Real Estate and Real Estate Capital Markets
We have generally been recognized as one of the leading real estate law firms in the United States. We handle many of the most complex, high profile real estate transactions in the nation. Our associates have the opportunity to work on a full range of real estate matters, including land use and development; military base closure and redevelopment; acquisitions and dispositions; joint venture and preferred equity; senior, mezzanine and construction financing; leasing; environmental; hospitality and leisure, insurance; tax; ERISA, and real estate litigation. Our clients include public and private companies, REITS, investment advisors, pension funds and endowments, insurance companies, private equity funds, governmental entities and developers. We also provide a number of cross-border services delivered through international sector teams and practice groups. To learn more, visit our services page.
What led you to practice in your practice group?
I have a background in urban studies/city planning and have always been interested in the built environment. Real estate law was a natural fit for me because of my background and interest in this area. I chose the Boston real estate group at DLA Piper (as compared with other real estate groups in Boston) because of the range of different types of real estate work that we do, including traditional "dirt" law as well as real estate finance.
What do you enjoy most about practicing in your practice group?
I particularly enjoy the opportunity to learn about and gain experience with many different areas of real estate law (from development and permitting work, to leasing, to financing and even some affordable housing work) so that I can build a broad base of skills and knowledge. In my practice group, I am lucky enough to be able to work with and learn from some of the leading lawyers in these different areas.
What do you wish you would have known when you first started practicing?
I wish that I had known to document *every* answer to a research question (no matter how small or insignificant it may seem) in writing, either through a memo or e-mail to the assigning lawyer or even a memo to the file. On many occasions, I have been asked the same or a similar question years later. I am always grateful when I took the time to document my earlier research so that I do not have to "reinvent the wheel" and disappointed when I did not. Now, whenever I conduct research, I do a memo to the file, an e-mail or some other written work product to document what I find out, even if it is just an e-mail to myself with notes.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your practice in the last two years?
The biggest challenge that I have faced in the last two years is gaining the confidence to manage matters and client relationships on my own with minimal supervision. Balancing the ability to make strategic decisions by myself with an awareness of when to ask for guidance is a continual challenge that I am working to address.