Bill Smith is among the most seasoned and respected real estate transactional lawyers in Ohio with many years of first-chair experience representing lenders, developers, and investors in all aspects of commercial real estate development, ownership, and financing. Bill has played a key role as lead attorney for structuring, closing and helping to monitor a variety of transactions, including construction loans and construction “miniperm” facilities, land acquisition and development loans, agented and multi-lender facilities, as well as individualized “one-off” transactions.
He has successfully represented a broad range of financial institutions regarding lending and portfolio management activities, including workout, forbearance, and enforcement matters. Bill has diliegently represented owners, users and developers of real property and related interests in a variety of transactional and advisory assignments, including single-site and portfolio acquisitions, dispositions and financings of real property and real property interests, leasing transactions, and retail leases for anchor and line stores.
A graduate of Washington & Lee University and The University of Virginia School of Law, Bill is admitted to practice in Ohio and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. Bill has served as a partner in a number of Cleveland-based law firms, including Jones Day, and is currently practicing as “Of Counsel” with Sikora Law LLC in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Bill is rated “AV-Preeminent” in Martindale-Hubbell and has frequently been listed among the “Best Lawyers in America”.