Bradley Welcomes Team of Real Estate Attorneys to Its Atlanta Office

Firm News

Bradley is pleased to announce that commercial real estate partners Stephanie Friese and Christine R. Norstadt have joined the firm’s Atlanta office, along with senior attorney Katherine M. Fish and associate William Janousek. All previously practiced together, and Ms. Friese served as national chair of their firm’s real estate practice.

“Stephanie and Christine are highly regarded and well-known real estate attorneys in both the real estate industry and in Atlanta, and we are thrilled to welcome their whole team to Bradley,” said Bradley Atlanta Office Managing Partner Sidney S. Welch. “The addition of this group to our existing, exceptional real estate talent reflects Bradley’s strong commitment to both its real estate practice and Atlanta office and capitalizes on our strategic plans to grow our office with a collaborative team of talented lawyers to best serve the firm’s clients.”

“We are delighted to have Stephanie, Christine, and their team join the firm and our Atlanta real estate group given their extensive experience guiding clients through the complicated landscape and myriad of opportunities that Atlanta's dynamic real estate market presents,” added Laura G. Hester, an Atlanta partner in Bradley’s Real Estate Practice Group. “We welcome their adept legal skill set as we continue to build our Georgia real estate presence and the breadth of services that we provide to our clients nationwide.”

Ms. Friese’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions, from acquisition, development, leasing, financing, and disposition to counseling asset managers, developers, landlords and tenants. Her experience also includes resolution of landlord-tenant matters, commercial foreclosures, and evictions. Her clients own, develop and manage commercial office, retail, multifamily and industrial properties across the U.S. Ms. Friese earned her J.D. (cum laude) from University of Georgia School of Law, her B.A. (cum laude) from Stetson University, and her A.A. from Andrew College.

Ms. Norstadt counsels owners, managers and users of office, retail and industrial properties, apartments and land in all aspects of commercial real estate, most frequently, involving acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing and development matters. Her clients span from individual, local investors to national real estate funds. She earned her J.D. (cum laude) from Emory University School of Law and her B.S. (summa cum laude) from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ms. Fish advises lenders in real estate-backed commercial finance transactions, and buyers, sellers, and governmental entities in various real estate matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, and easement negotiations. Ms. Fish received her J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, her M.B.A. from Samford University’s Brock School of Business, and her B.B.A. from the University of Georgia.

Mr. Janousek assists clients with commercial lease negotiation, title review, acquisition and disposition due diligence, and contract drafting. He has a J.D. (cum laude) from Georgia State University College of Law and a B.B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Georgia.

“The depth of Bradley’s national commercial real estate practice offers an unparalleled platform for our newest team members and continues to ensure that our clients receive skilled counsel and exceptional service as we bolster our real estate capabilities in Georgia,” said Brooks R. Smith, chair of Bradley’s Real Estate Practice Group.

Bradley’s Real Estate Practice Group is deeply embedded in the commercial real estate industry, serving every sector of the market, including office, multi-family, industrial, healthcare and medical, hospitality, and residential tract development, whether through acquisitions, financing, lending, leasing, construction, regulatory, tax, and other legal counsel, guidance or advice. The team handles complex, multimillion-dollar projects for large institutions, as well as routine transactions for clients whose primary interests are in real estate investment or development.

Bradley’s Atlanta office has almost doubled in size since May 2023 when it established the office with 20 lawyers from a variety of leading law firms in the market. The Atlanta office is ranked as a “Leading Firm” in Georgia in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, and half of the firm’s Atlanta attorneys are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2024.