Land use expert Jesse Masyr, a name partner of Wachtel Masyr & Missry, has left his firm to create a land use and zoning team in Fox Rothschild's New York office. Masyr will be joined by of counsel Karen Binder, who will be a partner at Fox Rothschild; an associate; and two non-attorney urban planners.
Masyr, who has been with Wachtel Masyr for 18 years, focuses on land use and zoning and represents development project clients before government agencies.
The founder of the land use department at Wachtel Masyr, he was Ikea's lead land use counsel for the 346,000 square feet store in Red Hook, Brooklyn, that opened in 2008. He represents a joint venture between real estate firms Related Companies and Sterling Equity for the Willets Points Development in Queens, a $3 billion project that will redesign a 60-acre industrial area into mixed-use space.
Masyr said his departure was amicable. At Wachtel Masyr, he said his practice was purely land use in New York City. He said he would like to continue that specialty at Fox Rothschild and broaden it to other regions.
He said he was impressed with Fox Rothschild's knowledge of the practice. The firm has 30 land use lawyers firmwide, but did not have a team in New York. Fox Rothschild in 2005 opened a New York office, which now has 43 attorneys, said Michael Slapo, the office's managing partner.
Meanwhile, Wachtel Masyr, a 32-lawyer business litigation and real estate firm, has changed its name to Wachtel Missry. Founding partner William Wachtel said of Masyr's departure, "I only wish him the best of luck. I fully understand and appreciate that a land use practitioner needs a national platform to grow and prosper in these challenging times."