NEW YORK (November 10, 2008) – Sutherland announces Real Estate Partner Lester M. Bliwise is receiving a 2008 Cornerstone Award from Lawyers Alliance for New York for his pro bono legal service. The Cornerstone Awards recognize outstanding pro bono legal services provided to nonprofit organizations by institutions and business lawyers. Mr. Bliwise, through his relationship with Lawyers Alliance, has worked with New Destiny Housing Corporation, Community Access, and Community Assisted Tenant Controlled Housing Inc.
"We are very proud that Les has received this recognition for his contributions to our legal community," said Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman.
The award will be presented at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., on Nov. 10, 2008, at the Pfizer Conference Facility.
Mr. Bliwise practices in the area of commercial real estate and has extensive experience in conventional and capital market financings; acquisitions and dispositions; equity investments; and debt restructurings and workouts. Mr. Bliwise, whose practice is national in scope, is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He is also a past chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Real Property Law Section. Mr. Bliwise is co-chair of Sutherland’s Debt and Equity Finance Practice Group.
About Lawyers Alliance for New York Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance helps nonprofits develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, and operate vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, recent immigrants and other low-income New Yorkers.
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