Greenberg Traurig Austin Grows Again; Adds 3 to Real Estate Team

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Continuing its strategic growth in Texas, the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added three real estate attorneys to its Austin office. Carey Gunn Venditti, a native Austinite and a graduate of The University of Texas, who has nearly 20 years of experience joined as a shareholder, and Emily Jung and Jennifer Cook Purcell joined as associates.

Continuing its strategic growth in Texas, the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added three real estate attorneys to its Austin office. Carey Gunn Venditti, a native Austinite and a graduate of The University of Texas, who has nearly 20 years of experience joined as a shareholder, and Emily Jung and Jennifer Cook Purcell joined as associates. All three lawyers were previously with Winstead. Venditti joins her former colleague, Joshua Bernstein, a real estate shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Austin office.

“We are very excited Carey Venditti has decided to join us at Greenberg Traurig in Austin with her colleagues, Emily Jung and Jennifer Cook Purcell,” said Darrell Windham, co-managing shareholder of the firm’s Austin office. "Carey has deep ties to Austin and to the Central Texas real estate community, and we believe Carey and Josh and their outstanding team are a win-win for our entire firm and for the Austin real estate community.”

“Carey is an excellent real estate lawyer and a terrific addition to our growing real estate practice in Texas,” said Kent Newsome, chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Texas real estate practice. “Our Texas real estate practice, with its particular depth in commercial and retail development, leasing and financing, and healthcare, will be broadened by the addition of Carey’s extensive experience in mixed-use, commercial and master planned community projects.”

“In the past decade, Austin has become a real presence on the global real estate map and a focal point of sophisticated and high-tech businesses everywhere," said Venditti. “Greenberg Traurig is a firm with incredible global resources, but is committed to growing in size and sophistication in Austin and the rest of Texas. I am excited that at Greenberg Traurig we will seamlessly service both local and global clients. I am also thrilled to be joining forces with my former colleague, Josh Bernstein, as we work together with the remarkably vibrant Central Texas real estate industry.”

Venditti focuses her practice on legal matters related to the development, build-out and administration of master planned community, mixed-use, commercial, residential, and condominium projects including various public-private partnerships. In representing developers of and investors in such projects, she assists with various phases of the development, including, acquisition, disposition, master development agreements, ground leases, marketing and sales, leasing, post-closing agreements, restrictive covenants, master governance structuring, community formation documents, easement, license and title issues, compliance with municipal ordinances or other government or agency regulations, planned unit developments, planned development districts and issues arising during the platting process. In addition, Venditti handles other key aspects of long term build-out or administration of multi-phased projects. Venditti received her Liberal Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Emily Jung focuses her practice on real estate transactions related to the structuring and development of commercial, residential, mixed-use and condominium projects, including legal issues related to acquisition, title review, sales and marketing, community formation documents, easements, licenses, purchase agreements, disclosures, governance, and build-out and administration of such projects. Jung is a Central Texas native who received her B.B.A. from the Business Honors Program of The University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Jennifer Cook Purcell focuses her practice on the representation of corporate clients in land use and real estate development, including the formation and governance of condominium/property owners’ associations. Cook Purcell is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, and she received her J.D from the University of Houston Law Center. Cook Purcell is experienced representing clients in numerous transactions involving the acquisition, sale, development, and leasing of commercial and residential developments.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Real Estate Practice
The Greenberg Traurig Real Estate Practice spans 40 years of delivering multidisciplinary legal solutions for property investment, development, and management, as well as real estate finance. The team draws upon the knowledge of more than 200 real estate lawyers, and the resources that the firm’s global organization has to offer. The team provides clients with integrated legal services for all phases of a project and most stages of business. Its client base comprises a broad range of property developers, lenders, investment managers, opportunity funds, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and private owners. The firm advises clients on a variety of matters involving diverse forms of commercial, recreational, and residential real estate.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP – Texas
Greenberg Traurig has more than 100 attorneys in Texas, serving clients from offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from 37 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite and among the most “Tech Savvy.” It was on the 2013-2015 BTI Client Service 30 listings of firms “most recognized by clients for providing excellent client service,” and one of the 2014 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard “Power Elite,” based on the nature and strength of its client relationships. More information at: http://www.gtlaw.com.

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