(l-r) Carolyn Austin, Mark Fawer, and Jonathan Castellanos, with Greenspoon Marder. Courtesy photo

Fort Lauderdale-based Am Law 200 firm Greenspoon Marder is bolstering its ranks with the addition of three former Arent Fox attorneys to its real estate practice group in New York City.

The firm added partners Mark S. Fawer and Carolyn Austin, with associate Jonathan Castellanos.

The move hints at Greenspoon Marder’s confidence not only in its present real estate dealings, but in the firm’s ability to expand both its reach and dealings.

“We’re very confident in this group,” Greenspoon Marder co-founder and co-managing director Gerald “Gerry” Greenspoon told the Daily Business Review. “It’s a great acquisition and combination for Greenspoon Marder. They’re high-level, sophisticated attorneys. They’ve worked together for many years, and Mark’s group can further benefit from our national platform, especially our significant real estate practice that exists in Florida and across the country.”

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Fawer is a prominent real estate attorney whose specialties include acquisitions, dispositions and financing. He has been a licensed attorney for more 30 years and has become well-known for his work in New York. His professional biography links him to Arent Fox for more than four years, beginning in March 2014, Before then, he was a partner and practice leader at Brown Rudnick and a partner at Dickstein Shapiro. Fawer received both his Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Fawer has worked on an array of assets, having used his expertise to work on matters concerning public and private properties, as well as commercial and residential enterprises. Greenspoon Marder noted his new engagement will include a focus on representing “institutional, fund and private capital sources in every aspect of subordinate real estate financing.”

Like Fawer, Austin has run versatile real estate practices. The two attorneys appear well-acquainted, having worked together at Dickstein Shapiro, Brown Rudnick and Arent Fox prior to joining Greenspoon Marder.

Since graduating from St. John’s University with her J.D. in 1994, Austin has specialized in navigating negotiations between lenders and borrowers in addition to landlord and tenant agreements.

Castellanos attended Cornell University for both undergrad and law school, having graduated from the latter in 2014. His practice has focused on representation of lenders and borrowers in real estate transactions.

These hires represent the latest in a series of expansions for Greenspoon Marder. With offices in Miami, New York City and other major metropolitan hubs across the US, the firm has confidently made its presence felt in various fields, including a recent venture into the marijuana industry via its purchase of federal cannabis advocacy firm, The Liaison Group.


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