Mara serves as chair of the firm’s Real Estate group and has had responsibility for management and oversight of the practice for 10 years. Her practice focuses on real estate law, real estate development and secured financing transactions. Mara is experienced in representing large public and privately-held companies in real estate law aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
Mara has worked with corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, individuals and other entities as landowners in connection with a broad range of development objectives. She counsels clients through property acquisition and assembly, zoning and entitlements, enabling legislation, financing, development, divestiture and environmental matters impacting real estate transactions. She represents lenders and borrowers in structuring, securing and documenting senior, mezzanine and construction loans. Mara is experienced in commercial, industrial and mineral leasing. She advises middle market and smaller companies in creating entities for purposes of managing and investing in real estate. She has experience with private placements and investment syndications. Mara counsels a diverse range of clients on issues involving environmental diligence and compliance, conservation easements, title insurance matters, leasing, construction and condominium law. She has worked with hospital clients in connection with acquisitions, leasing, structured financings and medical condominiums. Mara is experienced in representing mining industry clients with sophisticated real estate and finance transactions.
Mara is engaged in the community in active, volunteer leadership roles on the boards of directors of local organizations. She is a member of the board of directors of Recovery Resources, serving on its Executive Committee and as Chair of the Recovery Resources Facilities Committee. She was elected to the Case Western Reserve University Law Society of Benchers and was a long-standing member and past president of the Case Western Reserve law alumni board. She is an advisor to two private scholarship foundations. She is a director and officer for the Mayfield Sand Ridge Club. She is sought out for her knowledge by publications and conference hosts, including Inside Business and Lorman. Mara remains active in the American and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations and she is a member of the Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers.
She began her tenure with Calfee in 1990, becoming a partner in 2000. Mara is a member of the firm’s executive committee and is chair of the firm’s hiring committee.