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Terri Adler


Duval & Stachenfeld

Leads one of the largest real estate practices in New York City

Supports major institutional clients, including sovereign wealth funds, in their complex structured investments in REITs

Founder of Duval & Stachenfeld’s women’s initiative

A creative powerhouse widely regarded as one of the top real estate attorneys in New York City, Terri Adler specializes in corporate real estate transactions involving complex structuring. Her success is achieved by understanding the business goals of her clients and assisting them in achieving those goals while helping to build their businesses. Beyond the work she does directly on behalf of her clients, Adler’s legal influence on New York is also magnified by her role as managing partner of Duval & Stachenfeld, where she leads one of the largest real estate practices in New York City, overseeing 40-plus attorneys as they help power players shape the skyline of New York and other cities around the country.

In more than 20 years as an attorney, Adler has developed expertise in all areas of national and international real estate with a particular focus on complex joint ventures and corporate real estate transactions. She has been at the forefront of many industry trends, including creating new real estate platforms, strategic investments in existing real estate platforms, preferred equity investments, and multi-tiered joint ventures.  

Notably, she can address the real estate and corporate aspects of a particular transaction and the unique needs of clients in their national and international transactions and relationships. Adler’s varied activity includes supporting major institutional clients, including sovereign wealth funds, in their complex structured investments in REITs, real estate funds and portfolios (including NorthStar’s investment into RXR).  

Beyond facilitating transactions and developments for the largest players in the real estate industry, Adler is the founder of Duval & Stachenfeld’s women’s initiative and is actively involved in mentoring and assisting women at the firm and beyond in achieving their own definition of success. She regularly speaks on women’s issues in both the real estate industry and the legal industry and is passionate about issues concerning gender inclusion and parity. The first female practice chair, member of the Management Committee and managing partner of Duval & Stachenfeld, Adler is also a member of the New York Women Executives in Real Estate Association. 

These are some of the reasons that we named Adler to our New York & Tri-State grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community. 


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).