Rye Brook, NY December 3, 2018
Choyce Peterson, Inc. (www.choycepeterson.com), a commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm which specializes in representing office tenants, announced the successful completion of lease negotiations for Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP (“Riker Danzig”) in opening a new Westchester office at 399 Knollwood Road,in White Plains, NY. Amy Lerner, Executive Vice President of Choyce Peterson, represented Riker Danzig in this transaction.
Tim Carr, CFO of Riker Danzig, was charged with expanding his New Jersey-based law firm into the Westchester market after the firm hired Michael LaMagna, Esq. to spearhead their newly established Westchester and Fairfield operations. LaMagna knew Amy Lerner through mutual colleagues and immediately contacted her to lead the search for office space along the White Plains I-287 corridor. LaMagna specified the criteria to accommodate his current client base and referral sources, easy ADA compliant access for his elderly clientele and, most importantly, a very quick turnaround in opening this new office.
After leading LaMagna on an initial search, it was quickly determined that the space at 399 Knollwood Road would be the most convenient location and best option to fit the six professionals who would work in the new office of over 1,800 square feet. Lerner worked with the real estate department at Riker Danzig headquarters in New Jersey to conduct a market study on area rental rates. Once Riker Danzig’s headquarters approved pursuing 399 Knollwood Road, Lerner worked in collaboration with their IT, Facilities and Legal Departments to streamline and fast track the negotiation process. The result was a 3-month time frame from negotiation to lease execution, build-out and occupancy. In the end, Lerner was able to secure a competitive market rent, free rent, and high-end finishes in the entrance and flooring in the reception area.
As Carr stated, “Amy was very responsive to our request for a quick turnaround on new office space. She worked tirelessly in a very short time to ensure that our transfer of business in Westchester was seamless. We are grateful for her attention to detail and professionalism and would highly recommend the competent brokers at Choyce Peterson to any other business in the area.”
Jamie Schwartz of GHP Office was the representative for the landlord, SKA Equities, LLC.
About Riker Danzig
For over 135 years, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP has focused on providing high-quality legal services to the business community. Headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, the Firm has additional offices in Trenton, New York City, White Plains and Stamford. Riker Danzig has earned a national reputation for expertise in trial and appellate litigation, insurance,commercial law and bankruptcy and, in addition, has highly-respected practices in products liability, environmental law, employment law, corporate law and mergers & acquisitions, governmental affairs, public utilities, real estate, intellectual property, tax and trusts and estates, elder law and family law.
About Choyce Peterson
Choyce Peterson, Inc., a commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm which specializes in tenant representation, was founded in 1997 and has offices in Norwalk, CT and Rye Brook, NY. For corporate and healthcare-focused companies headquartered in Fairfield and Westchester counties, Choyce Peterson has negotiated millions of square feet of transactions in 42 states and Canada. The Choyce Peterson process delivers comprehensive and creative real estate solutions to ensure clients derive maximum value from their real estate decisions.