SEATTLE (April 19, 2010) – Perkins Coie announced today that it has opened an office in Dallas, Texas. Former Greenberg Traurig shareholder, Steven R. Smith, has joined the firm and will be partner in charge of the office. Smith will focus his practice on real estate workouts and lending. His experience adds depth to the firm's growing national Real Estate Workouts practice.
The new Dallas office allows Perkins to better serve the interests of national clients in Texas. The addition of Smith helps Perkins expand its representation of Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) special servicer clients – many of which have offices in Dallas.
"I am very excited about joining Perkins Coie," Smith noted. "It is an exceptional law firm and will provide a solid platform for expanding the CMBS special servicer practice."
"It is a testament to our growing strength as a national firm that Steve has chosen to join us," said Perkins Managing Partner Bob Giles. "We are committed to expanding our real estate capabilities and Steve will help us pursue that strategic goal. We are delighted to have him join the firm."
Smith's real estate and commercial law practice focuses on real estate workouts and lending. His work with real estate clients includes the representation of CMBS special servicers, as well as the representation of conduit and other lenders involved in the financing of commercial real estate. In such regard, he has experience working with defeasance transactions, assumptions, loan modifications, REMIC tax issues, pooling and servicing agreement compliance and review, real estate workouts, receiverships, foreclosure, bankruptcies, asset dispositions, litigation, and loan sales.
The addition of Smith reflects Perkins' continuing efforts to expand its national presence through strategic acquisitions and lateral hires. Since 2005 the firm has added over 200 lateral attorneys in a variety of practice groups.
"Adding Steve to our firm and opening our Dallas office brings even greater depth to the services we can provide our clients," said Mark Birnbaum, chair of the firm's Real Estate Workouts practice group. "Steve adds considerable expertise and allows us to expand our relationships with our existing CMBS special servicer clients."
Smith joins a Real Estate group of nearly 50 attorneys that provides clients with comprehensive services encompassing the full range of commercial real estate and development issues. In addition to its representation of clients in restructurings and workouts, the team has experience in a wide variety of projects, including resort hotels, golf course and housing developments, mixed use projects, shopping centers, corporate campuses, retirement communities, industrial facilities and public/private developments. The group helps clients with all aspects of the financing, acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of major projects nationally and internationally and helps corporate clients with the lease and sublease of commercial space. Backed by the resources of more than 700 attorneys, the Real Estate group advises clients on the entire range of ancillary issues that arise in real estate transactions, including tax, environmental and bankruptcy matters.
Perkins offers a broad range of services, including litigation, corporate finance, intellectual property, real estate and labor and employment law. The firm operates from 14 offices in the United States and offers international capability through its offices in Beijing and Shanghai.
Perkins has been recognized for its accomplishments in the legal profession, its commitment to diversity and excellent client service. In January, the firm was recognized by Fortune, for the eighth consecutive year, as being one of the "100 Best Places to Work." In addition, for the second consecutive year, the firm was named one of the "2009 Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother magazine and national consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers LLC and also earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's top rating of 100 percent in the 2009 and 2010 Corporate Equality Index. The firm also received the Corporate Partnership Award for Supporting People with Disabilities.
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