Polsinelli PC, in a move to fortify its real estate finance group, has welcomed Tara Darling, a seasoned attorney from Cassin & Cassin LLP, as a shareholder in its Dallas office. Darling’s arrival marks a significant enhancement to the firm’s capabilities in complex real estate finance transactions.
Tara Darling: A Specialist in Real Estate Finance
Darling, known for her expertise in representing buyers, sellers, and lenders, brings a wealth of experience to Polsinelli. Her proficiency includes a focus on multifamily property financing through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs. Her addition promises to inject a new level of expertise into the firm’s operations.
The Meeting that Sealed the Deal
In an email to Law360 Pulse, Darling shared insights into her decision to join Polsinelli. Conversations with John T. Duncan III, the chair of the financial services division, and Brian Bullard, the managing partner in Dallas, convinced her of the firm’s alignment with her professional goals. She highlighted Polsinelli’s sophisticated real estate and finance practices as key factors in her move.
A Focus on Affordable Housing and Tax Credits
Darling’s legal practice includes a significant emphasis on affordable housing transactions, leveraging her knowledge of Section 8 and HAP contracts, low-income housing tax credits, and various housing programs. This specialty underscores the depth of her experience in the real estate sector.
Duncan and Bullard: Enthusiastic Endorsements
Duncan lauded Darling’s extensive commercial real estate finance experience, noting that her focus on multifamily agency lending perfectly complements Polsinelli’s diverse commercial real estate lending practice. Bullard, meanwhile, underscored her meaningful contribution to the firm’s nationwide real estate team and reiterated the firm’s commitment to the Dallas real estate and private equity market.
Darling’s Professional Journey
Before joining Polsinelli, Darling spent over four years at Cassin & Cassin. A graduate of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, she also holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College. Her LinkedIn profile details a career dedicated to real estate law, underscoring her expertise in this field.
Polsinelli’s Growth Trajectory
Darling’s arrival at Polsinelli coincides with the firm’s strategic expansion of its real estate practice. In the past year, the firm has made several key lateral hires, including a three-member commercial real estate team in D.C., a trio of attorneys in Nashville, and two real estate finance shareholders in Atlanta. Polsinelli’s Dallas office, now the firm’s fifth-largest out of 22 nationwide, reflects the firm’s robust growth strategy and commitment to the legal market.
With more than 1,000 attorneys across the country, Polsinelli continues to strengthen its position in the legal industry. Darling’s addition to the Dallas office is expected to play a pivotal role in the firm’s ongoing expansion, particularly in the realm of real estate finance, reinforcing Polsinelli’s reputation as a leader in legal services.