Mark Levenson Associate Member of the Board of Governors

MARK S. LEVENSON is Co-Chair of the Real Estate Department and Chair of the Real Estate Transactions Practice Group at the law firm of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.  Mr. Levenson also chairs the Firm’s Israel Business Practice Group. Mr. Levenson is Chairman of the New Jersey-Israel Commission, appointed by the Governor of New Jersey. Mr. Levenson is Chairman of the Zionist Organization of America. Mr. Levenson is a member of the Leadership Cabinet of the American Zionist Movement. Mr. Levenson is Vice President for New Jersey Israel Relations of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Levenson is the Past President of the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations. Mr. Levenson also serves on the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University. Mr. Levenson is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.    
Mr. Levenson handles a broad range of transactions for domestic and international clients, including acquisitions, development projects, office and retail leasing, traditional real estate finance lending and work-outs and corporate real estate advisory work. Mr. Levenson has 36 years of experience in private practice including 8 years as the senior real estate lawyer at a major financial services institution. Mr. Levenson has done extensive international work for his clients including projects in the United Kingdom (Canary Wharf), India, the Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, Israel, Latin America and France. Mr. Levenson also served as the U.S. representative for several of his international clients.
Mr. Levenson served as an Arbitrator in the New York City Civil Court System, as a mediator in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Mediation Program and as a Director of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (now CoreNet).  Mr. Levenson has received numerous awards for his volunteer activities and does and has done significant professional and pro bono work for various non-profit organizations, such as A Better Chance, The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, The Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton-Passaic and the Zionist Organization of America.
Mr. Levenson was honored by the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce for his critical leadership role in the drafting and recent enactment of New Jersey's landmark anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions legislation. Mr. Levenson received the 2014 Torch of Liberty Award, presented by the Anti-Defamation League; was honored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton-Passaic at the 2010 Tribute Dinner; and was awarded the 2008 America-Israel Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Leadership Award. Mr. Levenson chaired the inaugural U.S.-Israel Green Buildings Conference at the Meadowlands Environment Center in June 2008 and the 2009 U.S.-Israel Cleantech Conference at the Meadowlands. Mr. Levenson previously served as President of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce in New York. Mr. Levenson also served as President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton-Passaic for eight years. Mr. Levenson served as Chairman of the YM-YWHA of Greater Clifton-Passaic and also served as President of Congregation Adas Israel of Passaic. Mr. Levenson served as Executive Vice President of the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy.
Mr. Levenson has been selected for inclusion in the 2016-2018 edition of Chambers USA®* under New Jersey Real Estate, the 2007-2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®* published by Woodard/White under Real Estate Law and the 2009-2018 editions of New Jersey Super Lawyers®* published by Thompson Reuters under Real Estate: Business, International and Nonprofit Organizations. Mr. Levenson has received an AV Peer Review Rating, the highest rating, for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell®*. 
Mr. Levenson received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1982 where he served as an editor of the Annual Survey of American Law. Mr. Levenson received his B.A., cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1978.