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Eichner Family Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellows Program


University of Cincinnati College of Law alumnus Ian Bruce Eichner has collaborated with the College of Law to create the Eichner Family Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellows Program. This new fellowship offers second year students—with both an entrepreneurship mindset and a desire to explore non-traditional career paths—the opportunity for “hands on” legal and business training at The Continuum Company LLC (TCC), a New York real estate development firm led by CEO Eichner.

During the summer two UC Law students will spend 10 weeks at the company in New York. Specifically, they will spend five weeks working with TCC’s general counsel Mike Menola, learning primarily about the legal side of the business. This includes drafting and negotiating leases, partnership agreements, and other legal documents; assisting with investor presentations; and drafting and editing legal correspondence. They will spend five additional weeks with the development team, learning primarily about the business-side of things, conducting property analysis work (ex., researching property values, ownership history, zoning issues); creating financial reports; and participating in site visits and other meetings with the senior team. At the end of the fellowship students will have gained a greater understanding of both the legal and development sides of the real estate industry.

In addition to the work opportunity, Eichner will provide lodging to students at one of his signature properties, The Manhattan Club, a high-rise condominium development in Midtown Manhattan near Central Park.

About Ian Bruce Eichner

Eichner is a developer of urban mixed-use properties. With over 30 years of experience in this field, his portfolio of projects includes developments in New York, Miami and Las Vegas. Prior to entering the real estate development field, Eichner spent almost a decade working in the criminal justice system, including a term as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, NY. He also worked as program development chief of a state agency during Nelson Rockefeller’s tenure. He followed those positions by founding The Continuum Company.

The Continuum Company

A privately held real estate development firm, TCC focuses on the acquisition and development of residential (both for sale and rental housing), office, hospitality and retail space in New York, Miami, and Las Vegas. To date TCC has developed more than 12 million square feet totaling over $6 billion over its 30 year history. Properties include The Continuum (Miami), two luxury condominium towers; The Richmond (New York), a mixed use property that includes luxury condominiums, retail space, professional offices, and storage space; One Broadway Place (New York), a mixed-use property that includes office space, retail space—including movie theatres—parking, and exterior signage; and The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino (Las Vegas), a mixed use property including condominium-hotel units, casino, retail/restaurant space, meeting/convention space, spa and fitness facility, and a theatre. The company is involved in all aspects of development including acquisition and finance, design and construction, sales and marketing, and project management.

Application Process

Information about applying for the fellowship will be distributed through Symplicity during the summer or fall semester each year.