to itself as WEMED, includes about 225 attorneys working in a range of practice areas from admiralty to insurance, intellectual property, environmental, employment, medical malpractice and products liability. The firm has 18 offices throughout the United States and is affiliated with five European offices in Germany and France.

Frederick Kane Marek and Vincent Tuminelli of the Vortex Group represented Wilson, Elser in the deal. Representing True North were Leonard J. DiMicelli, Jr. and I. Keith Ellis of CB Richard Ellis Real Estate Services.

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Andrew J. Weiner, a partner in Morrison & Foerster, and Scott Kohanowski, an associate, represented the Hale Academy Foundation in its recent sale of property at 125 Central Park North. The attorneys, who worked with Randolph McLaughlin, the foundation’s general counsel, represented the not-for-profit affiliate of Hale House Center, Inc. pro bono.

Carl F. Schwartz, a partner, and Brad Turk, an associate, of Herrick Feinstein, represented the purchaser, a limited liability company formed and controlled by Queva J. Lutz, a Harlem property owner who also owns 55 Bar, the Christopher Street jazz and blues mainstay.

Hale House, a nonprofit organization formed in 1969, works with children and families in need, providing services such as 24-hour infant and toddler residential care, developmental childcare programs, supportive housing and community outreach.

Real Estate Marketplace is written by Eileen AJ Connelly. To report a transaction, contact the Law Journal via e-mail at [email protected].

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