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Our Vision

Lester Shaw & Levy LLP is breaking the mold of the traditional, compartmentalized law firm. Our broad negotiation skills and cross-specialization expertise allows us to provide effective and efficient counsel to our clients and offer invaluable insights to help them achieve their goals. At Lester Shaw & Levy we have created the full-service, “one-stop shop” real estate law firm, uniquely positioned to represent the entire lifecycle of a project, from site selection to financing, acquisitions to construction agreements, leasing to litigation and more. Our versatile team takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to legal advocacy, giving our clients a distinct advantage over others in the competitive world of real estate.

Areas of Practice

Our attorneys have decades of experience in virtually every aspect of the real estate industry, enabling them to be proactive and strategic when advising our clients.


Our goal is to help our clients overcome obstacles, solve dilemmas, protect against risk and succeed in their ventures.

Ian Lester


Ian is a founding partner of Lester Bleckner & Shaw LLP. Throughout his nearly 20 years of practice his focus has been on guiding his diverse group of clients – entrepreneurs, developers, owners, investors, commercial landlords and tenants – through all phases of their real estate projects. Ian has a well-earned reputation as a tenacious advocate for his clients and his practical and creative approach to addressing complicated and nuanced issues led one of Ian’s clients to call him a “consiglieri with the mind of a business lawyer.” This, together with his multifaceted practice and knowledge of how “all of the pieces fit together”, provides Ian with an “uncanny ability to see around the corner before reaching the end of the block.”

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Martin Shaw


Martin is a founding partner of Lester Bleckner & Shaw LLP. He is experienced in all facets of real estate law, including development, acquisitions, construction, sales, financing and litigation. He has extensive experience representing developers in real estate and asset-based lending transactions involving the acquisition, development, construction, sale and leasing of all forms of real property and drafting, filing and amending condominium and cooperative offering plans in New York State.

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David Levy


David regularly advises clients on all matters related to real estate, with a particular focus on the acquisition and disposition of commercial property, commercial leasing (both on the landlord and tenant side) and related corporate matters, including the negotiation of partnership and JV agreements. Prior to joining LBS, David spent nearly a decade litigating complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts.

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Stay up to date with our latest projects, clients in the news, and our take on the news and legislation affecting the New York real estate landscape.
Clients In The News
24 July 2024

Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll: With Xanadu, Brooklyn Gets a Splashy New Rink

Ian Lester, a founding partner of Lester Shaw and Levy, assisted Xanadu LLC in development, construction, equity raise, structuring and strategic planning for Xanadu Roller Arts, the only one-stop shop roller rink, community center, music venue, restaurant, bar and nightclub in the five boroughs.
Clients In The News
15 July 2024

Private Classic Car Club Moving to New, 60K-SF Hell’s Kitchen Digs

Lester Shaw & Levy LLP was legal representation for Sola Salon Studios in the leasing of a new location at 50 West 17th Street.
Clients In The News
10 June 2024

Dayglo Presents Completes Triple Net Lease for Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, New York

We are proud to introduce the new full-service real estate law firm Lester Shaw & Levy LLP founded by seasoned real estate attorneys Ian Lester, Martin Shaw, and David Levy. The firm offers comprehensive guidance and counsel on commercial real estate transactions, Their approach emphasizes the interconnectedness of real estate…

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Our firm philosophy is to understand our clients, understand their business, and understand their objectives in each representation we undertake.
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