DENVER — Ellen Berkowitz and Brady R. McShane have joined global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as shareholders in the firm’s award-winning Land Use, Land Development, and Real Estate practices in the Los Angeles and Denver offices, respectively. Berkowitz and McShane previously worked together at Akerman LLP. They will continue to work together to serve their clients at Greenberg Traurig, providing strategic legal advice to clients involved in the development of real property throughout California, including representing them before government agencies in connection with land use approvals and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
“Ellen and Brady’s addition to our real estate team enhances our ability to provide first-in-class full service representation to our local and national clients who are developing assets in California from transaction inception through exit, said Gregory A. Fishman, co-managing shareholder of the firm’s Los Angeles office and co-chair of the Los Angeles Real Estate Practice. “We strive to make Greenberg Traurig a place that attracts top-tier practitioners like Ellen and Brady, and we are honored that they have chosen to join our team.”
“As the real estate market continues to grow in California and beyond, it is important that we maintain best in class legal teams in key markets,” said David G. Palmer, managing shareholder of the Denver Office. “Brady’s and Ellen’s background and client base strengthen our leading real estate teams in Los Angeles, Denver, and nationwide.”
McShane joins as a shareholder in the Land Use and Land Development, Environmental, and Real Estate practices in Greenberg Traurig’s Denver office, located downtown on 17th Street —designed by Gensler. He advises developers, landowners, financial institutions, and builders on political, regulatory, technical, and environmental issues involved in developing projects in California. His practice focuses on securing land use approvals, regulatory permits, and environmental clearance from government agencies, directing public policy and government relations strategies, and counseling clients on land use issues pertaining to the acquisition, disposition, and financing of properties.
His broad range of land use experience includes work on single and multifamily residential communities, hotels, hospitals, regional shopping centers, big box, and specialty retail stores, industrial warehouse and logistics centers, restaurants, performing arts theaters, sports stadiums, and self-storage facilities. He also advises institutional lenders on the land use and entitlement issues associated with distressed assets. McShane regularly appears in public hearings before agencies, boards, commissions, and legislative bodies and helps defend development projects in court against CEQA and other land use-related claims. He is admitted in California. His practice is temporarily authorized in Colorado pending admission under C.R.C.P. 205.6.
Image of Greenberg Traurig’s Denver office, courtesy of Gensler.