Jeffrey Keitelman
Jeffrey Keitelman ()

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan has named Jeffrey Keitelman, a real estate practice leader who joined the firm last year from DLA Piper, as co-managing partner.

Keitelman, based in Washington, D.C., succeeds Stuart Coleman, who has been co-managing partner for the last 12 years. Coleman will continue to serve as the leader of Stroock’s investment management group and on its executive committee, Stroock said.

Keitelman, 56, said Tuesday that he was elected unanimously by the firm’s eight-member executive committee and the transition is effective immediately. He will serve alongside New York partner Alan Klinger, who has been co-managing partner since 2007.

Keitelman said he is Stroock’s first managing partner outside New York. He joined the 300-attorney firm in May 2015 from DLA Piper with a group of about eight attorneys, immediately becoming co-chairman of Stroock’s real estate practice and co-managing partner of its Washington office.

The 140-year-old firm’s decision to choose a leader outside New York “reflects an openness and willingness to try new things,” he said, adding that the transition is part of the firm’s succession planning.

Although based in Washington, Keitelman is frequently in New York and for nearly a dozen years represented the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in its redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.

Keitelman focuses on commercial real estate transactions, advising clients on structuring, negotiating and closing deals. His clients include Israeli real estate company Alony Hetz Properties & Investments, Beacon Capital, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, and real estate investment trusts Carr Properties and Columbia Property Trust.

In a statement, Coleman said, “The time seemed right to relinquish my seat as co-managing partner and enjoy the next phase of my career at Stroock and beyond.”