Joshua Stein is the sole principal of Joshua Stein PLLC, a boutique commercial real estate law firm that he formed in Midtown Manhattan in 2010 after 20+ years as a partner at a leading global law firm. His practice focuses on acquisitions, development, financing, hotels, leasing (particularly ground leases), and loans. He acts regularly as an expert witness and an arbitrator. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the Anglo American Real Property Institute, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Since 1997, he has chaired the Practising Law Institute’s annual two-day seminar on commercial real estate financing. He chaired the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section for the year ending in May 2006. He has written five books and 200+ articles on commercial real estate law and practice, many available at www.joshuastein.com. His name regularly appears in published lists of leading lawyers, such as the Chambers guides. For several years, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers has named him to their annual list of the ten “Most Highly Regarded” individual real estate lawyers in the world, and Super Lawyers magazine has identified him as one of the 10 leading attorneys in the New York Metro Area, across all practice areas. He received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his law degree from Columbia, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a managing editor of Columbia Law Review.
Everett S. Ward, a partner in Quarles & Brady LLP’s, Chicago, Illinois office, has significant experience across a wide range of real estate transactions. He represents corporate, commercial, and not-for-profit clients in the acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and leasing of commercial, industrial, and residential real property, including hotels, industrial properties, mixed-use properties, manufactured housing developments, multi-family developments, office buildings, and shopping centers. Mr. Ward also represents clients in the formation and financing of real estate joint ventures. Mr. Ward is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law and is a past Chair of that Section’s Real Estate Investment Trust Committee. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA). He is a graduate of Princeton University (1983) and Harvard Law School (1986).