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Biography

April is an experienced lawyer with a demonstrated track record of achievement in commercial real estate, finance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and outside general counsel services. She has a proven aptitude in working closely with cross-functional teams and stakeholders to ensure timely and accurate completion of complex projects.  April is a passionate, analytical and technically oriented legal counselor who positively impacts clients to reach and exceed short-term and long-term goals.

She has substantial real estate transactional experience, having assisted clients in retail, office, affordable housing, residential and industrial matters. April’s clients include developers, public and private companies, landlords and tenants. She also has handled numerous “build to suit,” “sale-leaseback,” new market tax credit and DINO credit transactions.

As lender’s counsel, April helps financial institutions and other organizations structure, negotiate and close a broad range of commercial and real estate loan transactions, including secured and unsecured single lender and syndication loans and mezzanine loans. She utilizes her broad real estate background when representing lenders in construction and permanent real estate loans.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Counsel for Fortune 200 corporate clients in real estate acquisition, disposition, leasing and subleasing transactions throughout the United States.

Counsel for developer in build-to-suit office and laboratory world headquarters for life sciences tenant.

Counsel for Fortune 50 tenant in build-to-suit lease of $50 million office facility.

Counsel for developer in $25 million medical facility redevelopment project financed with a credit tenant lease structure.

Counsel for lender in a new market tax credits construction loan made to a nonprofit borrower.

Counsel for lender in refinancing a 12-site industrial portfolio located in 4 states.

Counsel for large owner-operator of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in a variety of transactions.

Represented industrial tenant in lease transaction for 600,000 square foot, build-to-suit warehouse facility.

Represented private equity firms in numerous acquisitions, dispositions and sale-leasebacks of retail, office, industrial, student housing and apartment assets throughout the United States.

Counsel for publicly traded, convenience store operator in portfolio acquisitions.

Counsel for fast casual restaurant franchisee in leasing and franchise transactions for 15 sites.

Represented developer in all phases of acquisition, development, leasing and operation of a mixed use, traditional neighborhood development.

Represented developer in five student housing developments totaling 114 beds.

Represented developer in multiple build-to-suit retail projects for a nonprofit retail tenant, including site acquisition, development, leasing and financing.

Represented automotive supplier in more than 25 time-critical contract negotiations across the United States.

Education

Law School

Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 1998

Undergraduate School

Indiana University, Bloomington, B.S., Public Affairs, 1995, with distinction

Bar Membership

April is licensed to practice in the following state:

Indiana

Courts

April is admitted to practice before the following courts:

Indiana and corresponding U.S. District Courts

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Indiana Super Lawyers, 2012-present

Best Lawyers in America, 2020

Professional Affiliations

American College of Mortgage Attorneys

Executive Women in Finance

Urban Land Institute

IndyCREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) – Past board member

Civic Activities

United Way of Central Indiana, Executive Women’s Leadership Series – Graduate

Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County – Graduate

Community Development Law Center – Past board member

March of Dimes Real Estate Awards Committee – Past chair