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Levi Konigsberg Finds Sublease Space at 605 Third Ave

Law firm Levy Konigsberg — which specializes in asbestos, lead poisoning and sexual abuse cases — will relocate its headquarters to 605 Third Avenue in Murray Hill, Commercial Observer has learned.


Levy Konigsberg signed a nine-year sublease with Univision for 20,000 square feet on the entire 33rd floor of the 44-story building between East 39th and East 40th Streets, according to tenant brokers Colliers International.

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Michael Cohen

President Tri-State region

New York

Mr. Cohen is President of the Tri-State Region. When the firm operated as GVA Williams, Mr. Cohen was the third generation of his family to head the firm, which was founded in 1926. He chaired GVA Williams’ Executive Committee and was the founding partner and Chairman of GVA Worldwide Ltd., GVA Williams’ strategic partnership of leading real estate firms serving 120 business capitals on five continents.

An expert real estate advisor, Mr. Cohen has represented an elite clientele of the nation’s top companies, including American Express, ADP and Parsons Brinckerhoff. He specializes in representing corporations in the acquisition and disposition of office space nationwide.

Mr. Cohen represents a wide range of clients regionally, nationally and internationally. He represents SS&C Technologies on a global basis. On a national scale, he manages ALM’s real estate needs. And he represents Signature Bank and accounting firm Marks Paneth throughout the NYC Metro region.  He also has extensive experience representing law firms and represented Holland & Knight in the acquisition of 100,000 square feet at 31 West 52nd Street and Smith, Gambrell & Russel in their relocation to 30,000 square feet at 1301 Avenue of the Americas.

Mr. Cohen is also asset manager of several New York City office buildings, including 57 West 57th Street and 224 West 57th Street. In this capacity his responsibilities include overseeing leasing, management, and, in some cases, the restoration, redevelopment and repositioning of properties. At 28 W 23rd Street, Mr. Cohen represented the landlord in the disposition of 200,000 square feet to AppNexus.

Mr. Cohen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Cohen is on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including The Roundabout Theatre Company and the Jewish National Fund of Greater New York. He is also a past Chairman of the Board of Housing and Services Inc. and past President of Young Presidents’ Organization NYC Metro Chapter.

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John Pavone

Senior Managing Director

New York

John is a Senior Managing Director at Colliers International's New York City office where he focuses on tenant representation and landlord agency leasing, primarily in Midtown Manhattan. John works directly on a team with Michael T. Cohen, President of the Tri-State Region for Colliers International's NYC office; combined the team has over 90 years of experience within the NYC office market and its respective cycles. He has been involved in over 8.0 million square feet of sale and lease transactions. While primarily focused on the Manhattan market, he has advised numerous corporate tenants with multi-market transactions and strategic management of their office portfolios, including mark-to-market analysis. He has advised entrepreneurial landlords as well as as institutional ones, such as CalStrs with the successful leasing and marketing for their NYC based assets.  His roots in the industry go as far back as to age 16, where he worked part time for renowned NYC landlord Jack Resnick & Sons, inc., in the management and maintenance divisions at various Class-A office buildings within Resnick’s portfolio, such as 199 Water Street and 75 Park Place.

He is also actively involved in the NYC real estate community as a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, CoreNet Global's NYC Chapter and the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association of New York where he served on its Board of Governors for three terms.

Mr. Pavone holds a BA from Loyola University Maryland and an MBA from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University, where he was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.

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Jessica Verdi

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Jessica Verdi specializes in tenant representation services in Manhattan. She plays a key role in business development and canvassing on a team led by Michael Cohen (President of the Tri-State area, and Andy Roos (Vice Chairman). Jessica has represented tenants in a wide range of industries that include Financial Services, Technology, Co-Working Offices, Advertising, Law and Not-For-Profits. Some notable clients include: Moses and Singer, Knotel, Bacardi, The Economist and Griffon Corporation. 


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