THE FIRM The strong real estate group at this large, well-established firm incorporates an active zoning and land use practice. Clients including major domestic corporations, and significant inbound investors are drawn to its breadth and depth of experience, extensive regional reach and well-cultivated relationships at all levels of government. The team notably acted for Swift Transportation on a complex multijurisdictional matter, securing $2 billion credit in facilities linked to a portfolio of 35 properties across 20 US states and in Mexico. It also advised Canadian-based REIT Sunstone on hotel purchases totaling $75 million in Arizona and Texas, and acted for First Solar on the real estate and entitlement aspects of its development of a major solar panel manufacturing and technology campus at Mesa.
Sources say: "It is really embedded in the community and very well respected." "Their ability to open doors is a very important thing for us."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jody Pokorski has particular expertise in real estate financing and acquisition, subdivision and leasing. She is recommended by peers as "a very fine lawyer," and is praised by clients as "a most knowledgeable and professional attorney who is attentive to her client, very efficient with her time and a very good negotiator."
Joyce Wright heads the firm's real estate, commercial finance, environmental and energy practice group, and has comprehensive experience in the field. She is hailed as "a very capable attorney who does a great job in managing relationships, keeping track of issues and staying on top of the workload." In addition to being lead attorney on the First Solar matter, she led the team advising HH Luhrs on its hotel development project in downtown Phoenix, and acted for CoBank, ACB on its liquidation of the assets of Snowflake White Mountain Power.
Craig Williams is widely recognized by peers for his proficiency across the real estate spectrum, and is singled out for his skill in lending transactions and those involving distressed properties.
Nicholas Wood heads the zoning and land use department and is valued by clients for his "personable and optimistic" demeanor, "sound technical knowledge" and excellent strategic advice. He is also highlighted as "a good adviser on navigating the complex waters of government relationships and political process." He represented Rockefeller in its $150 million development in Chandler, and advised the historic Biltmore Resort on its $100 million redevelopment.
Jay Wiley is praised as an "excellent and very skilled practitioner, dedicated to good representation." He acts across a wide range of real estate transactions, representing developers, investors, buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.