John E. Zuccotti, senior counsel to Weil's Real Estate Department, is recognized as one of New York's most accomplished leaders in the real estate community. Mr. Zuccotti focuses his practice at Weil on land use and development and continues to serve as chairman of World Financial Properties, Inc.
During his career, Mr. Zuccotti has specialized in real estate, planning, housing and municipal law and has played a leading role in the development process of major residential and commercial projects in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the US.
Mr. Zuccotti has distinguished himself in a number of spheres, having been one of New York's most prominent real estate executives, a founder of one of the most renowned real estate law firms, chairman of the New York City Planning Commission during the Lindsay administration, and the first deputy mayor of the City of New York under Mayor Abraham Beame. As president and CEO of the former Olympia & York Companies (USA), he led the company through its successful reorganization.
He has frequently lectured on planning and development at numerous institutions including Columbia, Harvard, Yale and The New School for Social Research, and was appointed to the faculty of both Yale and Columbia law schools as an adjunct professor. Mr. Zuccotti has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1974.