LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced Sue Zabloudil, a partner with the Real Estate Practice Group, has been appointed office managing partner of the Los Angeles office.
"Los Angeles is a market of growing importance to our firm," said Akerman Chairman and CEO Andrew Smulian. "Sue is an integral member of the office and an outstanding steward of our clients in the region. She is an important addition to our management team."
As office managing partner, Zabloudil will guide Akerman's growth and recruitment efforts in Los Angeles, while further strengthening the firm's relationships with civic and business leaders in the region. She also will play an active role in Akerman's pro bono and philanthropic initiatives, with particular focus in the areas of education and youth development. Zabloudil will continue her national real estate practice, representing clients in a broad range of real estate transactions, including the financing, acquisition, disposition, development, joint venture structuring and ground leasing of all asset classes. She works with global financial institutions, investment banks, private equity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), private developers, and various investment funds. She also advises owners, tenants, and related parties in a broad range of leasing and asset management matters throughout the United States.
"I am pleased to represent Akerman in this new capacity, collaborating with our lawyers across all of our offices to help advance the priorities of our clients on a national and international scale," said Zabloudil. "I have been fortunate throughout my career at Akerman to be a vital part of teams and to lead significant transactions. A collaborative team environment is one in which I have excelled and one I want to maintain and expand as office managing partner."
Akerman's Los Angeles office has a growing practice in litigation and transactions, with strengths in the real estate and financial services sectors. As the Real Estate Practice Group leader in the Los Angeles office, Zabloudil has assisted clients through multiple deals that strategically advance their operations throughout California and across the United States. She most recently led the real estate aspects of a multi-state transaction on behalf of Akerman client Haggen Inc. that involved the acquisition and financing of 146 West Coast grocery stores. Zabloudil has closed numerous other transactions involving multi-faceted properties and financing, including significant ground lease and sale leaseback transactions, a 178-acre business park, multiple automobile dealerships, hotel projects in multiple states, commercial condominium warehouse/offices, waste services sites, multifamily apartment complexes, and national restaurant chains including Johnny Rockets, Uncle Julio's, and Tia's restaurants.
Admitted to the practice of law in California and Florida, Zabloudil is ranked by Chambers USA and was nominated for the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards in 2013 for being among the best in her field. She is also recommended by The Legal 500 for real estate law.
About Akerman LLP
Akerman LLP is a leading transactions and trial law firm known for its core strengths in middle market M&A, within the financial services and real estate industries, and for a diverse Latin America practice. With more than 600 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 20 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The National Law Journal NLJ 350 (2014). Akerman also is ranked among the top 50 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard (2014).
SOURCE Akerman LLP