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Marla I. Berman

Of Counsel
Area of Focus: Real Estate, CMBS
Marla applies a seasoned approach to her clients' loan agreements, relying on her experience in counseling special servicers of commercial mortgage-backed securities pools since 2003. With over 10 years' prior experience as in-house counsel for banking institutions, Marla understands both the lender's and borrower's objectives when negotiating transactions.

Marla represents special servicers for commercial mortgage-backed securities with respect to loan sales, sale of REO properties, assumptions, workouts, consents to transfers, loan modifications, partial releases, consents to easements, lease reviews and other real estate-related matters.
Q & A
How has your work in special servicing changed over the years?
I've been representing servicers since 2003, so I understand where my focus needs to be. Most recently, I've seen a change in the requirements of the loan pools, including a greater requirement for documentation and an increase in the notice requirements to third parties owning interests in the pools.
How is your practice evolving to benefit your clients?
We are standardizing our documents and procedures, where it makes sense to, in order to be more efficient on behalf of our clients. This approach allows us to keep client costs down. My responsibility is to manage the modifications borrowers are trying to make while providing for the appropriate protections for our lenders in their loan documents.
  • University of Florida, J.D., Levin College of Law, 1982
    Brandeis University, B.A., cum laude, 1980
  • American Bar Association
    Dade County Bar Association
    The Florida Bar
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida