Dean’s Roundtable with Suresh Sani ’88, president of First Pioneer Properties, Inc., on Thursday, March 8, 2018

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Throughout the school year, the Dean hosts roundtable discussions with prominent guests who have utilized their law degrees in a variety of nontraditional ways. Over lunch with a small group of students, guests discuss their work experiences, sharing valuable insights about how they found their chosen path. Please note that the roundtables are informal and off-the-record.


Suresh Sani ’88, who will be the Dean’s guest on Thursday, March 8, is president of First Pioneer Properties, Inc., a family-owned real estate management company. First Pioneer Properties, Inc. manages approximately 2 million square feet of commercial buildings and over 2,000 acres of land. The commercial buildings include office buildings, industrial properties, and retail properties located in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Arizona, and Texas. Mr. Sani is responsible for the acquisition, financing, developing, leasing, and management of real estate assets. He has over 24 years of experience in managing and owning commercial real estate.


Prior to joining First Pioneer Properties, Inc., Mr. Sani was an associate in the Real Estate Department at Shea & Gould LLP. He also served as a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission; on the Dean’s Strategic Council at New York University School of Law; was a member of the Compact Committee, an elected committee that oversees the curriculum at the Port Washington Public Schools; and served on the Advisory Board of the Port Washington Education Foundation.


Mr. Sani holds a JD from New York University School of Law and a BA from Harvard University. He is currently on the Board of Directors of both Valley National Bank and Landmark on Main Street, a community center in Port Washington, New York. He has also been actively involved with the Arthritis Foundation for a number of years in various advocacy and fundraising initiatives.


The roundtable will begin at 12:30 PM and end at 1:50 PM in Snow Dining Room. It is open to 18 interested JD and graduate students. In order to achieve a representational mix of students, we will designate a proportionate number of seats to JD students and graduate students. Within each group (JD or LLM), attendees will be selected randomly from all students who have signed up.


If you would like to attend a roundtable, please sign up in advance by emailing Ken Seagreaves at Please indicate whether you are a JD or graduate student, and whether you have any dietary restrictions.

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