Washington, DC  – The law firm of Ober|Kaler announced today that Diane Shapiro Richer has joined the firm’s Real Estate and Finance Groups as a principal in the DC office.

An experienced real estate lawyer, Ms. Richer represents real estate investment trusts (REITs), private developers, construction and permanent lenders, retailers and others in a wide range of real estate matters. She counsels banks and other lending institutions, as well as borrowers, in construction and permanent lending and loan workouts; negotiates and drafts contracts for the acquisition, development, leasing and financing of commercial office buildings, shopping centers, office parks and planned communities; and represents developers and tenants in leasing and acquisition matters.

Ms. Richer’s practice includes transactional and financing work on one of the largest private sales of real estate in District of Columbia history, the acquisition and financing of private toll roads and bridges, dozens of REIT financings, and law firm leases totaling nearly a half million square feet.

She serves on the Capital Markets Committee of the DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA) and is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), NAIOP Northern Virginia and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).

Ms. Richer was named to Legal 500, a ranking of the nation’s leading law firms and attorneys, in the Real Estate category in 2011 and 2012. She was named by Martindale-Hubbell among the “Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast — Real Estate” in 2011.

Ms. Richer is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (JD, 1984) and the University of Pennsylvania (BA, cum laude, 1981).


About Ober|Kaler
Ober|Kaler is a national law firm providing integrated regulatory, transactional and litigation services to financial, health care, construction and other business organizations. The firm has more than 130 attorneys, and offices in Baltimore, Washington, DC and Falls Church. For more information please visit www.ober.com.