Joseph Harkins

Executive Director • United States

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Joseph Harkins

Executive Director • United States

Joe Harkins has provided real estate brokerage and advisory services to a diverse group of corporate users and property owners for over 35 years. During his career, he has spearheaded the leasing of over 4 million square feet of commercial space at multiple properties within the New York Region and has represented a broad and distinguished tenant roster of clients.

Joe rejoined Cushman & Wakefield as an Executive Director in 2012, becoming a member of the firm’s national Tenant Advisory Group. A Broker of the Year recipient in 1994, Joe achieved national Top 100 ranking periodically throughout his initial 15-year tenure. He previously served as an executive managing director at Grubb & Ellis Company as local market leader for its national Tenant Advisory Group, and was previously executive managing director and principal with the Staubach Company. During his tenure there from 2000-2007, Joe consistently attained national Top Achiever honors among the firms brokerage professionals. His diverse expertise also includes negotiating large telecom and data center transactions while affiliated with Tishman Real Estate Services in 1998-2000.

Among his notable transactions, Joe concluded the largest lease at the Empire State Building in 2009 when representing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Similarly, his 2004 representation of the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission from the Woolworth Building to the World Financial Center (Brookfield Place) was the largest new lease in Lower Manhattan post-9/11 and a REBNY Deal of the Year finalist honoree. In 2000, he also concluded the two largest data center transactions in the region totaling over 400,000 square feet. And in 1995, he co-led C&W’s site location consulting for Swiss Bank Corporation’s UBS) North American HQ relocation to Stamford, CT.

Joe brings a keen understanding of submarket dynamics to each assignment, and a tenacity for both client-first service and team collaboration to each relationship.


  • Guardian Life Insurance
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Verizon
  • Ripley-Grier Studios
  • Kennedys CMK LLC
  • TM Capital Corp
  • Auerbach Grayson & Co.
  • Zipari, Inc.
  • Advanced Plasma Therapies, Inc.
  • Atlantic Federal Credit Union
  • Backstop Solutions Group, Inc.
  • Littleton Joyce Ughetta Park & Kelly

Guardian Life Insurance New York, NY 900,000 SF HQ Property (2018 Sale)

Logany LLC New York, NY 212,000 SF Office Property (Sale)

HarperCollins Publishing New York, NY 75,000 SF Office Lease Disposition

Atlantic Federal Credit Union Springfield, NJ 22,000 SF HQ Purchase

Kennedys CMK New York, NY 35,000 SF Office Lease

Kennedys CMK Chicago, IL 22,000 Office Lease

Royal Bank of Scotland New York, NY 130,000 SF Sublease Disposition

Royal Bank of Scotland Jersey City, NJ 45,000 SF Sublease Disposition

Verizon New York, NY 71,000 SF Data Center Lease

Verizon New York, NY 45,000 SF and 17,000 SF Leases

Guardian Life Insurance New York, NY 130,000 SF Sublease Disposition

Eris Exchange, LLC New York, NY 6,000 SF Office Relocation

Advanced Plasma Technologies Princeton, NJ 5,000 SF Office Relocation

Ripley-Grier Studios New York, NY 23,000 SF Theatre/Studio Facility

US Securities and Exchange Commission New York, NY 235,000 SF and 160,000 SF Regional HQ

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation New York, NY 102,000 SF Office Relocation

Renaissance Church Springfield, NJ 35,000 SF Property Acquisition

• Bachelor of Science (Finance), Carroll School of Management, Boston College

• Diploma in Real Estate Investment Analysis, New York University

• Advisory Board Member (’16-’19), Martin J. Tuchman Business School, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

• Founder, Convocation of Boston College ’81 Eagles Crisis Fund (2016-present)

• ARC of Union County (NJ), Past Board Member

Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker in the State of New York

• Member, Real Estate Board of New York

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