Schwartz has over 30 years of experience advising companies, developers, funds and lenders.

NEW YORK CITY-Herrick, Feinstein has appointed new chairs and co-chairs of the firm’s real estate, litigation, and corporate departments. And in a rare break from tradition, two of the new leaders at the organization are women.

Belinda Schwartz, a Herrick partner since 1997, has been appointed chair of the firm’s 50-member real estate department. Therese Doherty, a Herrick partner since 2001, joins partner Ronald Levine as co-chair of the firm’s 75-attorney litigation department, while Stephen Brodie, a Herrick partner since 2004, joins partner Edward Stevenson as co-chair of the firm’s corporate department. 

“Our newly-appointed chairs and co-chairs are exceptional lawyers and well-respected leadersboth here at Herrick, within their respective practice areas, and in the legal and business communities-at-large,” says Irwin Kishner, chairman of Herrick’s executive committee. “We also are pleased to now have two women partners in senior leadership positions, which is a reflection of our strong and continuing commitment to diversity in the workplace.”

Schwartz has more than 30 years of experience advising major corporations, developers, funds, lenders, and prominent family-owned real estate organizations in a wide range of sophisticated commercial real estate transactions. Twice she has been named a “Woman of Influence” by’s sister publication, Real Estate Forum. She also won the Real Estate Board of New York‘s 2007 Most Ingenious Deal of the Year award for her work on one of the most complex land assemblages in the history of Manhattan—one which led to the creation of the largest new synagogue in Manhattan since 1927.  

Doherty regularly defends and advises some of the world’s largest broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, and global financial institutions in complex claims of fraud, violations of commodities and securities laws, RICO violations, and accounting improprieties. She has more than 25 years of federal and state court trial experience.

Brodie has more than 35 years of experience representing financial institutions in commercial and private bank lending transactions, and in workout and restructuring matters.