Richard L. Chadakoff

Recently recognized as one of the top 25 lawyers in Westchester County, Mr. Chadakoff has broadbased experience in the business and legal aspects of real estate development, investment, financing and related transactions. He has been one of the primary real estate financing counsel for General Electric Capital Corporation for the past 25 years.

As counsel to major national institutional lenders, as well as other lenders and developers, Mr. Chadakoff has had vast experience in single and multiple-property real estate financings, including structured, “mezzanine” and securitized financings, and loan participations and syndications. He also has significant experience in sale-leaseback and other “off balance sheet” financing structures, as well as both conventional financings and publicly-assisted financings. In addition, Mr. Chadakoff frequently represents lenders and borrowers in connection with troubled loans, involving structuring, negotiating and implementing workouts, including foreclosure litigations and bankruptcy proceedings (both adversarial and “prepackaged”).

Mr. Chadakoff works closely with developers, investment banks and funds in structuring and implementing real estate investments, acquisitions and disposition and leasing. He has represented developers in countless landmark and “trophy” real estate developments throughout the United States and has worked on numerous developments which involve private/public sector “partnerships”. In addition to his development and financing background, Mr. Chadakoff has had extensive experience in joint venture, partnership and limited liability company formation and representation. He has negotiated the terms of the agreements for such entities on behalf of both the developer or manager side and the investor or institutional side.

Mr. Chadakoff has lectured at law schools and before real estate industry groups. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of Chicago-Ticor Title Guarantee Company. He has been selected by numerous publications as a leading real estate attorney, locally, nationally and internationally.

Mr. Chadakoff is the former global chair of the Latham & Watkins, LLP real estate practice group and prior to that has been a real estate partner at Shea & Gould and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.


  • MBA, Harvard University, 1974
  • JD, Georgetown University Law School, 1972
  • BA, Syracuse University, 1967


  • New York


  • Honored numerous times by: “Who’s Who Legal – Real Estate”; New York Area’s Best Lawyers; “Super Lawyers” – Corporate Counsel Edition; “Best Lawyers in America”; “ Legal 500”; Chambers USA – “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business”; and “Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers”