Karen F. Candreva

Karen is a partner in the Business Department and focuses on commercial real estate transactions.
Karen Candreva, Partner, New York at Arent Fox LLP

Karen has extensive experience representing developers and equity investors in a broad range of transactions, including acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, leasing, financing, mixed-used development projects, and public-private partnerships involving real estate assets in the greater New York City metropolitan area and throughout the United States.

Client Work

Karen has represented real estate investment trusts, investment banks, private equity funds, not-for-profit companies, and family-owned investment companies on billions of dollars of real estate transactions, joint ventures, and financings involving a wide variety of real estate assets, including office, retail, residential, hotel, industrial, mixed-use and vacant land.  She has represented landlords and tenants on leasing deals aggregating millions square feet of rental space.  A special emphasis of Karen’s practice is counseling clients on highly sophisticated public-private real estate transactions in New York City, including ground leases, fee conveyances subject to reversion, sale-leasebacks, mixed-use commercial condominium regimes, fee above-a-plane constructs, and large-scale office leases.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Karen lectured at the seminar titled “Cross-Border Sales and Purchases of Real Estate” at Arent Fox on May 26, 2005.

Her published articles include:

  • “The Write Way To Succeed,” Legal Times; October 3, 2005 (Vol. XXVIII, No. 40)
  • “Navigating in the Suspended World of Fee Above-a-Plane Transactions,” New York Law Journal; June 21, 2004

Karen’s recognitions include:

  • AV Preeminent Rating – Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards (Martindale Hubble), 2005-2012
  • Women’s AV Preeminent Attorneys (Martindale Hubble), 2012-2017
  • Top Attorneys in New York Metro Area (Super Lawyers magazine), 2008-2017
  • Top Women Attorneys in New York Metro Area (New York Times magazine), 2011-2017
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1% (American Registry), 2014-2017

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (Martindale Hubble), 2012-2017

  • Legal Elite, New York City’s Top Women Attorneys (Avenue magazine), 2011
  • Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast (Arrive magazine), 2011
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 5% (American Registry), 2011
  • Legal Elite, New York City’s Top Real Estate, Bankruptcy, and Trust and Estates Attorneys (Avenue magazine), 2010
  • 5-Year AV Preeminent Rating Honor 2005-2010 (Martindale Hubble)
  • Women of Influence (published in Real Estate New York), 2008
  • Burton Award for Legal Achievement, 2005 and 2006
  • Industries
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    • Connecticut Bar
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • Maryland Bar
    • New York Bar
    • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Education
    The George Washington University Law School
    University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School