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David Schumeister

Of Counsel

David Schumeister serves as Of Counsel to HBA in the area of real property, joining the firm in 2008.


David has been practicing real estate law for over 25 years. He represents sophisticated national and international clients in all aspects of real estate transactions, and he has particularly significant commercial and retail leasing experience, including representing Solow Building Company LLC, as landlord, in the leasing of 9 West 57th Street, New York City, to tenants including Bank of America, Chanel, and Viacom, and representing the landlord in the leasing of Two Rodeo Drive to high-end retail users including Tiffany, Cartier, Bulgari, and Christian Dior.


David began his legal career in New York at the offices of Shearman & Sterling, representing domestic and international clients in public and private transactions.  Subsequently, he worked in the New York offices of Clifford Chance.  Notable prior deals include representing Citibank, N.A. as lender, in the $3.7 billion acquisition of the Fairmont Hotels and Raffles Hotels, secured by 120 hotels in 23 countries, and representing Galileo America LLC in the $968 million acquisition of a 69 property portfolio of retail shopping centers in the United States.


Before beginning his career in the private sector, he worked for the State Department in Washington, DC, where he represented the United States Government in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of real property worldwide, including transactions in London, Rome, Moscow, and Taipei, valued in excess of $1.5 billion.


David is an avid art collector and represents a number of contemporary artists who are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern, and the Walker Art Center.

  • London School of Economics, LL.M. in International Business Law, 1988
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, B.S.B., 1983
State Bar Admissions / Memberships
  • David is admitted to practice in New York, District of Columbia and Minnesota.
Articles / Publications / Case Studies
  • NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL: “Is That Ground Lease Financable?” with Howard E. Peskoe, Esq October, 2006