Annual conference brings together retail real estate legal professionals
Ulmer Managing Partner Scott P. Kadish and Counsel Joseph B. Conn will present on October 25 as part of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference in Orlando, Florida. This high-energy, four-day conference offers over 70 sessions designed to provide retail real estate legal professionals the opportunity to gain industry-specific knowledge and insight from leading authorities and network with over 1,500 peers. Associates Alexander S. Conn and Raymond D. Seiler will also attend the conference.
“We are thrilled for Ulmer to once again be a part of the U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference,” said Kadish. “This international event is a wonderful opportunity for members of the retail real estate community to connect and learn from one another, and Joe and I are pleased to share our industry insight with others at such a well-regarded and dynamic event.”
Kadish will serve on a panel entitled, “Prophets and Profits: Shopping Center Development for the Multi-Channel, Mixed-Use Future.” The panel will provide an overview of legal challenges facing the shopping center industry today, and will include a discussion of reciprocal easement agreements, dealing with existing leases, operational matters, parking problems, construction complexities, governmental permitting, access nightmares, permitted uses, and how to engender public support for renovations.
Conn will lead and facilitate a peer-to-peer session entitled, “Any Which Way but Use: Prohibited and Exclusive Use Provisions in the Evolving Landscape of Retail Development.” The session will explore how lawyers can assist their clients in achieving flexibility and adaptability when negotiating use restrictions, while also preserving essential protections. It will also examine attorneys’ roles as advocates and the part they play in balancing legal and business considerations during negotiations.
Kadish and Conn both have extensive experience representing a wide range of clients in the retail industry. Kadish focuses his practice on the representation of landlords and tenants in the development and lease-up of shopping centers on a national basis. He also counsels clients on real estate and business transactions, and general business law. Conn is skilled in representing commercial real estate developers and landlords, as well as national retail tenants. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel-Real Estate for Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc., a specialty grocery store, and as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of PetSmart, Inc.
Ulmer’s Retail & Restaurant Hospitality Industry Group provides targeted, current, and practical advice to a variety of retailers. The firm’s attorneys routinely provide industry-focused services to retail clients, including leasing, development, employment and non-compete counseling, construction, trade secret counseling, intellectual property protection, general corporate counsel, and other transactional and litigation services.