Attorneys Jeffrey Pitcher and Lorna Banister Join Stinson Leonard Street in Phoenix

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Stinson LLP is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Pitcher and Lorna Banister have joined the firm in our Phoenix office.

Pitcher joins as a partner and counsels clients on distressed real estate properties, real estate development, financing and leasing. His clients include property owners, tenants, developers, institutional lenders and special servicers. Pitcher also advises clients on the financing and sale of commercial properties as well as the drafting of commercial and retail leases, guaranties and related occupancy agreements.

In addition to his practice, Pitcher is a frequent lecturer on various real estate, lending and workout-related topics. He is also a board member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and past chair of the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Mesa.

Banister joins the firm in the of counsel role and assists clients in matters related to commercial real estate, finance and creditors' rights. Her clients include businesses, institutional lenders and special servicers. Banister brings extensive experience in the acquisition and financing of commercial real estate as well as handling all aspects of commercial loan workouts. She is also active with Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women, the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and its Women's Network, and president of the board of the American Liver Foundation, Desert Southwest Division. Banister is a frequent speaker on legal and practical issues that impact her clients.

"We are thrilled to have Jeff and Lorna join Stinson's Real Estate group," said Todd LaSala, national chair of the division. "Jeff has extensive experience helping clients grow their real estate portfolios in Arizona, and he is skilled at finding creative ways for his clients to finance, lease and develop properties. Lorna's experience in commercial real estate will also be an invaluable asset to our clients, our national practice and our local Arizona practice as well. Her knowledge of complex transactions has made her a trusted advisor of important clients across Arizona."

Stinson's Real Estate practice helps guide clients through every type of real estate transaction or dispute, no matter how complex. We serve as trusted counsel on many of the nation's most innovative and prominent real estate projects, and often serves as local counsel, with lenders and borrowers taking advantage of our nationwide experience and contacts.

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