AMY H. WELLS
As a partner at Cox, Castle &
Nicholson in Los Angeles, Amy Wells
is one of a small number of women
serving as the lead counsel of some
of the country’s largest public pension funds and is frequently consulted on real estate, infrastructure
or private equity transactions.
When Wells joined CCN, there
were less than a handful of women
partners and associates. It was not
uncommon for clients with real
estate transactions to be uncomfortable working with women
attorneys and virtually all lead lawyers on significant transactions were men. Overcoming that bias required exceptional
legal skills and the ability to navigate relationships both inside
the firm and with clients in order to gain trust.
Today, as lead partner of CCN’s institutional investor practice
group, Wells is responsible for maintaining client relationships
with the firm’s public pension clients across the nation. She also
champions for the success of fellow female attorneys; two of her
mentees were recently promoted to partner.
One factor behind her success, she says, is that she didn’t enter
law school immediately after college. “The age difference between
me and my colleagues at first seemed to be a disadvantage; however, with age comes maturity. Since I had worked in the ‘real
world’ prior to law school, I had developed excellent people
management skills which generally exceeded those of lawyers
who went ‘straight through.’”
She says the same of her experience as a woman in the field.
“Being a woman became an advantage, once my legal skill and
negotiating abilities were recognized.”
WOMEN OF DISTINCTION
This year’s inductees into the Women of Influence Hall of Fame
have nearly doubled the number of professionals who’ve received
the honor. Here are the 25 power players they will be joining.
Karen Bellantoni, RKF
Tere Blanca, Blanca Commercial Real Estate
Debra Cafaro, Ventas Inc.
Faith Hope Consolo, Douglas Elliman
Sherry A. Cushman, Cushman & Wakefield Inc.
Annemarie DiCola, Trepp Inc.
Laurie A. Grasso, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Ann Hambly, 1st Service Solutions
Sharon Harper, Plaza Cos.
Jean Kane, Welsh and Colliers International
Laurie Lustig-Bower, CBRE Group Inc.
Darla Longo, CBRE Group Inc.
Melanie Meyers, Fried Frank
Golfie B. Wolfe Miller, Millbrook Corporate Real Estate Services
Jeanne Myerson, The Swig Co.
Daun Paris, Eastern Consolidated
Sonia Ransom, Allen Matkins
Carol Rosenthal, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Rosemary Scanlon, New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate
Lori Schneider, Marcus & Millichap
Ann Sperling, Trammell Crow Co.
Darcy Stacom, CBRE Group Inc.
Tara Stacom, Cushman & Wakefield Inc.
Jan Sternin, Berkadia
Mary Ann Tighe, CBRE Group Inc.
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