Diana Brummer

Diana M. Brummer

PartnerCo-Chair, Real Estate Industry
Diana M. Brummer
New York
+1 212 813 8861

Diana Brummer, a partner in the firm’s Business Law Department, co-chairs the firm’s Real Estate Industry group. Ms. Brummer’s experience spans the spectrum of commercial real estate transactions with a particular emphasis on complex joint ventures, senior, construction and mezzanine financings (for both lenders and borrowers), acquisitions and dispositions, loan workouts, real estate recapitalizations and development.

Ms. Brummer represents a wide variety of client types, including institutional investors, pension funds, private real estate funds and public and private REITs, as well as their investment advisers. She also regularly counsels her clients on all aspects of managing distressed real estate assets.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2018, Ms. Brummer was a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. She previously practiced at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, spending more than two years in their Tokyo office. Ms. Brummer lived in Japan for a total of five years and is proficient in Japanese.

Professional Activities

Ms. Brummer is a member of the Leadership Advisory Committee of the National Women’s Law Institute and is also active in pro bono matters. She is a member of CREW New York and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Ms. Brummer is a member of the Urban Land Institute, a global organization that focuses on a variety of verticals within the real estate industry.

Credentials

Education

JD1998

Cornell Law School

(magna cum laude)

Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Cornell Law Review; Kerr Prize for Academic Excellence

BA1994

University of Illinois

(with distinction)

Tyler Award for Excellence in East Asian Studies

Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Honorable Richard J. Cardamone

Admissions

Bars

  • New York

Recognition & Awards

Ms. Brummer has been recognized in the Real Estate: New York category of Chambers USA and has also been nationally recommended by The Legal 500 United States. Ms. Brummer was named to Best Lawyers 2022-2023.

Ms. Brummer was recognized in several years of New York Real Estate Journal’s Women in Real Estate Spotlight for exceptional work in the New York City metro area. Real Estate New York Magazine named Ms. Brummer as one of its “Rising Stars” in the commercial real estate industry.

Publications

  • Moderator, “Case Studies on JV Best Practices & Deal Structuring,” The 16th Annual Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing, Laguna Beach, CA, January 2019
  • Panelist, “Women in CRE: Forging a Path to Success,” The 16th Annual Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing, Laguna Beach, CA, January 2019
  • Speaker, “Legal and Tax Considerations and Insights for Korean Investors in U.S. Real Estate,” hosted by Lee & Ko, Seoul, South Korea, March 2018
  • Panelist, “High Yield Bridge/Mezzanine Loan Investment 2018,” The 15th Annual Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing, Laguna Beach, CA, January 2018
  • Panelist, “Women In Commercial Real Estate: Forging a Path to Success,” The 15th Annual Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing, Laguna Beach, CA, January 2018
  • Panelist, “Mortgage Financing,” PLI’s 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, New York, NY, December 2017
  • Speaker, “Structuring Preferred Equity Investments in Real Estate Ventures: True Equity vs. ‘Debt-Like’ Equity,” Strafford Webinar, November 2016
  • Panelist, “Mortgage Financing,” PLI’s 18th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, New York, NY, December 2016
  • Panelist, “Joint Venture Best Practices for Operating Agreements, Structures & Beyond,” IMN 17th Annual U.S. Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum, New York, NY, June 2016
  • Speaker, “Mortgage Financing,” PLI’s 17th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, New York, NY, December 2015
  • Panelist, “Preferred Equity/Mezzanine/Bridge Finance for Land Acquisition, Pre-Development & Construction Deals: Borrower & Lender Perspectives,” IMN’s Borrower & Investor Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Financing & Subordinated Debt, New York, NY, November 2015
  • Panelist, “Mortgage Financing,” PLI’s 16th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, New York, NY, November 2014
  • Panelist, “Property Joint Ventures,” IMN U.S. Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum, New York, NY, May 2013