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The Real Estate Financing Group is devoted to assisting attorneys in financing techniques involving real estate as collateral. To this end, this group presents educational programs and produces written materials to educate lawyers in all aspects of real estate finance. Separate committees within this group are dedicated to mortgage lending, construction lending, securitizations and legal opinions issued in connection with these financings, as well as legal issues and developments in real  estate workouts, foreclosures and bankruptcies.

Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions

This committee is involved with all aspects of legal opinions in real estate transactions. The committee provides support and guidance for lawyers who (a) render third party legal opinions in real estate finance transactions and other transactions involving real estate and (b) represent clients that receive such legal opinions. In addition to publishing a semi-annual newsletter called Opinions Matters, the committee meets at least two times a year, usually by telephone. The committee, on its own and in conjunction with other committees and groups, prepares reports, presents educational programs, and monitors cases and other developments in order to work toward consistent real estate opinion practice throughout the country. The committee’s webpage contains copies of the committee newsletter and other information.

Leadership

Chair

Imran Naeemullah
Quarles & Brady LLP
Chicago, IL

Vice-Chairs

Andrew Jagoda
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Scarsdale, NY

Sara Toner
Richards Layton & Finger
Wilmington, DE

Mortgage Lending

This committee focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate financing, including construction, acquisition, rehabilitation, bridge, and permanent financing and covers all types of real estate collateral, including mixed-use developments, housing and industrial properties. Specifically, the committee stays abreast of recent developments in loan documentation, property-level due diligence review and borrower structures. This committee presents educational programs and produces written materials to educate lawyers in all aspects of mortgage lending transactions. 

Leadership

Chair

James Marx
Marx Rosenthal PLLC
Miami, FL

Vice-Chair

Aiste Palskyte Orszulak
Ballard Spahr LLP
Woodbine, MD

Workouts, Foreclosures and Bankruptcy

The Workouts Foreclosure and Bankruptcy committee concerns itself with developments on the law of enforcement of remedies in real estate transactions. The committee stays abreast of trends in workouts, legal issues in foreclosures and the impact of the bankruptcy process on relationships in real estate matters.

Leadership

Chair

Laura Skowronski Bouyea
Venable LLP
Baltimore, MD

Vice-Chair

Heather Adivari Horowitz
Heather Adivari Horowitz K&L Gates
New York, NY