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6th Annual Women in Leasing Law Symposium

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December 7, 2020 @ 11:45 am December 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Commercial Leasing in the Time of Covid

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Co-sponsored by the CLA Real Property Law Section Commercial Leasing Practice Area Subcommittee

Buy all three MCLE sessions for Tuesday thru Thursday, and save!

Note: Free for law students! Email for the code.

Monday, December 7

Session 1: Roundtable – Commercial Leasing Brokers Discuss Current Market Conditions for Retail, Office and Industrial Sectors

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Free! No MCLE


Moderator: Lisa Gooden, Senior Vice President & Consultant, Landmark Equity Properties LP


  • Carrie Bobb – CEO, Carrie Bobb & Co.
  • Jennifer Frisk – Senior Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank
  • Gina Guarino – Director of Real Estate at Held Properties, Inc.
  • Paulette Toumazos – Principal, Lee & Associates

Tuesday, December 8

Session 2: It’s a Tenant’s Market: Tenant-Friendly Commercial Lease Provisions in the COVID-19 Leasing Market

12 noon – 1 p.m. | 1 Hour MCLE


The post-Covid era will be characterized by high vacancy, a rise in bankruptcies and falling rents resulting in a more tenant-friendly market than we have seen in many years. This webinar will discuss tenant-friendly lease provisions (taking into account evolving case law and legislation) which tenants should consider incorporating into their commercial lease transactions. Speakers: Krista Kim and JJ S Sherman.

Wednesday, December 9

Session 3: The New Force Majeure Clause in Commercial Leases

12 noon – 1 p.m. | 1 Hour MCLE


The purpose of this workshop is to exam the force majeure clause in commercial leases in the pre-Covid-19 era (including relevant case law) and the modifications that we anticipate seeing in the marketplace during the Covid era. Speakers: Chan Stroman and Jo Ann Woodsum.

Thursday, December 10

Session 4: Condemned by COVID: The Lease Takings Clause in 2020 – Hero or Dud?

12 noon – 1 p.m. | 1 Hour MCLE


A basic overview of the takings clause in commercial leases, relevant case law with a primer on how it may beat force majeure to help tenants in COVID-19 related lease negotiations … or not. Speakers: Maria V. Bernstein, Robert Martin, and Kristen Steinke.

Friday, December 11

Session 5: Roundtable – Retail Business Forecast

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Free! No MCLE


A roundtable discussion on Retail Business Forecast


  • Mar Diteos – CEO, Chilli Beans USA
  • Eileen Rinaldi – CEO, Ritual Coffee Roasters, Inc.
  • Natalia Bushyager – Founder, Picnic on Third
  • Kathryn Swimm – Director, Associate Counsel, HBC Properties & Investments, Hudson’s Bay Company


  • Drossman Law
  • Klinedinst Attorneys
  • Law Office of JJ Sherman
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • PenningtonLLP
  • SSL Law Firm LLP
  • Shartsis Friese LLP
  • Sheppard Mullin
  • Valence Law Group
  • Woodsum Law Offices

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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