Newly Formed Insurance Law Firm Takes Space at 14 Wall Street for Manhattan Digs


Fleischner Potash, a newly formed insurance law firm, has taken almost 7,000 square feet in the Financial District for its Manhattan offices, Commercial Observer has learned.

The firm has leased 6,791 square feet on part of the fifth floor in a pre-built space at the 37-story 14 Wall Street, originally the Bankers Trust Company Building, at the corner of Nassau Street. The lease is for three years and the asking rent was $49 per square foot, Vicus PartnersRoy Abraham, who represented the tenant along with Bert Rosenblatt, told CO.

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Fleischner Potash has its headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., but wanted a Manhattan space for “those who work out of White Plains and need to visit the courts in Manhattan, or want to take client meetings in Manhattan,” Abraham said. “Additionally, some staff [will] work exclusively out of the Manhattan office.”

The partners of former entity White Fleischner & Fino insurance law firm decided last year to split into two smaller firms at the start of this year, as Westfair Online reported. The Fleischner Potash firm handles insurance coverage, insurance defense and insurance recovery while the other break-off firm, White, Werbel and Fino, is continuing to focus on insurance defense law, according to Westfair Online.

Fleischner Potash took a lease for only three years, because “they want to [be able to] assess growth plans,” Abraham said. Fleischner Potash liked that the building houses an Equinox; has multiple entrances and an additional tenant-communal conference room as well as can accommodate it if it wants to expand.

CBRE’s Jonathan Cope and Brad Gerla represented the landlord, Alex Rovt, a Ukrainian fertilizing titan who bought 14 Wall Street in 2012 $294.4 million, property records indicate.

“We’ve had a lot of success with pre-builts and having them sign a [pre-built] lease is a testament to the landlord’s foresight to build pre-builts,” Gerla said.

Tenants include architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s U.S. headquarters and NYU Langone Health, which in December 2017 renewed for two floors in the building.