Ed Wallace, co-chair of the New York City office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP was named number 12 on City & State’s 2018 “Manhattan Power 50” list. Wallace is the highest-ranked practicing attorney on the list. He was honored at an event on Nov. 29 at The Mezzanine where he also delivered the introductory remarks for Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President.
The Manhattan Power 50 is City & State’s list of key players in the world of New York City government. The Power 50 list includes leading elected officials, business leaders, civic leaders, lawyers, and lobbyists.
According to City & State, Wallace “has become a mainstay on City & State’s power lists, and there are a number of reasons why. He’s mattered in Manhattan since making a name for himself as a key New York City government figure, serving as the chief of staff to then-New York City Council President Carol Bellamy…. developers, corporations and nonprofits turn to Wallace, who is now co-chairman of the New York office of Greenberg Traurig, for advice on traversing the difficult world of city politics.”
In 1981, Wallace became the then youngest city council member in New York City representing the Borough of Manhattan. Wallace began his career in the Chelsea neighborhood office of the Legal Aid Society. From 1986 to 1992, he served as vice president for finance at Mort Zuckerman’s Boston Properties.
From 2012-2014 Wallace was chair of New Yorkers for Parks, which The New York Times called “the city’s leading parks advocacy group” and now sits on the NY4P Board. Wallace serves as vice chair and counsel to the Citizens Budget Commission and is on the executive committee of the French American Foundation Board. Professionally he has been listed in multiple editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, and is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell.
Wallace serves as a trusted advisor to his clients. He has represented Columbia University, NYU, and Fordham University in their Manhattan expansions. He has advised Extell, Silverstein, Fetner Properties, and other leading developers and financial and media companies in obtaining government approvals.
Wallace also advised Hornblower, the City’s ferry provider, and serves as outside national counsel to JCDecaux, the world’s largest street furniture company.
Compliments of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a member of the EACCNY