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Baker Donelson's Real Estate and Finance Group Grows Again with Addition of Four Professionals

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(Nashville, Tennessee / September 17, 2014) Baker Donelson continues to expand its Real Estate and Finance Group with the addition of attorneys Elizabeth C. Sauer, Evan L. Clark and Casey N. Miley and real estate project manager Kerry L. Henson. Previously with Waller, the four professionals are joining the Firm's Nashville office.

Scott D. Carey, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Nashville office, said, "Elizabeth, Kerry, Evan and Casey bring a focus on the health care field that strengthens the capabilities of our real estate and finance group in an area that is seeing a great deal of activity. We're very excited about these latest additions to our dynamic and growing team."

This is the second significant expansion of Baker Donelson's real estate and finance group in Nashville this year. In January, Matthew T. Harris, Richard L. Pensinger and Anne Marie Kempf all joined the Firm as shareholders along with attorney Lee Taylor and project specialists Sandra Abernathy, Theresa Bradley, Rosemary Calcese, Leslie Escamilla and Kelly Moon, all of whom were also previously with Waller. 

"Joining a firm with such a well-established and diverse real estate and finance practice together with an impressive roster of health care and long-term care industry veterans presented a great opportunity for us at what is clearly an exciting time of change and growth," Ms. Sauer said. "We're very pleased to be reuniting with our former team members who joined Baker Donelson earlier this year and are proud to be part of a firm with the strong regional presence and outstanding national reputation that Baker Donelson enjoys. We were also drawn to Baker Donelson's innovative approach to project management and staffing, and are thrilled to become stewards of the Firm's commitment to excellent client service."  

Ms. Sauer, who joins as shareholder, focuses her practice on assisting owner-operators, developers, managers and investors, primarily within the health care and senior housing/skilled nursing industries, in a wide variety of real estate transactions.  She represents hospital systems, health care REITs, lenders and other public and private companies in the purchase, sale, leaseback, development, management, leasing and financing of raw land and improved assets. A 2004 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Ms. Sauer was recognized in 2008 by Bisnow on Business as a "30 Under 30: Rising Legal Star" in the Washington, D.C. area.

Ms. Henson, joining as a real estate project manager, has more than 25 years of experience coordinating all facets of real estate deals and portfolio operations. She has played an integral role in the acquisition and disposition of well over 100 hospitals throughout the country, and has been a key player in a multitude of medical office building, skilled nursing facility and home health transactions.  Ms. Henson also has an extensive background in the retail industry, including the purchase, sale and leasing of freestanding sites and shopping center outparcels, and worked closely with a large national retailer on high-volume development projects.

Mr. Clark, who will be joining the Firm as an associate, assists hospitals, health systems and health care investors in the purchase and sale of, and commercial leasing transactions relating to, health care facilities and medical office buildings located throughout the United States.  He has significant experience handling high-volume transactions and identifying and resolving regulatory issues, including Stark and Anti-Kickback Law considerations.  Mr. Clark previously clerked for the Honorable Thomas W. Brothers, Sixth Circuit Court, Twentieth Judicial District of Tennessee.

Ms. Miley, who joins as an attorney, assists lenders, buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in a wide variety of real estate transactions, with a particular focus on the health care and long-term care industries.  She has significant experience assisting with health care due diligence. Ms. Miley previously worked as an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General and reporter for the state of Tennessee.  

Baker Donelson's Real Estate and Finance Group consists of more than 80 lawyers offering sophisticated legal counsel in a wide spectrum of real estate transactions, such as developments, single asset and portfolio acquisitions and sales, leasing and financing for a variety of real estate projects, including retail, health care, office, multi-family, industrial, hospitality, mixed-use developments, urban renewal projects and natural resources. Attorneys in the Firm's Real Estate and Finance Group are highly regarded in the legal profession, earning recognition in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Super Lawyers.  Baker Donelson has also been ranked among the top 10 in both the American Health Lawyers Association's "Top Honors" rankings and Modern Healthcare's "Largest Healthcare Law Firms".

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