Laura Kaplan named to NEREJ’s 2022 “Women in Commercial Real Estate” Spotlight
Laura Kaplan, partner in the firm’s Real Estate Department, was featured in the New England Real Estate Journal’s (NEREJ) 2022 “Women in Commercial Real Estate” Spotlight, which recognizes the outstanding women from New England’s commercial real estate industry.
Laura’s experience includes advising clients on acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing, and development of office, industrial, retail, and mixed-use properties. Prior to joining Sherin and Lodgen, Laura was a real estate attorney at an AmLaw100 firm in Boston.
Laura’s Q&A responses from NEREJ’s September 30th issue:
What advice would you offer to women getting into the CRE industry?
Find a mentor who has made a career like the one you think you want. I have been fortunate to have mentors who helped me make connections in this relationship-driven industry and coached me through career transitions. CRE is a cyclical business and, early in my career, it was informative to learn how mentors had navigated the ups and downs of the market and associated challenges.
Who is a woman leader you find to be inspiring and why?
Liz Lintz, now the general counsel of WS Development, is a leader who is an extraordinary lawyer and person. She is a strong advocate for her clients, but knows how to get deals done. She actively volunteers for community causes. When we were colleagues many years ago, I watched her extreme goodness as a person radiate outward to create an environment that people want to be in. She’s one of the most exceptional people I have ever come across.
What trends will dominate your industry in the coming months?
We appear to be in a period of recalibration, with some in the industry hitting pause to assess market conditions. There is an increased cost of doing business given higher interest rates, supply chain disruptions and inflation. I think we’ll have a period of volatility in the coming months