Bloomberg Law Leading Questions: Herrick’s Belinda Schwartz
Belinda Schwartz was profiled in Bloomberg Law's Leading Law series in February 2021. In this series, Bloomberg Law speaks with lawyers and other legal industry players at the top of their fields to find out what makes them tick, what challenges they face, and how they do what they do.
Belinda, who has chaired Herrick's Real Estate Department since 2014, discussed current legal questions, stories from her career and advice for new attorneys. She spoke about the challenges facing the real estate market in 2021, the lending and leasing markets and the "tale of two cities" narrative she is currently seeing. Belinda says, "On the one end of the market, investors and developers are looking for new deals and are bullish on recovery... The other side is focusing on distressed deals, workouts and restructurings."
Belinda also discussed the importance of diversity at Herrick. She said, "Herrick strives to promote diverse leaders—and we are proud to have women leading our real estate, employment, litigation, family office, and international practice groups. We are focused on recruiting diverse talent at all attorney and staff levels..." She focused on women in CRE adding, "It’s important to develop opportunities for women in commercial real estate, specifically, and while things continue to advance, there are more limited opportunities to flip business and become a rainmaker. Women still need more of the "everyday" type of connections, where the opportunity to generate business is routine and typical."
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