Sander Lehrer is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., with honors and distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1963) and Harvard Law School (L.L.B., cum laude, 1966), after which he served as law clerk for United States District Judge Dudley B. Bonsal in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Lehrer's practice encompasses a broad range of commercial, real estate and related matters, including real estate development and finance, commercial leasing, land use regulation, and construction agreements and controversies. Mr. Lehrer regularly advises tax-exempt organizations and quasi-governmental authorities regarding transactional matters, governance and regulatory matters, and government relations. Mr. Lehrer served during New York City's financial crisis in the 1970's as chief counsel and then agency head at the City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Mr. Lehrer is a board member and officer of Citizens Housing and Planning Council of New York, a not-for-profit advisory organization concerned with New York housing and planning, and has been an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Mr. Lehrer is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Sander Lehrer has a substantial and long-standing practice in the representation of not-for-profit organizations of all types. Clients include private foundations, public benefit corporations, and cultural and other charitable organizations.
This practice comprises all aspects of operations of not-for-profit entities: (i) corporate organization and structure, transfer of assets and dissolution, (ii) management of endowment funds, (iii) compliance with government regulations, (iv) compensation and employee benefits, (v) fiduciary duties of trustees, (vi) business aspects of operations, (vii) fund-raising and financing, and (viii) tax matters such as real property tax exemption, charitable contributions, maintenance of tax-exempt status, unrelated trade or business income tax, and private foundation excise taxes.