Holland & Knight has added a group of five real estate attorneys to th…

Holland & Knight has added a group of five real
estate attorneys to the Chicago office. The group, which was previously
with Piper Rudnick’s Chicago office, includes partners James T. Mayer and
Bruce D. Loring and senior counsel Mark J. Nora, Carole Laude Pechi and
Daniel Acosta.

“The addition of this stellar team reflects the firm’s commitment to
provide our clients with a wide range of resources to assist them in the
increasingly complex real estate industry,” said Steven M. Elrod,
Executive Partner of the firm’s Chicago and Oakbrook Terrace offices. “It
also demonstrates the firm’s business strategy to grow our transactional
and commercial real estate practice, where client demand is strong.”

Holland & Knight’s Real Estate practice is the largest of any law firm in
the country. The firm’s Chicago office, which opened in 2000 with 38
lawyers, has grown to become the firm’s second largest with 160 lawyers.

Led by Mayer and Loring, the team’s real estate experience includes a
broad range of commercial real estate work representing commercial and
residential real estate developers, major institutional lenders, pension
funds, REITs and office, retail and industrial landlords and tenants both
in Chicago and nationally.

“We are very excited about the move,” said Mayer and Loring. “Holland &
Knight has a dynamic real estate practice that better fits the needs of
our clients in terms of competitive rates and service with a clear
commitment to our real estate practice in Chicago and nationwide.”

Mayer concentrates his practice in the acquisition, financing,
development, leasing, operation, management and disposition of real
estate. He earned his M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago and
Emory University in 1984.

Loring focuses his practice in commercial real estate law, with extensive
experience in representing commercial and residential developers, as well
as lenders, borrowers and investors in the structuring and financing of
real estate transactions. He earned his J.D. in 1973 from the University
of Wisconsin.

Nora practices in the areas of real estate development, zoning, licensing
and government law. He earned his J.D. from John Marshall Law School.
Pechi will continue her practice in commercial real estate transactions
with a concentration in development work and representation of landlords
and tenants in office and retail leasing. She received her J.D. from
Chicago-Kent College of Law. Acosta will focus his work in commercial
real estate, including continuing his representation on behalf of real
estate investment trusts. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School.

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