James W. Shindell Named Chair Of Real Estate Group

Press Release
November 10, 2005

Miami, Florida, November 10, 2005 Bilzin Sumberg announced today that James W. Shindell, partner, has been named Chair of the firm's Real Estate Group. In this role, Mr. Shindell will direct the Group's strategic planning and manage the 26-member team.

John C. Sumberg, who previously served as both the Chair of the Real Estate Group and Managing Partner will now predominately focus on the vision and management of the firm and maintain his practice. Due to the firm's tremendous growth in 2005; including an increase of over 30% in the number of practicing attorneys, the responsibilities in managing the firm and leading the strategic vision have accelerated. The firm turned to Jim to fill the role of the practice group chair.

"Jim is a brilliant attorney and was a logical choice as the next chair of the practice group," stated Mr. Sumberg. "He is a proven leader in the real estate arena with an extensive track record of experience and success in commercial real estate law. The attorneys in our firm respect him and his work ethic, and everyone is supportive of his new role in the group."

When asked how he envisions the future of the Real Estate Group, Mr. Shindell commented, "Our firm is extremely active in many of the development projects that are part of the recent revitalization of Miami, Miami Beach and South Beach. As the face of South Florida evolves, we will continue to offer a dynamic team of attorneys to meet our clients unique real estate needs."

Mr. Shindell handles all aspects of general commercial real estate and real estate finance transactions. He has represented large investment banking houses in debt and equity financing matters, including highly leveraged and mezzanine loans that have been secured by real estate or interests in the borrower. An active volunteer in the South Florida community, Mr. Shindell is a board member of Habitat for Humanity Restore, Inc. He is a former President and Board Member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, and is still an active volunteer. He has also served on the Vestry of St. Philips Episcopal Church.

About The Real Estate Group

The Real Estate Group provides legal counsel in all facets of commercial real estate transactions for all types of property, including hotels, hotel/condos and mixed use properties, as well as marinas, retail, office, industrial, residential, entertainment facilities and raw land. Our representation spans development and redevelopment of real estate projects, the purchase and sale of commercial real estate assets, financing (including mortgage and mezzanine), leasing, condominium law, and related governmental and regulatory issues. Our attorneys work closely with the Land Use Group and other departments in the firm to provide full service counsel to real estate developers in every step of their projects, from site selection through development, stabilization and the ultimate disposition of the property.

About Bilzin Sumberg 
Bilzin Sumberg is a commercial law firm based in Florida. The Firm’s core practices include Business Finance & Restructuring, Corporate, Environmental, International, Land Development & Government Relations, Litigation, Real Estate, and Tax. For more information, please visit bilzin.com.

John C. Sumberg
Founder, Chairman
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