ATLANTA (October 5, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Partner Linda Koffman, a member of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice in Los Angeles, CA, has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), an academic college comprised of more than 500 attorneys that specialize in mortgage law and real estate finance transactions across all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Mexico and Canada. Ms. Koffman is one of 25 Regents who represent the wide geographic reach of ACMA. She was formally elected to an initial 3-year term on September 30, 2023 at ACMA’s Annual Meeting. Ms. Koffman was initially selected as a Fellow into ACMA in 2002.
Andrew Palmieri of Saul Ewing LLP said, “As the new President of ACMA, I am thrilled by Linda Koffman’s election to the Board of Regents of the College at last week’s Annual Meeting. Linda is an excellent attorney and a thoughtful leader. Under Linda’s stewardship, our bi-annual publication, the Abstract, has become a substantively robust product that contains must-read articles for our Fellows, and I share it with my firm’s entire Real Estate Group. Congratulations to Linda, and welcome to the Board.”
Ms. Koffman concentrates her practice in structuring, documenting and closing a variety of complex real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and real estate secured financing for all major commercial asset types: office, retail, industrial/warehouse and large multi-family projects. She has represented private opportunity funds, pension funds, pension fund advisors, real estate owners, insurance companies, developers, institutional investors, lenders and asset management companies in transactions throughout the United States. Ms. Koffman also has significant experience with the telecommunications industry having negotiated numerous cell site leasing transactions.
About the American College of Mortgage Attorneys
Formed in 1974, ACMA is the leading organization of counsel in North America who are recognized by their peers as distinguished practitioners in the field of mortgage law and real estate finance based upon the high caliber of their legal skills, knowledge, experience and professionalism. ACMA reports it provides the best environment in North America for private practice and in-house real estate finance lawyers to develop professional excellence, trustworthy international business networks and lasting collegial relationships. Fellows share a commitment to giving back to their profession, improving and reforming laws and procedures affecting real estate secured transactions, and raising the level of professionalism of lawyers practicing in this area.
ACMA is governed by the Board of Regents that is nominated by a committee consisting primarily of ACMA past presidents, who serve as ex-officio members, and then elected by ACMA membership. The Board of Regents meets twice a year, once at the annual meeting, and again during the Spring meeting. The affairs of ACMA are managed by the executive committee, composed of the officers and the immediate past president, that reports to the Board of Regents. For more information, visit www.acmaatty.org.
About Smith Gambrell Russell
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