Anne E. Pitter is a Partner in the Corporate and Real Estate Practices of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.
As both an amateur photographer and a professional attorney, Anne understands the great value in providing both a micro and a macro perspective of her subjects.
Anne’s experience successfully spans several practice areas, including corporate/business law, real estate law and bankruptcy/creditors rights law. In the corporate/business law area, Anne has extensive experience in all types of secured and unsecured credit arrangements representing both borrowers and institutional and private lenders, and has been active in the hot, new area of buying and selling distressed debt. She also has vast knowledge in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies, employment agreements, covenants not to compete and confidentiality agreements, letters of credit, licensing and distributorship agreements and intellectual property issues, computer hardware and software contracts, and all nature of routine matters for middle market companies.
One of the aspects of the practice of law that Anne has always enjoyed the most is the opportunity to gain an in depth understanding about many different industries. As a result, Anne has extensive knowledge in a variety of businesses including media and communications (such as cable television, print, radio and telecommunications), apparel, private equity and venture capital funds, hotel operations, cigarette and liquor distributors, sporting goods, amusement parks, manufacturing plants, insurance and real estate brokerage companies, and many private or family owned businesses.
In real estate, Anne’s practice covers transactional real estate, including buying, selling and financing of real properties (mortgage and mezzanine loans and structured finance transactions for both lenders and borrowers), hotel management and brand/flag agreements, turn key construction hotel projects and the representation of real estate investors in significant real properties.
In the bankruptcy/creditors rights area, Anne has acted as a trustee and has represented both debtors and secured and unsecured creditors in workouts, restructures, reorganizations, liquidations, and auction and other asset sales. Anne has lectured on a variety of topics relating to asset based lending transactions and the drafting and negotiation of LLC/operating, partnership, investment and joint venture agreements.
An avid sports fan, Anne has been described as a utility infielder with the unique ability, thanks to her broad-based legal experience, to pitch in and provide her clients with a seasoned, practical and calm approach to difficult issues no matter what the circumstances are that require legal counsel.
Anne lectures and gives presentations regarding business entities, joint ventures, limited liability companies and partnerships, agreements, due diligence in lending transactions, third party loan documentation, and UCC and security arrangements and opinions. In addition, she has written articles on the use of special purpose entities and UCC Revised Article 9.
Anne received her B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1973, and her J.D. from Albany Law School in 1978, where she was an Albany Law Review editor. She is a member of the State Bar of New York.
Anne is married to Dean Pitter and is a mother of two and a grandmother of two. Her son, Ken Pitter, is a graduate of Kent School and Colby College, who married his high school prom date, Meg Barringer, a doctor of physical therapy. They have two children, Logan and Addison. Ken is currently pursuing his M.D./Ph.D. at Cornell-Weill. Her daughter, Samantha Pitter, is a graduate of Kent School and Hamilton College with a Masters in Physical Education and Coaching from Boston University. Samantha is the assistant coach for the Harvard Men’s Swim Team, which is consistently ranked as one of the top 25 NCAA Division 1 swim programs. Anne proudly believes that her daughter is one of the very few females (if not the only one) coaching a stand alone men’s swim team in the country. Anne and Dean live in Armonk, New York where Anne retired from being a hockey, soccer and swimming mom to pursue her passion for photography as well as her fanaticism for sports.