Ulmer & Berne welcomes Joseph B. Conn, who recently joined the firm as counsel. Mr. Conn adds his significant experience in major retail leasing and real estate development to Ulmer & Berne’s sizable real estate practice. He will be based in Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office.
Mr. Conn represents a national base of clients in a wide variety of commercial real estate matters. He has significant experience representing commercial real estate developers and landlords, as well as national retail tenants, in transactions involving site acquisition, development, and financing; anchor tenant leasing; the development and sale of end-user parcels; the purchase and sale of completed commercial projects; disposition of excess property; sale/lease-back of retail stores; warehouse leasing; corporate headquarters office leasing; and property management. Mr. Conn’s experience also includes matters involving joint ventures; consulting and project management; and management of complex uninsured real estate litigation and dispute resolution.
Mr. Conn previously served as Deputy General Counsel-Real Estate for Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc., a publicly traded specialty grocery store headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. He also spent seven years as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of PetSmart, Inc., where he was responsible for all real estate legal matters affecting the company. Mr. Conn earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Cincinnati.
Scott Kadish, Partner-in-Charge of Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office said of Conn’s addition to the firm’s leasing and real estate groups, “Joe is one of the most well-known, accomplished, and respected leasing attorneys in America. We are thrilled to be able to add Joe to our team.”