Vice Chairman Michael Morris brings to his practice a wealth of experience in strategic planning, business continuity planning, merger and acquisition due diligence, cost reduction analysis and lease negotiations. Since joining Newmark in 1998, he has completed more than 1,500 assignments totaling more than 30.0 million square feet and encompassing every facet of real estate and operations. Focused on New York City office leasing, multinational corporate portfolio management and data center consulting, Morris serves an extensive clientele that includes some of the largest publicly and privately held organizations in the United States and around the world.
Deeply experienced in New York City office leasing, Morris has represented numerous high-profile tenants and buildings in the marketplace. He has negotiated complex transactions and is familiar with local trends, submarkets and developments. His profile includes some of the most recognizable office buildings in the world.
For nearly 20 years, Morris has been managing global real estate portfolios for multinational organizations in more than 40 countries. He has developed and implemented strategies across the globe, including numerous regional consolidations and relocations on six continents. In addition to office and industrial transactions, he has led purchase and sale transactions, ground lease acquisitions and dispositions and worker counsel presentations. He follows global trends and is familiar with demographics, markets, cultures, efficiencies, economics, operations, incentives and arbitrage in nearly every city of the world.
Morris has numerous data center design certifications. He has performed site selection, relocation, business continuity planning, latency evaluations, disaster recovery studies, tax implications and incentives, development, represented numerous data center occupants and owners. He is well-versed in data center efficiencies, construction, power, utilization, equipment and infrastructure.
Partial Client List
Aareal Bank; Ark Investments; Aspen Technology; Avaya; Avon; BHP Billiton; Boeing; CenturyLink/Lumen; Chevron USA Inc.; Citadel Securities; Cloudera; Comverse Technology; Criteo Corp; Danone; DGA Security; Digital Realty Trust; H5; Keurig; Knotel; Merrill Lynch; NeuStar; Memorial Sloan Kettering; New York Genome Center; New York University (NYU); Nuance Communications; NYC Health + Hospitals; Oxford University; Palantir Technologies; RealNetworks; Riverbed Technology; Sabey Data Centers; Sapient; Shutterstock; Société Générale; Sony USA; Stanley Tools; Starwood Resorts & Hotels; State of New York; Stream Data Centers; SunGard Availability Services; T5; Transaction Network Solutions; Weight Watchers International; weightwatchers.com.
- Member, Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
- Member, AFCOM
- Member, 17 Lex Society
- Certified cooling professional
- Certified power infrastructure design
- Dean’s advisory council, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College
Morris holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies with focuses in Business and Philosophy from the State University College at Oneonta. He is an active member of the Baruch College Alumni Association and SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association.