February 8, 2018
Orlando, FL – Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is pleased to announce that the firm has promoted Laura Walda, Jim O’Brien and Mark Heimendinger to shareholders of the firm, effectively February 1, 2018.
Walda works primarily in the firm’s commercial real estate practice and she focuses on contract and lease negotiation and drafting, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, negotiation and structuring of credit facilities and review of title insurance matters. She also has experience in commercial litigation focusing on title insurance matters, landlord/tenant disputes and banking litigation. Walda, who served most recently as a senior associate, has received her law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She also holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and her undergraduate degree from Indiana University. Walda works in the firm’s Orlando office.
O’Brien, who works in the firm’s Melbourne office, represents clients in the areas of technology products and services, aviation, health care, real estate development and construction, restaurant services, food distribution, entrepreneurial business, as well as in professional businesses and associations. O’Brien also has significant experience in global and domestic purchasing and supply chain agreements in the technology and aviation sectors. His practice focuses on business and contract issues, negotiation, transactional matters, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Additionally, O’Brien represents entrepreneurial and startup businesses, and he handles entity formation and ownership agreements, commercial exploitation of proprietary concepts and products, domestic and international contracts and business transactions, corporate finance matters, contractual issues, and employment matters including non-competition and restrictive covenants. O’Brien has received his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law and his undergraduate degree from University of Central Florida.
Based in the Orlando office, Heimendinger focuses his legal practice on real estate finance and structured finance. In this role, Heimendinger represents lenders, borrowers, and underwriters on a variety of transactions, including term and revolving credit facilities, public and private securitization transactions (including CMBS), mezzanine financing, equipment financing, currency and interest rate cap and swap transactions, underwriting agreements, intercreditor agreements, joint ventures, and jurisdiction-specific non-recourse structures. Within the real estate space, Heimendinger has covered multiple asset classes, including hotels and leisure facilities, office towers, senior living facilities, and multi-family residential buildings. In addition to U.S. transactions, Heimendinger has completed a number of cross-border transactions, having spent several years as a resident in Japan. During this period, Heimendinger represented clients on acquisition financings, refinancings and workouts throughout the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. Heimendinger has a law degree from the Emory University School of Law, an M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University.
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