Michael R. Leighton

Michael R. Leighton: Attorney with Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. AV stamp icon
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Michael R. Leighton, a Member of the Sills Cummis & Gross Real Estate Department, concentrates his practice on real estate finance including loan workouts and distressed loan purchases. His practice includes counseling real estate developers, hedge funds, real estate investment trusts, lenders, insurance companies, securities dealers, investment advisors and syndicators. He has regularly represented national and publicly held companies in the purchase of real estate across the country, as well as investors funding projects internationally.

Mr. Leighton previously served as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Department of a major New Jersey law firm. Prior to that, he was an associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel.


New Jersey MultiFamily Summit

Bisnow 9/8/2011

Future of NJ’s Urban Centers

Bisnow 4/27/2011


New Development Projects: The Reports of Demise Were Greatly Exaggerated

Law Journal Newsletters: Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy 9/1/2018

Title Insurance: Protection or Unnecessary Expense

New Jersey Law Journal 3/23/2009

Rankings and Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America 2007-2019, Real Estate Law

New Jersey Super Lawyers 2008-2019, Real Estate: Business; Business/Corporate; Securities & Corporate Finance

Real Estate Weekly’s 2008 All Stars

201 Magazine’s Top Lawyers in Bergen County, 2011

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(973) 643-4747  Phone
(973) 643-6500  Fax
University Attended:
George Washington University, B.A., 1977
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., Associate Editor, The Tax Lawyer, 1980
Year of First Admission:
1981, U.S. Tax Court; 1989, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1981, New York; 1989, New Jersey


Member, New York State Bar Association
- Member, Real Property Law Section
- Member, Committee on Real Estate Workouts and Bankruptcy

Birth Information:
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters; Representation of a borrower in a $300,000,000 note on note financing from a European bank; Representation of a hedge fund in an $89,000,000 purchase of a discounted note secured by a Florida resort; Representation of one of the nation's leading private lenders in the funding of national and international loans totaling in excess of $1,000,000,000; Representation of a Chinese government owned bank in connection with a construction mortgage loan of $1,000,000,000 to be secured by an Atlantic City hotel and resort; Representation of a hedge fund in the $75,000,000 acquisition of a Hudson River condominium complex

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
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Newark, New Jersey

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