About Us

About the Institute

The Institute for In-House Counsel is a new initiative at New York Law School dedicated to the needs of in-house and corporate professionals.  The Institute will address emerging legal, economic and business issues affecting companies from a variety of industries and sectors, and provide practical advice on how to successfully navigate the in-house/outside counsel relationship and communicate effectively with company leadership.

Institute Leadership

Andrew R. Berman is the Founding Director of the Institute for In-House Counsel and a Professor of Law at the Law School.

Formerly a partner with Sidley Austin’s New York Real Estate Group, Professor Berman spent nearly fifteen years in private practice prior to joining the faculty at New York Law School in 2002.  While at Sidley Austin, Professor Berman represented clients in all aspects of commercial real estate finance, including complex financing transactions such as mezzanine loans, preferred equity, and financings intended for securitization markets.  Professor Berman also has extensive experience in real estate development projects, the sale and acquisition of real property and mortgage loan portfolios, and complex commercial leasing.

A native of New York City, Professor Berman is a 1984 graduate of Princeton University and holds a J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law.  He joined the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell as a corporate/real estate associate directly from law school (1988 – 1991), and then moved to Watchell Lipton Rosen & Katz as an associate in the Real Estate Group (1991 – 1995).  In 1995, Professor Berman joined the Real Estate Group at Sidley Austin in 1995, becoming partner in 1998.

Professor Berman is also the Founding Director of the Law School’s Center for Real Estate Studies — one of the leading academic research centers devoted to the study of both the private practice and public regulation of real estate.  An expert on various aspects of real estate law including real estate finance, sales and purchase contracts, real estate development, and commercial leasing, Professor Andrew Berman is often interviewed by national press and called upon to be an expert witness and consultant on major litigation cases and transactions.