Based in Washington, D.C., Blake practices federal taxation, with emphasis on matters relating to partnership and real estate taxation. His practice includes planning, policy and controversy matters. He has extensive experience structuring large partnership and real estate transactions.
Blake is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Super Lawyers in both the tax and real estate categories. Chambers USA described him as “a masterful attorney whose expertise in partnerships and real estate is unparalleled;” “phenomenal for partnership tax issues;” “one of the best at tax structuring;” and “an absolutely sterling individual.” Legal 500 “highly recommends” him as an “industry leader” for both partnership and real estate matters; PLC Which Lawyer? recommends him as “highly regarded;” and Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of the top lawyers in Washington, D.C. He is also listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in American Law. He has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell every year since 1997. He is the author of more than 180 professional articles, is a frequent lecturer on tax topics at conferences across the country, and has testified at the invitation of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means as an expert on tax issues.
Blake has been active in both the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association. He served as Chair of the 1,600 member District of Columbia Bar Section of Taxation, and twice served as Chair of its Passthroughs and Real Estate Committee. He served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Real Estate Committee. He serves as Partnership and Real Estate Chair for New York University’s Annual Institute on Federal Taxation, and also serves as Chair of three other annual national tax conferences. He served as Vice Chair of the Tax Policy Advisory Committee of the Real Estate Roundtable, and is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.
Prior to joining EY in 2016, Blake was Global Vice-Chair of the U.S. & International Tax Group at McDermott Will & Emery and also Head of its Washington Tax Practice. Prior to that, Blake was Chair of the Tax Practice at Arnold & Porter. From 1984 through 1987, Blake served with the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury. He was deeply involved in the development of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 provisions and administrative guidance affecting partnerships and real estate. Before joining the Treasury Department, Blake practiced in Philadelphia and was an Adjunct Professor in Villanova University’s Master of Laws in Taxation program, where he taught courses on tax planning for real estate transactions.
J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
M.B.A., with distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Haverford College
Leslie Loffman is a Partner in the Tax Department and a member of the Real Estate Capital Markets Group, resident in the New York office. Les has more than 30 years of experience providing all aspects of tax structuring and business risk advice to REITs and real estate funds and their partners in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as to private equity funds, partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies.
Les is the co-author of the two-volume treatise Tax Aspects of Real Estate Investments (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 1992) and was a regular columnist for the Journal of Passthrough Entities. He also has served on the board of contributing editors for the Journal of Real Estate Taxation.
A frequent lecturer on numerous tax issues, Les is co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Real Estate Tax Forum. He regularly speaks on REITs real estate funds and other partnership structures, like-kind exchanges, investments by pension trusts and other tax-exempt entities, and tax aspects of workouts and bankruptcies. In addition, he has chaired New York University's Annual Conference on Real Estate and its Conference on Partnerships and other Passthrough Entities.
Les has been recognized by both Chambers Global and Chambers USA, which have described him as "a major force in the industry" and a "terrific lawyer who has spent his life on REIT work," adding that he "is a popular choice for tax structuring and business risk advice." Legal 500 has also cited Les for his REITs practice, noting he is "widely regarded as a leading individual" and "a really good REITs tax lawyer." In addition, he has repeatedly been included in New York Super Lawyers.
Sanford C. Presant, Chair of the firm's Real Estate Fund Practice, focuses his practice on providing fund and joint venture best practice business and tax structuring advice to sponsors of the leading real estate private equity funds, REITs, and their local partners and investors in the U.S. and internationally.
Sandy has more than 30 years of experience as a tax and business lawyer for major funds and real estate companies. He has structured and negotiated the tax and business aspects for over 100 real estate funds (including their internal general partner structuring and executive compensation) in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia, and more than 500 joint ventures (partnerships and LLCs) as both a corporate and tax attorney. Sandy is a well-known author and frequent lecturer on these topics as well. Sandy was the National Co Chair - Real Estate Fund Services at Ernst & Young from 2000 - 2005 and was Chair of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Fund Practice.
Sandy served as National Chairman of the American Bar Association's Committee on Partnership Taxation, is a member of the ABA Task Force on Debt Restructurings and Bankruptcy, and chaired the ABA Task Forces on Publicly Traded Partnerships and Partnership Tax Allocation Rulings. He is on the Tax Policy Steering Committee of the State Bar of California, on the advisory board for California CEB's Advanced Tax Planning for Real Estate Transactions, on the Board of Advisors of the Loyola Law School Tax LL.M. Program, and is a member of the Advisory Board for CCH's Journal of Passthrough Entities. He has been a regular guest commentator on the PBS program The Nightly Business Report and has been a presenter at the California Economic Summit. For 15 years, Sandy was an adjunct professor at New York University's Real Estate Institute. He speaks annually at a number of the principal tax conferences throughout the country.
Sandy has been a program director of the NAREIT Law and Accounting Conference (REITWISE). He currently is a Co-Chair (and founder) of PLI's Annual Real Estate Tax Forum in New York. He is the co-author of the two-volume treatise Tax Aspects of Real Estate Investments. He has been named a California Super Lawyer. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized as a leader in tax by Chambers.
Sandy has substantial experience in structuring funds and joint ventures to minimize UBTI and ECI, including the use of blocker structures(including private REITs) reducing the withholding and tax for cross border investors and tax-exempt.