Howland Gordon is a Principal of the firm with over 20 years of experience in the retail leasing industry, representing both retailers and developers.
On the retailer side, Howland worked in-house for over 6 years at H&M, one of the world’s largest brands. As Head of Legal, Expansion - North America, he oversaw all legal real estate and lease administration matters for H&M’s U.S. and Canadian operations, including H&M’s retail, office, distribution center and warehouse leasing, and litigation matters. He also led the legal efforts for H&M’s North American launches of the & Other Stories and COS brands, and understands the complexities and challenges of bringing new retail concepts to market. In addition, Howland worked in-house for Nine West, negotiating leases and lease-related documents for its collection of shoe brands.
On the developer side, Howland directed the Legal-Leasing group at RPT Realty, where he and his team drafted and negotiated leases with hundreds of retailers. He also spent over 10 years at DLC Management Corp., one of the largest grocery-anchored shopping center owners in the United States, overseeing the negotiation of thousands of retail leases and lease-related documents.
Howland brings his deep in-house experience to bear in every lease negotiation, resolving issues with a practical in-house point of view. His solutions stand the test of time—they are effective not just at lease signing but throughout the term of the lease. Howland’s approach is strategic and innovative, with a healthy respect for operational issues and a long-term business relationship with the other side.