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Brian D. Lee

Executive Managing Director

Brian Lee joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2004. He is one of Long Island's most experienced and sought-after real estate advisors, with a career that has spanned 34 years. Specializing in tenant representation, Brian is known for providing creative real estate services and solutions that are tailored to the needs of his clients. His scope of expertise is drawn in large part from his education and experience: He is Long Island's only real estate advisor to hold both an SCRL (Senior Leader in Corporate Real Estate) designation and a BCCR (Board Certified in Corporate Real Estate) certification from CoreNet Global, in addition to a master's degree in real estate from New York University. Moreover, Brian has vast experience completing an array of complex real estate transactions on behalf of his clients.

Partial List of Notable Transactions
JPMorgan Chase

  • Approximately 100,000 SF of various transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions


  • Secured 75,000 SF human resources service center within eight months of receiving the assignment
  • Secured 42,000 SF for a relocation of Fiserv's Long Island/NYC regional processing facility, in which timing and geographic factors were critical and accommodated


  • 210,000 SF technology and back office facility relocation
  • 75,000 SF back office/payroll datacenter (Citi/Fiserv)

American Home Mortgage

  • 180,000 SF corporate headquarters purchase acquisition, plus regional call and operation centers for more than 80,000 SF, for a total of more than 400,000 SF of assignments

Northrop Grumman

  • 385,000 SF industrial/office sale/partial leaseback
  • 93,000 SF engineering and development office lease

Rivkin Radler, LLP

  • 79,000 SF lease modification, expansion and long-term extension

Kimco Realty Corp.

  • 73,000 SF corporate headquarters renewal

Nationwide Insurance

  • New York metro portfolio representation for 300,000 SF

Merrill Lynch

  • Portfolio representation Long Island/Queens region

New York City Building Redevelopment Assemblage and Sale

  • Represented AIG in the sale of 163 Front Street for an assemblage with 80 South Street
  • Represented Cord Meyer in the acquisition of 80 South Street to redevelop the site for a multi-use facility, which is now being redeveloped into a 1,400-foot-high multi-use development

Suffolk County Government

  • Consulted for seven years on the county's real estate portfolio, including multiple county health centers totaling more than 100,000 SF
  • Represented department of health administrative offices for 63,000 SF as well as a variety of other government and community-based facilities

Mortgage Restructuring

  • Negotiated a long-term loan modification and extension agreement for a $178 million loan

Personal Affiliations

  • Corporate business advisory board member, Cold Spring Harbor Labs
  • Board member, Long Island Music Hall of Fame
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, St. Mary's Children's Hospital, Make-A-Wish

Brian earned a Master of Science degree in real estate from New York University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado

Brian D. Lee
Brian D. Lee
Executive Managing Director
290 Broadhollow Road
Suite 103E
Melville, NY 11747
United States
T  631.673.0888
Fax: 631.424.0146

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Areas of Specialization
  • Tenant Representation
  • Landlord Representation
  • Corporate Advisory Services

Years of Experience
34 years