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2023 Annual Meeting - Denver

10/5/2023 - 10/8/2023

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Event Overview

2023 ACREL Annual Meeting

Real Estate with Altitude in the Mile High City

 

October 5-8, 2023

The Four Seasons Denver

1111 14th Street

Denver, CO 80202

 

Registration or Hotel Reservation Questions? Contact Julie Burgess, jaburgess@acrel.org or 301.816.9811

Program or Tour Questions? Contact Caitlin Ruhe, cdruhe@acrel.org or 301.816.9811

 

*Meeting Documents to Read*

Check out ACREL President Ann Cargile's Invitation Letter here.

Click here for the Final Meeting Schedule with room assignments.
Click here for the Spouse/Guest FAQs.
Click here for an overview of tours.
Click here for the Educational Program.

Click here for an Attendee List as of 9-21-2023.

Special thanks to our Annual Program leadership team for making this meeting possible:
Sujata Yalamanchili, David Barksdale, Kenda Tomes, Shelli Willis, Michael Rothpletz, Mark Krysinski, and Dan Orvin.

 

If you are having trouble registering online, you can download a PDF registration form here.

 

Hotel Reservations

The Four Seasons Denver (Main conference hotel)

1111 14th Street

Denver, CO 80202

Telephone: (303) 389-3000

Click here to make online room reservations and follow the instructions below:

  • Click on "Check Rates"
  • Select dates and enter the promo code (case sensitive):231002ABA

Please note: If you are arriving before Tuesday, October 3, or leaving after Tuesday, October 10, you will need to call the reservation department directly to make your reservation. Online reservations aren't available beyond those dates.

Room Rate: $345 per night, single/double occupancy plus taxes and fees

Reservation Deadline: Monday, September 11, 2023

Hotel reservations are on a first-come, first served basis until Monday, September 11, 2023, or until the block has sold out. ACREL cannot guarantee the group rate after Monday, September 11, 2023Room reservations are subject to cancellation if guest is not registered for the ACREL Annual Meeting by September 15, 2023.

 

Hotel Teatro 

1100 14th Street

Denver, CO 80202

Online Reservations: ACREL Group Rate Reservations

Room Rate: $279 per night, single/double occupancy plus taxes and fees

Reservation Deadline: Thursday, September 14, 2023

ACREL has reserved a small number of rooms at Hotel Teatro. Once the block is full or past the Thursday, September 14 deadline, we cannot guarantee the group rate. 

 

Transportation

Click here for information on all types of transportation from the Denver International Airport (DEN).

DEN is 25 miles or 30 minutes from the hotel (depending on traffic).

The Four Seasons Denver does not offer ground transportation, but car service can be arranged through the hotel concierge by calling the hotel at 303.389.3000 or emailing concierge.denver@fourseasons.com.

 

Parking

Valet parking is available at the hotel for $30/day.

 

Registration Fees

 

Early Bird

Through July 17

July 18 - September 10 September 11 and after
Regular Fellow   $1,195 $1,295 $1,395
Academic/Senior/Government/Non-Profit Fellow  $995 $1,095 $1,195
Guest of Regular Fellow  $750 $800 $850
Guest of Academic/Senior/Government/Non-Profit Fellow  $650 $700 $750

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Fees are fully refundable for cancellations received in writing by September 11, 2023. Cancellations made on or after September 12 are non-refundable. All refunds will be processed following the meeting. Telephone cancellations must be confirmed in writing. On-site registrations will be subject to a $100 surcharge. No-shows at the meeting will not receive a refund. Tour registrations are not refundable.

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Schedule
10/04/2023 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Board of Governors and Past President's Dinner
Social Events

By invitation only

10/05/2023 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Programs Committee Meeting
Admin

Lunch is included

10/05/2023 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

New Fellows Council Event (Class of 2021, 2022, 2023)
Social Events

For the Classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023 and their guests - Lunch included

10/05/2023 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Public Policy Session: Whiskey is for Drinkin’; Water Is for Fightin
Plenary Sessions

10/05/2023 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM

ACREL Business Meeting and Lane Award Presentation
Plenary Sessions

10/05/2023 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

New Fellows Gathering (Class of 2023 and Mentors)
Social Events

For the Class of 2023 and guests, and their Mentors

10/05/2023 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Welcome Reception
Social Events

10/06/2023 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

ACREL Group Run
Friday Tours

10/06/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

ACREL Scholars Reception
Admin

10/06/2023 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Union Station Dinner Event
Social Events

10/07/2023 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

ACREL Group Run
Saturday Tours

10/07/2023 12:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Saturday - ACREL Day of Service - Volunteer Project
Saturday Tours

10/07/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturday Reception
Social Events

Speakers

Amaducci, Suzanne M. Anatomy of a Loan Workout – Stayin’ Alive Till ‘25
ACREL Speaker

Suzanne is the Chair of the Bilzin Sumberg’s real estate group.  She advises developers and owners across every stage of their investments, and also works with alternative finance lenders and CMBS special servicers. She is very active in the areas of marina acquisition and development – Ms. Amaducci-Adams and her team have closed over $2 billion in marina transactions. She is also active in hotel acquisition, finance, and mixed-use development, leading the Firm’s hospitality group. Ms. Amaducci-Adams has worked out several billion dollars of loan secured by hospitality and other assets classes. 

Booth, Susan J. The 411 on Data Center Investments: An Introduction to Buying, Operating and Financing Data Centers
Session Leader

Susan J. Booth is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, where she spent more than a decade as the head of the firm’s West Coast Real Estate Group and also served on the firm's Director's Committee. She is a Los Angeles-based real estate attorney with a national practice focused primarily on purchase, sale and capital market transactions involving data centers, hotels, office buildings, multi-family developments, shopping centers, industrial parks, senior-living centers and mixed-use projects. Ms. Booth also has almost two decades of experience representing clients in the acquisition and financing (as both lender and borrower) of data centers. Her clients include domestic and international commercial banks, pension funds, private equity funds, debt funds, REITs and family offices and has closed billions of dollars in transactions over each of the past several years. Ms. Booth’s extensive capital markets experience includes both CMBS and portfolio loans (acquisition, development, construction, revolving, bridge, term, permanent, mezzanine, EB-5 and Sharia compliant), syndication and participation arrangements, joint venture agreements and mortgage loan portfolio sales/acquisitions. 

Cyganowski, Melanie Anatomy of a Loan Workout – Stayin’ Alive Till ‘25
Guest Speaker

Melanie Cyganowski practices in insolvency and bankruptcy litigation, and is also an active mediator, having mediated cases in bankruptcy and federal cases throughout the country. Ms. Cyganowski represents debtors, creditors’ committees and has also been appointed to various fiduciary positions in several large and complex bankruptcy cases. Ms. Cyganowski has developed particular expertise in contract interpretation and enforcement, breach of fiduciary duty, examination of transactions, fraudulent conveyance and the pursuit of claims in bankruptcy. Ms. Cyganowski became a Member of the Firm in 2008, after serving a full 14-year term as a Bankruptcy Judge in the Eastern District of New York, including a term as Chief Judge of the Court from November 29, 2005, through the end of her term.

De Simone, Dominic J. Intercreditor Agreements - Friends Working Together or Foes Fighting it Out
ACREL Speaker

Dominic J. De Simone is the Co-Chair of Ballard Spahr's national Finance Department, and Team Leader of the firm's Private Equity Real Estate, Commercial Loan Servicing, and Distressed Real Estate teams. He focuses his practice on real estate finance, transaction structuring and restructuring, and distressed real estate matters on behalf of lenders, special servicers, investors, and borrowers. Mr. De Simone also has extensive experience representing real estate purchasers and sellers, developers, landlords and tenants, and court-appointed receivers. He is particularly known for his work with balance-sheet and CMBS loan originations, construction loan transactions, intercreditor matters, loan and investment structuring and restructurings, and workout and enforcement matters, all involving such varied project types as retail, office, industrial, multifamily, student housing, hotel, residential and commercial condominiums including broken condominiums, single-family tract development, assisted-living facilities, gaming, and mixed-use developments. He has advised on a wide variety of single- and multi-lender financing structures, including acquisition, construction, revolving, leasehold mortgage, CMBS, and mezzanine loan transactions; subscription facilities; A/B loan splits; loan participations; note financings; New Markets Tax Credit transactions; sale-leaseback transactions; and bond financing transactions.

Ezell, Kenneth P. Jr. Opinion Letter Assumptions and Limitations - Blowing Smoke or Real Benefit?
ACREL Speaker

Pete Ezell's practice is focused on commercial real estate acquisitions, development and finance, tax-exempt bond financing and economic development transactions. In addition, he has devoted a substantial amount of time to the advancement of legal opinion practice in real estate transactions. Mr. Ezell is the past chair of the Committee on Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions; RPTE Section of the ABA and of the Attorney's Opinions Committee of ACREL. He is also the Chair of the Joint Committee on Legal Opinions, Tennessee Bar Association. Additionally, he is a past vice president and board member of the Working Group on Legal Opinions Foundation.

Farach, Manuel Anatomy of a Loan Workout – Stayin’ Alive Till ‘25, The FDIC and Systemic Risk Exception
Session Leader

Manuel Farach is a shareholder in the West Palm Beach office of Mrachek Law where he represents clients with complex real estate, business and appellate issues. Mr. Farach is board-certified by The Florida Bar in real estate law, business litigation and appellate law, and co-chair of the RPTL Section’s Real Property Litigation Committee. He is past chair of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on standard jury instructions for contract cases, the ABA’s Real Property Litigation Group, and the Real Property Section’s Certification Review Seminar, and chair-elect of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. He is a former member of the Bar’s Appellate Certification Examination Committee. He is an elected member of ALI, the Board of Governors of ACREL, and the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors. He serves as Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Law at the Florida State University College of Law and is the author of West’s Florida Real Estate Law and the Case Law Update, a weekly summary of both Florida and federal real estate and business cases.

Fernandez, Manuel A. Intercreditor Agreements - Friends Working Together or Foes Fighting it Out
Session Leader

Manuel A. (“Manny”) Fernandez is a partner in Alvarez & Diaz Silveira LLP’s Real Estate Transactions group. Mr. Fernandez represents institutional and non-institutional investors and developers in a wide array of real estate matters, including real estate acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing matters, distressed real estate transactions, real estate financings, and the formation of real estate joint ventures. He has extensive experience representing both borrowers and lenders in commercial mortgage loan financings, including construction loans and mezzanine loans, and is recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the closing of CMBS mortgage financings.  Mr. Fernandez has been honored as a “Top Latino Lawyer” by Latino Lawyers Magazine for his instrumental role in closing some of the largest real estate transactions in Florida and throughout the U.S, as well as his leadership in the Latino Community.

Ford, Alex The 411 on Data Center Investments: An Introduction to Buying, Operating and Financing Data Centers
Guest Speaker

Alexis B. Ford Kernot is Senior Director, Corporate Counsel at Digital Realty, a publicly traded real estate investment trust that is the largest global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. Ms. Ford has been with Digital Realty for eight years in the San Francisco, CA office, advising asset management, operations and investments teams on all types of data center real estate matters, including leasing, purchase and sale, development and construction, financing, joint venture, land use, energy procurement, condemnation, and environmental matters. She has negotiated complex data center lease and services contract (single racks to multiple MW hyperscale deployments), including multi-site and global agreements. She has managed transactions in data center hotspots, such as Ashburn, Virginia, and in global jurisdictions, such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong. Before joining Digital Realty, Ms. Ford worked as in house counsel for an industrial property company and as a real estate associate in the San Francisco offices of Allen Matkins and Paul Hastings.

Forte, Joseph Philip Real Estate Resiliency: Dive into Water-Related Disasters and Challenges Impacted by Climate, The FDIC and Systemic Risk Exception
Session Leader

Goebel, Teresa K. The Rise of the Unbranded: The Differences Between Branded and Unbranded Hotel Management Agreements
ACREL Speaker

Teresa Goebel is a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, which she joined in 2008. Ms. Goebel represents many of the world's leading hotel companies. She focuses particularly on the acquisition, development, financing, management and sale of hotels, resorts and branded residential properties. She regularly negotiates, structures and documents management agreements and equity and debt investments for hotels, resorts and other mixed use hospitality projects throughout the Americas, in locations ranging from New York City to San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro. Ms. Goebel is co-chair of Goodwin's Pro Bono Committee and a former member of the Partnership Committee. Teresa currently serves on the board of City Hope, a non-profit providing services to residents of the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. She was a clerk for Judge David S. Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Jugl, John Vents, Volts, Vivaria and Venture Capital: Special Issues in Life Science Leasing
Guest Speaker

John Jugl is Vice Chairman and serves as a regional lead for Newmark Knight Frank’s Denver institutional investment sales platform. With over 19 years of experience in the commercial real estate and finance industry, John is an integral part of the firm’s Western Region Capital Market Group and leads a team focused on the disposition, acquisition and equity financing of investment properties on behalf of institutional clients throughout the western United States. Mr. Mr. Jugl lives in Boulder with his wife Robin, daughter Natasha and their Weimaraner. He is a member of Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club and Catamount Ranch and Golf Club and a Board Member for River Deep Foundation and Anglers of Honor which provides rehabilitation outings for veterans and civilians who have experience life-changing circumstances.

Kelly, Cheryl A. Anatomy of a Loan Workout – Stayin’ Alive Till ‘25
ACREL Speaker

Cheryl represents lenders and obligors in complex finance transactions, loan restructurings, and bankruptcy, receivership, foreclosure and other proceedings involving creditor-debtor relations. She additionally represents sellers and buyers in asset transfers (including sales and purchases of loans and real estate) and handles a variety of other commercial law matters. Ms. Kelly is a Fellow of ACMA.

Kroepsch, Adrienne Whiskey Is for Drinkin’; Water Is for Fightin’”
Guest Speaker

Adrianne Kroepsch is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines.  Her research centers around how environmental problems are defined, and solutions are enacted with a primary emphasis on water politics in the American West.   She currently has active projects on groundwater pumping, surface water management, and atmospheric intervention (i.e., cloud seeding).   She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Geography, both from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  Her research has been published in Geoforum, Water Alternatives, Energy Policy, Energy Research & Social Science, Environmental Science & Technology, Society & Natural Resources, The Extractive Industries & Society, Environmental Communication, and Case Studies in the Environment. Prior to joining the faculty at the School of Mines, she worked as a journalist covering science and technology policy.

Marre, Daniel G.M. The Rise of the Unbranded: The Differences Between Branded and Unbranded Hotel Management Agreements
Session Leader

Daniel Marre's practice focuses on real estate transactions and development, with an emphasis on the hotel industry.  He has significant experience with transactions affecting commercial property, including acquisitions, dispositions, construction, development, financing and leasing.  Within the hotel industry, Mr. Marre has been involved in a number of high-profile hotel transactions, including the acquisition and financing of the Essex House Hotel on Central Park South in New York City, the acquisition of a joint-venture interest in The Hotel del Coronado and refinancing of the hotel, and the acquisition and financing of The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach, an art deco icon.  His hotel clients range from small boutiques to some of the world’s largest hotel companies.  Mr. Marre guides them through the complexities of hotel projects and the distinct legal challenges of owning and operating a hotel. With client relationships spanning more than a decade, including long-term counsel to such companies as Integrated Capital, Geller Capital Partners, and Spertus Institute, he uses his understanding of clients’ competitive and market pressures to serve in a valued advisory role when needed.   In addition to being an avid musician, Mr. Marre is active within the Chicago arts community and is a longtime regular at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.  He is also a member of the board for Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA), an organization that provides free legal service to financially eligible clients in the arts.

McGaughey, Marisa The 411 on Data Center Investments: An Introduction to Buying, Operating and Financing Data Centers
Guest Speaker

Marisa McGaughey is Vice President and Senior Associate Counsel at Capital One Bank.  She leads the legal team for all commercial lending for Capital One’s Commercial Bank.  She manages a team of 16 commercial bank legal associates that provide direct legal support to 10+ lines of business.  Ms. McGaughey is also a member of both the commercial bank legal leadership team and the Commercial Bank business leadership teams.  She helps drive the Commercial Bank Legal objectives through thought leadership and people management.  Among other things, she provides legal guidance on product strategy, lending objectives, LIBOR transition planning, bank regulatory concerns, ESG initiatives, fair access considerations, deal structuring, real estate matters, and general business concerns.  Ms. McGaughey also provides ongoing direct support for the commercial real estate platform which includes negotiation guidance, business team support (including originations, underwriting, credit and asset management), consistent interaction with external counsel, guidance on platform level directives.  She has extensive experience handling the legal work on large portfolios of CMBS loans, portfolio commercial real estate loans and a wide variety of other lending products. 

Miles, Judith C. The Rise of the Unbranded: The Differences Between Branded and Unbranded Hotel Management Agreements
ACREL Speaker

Judy Miles is Executive Vice President, General Counsel of KHP Capital Partners, L.P., a real estate private equity firm focused on investments in lifestyle and independent hotels.  Ms. Miles is responsible for the overall legal function of KHP Capital Partners and its investment funds, including investments, financings, dispositions, operational matters, risk management, intellectual property, and corporate administration. She joined KHP Capital Partners in January 2015, following six years as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for Kimpton Hotels.  Before her time at Kimpton, Ms. Miles spent 24 years in private practice as a commercial real estate/hospitality lawyer, advising hotel owners, operators, and lenders in a wide range of matters, including the development, management, acquisition, financing, and sale of hotels, resorts, fractional ownership properties, and branded residential properties.  She also has substantial experience in the structuring and negotiation of creative debt and equity financing transactions, and the workout and restructuring of problematic investments.  Ms. Miles also serves on the Board of Governors for ACREL.

Painter, J. Marcus Vents, Volts, Vivaria and Venture Capital: Special Issues in Life Science Leasing
Session Leader

Marc Painter is a real estate partner in the Denver and Boulder offices of Holland & Hart, and the past chair of the firm’s real estate group. His practice focuses on real estate planning, entitlements and development, as well as acquisition, finance and leasing, with an emphasis on development of research and technology campuses. He is a Fellow of ACMA, former chair of the Board of Colorado Bar Association CLE and a past chair of the CBA Real Estate Section Council. He has been a speaker and an author on a variety of real estate topics, including articles for ACREL, ACMA, the National Consumer Bankers’ Association, with articles in the Colorado Real Estate Journal, the Colorado Lawyer, the ACREL Papers and the ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal, among others. He is a regular faculty speaker at the annual Colorado Real Estate Symposium and other continuing education and industry programs, where he has lectured on a wide range of topics including: climate change, the Corporate Transparency Act, the Economic Loss Rule in real estate transactions, planning and development, marijuana and banking, the Clean Air Act’s impact on real estate development, sustainability issues in mixed use development, HUD financing and multifamily development, real estate issues for nonprofit entities and liquor licensing issues in retail leasing.

Painter, Thomas Real Estate Resiliency: Dive into Water-Related Disasters and Challenges Impacted by Climate
Guest Speaker

Thomas H. Painter, PhD is the Founder/CEO of the NASA technology transfer and public benefit corporation Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc. and a Project Scientist at the Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His areas of interest are snow hydrology, water resources applications from mountain snow and ice, radiative impacts of light-absorbing impurities on snow and glacier melt, and multi-sensor remote sensing of snow properties.  He was the Principal Investigator of the NASA/JPL Airborne Snow Observatory, an integrated imaging spectrometer and LiDAR system to give the first-ever comprehensive, near real-time maps of snow water equivalent and snow reflectivity in mountain basins.  He is also a Co-Investigator on the NASA Earth Venture Instrument EMIT, an imaging spectrometer flying on the International Space Station to explore the mineralogy of and radiative forcing by desert dust. Dr. Painter’s efforts resulted in the development of the NASA Western Water Applications Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the establishment of the Surface Biology and Geology spaceborne imaging spectrometer measurement concept in the 2017 National Academies Earth Science Decadal Survey. Dr. Painter is past president of the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union.  In 2018, he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal and the Bureau of Reclamation’s John W. Keys III Award.  In 2019, he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Peterson, Scott The 411 on Data Center Investments: An Introduction to Buying, Operating and Financing Data Centers
Guest Speaker

Scott Peterson is the Founder and CEO of Global Compute Infrastructure, a joint venture with Goldman Sachs’ Asset Management.  Global Compute is focused on investments in global data infrastructure and led by a team of international industry veterans with an unmatched investment track record.  Global Compute acquires, develops and operates data infrastructure assets across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America and most recently acquired Atman, the leading data center provider in Poland. Mr. Peterson co-founded Digital Realty Trust in 2004. As Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Peterson was primarily responsible for all M&A activities and evaluating capital allocation decisions. As chair of the Investment Committee, he was responsible for overseeing all major development and leasing decisions and spent significant time managing international operations and asset management for the company. Under his leadership, Digital Realty became the largest global data center company in the world, growing to the eighth largest publicly traded REIT, with an enterprise value in excess of $35 billion, and was added to the S&P 500 in 2016.

Riddleberger, Eric Real Estate Resiliency: Dive into Water-Related Disasters and Challenges Impacted by Climate
Guest Speaker

Eric is the Director of Property, Risk Control for IMA Financial. Prior to joining IMA, Mr. Riddleberger spent 18 years working for FM Global in their Risk Engineering department.  Within those 18 years, he was able to gain valuable experience in commercial insurance evaluating property risk from an engineering perspective. Industries that he has extensive experience with include: manufacturing (plastic, ceramics, woodworking, heavy manufacturing (molten materials, glass plants, steel mills, foundries, etc.), pharmaceutical industries, warehousing (public and private), data centers, soft occupancies (luxury high rise offices / buildings, universities, R&D, apartments, etc.), and many other industries.

 

As a property specialist he further developed his skills by becoming a windstorm specialist, flood specialist for natural hazard perils as well as a molten materials specialist for high hazard occupancies. He was looked at as a leader within his operations by mentoring several incoming engineers as well as experienced engineers in the high hazard classifications. He has evaluated over 10,000 locations throughout his tenure within Risk Engineering at FM Global and Director of Property at IMA.

Rubock, Daniel B Intercreditor Agreements - Friends Working Together or Foes Fighting it Out
ACREL Speaker

Daniel Rubock is Senior Vice President with the commercial real estate finance group at Moody’s Investors Service, helping Moody’s develop its policy for structural and legal issues in CMBS.  Prior to joining Moody’s in 1999, Mr. Rubock practiced law with Cadwallader Wickersham & Taft, Dechert Price & Rhoads and White & Case, concentrating on commercial real estate law and real estate litigation.  He is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School. He is also a Certified Mortgage Banker.

Saunders, Dawn Vents, Volts, Vivaria and Venture Capital: Special Issues in Life Science Leasing
Guest Speaker

Dawn Saunders joined BioMed Realty in 2022 and currently serves as Vice President, Legal. BioMed Realty is a leading provider of real estate solutions to the life science and technology industries. Within BioMed Realty, Ms. Saunders plays a leading role in the Company’s legal strategy across its entire portfolio, which encompasses over 16.4 million square feet of operating properties and 3.4 million square feet of properties under development. Her transactional focus is on the company’s western region, which includes San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Boulder. She has dedicated her career to legal issues facing the commercial real estate industry, with a particular emphasis in the life science sector. Prior to joining BioMed Realty, Dawn was a Partner at Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP, a boutique real estate firm founded by veterans of Big Law. Ms. Saunders is also active in industry organizations, including NAIOP.

Shaffer, Brent C. Opinion Letter Assumptions and Limitations - Blowing Smoke or Real Benefit?
ACREL Speaker

Brent C. Shaffer is a partner in the Delaware firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP. His practice is concentrated in the area of commercial transactional real estate, including representing lenders and borrowers in commercial real estate loan originations, workouts and restructurings; nonprofits and lenders in affordable housing transactions; commercial real estate buyers and sellers; and landlords and tenants in commercial leases. He has served clients in Maryland since 1987 and in Delaware since 1995 and is an active member of both the Delaware and Maryland bars. Mr. Shaffer is a Fellow of ACMA and is currently the vice chair of the ACREL Publications Committee. He edited The Sublease and Assignment Deskbook, the second edition of which was published in 2013, and has also written articles published in Probate & Property, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, and Delaware Banker.

Spencer, GinaMarie K. Vents, Volts, Vivaria and Venture Capital: Special Issues in Life Science Leasing
ACREL Speaker

GinaMarie K. Spencer is a partner at the firm of Mendelsohn Oseran & Spencer, PLC in Tucson, Arizona. She is an active member of the State Bars of Arizona and Michigan, and a certified real estate specialist by the Arizona Bar. Ms. Spencer practices in all aspects of real estate transactions for private developers in the areas of residential, retail, medical, office and industrial; and for tenants in the areas of life science and restaurants. She is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney, a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLI, and a member of the Board of Directors of Intermountain Centers for Human Development.

Wagner, Sara T. The FDIC and Systemic Risk Exception
ACREL Speaker

Sara T. Wagner is chair of the real estate group of Richards, Layton & Finger, Delaware's largest law firm. She focuses her practice on complex transactions involving the finance, acquisition, sale, lease, and development of commercial real estate properties, with a particular emphasis on closing sophisticated commercial real estate loans. Ms. Wagner represents major real estate developers, financial institutions, significant holders of commercial real estate, and institutional clients, advising them on a wide array of commercial real estate matters. She is a contributing author of several published articles and a frequent speaker on Delaware real estate law. She is a fellow of ACMA and the American Bar Foundation.

Willis, Sterling Scott Opinion Letter Assumptions and Limitations - Blowing Smoke or Real Benefit?
Session Leader

Sterling Scott Willis is a partner in the Louisiana firm of Fishman Haygood, L.L.P.  He practices primarily in the areas of commercial transactions, negotiated acquisitions, banking and commercial real estate acquisitions, development, and financing. Mr. Willis is previously served on ACREL’s Board of Governors, is a member of ACMA, and a past chair of the Louisiana Banker’s Association’s Bank Counsel Committee.  He is the current co-chair of the ACMA Opinions Committee, past chair of the ABA’s RPTE Committee on Legal Opinions, past Chair of the ACREL Attorney’s Opinions Committee, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Working Group on Legal Opinions Foundation. Mr. Willis is a past co-chair of the ABA RPTE Section standing CLE Committee and served as a Supervisory Council Member to the Section.  He is also past chair of the New Orleans Bureau of Governmental Research.

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Amy Hersh

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Andrea Derwin (Guest)

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Ann Fisher

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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Jessen

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Ayan Rubin

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Barbara Lanier (Guest)

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Beth Ann Robinson

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Brad Collar (Guest)

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Carol Burt

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Carrie Ehrhard

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Cheryl Gutmacher

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Cindy Appelbaum

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Cynthia Dyer

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Daniel Baker

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Debie Koneck

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Doug Westhoff

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Elaine Schwartz (Guest)

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Elaine Nekritz

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Francie Jones (Guest)

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Frank Kelly

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Gayle Grimes Sklar (Guest)

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Gina Weintraub

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Indy Carey

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James Gulotta

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Jane Grant

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Janice Newman

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Jason Ruhe (Guest)

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Jayne McNearney

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Jenger Waters

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Jenna Guggenheim

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Jennifer McCool

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Jennifer Painter (Guest)

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Jim White (Guest)

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John Meister

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Joy Yeager

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Judy Dunn

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Julie Jobeun

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Karen McKinney

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Kate Anderson

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Katherine Rines

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Ken Chin (Guest)

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Kent Roberts (Guest)

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Kerry Arquette

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Kim Linquanti

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Laurette Taylor

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Lee Rosenberg

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Lee Ellen ("Ellie") Hagner

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Linda Schear (Guest)

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Linda Burg

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Mandy Lanham

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Marcia Pickett
Venable LLP

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Mark McClain

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Mary Tilghman (Guest)

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Meredith Shepherd (Guest)

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Michael Sellers

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Missy Hines (Guest)

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Nancy Winkler

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Neal Stubblefield

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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Barry Hawkins
Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

Celeste Hammond
University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

Colleen Medill
University of Nebraska College of Law

Daniel Klein
Richards Layton & Finger, P.A. (Retired)

Dwight Merriam
Law Offices of Dwight Merriam

James Smith
University of Georgia School of Law

Laurence Preble
Holland & Hart, LLP

Lisa Lim
NYC Public Housing Preservation Trust

Norman Gutmacher
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Richard Newman
Arent Fox LLP

Richard Linquanti
The Howard Group

Robert Freyermuth
University of Missouri School of Law

Shelley Saxer
Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law

Stephen Dyer
Horan Lloyd, A Professional Corporation

William Dunn
Clark Hill PLC

Abe Schear
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Adam Silverman
Cozen O'Connor

Adam Bailey
Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

Adam Weissburg
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

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Lowndes

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Hanson Bridgett LLP

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Perkins Coie, LLP

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Goulston & Storrs, PC

Amy McClain
Ballard Spahr LLP

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Bricker Graydon LLP

Andrea Geraghty
Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

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Ballard Spahr LLP

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP

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Ballard Spahr LLP

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Verrill

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Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

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Randall Danskin, P.S.

Arthur Anderson
Winstead PC

Barry Nekritz
Lawrence Kamin Law

Barry Hines
Frost Brown Todd LLP

Benjamin Lund
Brann & Isaacson

Benjamin Randall
Randall & Kenig LLP

Bradford Lavender
Haynes and Boone, LLP

Bradley Siegal
Maynard Nexsen, PC

Bradley Carson
Kruger Carson PLLC

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

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Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

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Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

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Schlosser Development Corporation

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Ballard Spahr LLP

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Ice Miller LLP

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Fox Rothschild LLP

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Lane Powell PC

C. Kim Shierk
Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.

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ACREL

Catherine Goldberg
Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A.

Charles McCreary
Bricker Graydon LLP

Cheryl Kelly
Thompson Coburn LLP

Christina Sprecher
Frost Brown Todd LLP

Christopher Hawks
Hawks & Associates, LC

Claire Hervey Collins
Hanson Bridgett LLP

Clay Lanham
Jones Walker LLP

Consuella Taylor
Baker Botts L.L.P.

Daniel Rubock
Moody's Investors Service, Inc.

Daniel Rosenberg
Much Shelist, P.C.

Daniel Guggenheim
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.

Daniel Marre
Perkins Coie LLP

Darryl Moss
Weissman PC

David Jones
Woodfield Development Company, LLC

David Schwager

David Waters
Spencer Fane LLP

David Camp
Senn Visciano Canges P.C.

David Weiner
Liskow & Lewis

David Rubin
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP

Debora Ramirez
Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A.

Diana Liu
EQT Exeter

Dominic De Simone
Ballard Spahr LLP

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Winston & Strawn LLP

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Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

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Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC

Eric Rapkin
Akerman LLP

Eugene J. M. Leone
White & Case LLP

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Jackson Tidus, A Law Corporation

Frank Burt
Boston Properties, Inc.

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Saul Ewing LLP

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Independence Title

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Kean Miller LLP

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Burr & Forman LLP

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Foster Garvey PC

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Clark Wardle LLP

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Carlton Fields, P.A.

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Mendelsohn Oseran & Spencer, PLC

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D. R. Horton, Inc.

Gregory P.L. Pierce
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Smith Pauley

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

J. Cliff McKinney
Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

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Holland & Hart LLP

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Venable LLP

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Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, P.S.

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

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Holland & Hart LLP

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP

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The Carlyle Group

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Dickinson Wright PLLC

James Slaton
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

James Russick
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company

James Kerouac
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A.

James Schwarz
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

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Stewart Title Guaranty Company

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Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

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Jae Law Group, PLLC

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JMY Law Group LLLC

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ArentFox Schiff LLP

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Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

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Carlton Fields, P.A.

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Hyatt & Stubblefield, PC

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Joan U. Allgood Co., L.P.A.

Jodi Goodheart
Greenberg Traurig LLP

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Winstead PC

John Hagner
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

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Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

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Polsinelli PC

John Mallinson
Corebridge Financial

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Dudnick Detwiler Rivin & Stikker LLP

Jonathan Thalheimer
McGuire Craddock & Strother, P.C.

Joseph McCarthy
Stoel Rives LLP

Joseph Finkelstein
Interstate Outdoor Advertising, L.P.

Joseph Powell
Fidelity National Title Group - National Commercial Services Southeast

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Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP

Joseph Philip Forte
McCarter & English, LLP

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KHP Capital Partners, L.P.

Julie Burgess
ACREL

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Justin Earley
First American Title Insurance Company

Karen O'Malley
Goulston & Storrs

Kathleen Law
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Kathryn Murphy
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Kenda Tomes
Stinson LLP

Kenneth Jacobson
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Kenneth Ezell
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Kevin Margolis
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

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Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP

Larry Jobeun
Fullenkamp Jobeun Johnson & Beller, LLP

Lawrence Shulman
Shulman Rogers

Lee Chilcote
Chilcote Dohnal & Tizzano LLP

Lee Weintraub
Becker & Poliakoff, PA

Leonard Prescott
First American Title Insurance Company

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Jackson Walker LLP

Loretta Kelly
Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.

Malcolm Montgomery
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Mandy Shavinsky
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Manuel Farach
Mrachek, Fitzgerald, et al.

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Alvarez & Diaz-Silveira LLP

Marc Bergoffen
Shulman Rogers, P.A.

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Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP

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Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk, P.A.

Margaret Rolando
Shutts & Bowen

Marie Moore
Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.

Marjorie Zessar
Brookfield Properties

Mark Krysinski
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Mark Styles
Hurley Law Firm

Mark Sadd
Lewis Gianola PLLC

Mark Sharpe
Burr & Forman LLP

Mark Grant
Greenspoon Marder

Mark Albert Senn
Senn Visciano Canges P.C.

Martin Schwartz
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP

Matthew Schiller
Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP

Matthew Bliwise
Chicago Title Insurance Company

Melinda Sellers
Burr & Forman LLP

Melissa Collar
Rockford Construction Co.

Michael Goodwin
Arnold & Porter

Michael Rubin
McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC

Michael Matejka
Woods Aitken LLP

Michael Owendoff
SITE Centers

Michael Rothpletz
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Michael Vincenti
Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, LLP

Michael Buckley
Fennemore

Michael Burg
Saul Ewing

Michael Hamilton
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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Senn Visciano Canges P.C.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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Ballard Spahr LLP (retired)

Nancy Little
McGuireWoods LLP

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Rosen Neuberger Lehmann LLP

Nancy Lundeen
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Nancy Landmark
Chicago Title Insurance Company

Neil Oberfeld
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Neil Johnston
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, LLC

Nicholas Scavone
Bodman PLC

Orlando Lucero
FNF Family of Companies

Pamela Westhoff
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Patricia Voth Blankenship
Foulston Siefkin LLP

Paul Kitziger
Liskow & Lewis, APLC

Peter Aitelli
Shartsis Friese LLP

Peter Berrie
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

R. James Robbins
Hill Ward Henderson

Raymond Truitt
Ballard Spahr LLP

Rebecca Fischer
Sherman & Howard

Richard Eckhard
Holland & Knight, LLP

Robert Fernandez
Latham & Watkins LLP

Robert Lane
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Robert Maddox
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Rod Clement
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Roger Winston
Ballard Spahr LLP

Ronald Reynolds
Hilger Hammond

Sally Hasenfratz
Phillips Murrah P.C.

Sandra Jacobson
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Sara Wagner
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

Sara Wilson
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LP

Scott Lesser
Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, P.L.C.

Sheila Nolan Gartland
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Shelli Willis
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP

Stephen Romine
Williams Mullen

Stephen Senie
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Sterling Willis
Fishman Haygood L.L.P.

Steven Mezer
Becker & Poliakoff, PA

Steven Waters
N/A

Steven Cohen
Verizon Communications Inc.

Steven Davidson
Dentons US LLP

Steven Winkler
WFG National Title Insurance Company

Steven Serio
Fishman Haygood LLP

Stevens Carey
Holland & Knight LLP

Sujata Yalamanchili
Hodgson Russ LLP

Susan Talley
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

Susan Booth
Holland & Knight, LLP

Suzanne Amaducci
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP

T. Gregory Ehrhard
Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Teresa Goebel
Goodwin Procter LLP

Thomas Whelan
McGuire Craddock & Strother, P.C.

Thomas Coyne
Thompson Hine LLP

Thomas Huston
Perry Reid Properties

Thomas Kaufman
Montfort Fiduciary Advisors LLC

Timothy Grooms
Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

Tina Makoulian
Ballard Spahr LLP

Todd Jones
First American Title Insurance Company

Tonya Powell
Maynard Nexsen, PC

Trev Peterson
Knudsen Law Firm

Vytas Petrulis
Jackson Walker LLP

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Brooks Stillwell, LLC

William Sklar
Carlton Fields, P.A.

William Rothschild
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

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Carlton Fields

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