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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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News & Legislation Updates

Stay up to date with our take on the latest news and legislation affecting the New York real estate landscape.
LSL & Clients In The News
16 August 2023

Keeler Markwood Group affiliate secures $15.25 million construction financing for 74 units

Ian Lester was instrumental in every aspect of the development at 8 Chester Ave. to-date, including: negotiating the acquisition of the parcels to create the assemblage; advising on the Qualified Opportunity Zone benefits of the project; drafting various operating agreements and other corporate documents; negotiating third-party agreements, including a construction…
LSL & Clients In The News
15 August 2023

New Tony Kavaja Restaurant Takes Space in West Village Mixed-Use Building

Martin Shaw and Richard Rieser were legal representation for 637 Hudson Street Associates LLC in the leasing of the commercial condo unit for a new restaurant concept by restaurateur Tony Kavaja.
LSL & Clients In The News
17 May 2023

X-Golf Signs Scarsdale Location

Ian Lester & Rebecca Clareman represented P. Lawrence Enterprises in the sublease of 870 Central Park Avenue in Scarsdale, New York for an agreement that will bring X-Golf, the most innovative and accurate golf simulator experience in the world, to the 8,840-square-foot retail space.

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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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