Nicole Levin Mesard is Deputy Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department, a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group, Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She is experienced in all aspects of real estate law, including acquisitions and sales of retail and commercial properties, sophisticated financings, joint ventures, infrastructure transactions and restructurings of commercial real estate loans, including in bankruptcy.

Ms. Mesard is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where she co-teaches a course on real estate debt and equity fundamentals. She is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2020), which describes her as a “very effective negotiator” and “great advocate and communicator for her clients.” Clients note that she is “extraordinary,” and “incredibly hard-working and a tough negotiator,” who “understands the commercial issues and finds solutions to get deals done.” Clients have praised her “combination of practical commercial instinct and ability to dive in and come up with solutions to complex matters” and have described her as “thoughtful and easy to work with,” and “a very good technical player but also practical in terms of understanding and giving advice on the commercial and business side of matters.” The Legal 500 US (2019) also lauds her as “incredibly bright” and a “tough negotiator.”

Ms. Mesard joined Debevoise in 2001 and became a partner in 2008. She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany magna cum laude in 1994, and her J.D. from Tulane University magna cum laude in 1997.


  • Tulane University Law School, 1997, J.D.
  • University at Albany, State University of New York, 1994, B.A.

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