Fennemore Craig Attorneys Lateral to Akerman

by Tony Flesor

Akerman announced today that the firm expanded its real estate practice group with the addition of partners Allison Nelson and Lori Albert and associates William Garehime and Kelly Adams from Fennemore Craig. The team joins Akerman’s Denver office and is focused on the real estate portfolios of national healthcare systems.

“We are thrilled to welcome Allison and her team to the Denver office, where we have diverse practices in the financial services, real estate, healthcare and life sciences sectors,” said Justin Balser, Akerman’s Denver office managing partner. “Their deep experience in complex transactions and compliance investigations will provide immediate value to our clients in Denver and nationwide.” 

Nelson focuses her national practice on the representation of public and private healthcare systems in complex real estate transactions and joint-ventures and in mergers and acquisitions. Nelson also regularly represents commercial developers in refinancing and acquisition of Colorado properties.

Prior to Fennemore Craig, Nelson was the chair of the real estate transactions practice group at Polsinelli where she served as lead real estate counsel in the $1.2 billion acquisition of a five-campus hospital system in Houston.

Albert represents national healthcare organizations as well as Fortune 500 companies, developers, and investors in acquisition, disposition and financing transactions in real estate. In the community, Albert serves on the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Committee.

Associates Garehime and Adams also focus their practice on healthcare real estate transactions. As a group, Nelson, Albert, Garehime and Adams are responsible for closing more than 500 health care leasing, development and acquisition projects annually across the United States. 

Akerman previously brought in a real estate and land use team in Los Angeles led by partner Ellen Berkowitz from Gresham Savage; real estate litigation partner Michael Weiss from Lewis Brisbois in Los Angeles, hospitality litigation partner Joshua Bernstein from Pryor Cashman in New York and real estate transactional partner Thomas Diorio from Nixon Peabody in New York.