Renee I. Covitt is an attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office and a member of the firm's Real Estate Section. Clients rely on Ms. Covitt's extensive experience to assist them with complex real estate transactions, such as the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of commercial and residential properties. Her practice also includes the representation of developers and investors in the development of mixed-use properties, new construction, and the conversion of vacant and occupied buildings to condominium ownership. In addition, Ms. Covitt's practice includes the representation of owners with respect to financing, construction and general real estate affairs.

Representative matters handled by Ms. Covitt include:

  • represented the developers of The XI containing two residential towers and the Six Senses Resort on the High Line, the W Downtown Hotel and Residences, the Evité Hotel and Residences, The Setai-Downtown and the Miraval Living Spa and Residences
  • represented the developer of a five-star resort in Anguilla
  • represented Deutsche Bank in analyzing more than 75 commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) transactions
  • represented owner in $180 million debt restructuring of The Setai-Downtown
  • represented the developer in the refinancing of a $60 million EB-5 loan
  • represented the developer of the Baccarat Hotel and Residences in New York, the Oosten, a residential development encompassing an entire block in Williamsburg, as well as The Residences on Tenth Avenue, 212 Fifth Avenue, Madison House, 277 Fifth Avenue, 347 Bowery, 21 East 12th Street, Soho Tower and One Beekman Street
  • represented the developers of mixed-use properties, including Cielo, Three Ten East Fifty Third Street, Morton Square, Centria, Atelier, Halcyon, 45 East 22nd Street, 11 Beach Street, 152-154 Spring Street and 60 White Street
  • analyzed a global insurance company's real estate holdings in 65 countries as part of an $18 billion corporate acquisition
  • represented the sponsors of the reconstruction and conversion-to-condominium ownership of The Belnord, 200 East 62nd Street, Austin Nichols House, Merritt House, 737 Park Avenue, 150 East 72nd Street, 11 East 68th Street, 36 Gramercy Park East, 478-480 Central Park West, The Apthorp, 254 Park Avenue South and 25 Broad Street
  • represented owners of Columbus Park Tower, Cadman Towers and Southbridge Towers in the privatization of Mitchell-Lama housing complexes
  • represented lenders in analyzing and making construction loans for 10 Sullivan Street, 520 Park Avenue, 235 West 75th Street, 88 Lexington Avenue, 90 Lexington Avenue and 301 West 53rd Street
  • represented fee owners and nonprofit entities in the formation of leasehold condominiums in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens
  • represented fee owners in the purchase and sale of condominium commercial units
  • represented owners in the purchase and sale of development rights, including 124 West 24th Street and Soho Tower
  • represented the purchasers of the top third of the Woolworth Building
  • represented General Motors in its pre-bankruptcy analysis of its global real estate holdings
  • represented a German insurance company in the debt restructuring of a hospitality property in Las Vegas


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • Binghamton University, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate: Mainly Dirt (Up and Coming), 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2024
  • Influencer in Retail Real Estate - Holland & Knight's Retail Development and Leasing TeamGlobeSt. Real Estate Forum2023
  • Holland & Knight Rising Star, Class of 2020
  • Rising Star, New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2015
  • Phi Eta Sigma


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