Press Release
January 30, 2004

Holland & Knight Broadens Chicago Real Estate Group

Team of five from Piper Deepens Firm's Finance and Development Capabilities

CHICAGO, January 30, 2004Holland & Knight announced today the addition of 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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