Pathman Lewis is pleased to announce that Partners Hal Lewis and Richard Schermer have been selected to the 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America.
According to Best Lawyers, inclusion to the list is a distinction held by no more than 5% of the state’s lawyers.
Lewis was chosen by his peers in the practice area of Commercial Litigation and Schermer in the practice area of Real Estate.
Lewis is the head of the firm’s real estate and banking departments. He has practiced in Miami for more than 30 years and is a prior recipient of the Educator of the Year Award for his many seminars to the real estate brokerage community. An experienced real estate corporate and transactional lawyer, his areas of practice include real estate and asset-based lending, loan workouts and debt restructuring, and real estate acquisition and development, including condominiums.
Lewis is past president and currently serves on the board of directors of the Commercial Industrial Association of South Florida. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and previously served as the program chair to Miami-Dade County. Lewis has written and lectured extensively in such varied areas as loan workouts, structuring of commercial loan and CMBS transactions, short sales, lease negotiation, contract enforcement and remedies, loan sales and purchases, and green building and sustainability.
Schermer represents developers, lenders, investors and users of commercial real estate in the acquisition, financing, development, leasing and sale of shopping centers, office buildings, mixed-use projects, resort properties and single occupancy structures.
Schermer has significant experience in sophisticated commercial transactions and particular expertise in the area of CMBS financing, retail development and shopping center law. Having negotiated and drafted numerous purchase and sale agreements, financing documents, leases and reciprocal easement and operating agreements for some of the most prestigious shopping centers in the country, large grocery anchored centers and major single tenant projects, he has a deep knowledge of the acquisition, disposition, development and leasing issues.
He also specializes in preparation of restrictive covenants and operating agreements for commercial developments and analysis of title to real estate. Schermer regularly lectures on commercial real estate topics including shopping center acquisition, development and leasing. He served for several years as a member of the Florida Program Planning Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and has chaired several ICSC programs for the
Miami-Dade Chapter. He was also a member of the editorial board of the ICSC’s monthly publication, Retail Law Strategist.