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M. Sidney Donica
Practice Areas
Bar and Court Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York University, LL.M.
  • Rutgers Law School, J.D.
  • University of Oklahoma, B.B.A.

M. Sidney Donica, Member

973.403.3125 · 973.618.5525 Fax ·

M. Sidney Donica concentrates his practice in helping small and medium-sized developers and owners grow their businesses, projects, and portfolios. Sid handles real estate transactions, commercial lending, corporate finance, development, construction contracts and litigation, and real estate tax structuring and appeals. He brings his experience as a real estate developer and investor to bear in finding practical business solutions and tax-advantaged structures for his clients. His practice includes the representation of:

  • Owners and developers in the acquisition, development, and construction of residential, retail, health care, and office properties
  • Real estate syndicators and large private operators in structuring and closing transactions
  • Sponsors of Delaware Statutory Trust syndications in preparing organizations, disclosure, and marketing documents as well as closing transactions for underlying real estate
  • Owners throughout the construction process, including contract drafting and negotiation, conflict resolution, and claims arbitration
  • Mezzanine lenders and preferred investors in bespoke synthetic financing facilities in Delaware Statutory Trusts and development partnerships
  • Private REITs and sponsors of private real estate syndications in preparation of organizational, disclosure, and marketing documents to facilitate raising capital
  • Owners in real estate tax appeals
  • Sponsors of low-income housing tax credit and historic tax credit projects
  • Commercial banks and leading financial institutions in documenting and closing acquisition and development loans
  • Private equity groups in purchasing distressed mortgage loans and other commercial paper to gain control of distressed real estate properties
  • Commercial landlords and tenants
  • Developers in workouts and pre-workout negotiations with lenders

Sid was included in Real Estate New Jersey’s 2009 listing of New Jersey’s top real estate attorneys and was named a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2007.

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Notable Matters
  • Lead tax counsel in appeal of office building resulting in reduction of assessment by $30 million and a tax savings of over $1 million
  • Lead tax counsel in appeal of multi-property development project resulting in $2 million tax savings
  • Lead counsel in acquisition and development of 55-unit multifamily project
  • Lead counsel in redevelopment of commercial hotel property into 37,000-square-foot retail center
  • Lead real estate attorney on purchase and development of two former hospitals into a 375,000-square-foot health care facility
  • Team attorney on sale of residential portfolio consisting of 88 properties in one of the largest single real estate transactions in New Jersey history
  • Lead counsel on the purchase and development of chain drugstore locations throughout New Jersey and New York
  • Lead real estate attorney for the merger of two national trucking companies including acquisition of real estate in 22 states
  • Lead counsel on the sale of a portfolio of three large multifamily properties at a price in excess of $30 million
  • Legal and development consultant to preferred equity investors in $100 million Bahamian resort development
  • Negotiated and closed upon the share transfer of $24 million interest in a Newark office building
  • Lead counsel in formation of private REIT
Professional Activities
  • Member, Metropolitan Builders Association
  • Member, NAIOP
  • Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Tax  Court
  • Member, ULI