Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to name Mary Forbes Lovett chair of the firm’s nationally recognized Real Estate Practice. Ms. Lovett, a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office, represents developers, nonprofit organizations, lenders, and investors in a wide variety of urban development projects utilizing federal and state historic, low income, and new market tax credits.
Ulmer & Berne’s Real Estate Practice offers a broad scope of talent and experience in all aspects of real estate law, including leasing, acquisitions, tax credit projects, commercial construction, shopping center development, environmental issues, private and public financing, property taxation and abatements and tax increment financing, zoning, and tax-deferred exchanges. The practice has been among the highest ranked of Ohio-based firms for the past nine years in the Midwest Real Estate News list of Top Real Estate Law Firms, and is also recognized in national publications such as Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”
“Mary’s innovative work in the areas of new market and tax credit financing has made her an invaluable partner to clients and an integral part of the firm’s Real Estate Practice,” said Kip Reader, Ulmer & Berne’s Managing Partner. “Aside from her remarkable legal skill, Mary’s attention to client service is second to none. We are proud to have her lead our Real Estate Practice, and know that in her hands, the practice will continue to thrive and grow.”
Ms. Lovett focuses her practice on real estate and business law and has significant experience handling the acquisition, financing (including new market, low income, and historic tax credit financing), and all development matters related to real property. She specializes in the development and financing of urban properties and was recognized by CREW for her work related to the largest HUD-financed project in Ohio.
Ms. Lovett is a frequent speaker on business and real estate topics including alternative financing techniques, historic tax credits (state and federal), new market tax credits, low income housing tax credits, urban development, negotiating acquisitions and leases, strategies for like-kind exchanges, preservation easements, urban sprawl and eminent domain.
Ms. Lovett has achieved the highest rating, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell®, and has been named to Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, and the Ohio Super Lawyers list. Ms. Lovett earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.