November 6, 2018
Amy Wells, partner at real estate-focused law firm Cox, Castle & Nicholson, and leader of its institutional investor practice, is among the few woman lawyers in the country who acts as lead counsel to many of the country’s largest public pension funds. She was instrumental in forming and expanding Cox, Castle & Nicholson’s representation of public pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, starting with the representation of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System in 1988, and expanding the practice to include 15 public pension and sovereign wealth funds from across the U.S.
Her track record over the past 30 years speaks for itself: in the past 12 months alone, Wells has championed myriad national and international client commitments in real estate valued at more than $3.4 billion across all product types.
That’s just one reason we chose Wells as one of the 2018 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect Media’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected positions of leadership and play key mentorship roles for others.
Traditionally, most legal services are segregated by work product. Wells saw the limitations of this approach and avoided being labeled a “leasing lawyer,” a “joint venture lawyer,” or a “finance lawyer.” Instead, she promoted the idea of being a “pension fund lawyer,” recognizing the often-overlooked benefit of being counsel to the client as a whole.
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