BFKN is pleased to announce the addition of four new associates to the firm. Associate Maxwell F. Maharry rejoins BFKN’s Real Estate Group after previously serving as a summer associate in 2022, while the Litigation Group continues its expansion with the hiring of Zoe Brumfield-Meyers Cross, Kyle J. Davis, and M. Olivia Glass

Max provides counsel in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions. He works closely and enthusiastically with clients to identify, communicate, and resolve legal issues—all with the aim of realizing client goals. Max concentrates his practice on the sale, acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of various types of commercial real estate properties. He represents real estate investment trusts (REITs), corporations, commercial and investment banks, and other real estate investors and developers in various transactions. His practice further encompasses representing landlords and tenants in commercial office, industrial, and retail leasing transactions.

"We welcome Max as an associate to our Real Estate Group after he distinguished himself in our summer associate program by his hard work, exceptional intelligence, and natural curiosity. We are thrilled that BFKN continues to attract the best and brightest candidates from leading law schools, but are all the more pleased to know that in Max we have a new teammate with whom we and our clients will genuinely enjoy working.”  Richard S. Nikchevich, Co-Chair, Real Estate Group

Zoe focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes, including class actions, multidistrict litigations, and other coordinated proceedings. She has represented clients in a diverse range of industries—including motor vehicle manufacturers, financial institutions, and consumer goods companies—in matters related to products liability, false advertising, ERISA, employment disputes, and breach of contract. In addition, Zoe has experience advising clients on best practices for efficient and effective eDiscovery.

Kyle concentrates his practice on a wide range of complex litigation matters. Before joining BFKN, Kyle was a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During law school, Kyle gained valuable litigation experience at the Washington University School of Law Appellate Clinic, where he was part of a team that was responsible for handling all aspects of their client’s appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, including brief drafting, client communication, research, and oral argument. 

Olivia works on a wide range of complex litigation matters, including real estate disputes, shareholder litigation, and motor vehicle franchise disputes. Prior to joining BFKN, Olivia clerked for the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. During law school, Olivia gained valuable litigation experience working as a law clerk with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she prepared and drafted a pre-trial motion to suppress and participated in Trial Practice Groups.

“We are excited to welcome Zoe, Kyle, and Olivia as new members of our Litigation Group. They come to us as top graduates of Stanford, Penn, and Washington University; appellate clerks in the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits; and with a broad range of experience in complex commercial and multidistrict litigation, as well as (in prior lives) teaching. More importantly, their dedication to the causes of criminal justice, education, access to health care, and others will make them immediate contributors to the culture of community giving and responsibility that makes BFKN great.” Maile Hitomi Solís, Co-Chair, Litigation Group

BFKN's Real Estate Group

Our Real Estate Group has been a cornerstone of the firm since its founding. We have earned the reputation as one of the premier real estate practices in the country, and are consistently recognized by Chambers USA and U.S. News Best Law Firms as one of the top real estate law firms. The combined experience of our real estate attorneys encompasses virtually every aspect of real estate transactions, including the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of properties; the investment in, and financing of, real estate; and the restructuring of debt. Our attention to market realities and focus on business issues in formulating legal solutions results in value-added services for our clients. Our clients include public and private REITs, real estate private equity firms, developers, money center banks and other institutional lenders, non-traditional lenders, pension fund advisors and other institutional investors and other domestic and foreign owners of real estate in the United States.

BFKN's Litigation Group

Our firm has assembled a group of highly skilled trial lawyers – seasoned partners and well-trained associates – who represent clients both forcefully and efficiently. Unlike some litigators, who spend years engaging in expensive discovery only to recommend settlement on the eve of trial, we are always ready to try cases when necessary, but strive to achieve business resolutions early and economically when appropriate.

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