Williams & Associates
Quality Real Estate and Business Law Legal Services For Businesses Nationwide
What’s New Fall 2020

Norma Williams was the Moderator and a Panelist on a commercial real estate program at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys entitled “Loan Defaults and Two Not So Tough Acts to Follow,” highlighting strategies for loan workouts and practice under the Uniform Assignment of Rents Act and the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act, September, 2020

What’s New Winter 2020

“2020 Legislative Changes Affecting California Commercial Real Property,” Attorney at Law Magazine (Los Angeles Edition, (Volume 6, No. 1, 2020)

Norma Williams was selected statewide to receive the inaugural Excellence in Practice Award given by the California Lawyer’s Association’s Solo and Small Firms Section; Award Ceremony, June, 2019

Selected Recent Transactions:

Representation of bank in loan modification adding California shopping center owned by new guarantor as additional collateral

Representation of employees credit union in refinance loan secured by Southern California shopping center.

Local counsel in financing transaction for the construction of a Performing Arts Center at a Southern California private high school, using the federal New Markets Tax Credit program

Re-structure of limited partnership interests in partnership owning major transit-oriented multi-family real estate project

Holding company formation and advice on real estate subsidiary structure

Transaction counsel in initial phase of re-structure of limited partnership interests in partnership owning major multi-family real estate project

Recent Publications:

“2019 California Laws Affecting Commercial Real Property,” Attorney at Law Magazine (Los Angeles Edition (Vol. 5, No. 2, 2019)

“Priority Of Liens On California Real Property, Part 2: Subordination Agreements,” Points of Interest Magazine (California Mortgage Association, Spring, 2019)

“Priority Of Liens On California Real Property, Part 1: General Rules of Priority, Deeds of Trust,” Points of Interest Magazine (California Mortgage Association, Fall, 2018)

Testimonials

Testimonial

“Norma has an impressive resume noted not only by a sterling academic background but by the breath and scope of the transactions for which her advice has been sought…These transactions… reflect the significant demand for her counsel by universities, foreign and domestic companies, banks and other law firms. I have been a Corporate Executive/General Counsel for 30 years. It is rare to find a lawyer like Norma who holds such a scholarly understanding of a field of law and the capacity to write and speak to that knowledge while at the same time being able to shift to the practical perspective to effectively serve as a valued counselor to a varied clientele. This is not easy and requires an adept, flexible and energetic mindset and dedication to maintain high standards on both fronts.”

2019 Excellence in Practice Nomination Comments from David Fields, Esq., Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, BISHOP RANCH, A Sunset Development Project


“Norma and her team provided excellent service on the acquisition of leasehold property for my firm. Working to tight deadlines to secure the deal, Norma went above and beyond what I expected, working round the clock to move the transaction forward. As my firm is based in the UK and with a substantial time difference to the US, Norma’s pro-activeness in dealing directly with local officials and third parties on our behalf was invaluable.

“I would definitely recommend Norma for any leasehold work, particularly if you are based outside of the US and need a local expert.”
Michael Astle, Legal Manager, Source BioScience, Nottingham, United Kingdom


“As in house counsel for a major entertainment and media company, I retained Williams & Associates to represent the company in the acquisition of a major Southern California office building asset in 2013. The work was performed with close and accurate attention to detail, in a timely manner and with a commitment to the highest quality work. Norma had an excellent command of California real estate law applicable to the transaction and worked well with all counsel involved in the matter. We closely developed and monitored the legal services budget and work was performed within budget. I would not hesitate to use Norma again in any major real estate transaction and would highly recommend her firm’s services to other institutional and non-institutional clients.”
Peter G., Esq. , New York, NY


“I have had the pleasure of working with Norma on several business contracting issues. She is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and responsive. I would recommend her services and legal advice to any business executive.”
Dr. Monika Moo-Young, President/Lead Consultant, MYI Consulting, Pasadena, CD


“Norma’s firm represented a pension fund client of ours as local counsel in documenting the California tranche of a land acquisition and construction line of credit extended to a borrower. Norma provided guidance about the California real estate finance laws involved in the transaction with particular emphasis on how California laws impacted our decisions where there was collateral in multiple states. We and our client were highly satisfied with Norma’s work and would not hesitate to use her firm again.”
Jay Price, Partner, Burr & Forman LLP
A Law Firm with Offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi & Tennessee


“I first met Norma when I coincidentally read an excellent real estate law article she wrote in the 90’s. Shortly thereafter I ran into her again in a complex loan transaction where she represented the lender; her lawyering in that deal was as sophisticated and accomplished as any I have ever seen in my career. She was (and is) hard working and diligent. In the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and in the Real Property Section of the American Bar Association, I have worked with Norma in connection with several CLE presentations where Norma has participated as a writer and or speaker and or planner and in all cases performed brilliantly.”
Leopold Sher, Partner
Sher, Garner, Cahill, Richter, Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA


The Los Angeles LDC, Inc. (LDC), a Community Development Financial Institution, has known Norma since the mid-1990s. She had done real estate and asset based lending legal work for LDC and she has continued to represent us periodically since. Norma is very knowledgeable, professional and focused. I have also worked with her in various real estate and legal organizations and have found her to be very dedicated and conscientious in those matters as well. I would recommend the services of Norma and her firm to any lending institution that has real estate and asset-based secured transactions work.
Michael Banner, CEO, Los Angeles LDC, Inc.
Former Chair, Urban Land Institute-Los Angeles (ULI-LA) District Council and Former Trustee, Urban Land Institute

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