Lawyers of the Year: Ed Barad

by Tony Flesor

After 43 years practicing real estate law, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck shareholder Ed Barad has just about seen it all.

Barad has worked on nearly every type of real estate transaction and had served as the chair of Brownstein’s real estate department for 24 years as well as serving on the firm’s ethics committee for 10. And he’s also made a name for himself (the “Dean of Real Estate,” as another attorney told Chambers) as a top real estate attorney for his experience and scholarship in the area of law.

Despite the breadth of his prior experience, Barad led a transaction this year that topped his own chart in terms of complexity. Barad closed the deal for a 216,000 square foot building for Miller Global Properties that involved finishing construction on an office condominium development as it was being leased and that had some wrinkle to just about every component of the deal.

Barad is quick to point out the difference between complexity and difficulty, however. While difficulty tends to refer to some deadline hurdle that has to be overcome, this deal was highly complex, with specialized knowledge required in several areas of real estate law and insurance.

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