Mary Willis White

  • Commercial Real Estate Lending
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Office, Retail, and Industrial Leasing


Mary Willis White is a Partner in K&F’s Commercial Real Estate Transactions Group and represents owners, operators, and investors on a wide variety of complex and high profile transactions in the New York market and across the country.

Mary Willis is highly accomplished at efficiently and expeditiously closing sophisticated transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings, and leasing of office, hotel, retail, multifamily, and mixed-use properties. She also represents borrowers in mortgage and mezzanine financings, including balance sheet and securitized loans. Clients rely on Mary Willis to provide pragmatic advice and guidance at each step of a transaction. As trusted counsel to many of the firm’s long-standing clients, Mary Willis partners with them across the life cycle of a property – from purchase, to lease, to sale, to the next investment.

“Real estate is personal; the focus may be on properties and development, but it’s still really about people – investors, developers, and tenants alike. I like seeing what excites my clients, how we can help them implement their vision for a property.”

Mary Willis sits on the firm’s Management Committee, oversees the firm’s Summer Associate program, and spearheads the firm’s mentorship program, ensuring that law clerks and new associates receive access to comprehensive training and career development resources.

Mary Willis is also an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, where she is currently teaching a Real Estate Transactions seminar.

Prior to her law career, Mary Willis co-founded a professional theatre company, Heiress Productions, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising cancer awareness and funds through professional theatre and film. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Catskill Mountain Shakespeare, a non-profit focused on providing accessible theatre to residents and visitors of the Catskills.

Representative Matters

  • Acquisition and financing of 54 property portfolio in upper Manhattan
  • Acquisition, financing, and leasing of mixed-use property in the Columbia Street Waterfront District of Brooklyn
  • Refinancings of the Shops at Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX
  • Recapitalization of apartment complex in Superior Township, Michigan

Professional Experience & Memberships

Professional Experience 

  • Co-Founder and President, Heiress Productions, Inc.


  • New York City Bar, Member
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • Women’s Leadership Network – Brooklyn Law School, Member
  • New York Junior League, Member

Honors & Awards

  • 2022 Brooklyn Law School Rising Star Honoree
  • Selected to New York Metro Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2020-2021
  • 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award for Young Career Achievement, Shenandoah University


Brooklyn Law School, J.D.

  • Moot Court Honor Society 
  • Journal of Law and Policy
  • 2022 Rising Star Honoree

Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, B.M.

  • summa cum laude
  • 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award for Young Career Achievement 


State of New York

State of New Jersey