Publication names 24 of firm’s Real Estate attorneys, far more than f…

Publication names 24 of firm’s Real Estate attorneys, far more than from any other firm

CHICAGO – LAWFUEL – First for law news – Twenty-four real estate attorneys from the law firm Piper Rudnick are named in the 2005-2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America – far more than from any other law firm in the U.S., the publication notes.

Lawyers are chosen for listing as Best Lawyers based on a peer-review survey of 16,000 leading attorneys throughout the United States. The publisher comments, “Because lawyers are not required to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.”

Piper Rudnick’s real estate Best Lawyers are Linda J. Bozung, Stephen A. Cowan, Charles L. Edwards, Jay A. Epstien (who is chair of the national practice), David Glickstein, Paul Homer, Howard E. Kane, Frederick L. Klein, Edward J. Levin, Richard E. Levine, John P. Machen, Michael E. Meyer, Lee I. Miller (who is the firm’s co-chair), Portia Owen Morrison, Theodore J. Novak, Harold B. Pomerantz, Richard D. Rudman, Paul D. Rudnick, Elliot M. Surkin, Daniel A. Taylor, Alan Wayte, Caryl B. Welborn, Pamela L. Westhoff, and John W. Whitaker.

The next largest number of attorneys listed in Best Lawyers from a single law firm was 14.

This honor is the latest #1 listing for Piper Rudnick’s Real Estate practice group. The firm has the premier real estate practice in the United States according to the Practical Law Company, a prominent English publisher; and the third edition of The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers has dubbed Piper Rudnick “the number one firm in the world for real estate legal expertise.” Those two publications and the prestigious publication Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2004) have, among them, named more than twenty individual real estate lawyers from the firm as leading practitioners.

Moreover, during the past year, Piper Rudnick has extended the reach of its real estate group in a number of important geographic markets. These additions have included more than 50 real estate lawyers led by nationally recognized practitioners in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Piper Rudnick’s real estate platform includes more than 175 lawyers situated in nine major real estate markets from coast to coast. About the Best Lawyers: Linda J. Bozung, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group, focuses her practice on land use planning, zoning, and entitlement acquisition and protection. Ms. Bozung has 25 years of experience overseeing the preparation and certification of environmental impact reports and all California Environmental Quality Act documents. Los Angeles Business Journal has named Ms. Bozung one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Los Angeles Law.” Los Angeles magazine has named her a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2004 and for 2005 and cited her as one of the state’s Top 50 Female Super Lawyers. Real Estate Southern California placed her on its 2004 list of Southern California’s Most Influential Women. Ms. Bozung is also a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).

Stephen A. Cowan, a partner in the Real Estate practice group, has nearly 34 years of experience in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions, including real estate acquisitions, dispositions, finance, bankruptcy, workouts, fund formations, joint ventures, REIT transactions, capital market transactions, credit bond transactions, construction and permanent loans, agricultural and timber finance and development, non-real estate single and multi-lender revolving credit and term loan agreements, and restructuring of U.S. real estate portfolios with complex intercreditor issues and configuration of bankruptcy remote vehicles. He is a frequent lecturer and author in the field of real estate and bankruptcy matters.

Charles L. Edwards is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice exclusively in the area of complex commercial real estate transactions. He is cited in many international guides and surveys, including Who’s Who Legal, as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers; is cited as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network; and has been named one of America’s leading real estate attorneys and a “Senior Statesman” in real estate law by the respected legal publisher Chambers USA, which describes him as “a dean of the real estate bar.”

Jay A. Epstien is the national chair of Piper Rudnick’s Real Estate practice group. He represents local and national owners, developers, and users in all aspects of real estate transactions involving urban office buildings, shopping centers, and multifamily residential projects. Mr. Epstien has been the lead lawyer on many of the largest downtown office leases in Washington, D.C. He represents both landlords and tenants, including numerous law firms that have sought his counsel. Mr. Epstien is also an active practitioner in the shopping center industry. In addition to representing numerous shopping center developers, Mr. Epstien represented Target on its development activities in the Mid-Atlantic region, which involved the acquisition of more than 20 sites for construction of free-standing facilities. Based on peer and client reviews, Mr. Epstien was selected as the Top Real Estate Lawyer in Washington, D.C. by both the Washington Business Journal and Chambers and Partners, a respected English research firm. In addition, Chambers named Mr. Epstien as one of only two “star” real estate lawyers in the United States. Mr. Epstien also is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, An International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers, and PLC’s Global Counsel Handbook of Corporate Real Estate.

David Glickstein is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He has extensive experience in a broad range of real estate transactions, representing owners and developers on local, national, and international projects and representing lenders and borrowers on complex financing transactions and workouts. Mr. Glickstein is cited as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Paul Homer is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He is a general practitioner with emphasis on business litigation, securities, and corporate law. He has lectured and written on securities law aspects of real estate financing. He is cited as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyer Network. Mr. Homer is also known for his decades of pro bono work, in particular his long commitment to the Uptown People’s Law Center; and he is known as a published poet. On his 80th birthday in 2003, the City of Chicago honored him by declaring November 7 to be Paul Homer Day.

Howard E. Kane is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in retail, commercial, mixed-use, office, and industrial real estate. He has had the major responsibility for the legal work in the development of numerous mixed-use downtown urban developments, regional shopping centers, and industrial parks. The Leading Lawyers Network lists him as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois.

Frederick L. Klein, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group, practices in all areas of commercial real estate law. He represents construction and permanent lenders, life insurance companies, and off-shore, local, and national developers on transactions, development projects, and complex real estate finance. Among Mr. Klein’s clients are owners and developers of office, multifamily, and retail projects; German and Dutch investors in both debt and equity transactions in the U.S.; and owners of D.C. commercial property in challenges of commercial real estate tax assessments. The respected English legal publisher Chambers lists him as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers. Edward J. Levin is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. His practice is primarily in real property areas, including real estate financing, leasing, purchase and sale, workouts, and foreclosure. He is a member of ACREL and chaired ACREL’s Attorneys’ Opinions Committee from 1993 through 1999. He is past chair of the Section of Real Property, Zoning and Trust Law of the Maryland State Bar Association, Inc. and is counsel to the Maryland Mortgage Bankers Association, Inc. Mr. Levin is also known as a speaker and author; among other publications, with Charles T. Albert, he co-authored Maryland Real Estate Leasing Forms–Practice. Based on peer and client reviews, Mr. Levin has been selected as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a respected English research firm.

Richard E. Levine combines his experience in both real estate and tax matters in representing many of the most successful real estate entrepreneurs and investors in Maryland. He is a member of the prestigious, invitation-only American College of Tax Counsel. Based on peer and client reviews, Mr. Levine has been selected as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a respected English research firm.

John P. Machen, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group, practices in the areas of commercial real estate financing and real estate development, including property acquisition, disposition, and leasing. He has represented lenders and developers in a variety of commercial enterprises, including shopping centers, office buildings, condominiums, townhouses, and apartments, with respect to acquisition, construction and permanent financing, syndication, leasing, sale, foreclosures, and negotiated workouts. Based on peer and client reviews, the respected English publisher Chambers and Partners cites him as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers.

Michael E. Meyer is the managing partner of the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office and a partner in the Real Estate practice group. He is regarded as one of the preeminent leasing attorneys in the U.S., regularly representing many of this country’s leading financial institutions, accounting firms, and law firms, as well as major corporations, in major lease transactions throughout the country. The Daily Journal Extra has placed him on its list of the 100 most influential lawyers in California; the Los Angeles Business Journal called him one of the 25 most powerful lawyers in California; and he has been named the Corporate Real Estate Network’s Man of the Year. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers ranked him in the first tier of real estate lawyers in California, and he was the only real estate lawyer named to the list of Southern California’s Top Ten Super Lawyers.

Lee I. Miller is co-chair of Piper Rudnick LLP and a partner in the Real Estate practice group. He is resident in the firm’s Chicago office. For nearly 30 years, Mr. Miller has concentrated his practice in the area of commercial real estate law, representing clients in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions. He also has lectured extensively before bar, trade, and professional associations on a variety of topics. In 2001, Mr. Miller received the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award for leadership in the legal profession and personal dedication to philanthropic and civic endeavors. He is cited as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a respected English research firm, as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network, and in Who’s Who in International Real Estate Law. He is on the advisory board of the Georgetown University Corporate Counsel Institute and is a board member of Gryffindor Capital Partners, LLC. For the past several years, Mr. Miller has been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business in its annual listing of “Who’s Who in Chicago Business.” In 2004, Mr. Miller served as the Chicago dinner chair of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s annual dinner and the chair of the Jewish United Fund’s annual Chicago Lawyer’s dinner.

Portia Owen Morrison is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. She concentrates her practice in all aspects of commercial real estate development and finance, representing developers, investors, and lenders in multi-family, office, retail, hotel and industrial development and redevelopment projects. She has been named one of America’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers USA and is listed in An International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers. Ms. Morrison is also cited as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network. She is president-elect of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Theodore J. Novak is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group and chair of the firm’s Land Use and Development practice. Mr. Novak is one of the country’s most highly regarded land use attorneys. With more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Novak has been instrumental in the acquisition, condemnation, rezoning, and development of all types of property. Both the Global Counsel Corporate Real Estate Handbook and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business rank him among America’s leading lawyers; in 2004, Chambers described him as “the guru of land use.” The Leading Lawyers Network also recognizes him as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. He is the only member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in the Midwest who concentrates on land use, zoning, and condemnation matters.

Harold B. Pomerantz is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group and concentrates his practice in complex commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of real estate assets; commercial financing; development; and commercial leasing transactions. Mr. Pomerantz is cited as one of America’s leading real estate attorneys in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is also recognized in An International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network.

Richard D. Rudman, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group, focuses on real estate development and finance, property acquisition, leasing, land use and environmental regulation, joint venture arrangements, and construction and design agreements. He has represented the developers of several downtown Boston office towers and has extensive experience in build-to-suit developments, hotels, and multi-family apartment projects, including projects with complicated phasing arrangements, environmentally contaminated sites, and public/private development agreements. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Chambers and Partners, a respected English research firm, cites him as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers.
Paul D. Rudnick is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. Mr. Rudnick concentrates his practice in the corporate and real estate areas, including acquisition and disposition of assets, financings, leasing, partnership and organizational matters, and real estate development. The Leading Lawyer Network lists him as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. He is vice chairman of the Pitkin County, Colorado, planning and zoning commission.

Elliot M. Surkin is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group and managing partner of the Boston office. He concentrates his practice on real estate development, finance, and taxation. Mr. Surkin has acted as general counsel to the developers and owners of many of the most significant office, mixed-use, and retail projects in the greater Boston area. He is general counsel to the Fan Pier Project and North Point Project, the two largest multi-use projects being developed in Metropolitan Boston. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American Law Institute. Chambers and Partners, a respected English publisher, cites Mr. Surkin as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers, and he has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2005.

Daniel A. Taylor, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group, focuses his practice on real estate and business law. He serves as senior attorney for businesses in real estate and related industries, overseeing the development or redevelopment of significant suburban and downtown projects including office towers, hotels, housing, telecom, and research and development. Mr. Taylor also practices in such areas as structuring and negotiating of complex real estate developments, financings, and related transactions; procurement; construction; permitting, regulatory, and government relations; and providing counseling on a wide variety of legal and business matters to companies and nonprofit organizations. He has been cited as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2005.

Alan Wayte, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate group, is one of the most respected real estate lawyers in the US and has focused his practice in real estate in Los Angeles for more than 35 years. He principally represents institutional clients, such as insurance companies, pension funds, banks, and REITS, as well as the County of Los Angeles. He also is known for his work on unusual projects, such as acquiring rights of way from railroads for use by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Mr. Wayte was president of ACREL in 1994-1995. He has served as chair of the Real Estate Section of the California State Bar and chair of the Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar, and is a member of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute and a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers and is cited as a Southern California Super Lawyer. In 2004, he was also listed as one of the Top 100 LA County Super Lawyers. Mr. Wayte is also very active in civic affairs. Since 1972, he has served as a member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and he is its secretary.

Caryl B. Welborn is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group, with a national practice involving all types of commercial real estate transactions. She also currently sits on the board of directors of AMB Property Corporation, an industrial REIT with over $6 billion of real estate assets. Ms. Welborn is an author and a frequent lecturer at national real estate conferences and seminars on a wide variety of topics. A long-time member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, she served on its board of governors for many years and as president in 2001. In 2003, Stanford University gave Ms. Welborn the Stanford Associates Outstanding Achievement Award for exceptional volunteer service. She is listed in the International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers.

Pamela L. Westhoff is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. Her broad-based and versatile transactional real estate practice emphasizes acquisitions, dispositions, commercial leasing, and technology issues affecting real estate. She also has extensive experience in all types of real estate lending transactions, including workouts, restructures, and joint ventures. Los Angeles magazine has named her a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2004 and for 2005 and cited her as one of the state’s Top 50 Female Super Lawyers. She has also been placed on Real Estate Southern California’s list of most influential women in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Ms. Westhoff is a member of ACREL.

John W. Whitaker, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group, focuses in the areas of sale, acquisition, and development of real property, including transfers of excess density rights and negotiation of agreements with redevelopment agencies. He also advises clients on eminent domain issues affecting their property. His clients include domestic and foreign developers of major downtown Los Angeles and outlying projects and domestic and foreign investors in major office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, and residential and resort properties. Mr. Whitaker is also extensively involved in civic and charitable work, including his service as 2002 chair of the business advocacy group Central City Association. He was the recipient of the 1993 Humanitarian Award from the Homeless Outreach Program.

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