Karla is a partner in Calfee’s Real Estate Group. Her practice focuses on counseling publically and privately-held clients with respect to all aspects of real estate law and commercial finance law. Karla is experienced in representing clients in property development, acquisitions, mergers, leasing and dispositions involving real property holdings. She enjoys getting to know her clients and their businesses in order to provide practical and creative solutions to their real estate and commercial law needs.
Karla counsels clients in all aspects of real estate acquisitions and divestitures, including land assemblage, land use, zoning and permitting compliance and appeals. Karla works extensively on all real estate components of corporate acquisitions, mergers and divestitures. She counsels clients on title, survey and other real estate matters in connection with individual and multi-site acquisitions and sales. Karla is experienced in negotiating and drafting commercial, industrial and retail leases on behalf of both landlords and tenants. She has extensive experience in representing public mining company clients in all aspects of mineral leasing and mineral acquisitions and divestitures. Karla also represents institutional lenders and public and privately-held borrowers in connection with structuring, negotiating and drafting real estate financing agreements and facilitating secured financing transactions.
Karla is actively involved within Calfee and in the greater Cleveland community. She serves as a member of Calfee’s hiring committee and is involved in Calfee’s mentoring program. Karla serves as a board member of Shoes and Clothes For Kids and is on the advisory board of Chicago Title Insurance Company. She is also a member of the Ohio and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations.
Karla is often a featured speaker at various legal seminars. In 2014, she was a featured speaker at the National Business Institute seminar titled “Handling Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish.” She has also spoken at Ohio State Bar Association seminars involving commercial real estate law topics. Karla has been named as one of America’s Leading Lawyers in Chambers USA.
Previously the director of governmental affairs for the Building Industry Association of Cleveland & Suburban Counties, Karla was also an associate with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. Karla joined Calfee in 1998 and became a partner in 2009.