Each year the Weinberg Center recognizes the contributions of two extraordinary individuals dedicated to change and justice.




Belinda Schwartz chairs Herrick’s Real Estate Department, one of the largest commercial real estate law practices in New York City. One of the industry’s most creative real estate dealmakers, Belinda’s clients value her ability to find common ground in negotiations and achieve a desirable outcome as swiftly as possible. Her clients include prominent developers, owners, funds, investors and family-owned real estate businesses, whom she advises in complex debt and equity transactions, property acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, development deals, construction matters, ground leases and commercial leases.


Belinda frequently advises clients in single asset and portfolio transactions involving residential, hospitality, office and retail properties across the U.S. She has also advised on several of New York City’s largest development projects, including Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Empire Stores complex, Downtown Brooklyn’s 1.8 million square-foot City Point project, and one of the largest land swaps in Manhattan history, a deal which won REBNY’s coveted Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award.


Belinda has consistently been ranked one of New York City’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, and Real Estate Forum, which has twice named her a “woman of influence.” In 2017, Belinda was named one of Crain’s New York Business’ top 100 women lawyers, and in 2018, she was named one of Real Estate Weekly’s leading ladies of real estate and one of Bisnow’s New York power women.