Sullivan & Cromwell

125 Broad Street
New York, New York 10004
212-558-3768 (direct)
212-558-3588(direct fax)
212-558-4000 (firm)
212-558-3588(firm fax)

At the end of 2012, The Financial Times stated that Joseph C. Shenker is “one of the rare lawyers who can turn his hand to many legal disciplines.” This observation highlights Mr. Shenker’s practice that includes experience in negotiated mergers and acquisitions (public and private); domestic and cross-border joint ventures; the representation of private equity investors and family investment offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia; securities offerings; private and public financings; commercial real estate; professional sports-related transactions; and tax and estate planning.

A personal adviser to dozens of the world’s most active and influential business leaders and families, he has counseled clients on significant transactional matters across a number of practice areas and industry sectors.

Mr. Shenker joined S&C in 1980, became a partner of the Firm in 1986, led the Firm’s global commercial real estate practice for over 20 years, has been a member of the Firm’s Management Committee since 1996, was named vice chairman of the Firm in 2006, and became chairman of the Firm on January 1, 2010.

Among his pro bono and community activities, Mr. Shenker is a member of the Steering Committee of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Mr. Shenker has been recognized in numerous publications, including Chambers, Euromoney, Mondaq, New York Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.


  • Named one of the “Top Ten Agents of Change” by The Financial Times’ U.S. Innovative Lawyers 2012 report (November 2012)
  • Recognized as “Dealmaker of the Week” by The Am Law Daily for his representation of the seller—Frank McCourt—in the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to Guggenheim Baseball Management (April 1, 2012)
  • Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business (Commercial Real Estate, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; REITS, 2010, 2011, 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; Securities, 2010)
  • Chambers Global: The Worlds Leading Lawyers for Business (REITs, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; Commercial Real Estate, 2002-2003, 2003)
    • “‘You cannot talk about Sullivan & Cromwell without mentioning Joe Shenker,’ declare clients. Recognized mainly for his work for Goldman Sachs and Whitehall, he enjoys a broad practice covering M&A, cross-border joint ventures and securities.”
  • The Legal 500 United States, Volume IV (Commercial Real Estate, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • New York Super Lawyers (2006-2015)
  • Best Lawyers 2012 New York City Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the Worlds Leading Lawyers: Best of the Best (Commercial Real Estate, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook (Commercial Real Estate, 2003-2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • PLC Cross-border Corporate Real Estate Handbook (2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2012-2013)
  • The International Whos Who of Real Estate Lawyers (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • The International Who’s Who of Sports and Entertainment Lawyers (2013, 2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Real Estate, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; Mergers, 2005)
  • Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America (Mergers, Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Governance, Bankruptcy, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009-2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; Banking and Finance, 2006)

Practices and Capabilities


  • 1980, Columbia Law School, J.D.
  • 1977, City University of New York, Brooklyn, B.S., Accounting

Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • Hebrew


See Library Tab for articles, publications and presentations by Joseph Shenker

Press Mentions
October 27, 2014

Joe Shenker Interviewed in LEADERS

Press Mentions
October 23, 2014

Joe Shenker Interviewed in Forbes

Press Mentions
December 17, 2012

Joe Shenker Discusses New York Law Firm Trends in Legal Week Article

Press Mentions
April 1, 2012

The Am Law Daily Names Joe Shenker Dealmaker of the Week

Press Mentions
November 15, 2011

Joe Shenker Presents at Beijing University School of Law on Becoming a Successful Lawyer

Press Mentions
March 11, 2011

The Australian Financial Review Features S&C’s Work in Australia

Press Mentions
February 18, 2010

Joseph Shenker Featured in Articles Announcing His Role as S&C Chairman

Press Mentions
October 7, 2009

"Credit Crisis: As Borrowing Troubles Persist, General Counsel Involvement Grows" (Counsel to Counsel)

External Speaking Engagements
December 1, 2015

Tsinghua University Law Lecture
Beijing, China

External Speaking Engagements
December 3, 2014

China Financial Futures Exchange
Shanghai, People's Republic of China

External Speaking Engagements
December 1, 2014

Family Business Governance and Succession Workshop
Beijing, People's Republic of China

External Speaking Engagements
March 28, 2012

Best Lawyers Advisory Board Meeting
New York, New York

S&C Events
November 17, 2011

S&C Hosts Cocktail Reception Celebrating Launch of Hong Kong Law Practice
Hong Kong

S&C Events
November 7, 2011

S&C Hosts Conference for General Counsel and Other Senior In-House Counsel
New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
July 19, 2010

S&C Holds Briefing on Dodd-Frank Reform
New York, New York

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