Bio
Attorney Blaine S. Schwartz is a partner in the Real Estate practice group at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP in Buffalo.

Blaine brings a wealth of experience to the law firm’s commercial real estate clients. He joined the law firm after 14 years as Senior Counsel for the largest privately owned commercial real estate developer in the United States.

Blaine is known for his wide ranging experience with commercial real estate. He regularly negotiates complex real estate agreements and sophisticated loan documents along with structuring IRS Section 1031 tax deferred exchanges. He has also drafted and reviewed construction, architect and engineering contracts for projects ranging in size from $1 million to more than $100 million.

Blaine has extensive experience in efficiently and creatively structuring, negotiating and documenting all types of commercial real estate transactions.  He has represented buyers and sellers in complex financings along with  the  acquisition, sale, development, planning, construction and leasing of vacant land, retail shopping centers, student housing projects, religious buildings, shopping malls, office buildings, warehouses, industrial complexes, hotels, lifestyle communities, housing developments and apartments throughout the United States. Blaine also helped to structure, negotiate, close and finance a number of complex, multi-property transactions – one of which included the sale of 110 properties in a single transaction, for $2.25 billion.

Prior to joining Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, Blaine worked as the news director for WCMF Radio in Rochester, New York; and as a news anchor for WMMS-FM in Cleveland, Ohio. He was also a Midwest stringer reporter for NBC radio news and National Public Radio.

Articles & Publications
"Alumni Spotlight:Blaine Schwartz '75," Kaleidoscope, Alumni Magazine of The College at Brockport State University of New York. (Summer 2015.)

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
  • New York
  • Ohio

Education
Cleveland State University, J.D.
State University of New York at Brockport

Honors & Awards
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers®, (2013, 2016 - 2018)
  •  The Best Lawyers in America© (2014 - 2019)
  • Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Recognized for real estate practice 

Professional Associations
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community Involvement
  • Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County, Chairman of the Board of Directors 
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, Vice President, Board of Directors and Executive Committee



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