BakerHostetler continues impressive growth with real estate team addition in Atlanta

The firm's Business Practice Group adds a team of attorneys led by partners Josiah Bancroft, Robert Bittner and counsel Amy Bridwell

Press Releases / June 13, 2022

ATLANTA— June 13, 2022

Key takeaways
  • Josiah Bancroft, Robert Bittner and Amy Bridwell join BakerHostetler’s Real Estate Practice Group team, bringing with them two associates.
  • Bancroft and Bittner join as partners in the firm’s Business Practice Group and, together with counsel Amy Bridwell, are the latest in a string of strategic transactional partner and counsel additions.
  • Their arrival marks nearly 40 attorneys added since 2020 to the firm’s Atlanta office, which most recently welcomed a team of white-collar attorneys led by partners Brian McEvoy and Brian Rafferty and securities and financial litigation counsel Kurt Lentz.
Why this matters

Bancroft, Bittner and Bridwell are highly regarded real estate attorneys with vast experience, ranging from retail and office to industrial and hospitality. Joining from an AmLaw 100 firm, this full-service team bolsters BakerHostetler’s real estate capabilities both in Atlanta and across the United States. Their arrival follows the addition of several high-profile business attorneys including Elise Barajas in Dallas, Margaret Butler in New York, Michael Cortez in Houston, Brian Mulcahy in Chicago and Stephen Ruscus in Washington, D.C.

Key quote

“It is truly an exciting time for the business group as we welcome Josiah, Robert, Amy and their team to the firm. Their collective experience strengthens an already robust business group and adds further depth to our real estate practice,” said John Allotta, chair of BakerHostetler’s Business Practice Group.

About the team

Bancroft has nearly 20 years of experience working with numerous retail brands in their expansion efforts across the United States as well as representing developers and private equity funds in the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and disposition of shopping centers, multiuse development projects and outparcels.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Bancroft earned his J.D. from Emory University and his B.A. from Grove City College.

Bittner has more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience representing developers, lenders, retail companies, landlords and tenants in all aspects of real estate financing, leasing, acquisition, disposition and development. His experience includes negotiating and completing numerous real estate acquisitions and sales, real estate development projects, traditional commercial leasing transactions, and sale-leaseback leasing transactions. Additionally, his experience also includes representing owners and developers in a variety of Department of Housing and Urban Development-related refinancing and restructuring transactions.

Bittner earned his J.D. from Capital University, cum laude, and his B.A. from Edinboro University.

Bridwell also has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, representing developers, private equity funds, investors and retail companies in all stages of real estate transactions.

Bridwell earned her J.D. from the University of Georgia and her B.A. from Agnes Scott College.

Key quotes

“In the past two years, we have greatly expanded our capabilities in Atlanta. The arrival of Josiah, Robert, Amy and their team continues that trend and will help us better serve our clients in the region and nationally,” said Joann Gallagher Jones, managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office.

“Atlanta is an important real estate market, and we are thrilled to welcome experienced practitioners in this team. They will be an asset to our clients and will become an integral part of our multidisciplinary real estate practice,” said Wendy Markham, chair of the firm’s real estate practice.

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