James Nelson

James Nelson
Vice Chairman
Cushman & Wakefield

James is a Vice Chairman at Cushman & Wakefield. In 2016, he was ranked the #1 Investment Sales broker at the firm nationwide. James was formerly the top producer for Massey Knakal six of their last eight years. A graduate of Colgate University, James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After graduating in 1998, James joined Massey Knakal, and was named the company’s youngest partner in 2004.

James has won numerous awards and been recognized for his well-earned success by his peers in the real estate community. He was named one of New York’s Top Brokers by Real Estate Forum. He was also included in The Real Deal as one of the “Top 35 and Under NYC Real Estate Players” and was ranked as the “#1 NYC Deal Maker” by LoopNet, an online commercial real estate publication.


His involvement in the real estate community extends beyond the walls of Cushman & Wakefield. He is on the board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Continuing Education program.


He is a member, panelist and instructor for the Real Estate Board of New York, and was appointed chair to its Commercial Board of Directors. He has been quoted and has been a source for articles on real estate in the New York Times, New York Post, New York Magazine, Real Estate Weekly and The Wall Street Journal. James is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of New York, and the Young Real Estate Professionals. He also co-founded The Colgate Real Estate Council and Real Estate Services Alliance (RESA). His charitable contributions include being a past board member of The Catalog For Giving and launching Rising Realty Stars, which secures job opportunities for disadvantaged youth.


James is a licensed New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts’ real estate broker. He also holds a salesperson’s license in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and three sons in Old Greenwich, CT.