Morris, Manning & Martin LLP, an industry law firm, has added alternative investment veteran Howard Hirsch to its real estate capital markets group.
According to the firm, Hirsch, who has closed billions of dollars of real estate investment trust deals throughout his 20+ year career, will serve as “of counsel.” The designation typically refers to an attorney who is employed by a law firm but not as an associate or partner.
Hirsch spent more than seven years with Griffin Capital Company and its affiliates, most recently as general counsel and previously as chief legal officer and corporate secretary to the board of Griffin Realty Trust Inc., a non-traded real estate investment trust formerly known as Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT.
“Howard is well-known within the REIT and alternative investments industries,” said Lauren Prevost, chair of the real estate capital markets group. “He’s held prominent leadership positions in industry groups and he’s a frequent speaker at industry conferences – and he’s a great guy to boot…”
As an executive team member with Griffin, Hirsch oversaw legal matters related to corporate operations, governance, securities, compliance, employment and intellectual property matters for the firm and its sponsored public and private affiliates.
“Howard was a critical piece to Griffin Capital’s amazing growth over the last seven years,” said Kevin Shields, Griffin Capital chairman and chief executive officer. “While we hate to see him go, we are excited he has the opportunity to return home to Atlanta and be a part of such a well-respected firm in our industry. We look forward to continuing to have Howard represent us in an external capacity.”
Morris, Manning & Martin is an Am Law 200 law firm with national and international reach with real estate, corporate, litigation, technology, healthcare, intellectual property, capital markets, environmental, international trade, and insurance practices.