SOURCE: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

June 07, 2007 15:07 ET

Cooley Expands Real Estate Practice in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) - Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced today that Manuel "Manny" Fishman has joined the Firm as a partner in its real estate practice group. He joins Cooley from the San Francisco office of Stoel Rives where he was a partner.

Fishman's practice focuses on office and industrial leasing, secured lending, the acquisition and sale of commercial properties and the interface between landline and wireless telecommunications and Internet-based services with commercial real estate. In addition to being listed in The Best Lawyers In America, Fishman has been active with the Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco and with the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California. He is also a regular lecturer on real property issues.

"Manny is a highly skilled attorney with deep real estate expertise. We are delighted that he will be joining the Cooley real estate team," said Tom O'Connor, the New York-based chair of the Firm's real estate group. "His addition demonstrates Cooley's commitment to maintaining a premiere national real estate practice with a strong presence in Northern California."

Cooley's real estate practice is global in scope. Recently, in addition to advising on the lease agreement for one of the largest real estate developments in the Western U.S., Cooley also advised a major investment fund in one of the largest acquisitions of a resort property in Caribbean lodging history.

"I'm extremely pleased to have the opportunity to join Cooley and its growing real estate practice," said Fishman. "We look forward to expanding further Cooley's real estate practice in California and building on the tremendous momentum in the practice in New York and Northern Virginia."

Fishman began his career in 1982 as an associate with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) and was special counsel at O'Melveny & Meyers. Prior to joining Stoel Rives he was a partner at Bartko, Zankel, Tarrant & Miller.

Fishman earned a B.A. from the State University of New York, College at Purchase, in 1975 and earned his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1982, where he was a Comments Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review.

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