Laurie C. Nelson


  • JD, Brooklyn Law School, 1982; Second Circuit Review Editor of Brooklyn Law Review
  • BA (Sociology/Anthropology), with Distinction, Swarthmore College, 1977


  • New York, 1983

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1984
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • CREW/Association of Real Estate Women

  • Member of Board of Directors, The Greenwich Village Chamber Singers

Laurie C. Nelson


Laurie C. Nelson, counsel in Ropes & Gray's real estate investments & transactions group since 2009, focuses her practice on traditional and non-traditional real estate finance transactions, acquisitions and dispositions, and commercial leasing for landlords and tenants.

Ms. Nelson has almost 40 years of experience representing domestic and international clients in complex acquisition, development, and financing transactions in the office, retail and hospitality sectors, and is expert in in New York and national office, retail, industrial and data center leasing. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, she spent 12 years as a senior attorney with Clifford Chance US LLP. In 2017, Ms. Nelson counseled a consortium of investors in a potential acquisition of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan and has in the past served as US counsel to the Italian hotel company and developer The Statuto Group. She represented The Hearst Corporation in connection with the disposition of the Argonaut, a midtown Manhattan office building through a $185mm long-term net lease. She recently advised a national financial institution in its lease of over 500,000 square feet at the new One Congress tower in Boston, and for many years has represented Hariri Interests in all its US real estate investments, including the acquisition, development and financing of trophy office properties in Houston. Ms. Nelson maintains an active leasing practice advising tenants in office, retail, industrial, warehouse and data center leases in New York, New Jersey, Florida, California, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Ms. Nelson has been pro bono counsel to NYC Medics, a volunteer organization that rapidly deploys mobile medical teams to remote areas of disaster zones and humanitarian emergencies, since the organization’s founding in 2005. She served as chair of Ropes & Gray’s real estate training committee from 2011 until 2019, and in 2019 assumed leadership of Ropes & Gray’s real estate knowledge management initiative.


  • Represented a group of affiliated publicly traded REITs in a series of acquisitions of commercial, medical and government office buildings in major U.S. cities, including Class A office buildings in Manhattan and Chicago, totaling more than $1 billion. 
  • Representing U.S., U.K. and Asia-based companies in leasing of office, retail, industrial and warehouse space throughout the U.S.
  • Represented Montefiore Medical Center in its acquisition of Albert Einstein College of Medicine from Yeshiva University, involving over 20 parcels of owned and leased real estate with a stated aggregate value of $209 million, including asset, leasehold and equity transfers and establishment of multi-site easements.
  • Represented a major Middle East-based investor in acquisitions, financings and dispositions of four Houston, TX office towers, in transactions valued at over $2 billion.
  • Representing a national banking institution in all of its northeast leasing and subleasing activity.
  • Representing a large U.S. media corporation in a series of Section 1031 like-kind exchanges aggregating $300 million.
  • Represented Morgans Hotel Group in the $450 million refinancing of the Hudson Hotel in New York and the Delano Hotel in Miami.
  • Represented a major northeastern university in the $38 million sale of its university club building, an historic Upper East Side townhouse.
  • Representing the largest German printing company in the off-balance sheet financings (via sale-leaseback) of its U.S. regional headquarters in New York and New Hampshire.


  • JD, Brooklyn Law School, 1982; Second Circuit Review Editor of Brooklyn Law Review
  • BA (Sociology/Anthropology), with Distinction, Swarthmore College, 1977
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