August 13, 2012

Polsinelli Shughart is pleased to welcome two prominent new additions to the New York City office. Bernadette Herward Davida and Brooks Clark joined the firm’s growing New York office and will serve clients with complex real estate and financial matters in New York and nationally.

“The addition of Bernadette and Brooks is a major part of our current initiative to significantly expand our New York presence,” said Real Estate and Financial Services Department Chair Dan Flanigan. “Their addition, combined with our recent addition of a highly experienced group of intellectual property litigators, reflects our commitment to growing our New York office strategically in certain areas where we are strongest nationally-financial services, real estate, and intellectual property.”

Clark practices in the areas of real estate and structured finance and property acquisition and development. His real estate finance experience includes the origination and servicing of fixed and floating rate construction, bridge, permanent and mezzanine loans, and the structuring of funding alternatives for tenant improvements. Clark also has extensive experience in sale-leaseback transactions involving long term ground and space leases, and innovative financing structures, having represented private equity funds and the corporate finance group of a large investment bank in the successful completion of more than 100 long-term sale-leaseback transactions involving over 700 office, industrial and retail facilities. Clark joins Polsinelli Shughart from Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP where he was a partner.

Davida will continue her focus on commercial real estate law in the areas of office and retail leasing, development and acquisitions, sales and joint ventures, lending and other finance transactions. She represents domestic and foreign hedge funds, real estate investment trusts, private equity companies, family offices, joint ventures, owners, investment banks, mortgage and mezzanine lenders and loan participant banks as well as corporate clients and developers and construction companies. She joins Polsinelli Shughart from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP where she was a partner in the New York office.

“And you will hear more from us on the growth front in the near future,” said Flanigan who manages the New York office in addition to his duties as Chair of the Firm’s Financial Services and Real Estate Department.

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-223-8780,

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