Bell Nunnally Bolsters Real Estate Practice With Additions of Partners Irene Hosford and Kassandra McLaughlin

Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP has added two partners to its Real Estate practice, Irene L. Hosford and Kassandra G. McLaughlin.
Both join the firm from the Dallas office of Husch Blackwell LLP, where they were partners. Including Hosford and McLaughlin, Bell Nunnally has added eight attorneys in 2015.

"We are pleased to add these talented lawyers and expand our client services," said Bell Nunnally Managing Partner James Skochdopole. "Irene's and Kassandra's extensive experience in real estate, land use, finance and construction strengthens our group and provides clients with a greater depth of resources."

Hosford's practice focuses on investment real estate. She helps her clients buy, sell, develop, finance, lease and manage virtually all commercial real estate asset classes. Hosford regularly handles purchase of multiple properties with complex equity and debt layers, and then works closely with asset managers and brokers in portfolio leasing. In recent years, Hosford served as lead counsel to both buyers and sellers in more than $1.5 billion of commercial transactions and represented landlords and tenants in leasing more than 2.5 million square-feet of commercial space.

Active in the community, Hosford was 2013-14 chair, and is a current member of the executive board of "Big Thought," a nonprofit serving area children, families and teachers with programs designed to close the opportunity gap in education through creative learning. She is also a past chair of the CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network Foundation, and past president and "Honorary Life Member" of CREW - Dallas. Hosford has been honored with the organization's "Outstanding Achievement Award" and CREW Network's "Impact Award." She is a graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law (J.D., 1979), Clarke College (B.A., 1968) and attended the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (1965).

McLaughlin's commercial real estate practice ranges from large leasing transactions (office, warehouse-flex, retail, solar, wind and desalinization plants) through acquisitions, dispositions, land use and development. She represents Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), including medical office building REITs and storage REITs. McLaughlin also represents individuals in their real estate investment property needs. 

McLaughlin brings a unique perspective to her real estate practice, having served as chief arborist for the City of Dallas and participated in planning and development conversations as part of the city's Sustainable Development and Construction Department prior to transitioning to the private sector. Active in the community, McLaughlin is on the board of CREW - Dallas, where she is currently director over the programs committee. She is a past recipient of CREW's "Future Vision Award" and one of the co-founders of CREW's Austin chapter. McLaughlin is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (J.D., 2001; B.A., 1991) and the University of Michigan (M.S., 1994).

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With more than 50 attorneys and three decades of doing business, Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP is among the most respected business law firms in Texas, one of the 25 largest in North Texas and one of the state's fastest-growing firms. The depth of the firm's knowledge and breadth of its expertise sets Bell Nunnally apart. The firm, a member of the global law firm network Legalink, provides a full range of services, including litigation, appellate law, commercial finance, corporate and securities, creditors' rights, bankruptcy, health law, intellectual property, labor and employment, immigration, real estate, entertainment, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, tax and white collar criminal defense. Bell Nunnally is regularly singled out as a "Go-To" firm by America's largest companies each year in Corporate Counsel magazine.