Initially intending on pursuing medicine, halfway through his pre-med studies, Paul R. Alter, Esq., discovered that law was better suited for his talents and skill set. Receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 1962, he subsequently earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cornell University in 1965. Admitted to the New York State Bar soon thereafter, he commenced his career at a real estate boutique law firm, where he remained for several years. Throughout the duration of his career, Mr. Alter founded the real estate department of Kronish Leve, co-headed the real estate division of Jones Day, and served as the first managing shareholder and founder of the real estate department at Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he also founded the New York City office. From 2006 to 2015, he continued to serve the prominent law firm as of counsel before delving into consultancy. Since 2015, he has acted as a consultant in real estate transactions.
When asked of his career highlights, Mr. Alter cites representing the purchase of an office building on Park Avenue in New York City to be a crowning achievement, as it was one of the most expensive properties sold in New York at the time. In addition, he recalls representing the entire Lincoln Towers community in the largest co-op conversion in the history of New York, which consisted of 12,000 people living in 4,000 apartments. Defining success as rising to the zenith of your career ambitions, Mr. Alter believes that being a leader among peers is perhaps one of the most significant accomplishments one can achieve.
Mr. Alter specializes particularly in analyzing transactions and participating in discussions of how to run the property. The former chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, he is the proud father of two children, Scott and Alexandria, and three grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and listening to music.
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