Manatt Strengthens National Real Estate Practice With Preeminent East Coast Partner

Ted Hunter’s successful experience guiding clients through complex commercial real estate deals nationwide expands firm’s East Coast real estate capabilities

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a multidisciplinary, integrated professional services firm, announced today that Ted Hunter has joined as a Manatt Real Estate partner in the firm’s New York office. An accomplished dealmaker, Hunter offers a solution-driven and collaborative approach to clients—including investors, developers, lenders, owners and tenants—involved in some of the most sophisticated transactions in the real estate space. His deep ties throughout the East Coast as well as his experience successfully navigating complex transactions across the country further strengthen the firm’s hybridized real estate offerings both in the region and nationwide.

“A respected figure across the commercial real estate sector, particularly in New York and New Jersey, Ted excels at navigating complex real estate deals by finding common ground between his clients and other involved parties,” said Donna L. Wilson, Manatt’s CEO and Managing Partner. “Through a combination of business savvy, creative and forward-looking legal advice, Ted’s approach to client work aligns with ours, especially in the real estate sector where we work with almost every major stakeholder in a variety of legal and brokerage-related matters through our hybridized Manatt Real Estate and Manatt Real Estate Advisors teams.”

Hunter provides clients with strategic guidance as they navigate the gamut of real estate transactions. He advises on investment, funding and joint ventures, with work ranging from acquisitions, dispositions and leases to financings, workouts and development transactions. He is also one of the nation’s leading dealmakers in establishing public-private partnerships (P3), and regularly guides clients through high-profile multistate portfolio deals.

“Our Manatt Real Estate team brings decades of high-level real estate transaction proficiency paired with consulting business capabilities and complex litigation experience that few of our competitors can offer,” said Manatt Real Estate Leader Michael Polentz. “Ted’s unique way of working alongside major real estate developers and investors, as well as other industry stakeholders, further cements Manatt’s place at the forefront of the rapidly evolving real estate sector, and reinforces our ability to guide clients through novel matters at the intersection of real estate, business and the law.”

“Manatt’s holistic approach to the real estate industry—which includes both comprehensive legal and advisory offerings—and the firm’s long-standing focus on servicing clients in this space make it the ultimate one-stop shop for my clients,” said Hunter. “The depth and range of experience within Manatt Real Estate is unique in the industry, and I could not be more excited to join this team of talented lawyers, counselors and business advisors.”

The arrival of Hunter is the latest example of Manatt’s continued dedication to delivering unparalleled services to clients across the nation, and closely follows the recent additions of Manatt Financial Services Special Counsel Jonathan Joshua, seasoned trial attorney Naeun Rim, health care professionals Linda Elam and Blair M. Cantfil, Manatt Digital and Technology Partners Thomas W. Michael and Rustin M. Brown, Manatt Financial Services Counsel Joseph Reilly, and sports executive Matthew L. Reece. Manatt has also been strategically expanding its roster of legal and business consulting professionals across the firm, as seen with prominent tech consultants Jen Millard and Kalon Gutierrez, new media Partner Farnaz M. Alemi, President Emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, and health care attorney Brian D. Bewley.

Hunter earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University and his juris doctorate from Fordham Law School.



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