Greenberg Traurig, P.A. has added to its public finance practice with the recent hiring of Lori Smith-Lalla as a bond attorney in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office.
Her arrival comes a few weeks after the addition of Albert del Castillo, who rejoined Greenberg after spending 19 years at Squire Sanders in Miami. Smith-Lalla also joins the firm from Squire Sanders in Miami, where she worked with del Castillo on a number of bond financings.
These deals include the $622 million financing for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which was the Bond Buyer’s 2012 Southeast Deal of the Year, and a $1.5 billion financing for Citizens Property Insurance.
“Lori is a very experienced public finance attorney in Broward County and in the country,” said Glenn Goldstein, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Fort Lauderdale office. “She understands the unique needs of her clients and, together with Albert del Castillo, they form a great team to further leverage the firm’s public finance practice to meet those needs.”
Smith-Lalla has served as bond counsel and disclosure counsel to various cities, counties and authorities, as well as underwriter’s counsel to numerous national and regional underwriting firms. Prior to working at Squire Sanders, she spent 12 years as an assistant county attorney for Broward County.
Smith-Lalla received her law degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Law in Connecticut and her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut. She is board certified as a specialist in city, county and local government law by the Florida Bar and is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.
Greenberg Traurig ranked 10th nationally last year working on 89 transactions with a par amount of $7.1 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. The firm was ranked third in Florida with 46 transactions totaling $2.4 billion.
The firm has 40 attorneys in its public finance practice in 16 offices.