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Real Estate Attorney

Falls Church, VA
May 04, 2021

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Ann Hsu Kaufman

Phone: 512-***-**** Email: 2591 Holly Manor Drive, Falls Church, VA 22043


Rogers Yogodzinski LLP, Washington, DC (Remote from London, UK and Washington, DC)

Real Estate and Corporate Attorney, September 2016-present

Lead or solo attorney in representation of developers in large commercial projects, including condominiums, public-private partnership projects, and shopping centers. Negotiate joint ventures, service agreements, consulting agreements and other related corporate documents.

Valence Law Group, PC, San Francisco, CA (Remote from London, UK and Washington, DC)

Real Estate Attorney, February 2019-present

Negotiate, revise and review (a) commercial retail leases, (b) corporate office and facility leases, (c) purchase and sale documentation for large commercial acquisitions, (d) commercial contracts such as franchise agreements, distribution agreements, and manufacturing agreements. Advise lenders in financing transactions, including loan origination and 1031 exchanges. Research legal risk in leases for technology companies. Negotiate construction contracts, architect/design agreements and property management agreements related to tenant buildouts.

Amherst Capital Management, New York, NY (Remote from Washington, DC)

Commercial Real Estate Consultant, December 2020-March 2021

Provided commercial real estate legal advice for distressed real estate assets located nationwide, including advice on loan document analysis and governance, loan modification and foreclosure strategies. Temporary position.

Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, Charleston, SC (Remote from Washington, DC)

Real Estate Attorney, March 2013-August 2016

Counseled developers in mixed-use residential and commercial real estate transactions, including drafting a wide range of commercial contracts and operative documents such as covenants, declarations, condominium documents, reciprocal easement agreements and post-closing documents. Resolved title insurance claims, including negotiating settlement agreements. Drafted pleadings and devised strategy in real estate litigation matters.

Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, Charleston, SC

Counsel, September 2011-July 2012

Represented corporations and financial institutions in financing, office/retail leasing and acquisition projects. Led due diligence for corporate restructuring of oil and gas company. Drafted wide range of commercial agreements, including franchise documents, service agreements, and joint venture operating agreements. Represented franchise tenants in restaurant leases.

Nixon Peabody LLP, Washington, DC

Real Estate/Project Finance Associate, October 2007-July 2009

Represented lenders in commercial real estate loan closings; negotiated distressed asset solutions on behalf of banking clients; resolved title issues for technology companies.

Sutherland LLP, Washington, DC

Real Estate Associate, September 2006-October 2007; Summer Associate, May 2005-July 2005

Drafted loan closing documents for securitized loans. Conducted due diligence and analysis for timber acquisitions. Represented institutional investors in joint venture deals.


J.D., Law, The University of Texas School of Law (Texas International Law Journal; Student Bar Association President), 2006

M.A., Political Science, Emory University (Emory Graduate School Fellowship Recipient), 2003

MSc, Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, 2002

B.A., International Studies, Oglethorpe University (Magna cum laude, with Honors in Politics; Harry S. Truman Scholar), 2000

BAR ADMISSIONS: District of Columbia, Virginia and South Carolina.


Led successful pitch to bring in national title insurance company with $1.9 billion in annual revenue as a new client.

Supervised an $87.5 million apartment complex acquisition from letter of intent phase through final closing.

Counseling an international fitness center operator with 294+ locations on U.S. leasing expansion.

Managed team of 3 attorneys and 2 paralegals on 25+ active caseload of real estate loan servicing matters.

Designed and managed standard forms database for loan servicer in distressed asset management portfolio.


Real Estate Acquisition & Leasing

Represented developer in acquisition totaling approximately $80 million around a major league ballpark.

Negotiated a joint venture on behalf of a developer in the $80 million acquisition of a shopping center.

Led due diligence and managed closing documents in acquisition of an approximately $158 million military housing.

Sole attorney in assisting biomedical company with leases of manufacturing facilities totaling over 100,000 square feet.

Negotiated construction agreements for $2 million tenant buildout of office space.

Corporate Transactions

Negotiated representative service agreement for international company specializing in aircraft interior sales.

Represented national developer in negotiating joint venture for a $250 million multi-tranche construction loan.

Led due diligence of 200+ third-party contracts in a corporate division of international oil and gas company.

Real Estate Financing Transactions

Represented governmental entity in the sale of two loan servicing portfolios totaling over $1 billion.

Lead associate in securing $9 million predevelopment loan for nonprofit in construction project.

Counseled a community development entity on mezzanine financing related to a $2.5 million multifamily project.

Represented developers in multiple Fannie Mae loan originations totaling $52 million.

Represented institutional loan servicer in the sale of a $5 million securitized note.

Distressed Real Estate Transactions (Workouts and Foreclosures)

Represented institutional lenders in all aspects of distressed property workouts, including drafting loan modification agreements, forbearance agreements, and filing initial litigation pleadings for foreclosure.

Managed active caseload for a loan servicer in over 25 matters for defaulted loans ranging from $1 million to $27 million.

Other Real Estate Matters

Sole attorney in representation of biomedical engineering company in quieting title to a 100-plus acre manufacturing facility.

Real estate counsel in federal litigation involving Administrative Procedures Act violations against real estate developer.

Real estate counsel in South Carolina state court involving title claim filed by real estate developer for errors in title search.


Conversant speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

Earned an Essential Culinary Certificate (with Distinction) from Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London, UK.

Freelance food writer and photographer.

Managed a law firm softball team to a first-time league championship (2008).

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