Law School: Temple University School of Law
Employment: I am a Real Estate Finance Partner at Riemer & Braunstein LLP specializing in complex commercial real estate financings, syndicated financings involving Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and hedge funds, and construction financings involving multi-family apartments, office buildings and hotels. Riemer & Braunstein LLP is an approximately 100 lawyer firm with offices in Boston, New York and Chicago, with an emphasis on matters concerning financial institutions, individuals and corporations and businesses of all sizes.
What you love most about your job: I love real estate — from a pretty house, to a sparkling office building, to the refurbishing of an aging mall complex, to a complex regional re-development. I never get tired of looking at it. I enjoy visiting projects where we were involved as part of the financing team and seeing the finished product of construction projects. I also appreciate the variety of working with all types of real estate professionals and working with international lenders.
Other professional/charitable activities: Membership & Mentor Committees, New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE); Past Co-Chair, The Boston Bar Association – Real Estate Finance Committee; Real Estate Finance Association; Women’s Bar Association; United Way, Women’s Leadership Initiative; Fellow, The Partnership, Inc.; Past Mentor, The Boston Lawyer’s Group
Why you joined the MBLA: Prior to moving to Boston, as a young associate, I practiced in the Philadelphia area where I had a very enjoyable time volunteering with the Barristers Association. After moving to Boston and three children later, I realized that I did not have the same connection with fellow attorneys of color that I had while working in Philadelphia. Although my time has been very limited, I decided to be deliberate about making sure that I had an opportunity to meet and share with other attorneys of color in this area.
Person you would most like to meet: Maude Ambrose Clarke was my maternal grandmother and from all of the accounts that I have heard, she was a remarkable woman.