11 May 20214 minute read

Former Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman joins DLA Piper's Real Estate practice

DLA Piper announced today that Adrian Zuckerman, former United States ambassador to Romania, has joined the firm’s Real Estate practice as of counsel based in the firm’s New York office.

Zuckerman served in the role of US ambassador to Romania from December 2019 to January 2021 and has been widely recognized for advancing the US-Romania relationship. Under his leadership, Romania signed a ten-year defense cooperation agreement with the United States and an intergovernmental agreement to refurbish one reactor and build two additional nuclear reactors, the largest-ever joint project between the United States and Romania, as well as an agreement with the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) to finance the project. During Ambassador Zuckerman’s tenure, Romania also implemented new initiatives to combat organized crime, human trafficking, fraud, corruption and intellectual property theft, among other initiatives.

Ambassador Zuckerman’s achievements were recognized in January 2021 by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who awarded him the Star of Romania, Order of the Grand Cross, Romania’s highest civilian award.

“Ambassador Zuckerman brings a background of impressive public service, and his addition will strengthen our global platform and ability to provide nuanced and sophisticated advice to clients across the globe,” said Richard Chesley, co-US managing partner of the firm.

John Sullivan, chair of DLA Piper’s US Real Estate practice and co-chair of its global Real Estate practice, added, “Ambassador Zuckerman’s unique combination of diplomatic and legal experience will enhance our ability to act as a trusted adviser to our clients and to help them take advantage of opportunities throughout the world.”

“I am thrilled to be joining a global firm of DLA Piper’s caliber and prestige, and I look forward to the opportunity to assist DLA Piper clients in meeting their business objectives in Europe and around the world,” Ambassador Zuckerman said.

Before serving as a US ambassador, Zuckerman was a real estate partner in a New York law firm. Ambassador Zuckerman received his J.D. from New York Law School, his B.S. in life sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.