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Who’s News: JLL taps Leviton in Long Island, Steptoe hires new lawyer

JLL has hired David Leviton as managing director and market leader of its Long Island office.

David Leviton

His responsibilities will include building on JLL’s market share on Long Island and overseeing the firm’s agency leasing and tenant representation business.


Ray Ruiz and Eric Launer, both executive vice presidents, will continue to be key contributors to the strategic growth of the office.

Leviton brings more than 30 years of experience to JLL. He previously served for six years as senior vice president withCBREon Long Island. before that, he spent 20 years with Cushman & Wakefield on Long Island.

Leviton received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY at Stony Brook.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Commercial-Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island.


Steptoe & Johnson LLP announced that real estate lawyer Jim Carolan has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner.

James Carolan

Carolan will work with Steptoe’s Private Client practice in New York, which welcomed partners Beth Tractenberg in 2015 and Zvi Hahn in 2016, and the firm’s long-established property practice in London.
Carolan has broad experience representing foreign and domestic clients in all aspects of real estate.

He has handled acquisitions and sales of single assets and portfolios, ground leases, space leases for office, retail, warehouse and other uses, asset-based and mezzanine financings, development and investment joint ventures, construction and design arrangements, and complex easements for conservation, utilities, construction and access.

For more than 10 years, Carolan led the US real estate group for a UK-based firm, where he gained significant experience with cross-border transactions.

Previously,he spent 14 years as an associate general counsel at Yale University, where he advised the central university and endowment on real estate investment and development, and general business matters.

Carolan has taught courses and classes on real estate law and practice at Yale Law School, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, NYU, Columbia and Cornell.

Fluent in Italian, Carolan advises Italian speaking clients on their US dealings, and assists foreign investors dealing with Italy.

Carolan earned his J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut. He received his M.A. from Stanford University and his A.B. from Cornell University.


Justin Korinis, a retail real estate specialist who has been a senior vice president in Sabre Real Estate Group’s New Jersey office since 2016, has been promoted to principal.

Justin Korinis

Korinis has experience in multiple facets of retail real estate, including tenant representation, landlord representation, and property acquisition and disposition. He joined Sabre from Savills Studley two years ago in an effort to leverage a boutique platform that would better serve his clients.

Currently, he is engaged in a leasing and consulting assignment at Bell Works, a two million-square-foot mixed use building. A repurposing of the former Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ by Somerset Development, Korinis and his team are in charge of creating a retail destination.

He represents various restaurant groups and experiential-based retail concepts. Among his newest clients are Dos Toros Taqueria, a New York City based concept; Honeygrow, a Philadelphia-based, fast-casual healthy food chain; Uncle Julio’s, a full-service Mexican restaurant; Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, and Philadelphia-based Urban Axes, an ax-throwing bar concept founded in Philadelphia.

Korinis holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Connecticut College, where he played on the varsity lacrosse team.

He joined Savills Studley in 2006 as an industrial and office broker. Before joining Studley, he had a successful career as a senior mortgage banker with Ameriquest Mortgage.


Michael Hirsch

The Instant Group has hired Michael Hirsch as Director of Business Development in New York. He will be focused on identifying and developing new client partnerships, and business opportunities.

Hirsch joins Instant with more than 11 years experience in commercial real estate, most recently as senior associate at CBRE, where he worked for more than six years.

Before that, Hirsch spent over four years as a research analyst at Newmark Knight Frank


CBRE Group has hired Mark Lamp as Executive Managing Director of its Healthcare practice.

Lamp has experience within Fortune 50 medical device, healthcare software, service and pharmaceutical companies, including GE Healthcare, where he worked for 17 years.

CBRE Healthcare includes over 3,450 professionals with expertise spanning compliance, capital markets, facilities operations, advisory and transaction services and business analytics.

The healthcare practice group manages 100 hospitals and health systems that span more than 164 million square feet and include inpatient, outpatient, acute care, long-term care, ambulatory care, research and academic centers, and medical office buildings.


VEREIT, Inc. announced that Michael Heneghan has rejoined the company as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions.

Michael Heneghan

Heneghan will be responsible for sourcing and negotiating single-tenant net leased office and industrial real estate acquisitions, including Build-to-Suit transactions, for the Eastern half of the country. He will be based in New York City.

With more than 25-years of real estate experience, primarily within the net lease sector, Heneghan spent the past two years working as Principal of Office and Industrial Acquisitions at Bulldog Net Lease.Beofre that, he was Senior Vice President of Investments at CapLease/VEREIT where he helped originate, structure and underwrite a broad range of single tenant transactions.

Before joining CapLease, Heneghan represented institutional lenders and equity investors as an associate at law firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

He earned his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and B.A. from Georgetown University.


B6 Real Estate Advisors announced the appointment of Thomas (Tom) Donovan as Partner and Vice Chairman.

Tom Donovan

Donovan, a Queens specialist responsible for more than $2 billion of real estate and close to 600 buildings sold throughout his career, will oversee a territory consisting of the Astoria, Long Island City, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Rego Park, Ridgewood, Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhoods.

He will be joined by his current team of three brokers in his new role at B6 Real Estate Advisors.

A decorated United States Marine and former New York City police officer, Donovan most recently served as Vice Chairman in the Capital Markets Group of Cushman & Wakefield.

Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, he worked at Massey Knakal Realty Services where he grew the Queens sales team from two to over 20 people.

Donovan graduated from St. Francis Preparatory High School and went on to study business management at St. John’s University.

A brain tumor survivor, Donovan has served on the boards of several charities including the Brain Tumor Foundation.


Thomas P. Sullivan has joined Cresa as a principal of the New York City office.

Thomas Sullivan

Sullivan has specialized in both tenant and landlord representation for over 30 years. Included among the many clients with whom he has worked are Becca Cosmetics, American Exchange Time, New York Country Dental Society, Paris Accessories, Netcom Information Technologies, and Final Frame LLC.

Prior to joining Cresa, Sullivan was the Executive Managing Director at Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors and, before that, was the Vice President/Director of Leasing at the Empire State Building for Helmsley Spear Inc.

He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics from the City University of New York.


EW Howell Construction Group announced the expansion of its Healthcare Division with the addition of Thomas Miranda, AIA, who joins as project executive.

Tom Miranda

Miranda has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare construction industry.

He spent the last four years as the facilities program coordinator at Stony Brook Medical Center, where he was project manager for the Long Island State Veterans Home, a multi-phase facility rejuvenation initiative.
Prior to that, he was the director of projects facilities for North Shore LIJ Health System.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural technology from the New York Institute of Technology. Miranda is a registered architect in New York and a member of the Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Mancini Senior Associate Jessica Sheridan, AIA, has been elected to the position of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Director At-Large for the 2019–21 term.

Jessica Sheridan

Since joining Mancini, Sheridan has been an active leader of the firm.

Sheridan’s involvement includes active membership on the AIA Knowledge Committee as well as the AIA Strategic Council, having served as its New York representative for the last three years.

Other honors include the AIA Louise Bethune Fellowship and recognition with an AIA Young Architects Award, which honors individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE announced the promotion of two key staff members.

Rick Castillo

Rick Castillo, AIA, NCARB, who recently joined the firm as Director of Architecture, has been elevated to the role of Principal of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.

With over 30 years of experience, he has a strong understanding of project design and delivery strategies and scheduling, as well as project management for design and management of senior technical staff. A veteran architect, Castillo is known for his leadership and design skills as well as for his extensive technical knowledge.

Duane Hagewood

Duane Hagewood has been elevated to the position of Associate Principal.

During his 20-plus-year career, Hagewood has been involved in all aspects of building and urban revitalization projects, and he has served as both project manager and project architect for major, high-profile projects.

Hagewood’s leadership in design projects has included planning, scheduling, and consultant coordination on a wide array of urban design, commercial, multifamily residential, student and affordable housing and mixed-use developments.


Daniel Piselli has been promoted to Director of Sustainability with FXCollaborative.

Dan Piselli

In addition to project work, he will manage the firm’s sustainability workgroup that researches and disseminates information on advancements in sustainable design.

Piselli has over 20 years of experience as a project architect, primarily focused on sustainable building design.

His most recent projects include the Statue of Liberty Museum, which is targeting LEED Gold, and two comprehensive studies on applying the Passive House Standard to drastically reduce energy use in different building types.

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