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Partner - Lisa M. Zana

Lisa M. Zana


Stamford: (203) 324-8171
New York: (212) 376-3010
Stamford Office, New York Office
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Lisa is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, a national practice that includes New York-trained attorneys who, like Lisa, practiced at large national and international law firms before joining Shipman. She is able to deliver incisive, strategic and efficient counsel to clients at significantly lower cost than many local and national competitors.

Lisa’s commercial real estate clients are situated throughout the United States with a focus on New York’s tri-state area, and include private developers, public companies, institutional owners, banks and lessees of millions of square feet of real estate across the country in the luxury residential, mixed-use, retail, commercial office, data centers and colocation facilities, hotel and hospitality, health care and higher education industries.

Lisa’s specific experience and areas of focus include:

  • Representing public and private companies that use millions of square feet of real estate, in negotiating build-to-suit and credit-tenant office leases, development agreements and state tax incentive agreements
  • Structuring transactions having New York City-specific attributes, including the acquisition of development rights, utilizing mixed-use condominium units to maximize the value of an asset and taking full advantage of available mortgage recording tax savings
  • Acquiring, selling, financing and leasing data centers and colocation facilities
  • Negotiating ground leases
  • Negotiating retail leases on behalf of developers and the end retail users
  • Arranging for and negotiating debt and equity financing
  • Negotiating corporate- and property-level acquisitions and sales
  • Advising clients on the redevelopment of their retail and hotel properties, residential, office, industrial and warehouse facilities; corporate campuses, shopping centers and mixed-use projects.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Real Estate; 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel: Westchester/Southern Connecticut
  • CREW New York (Commercial Real Estate Women)

Community Involvement

  • United Way of Western Connecticut, Inc., Board Member

Drafting and Negotiating Office Leases for Public Company Headquarters and Corporate Campuses

Represent multiple public companies in drafting and negotiating office leases, associated development agreements and state tax incentive agreements for their build-to-suit corporate headquarters and campuses.

Finance and Development Counsel for New York City Developers and Investors

Represent large New York City developers and investors in ground lease negotiations, construction and permanent financing matters, retail leasing and the acquisition of development rights.


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  • Duke University, J.D., 1998, cum laude
  • Yale University, B.A., 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York
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