Mr. Brody serves as Of Counsel to the firm and concurrently serves clients through his firm, Lightwell Advisors, PC . He represents borrowers and lenders in front-end real estate financing transactions and workouts and represents creditors and other third parties in commercial bankruptcy cases. His real property practice includes acquisition, disposition, and leasing of commercial properties. His financing practice includes extensive experience with securitized transactions, mezzanine lending, credit enhancement, formation of limited liability companies and business structures, non-consolidation analysis, and defeasance. Previously, Mr. Brody practiced as a partner in the Ellman Burke real estate boutique and at Murphy Weir & Butler, where he was a partner and vice-chair of the real estate finance group. Read more
Mr. Brody graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, 1988, where he was a law clerk to Prof. John R. Hetland and an editor of the California Law Review. A former mortgage broker, Mr. Brody has held a California real estate broker’s license since 1982. Mr. Brody is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Mr. Brody has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer. As part of his pro bono commitment, Mr. Brody was a founding director of Manzanita Charter School in Richmond, CA, the first non-profit charter school in West Contra Costa School District. He publishes and teaches regularly on real property topics, including “Handling a Real Property Foreclosure Action Guide” (Cal. Cont. Ed. of the Bar 2000 – 2010); “Real Property Foreclosures” (California State Bar Annual Mtg. 2009); “Current Issues in Mortgage Enforcement” (San Francisco Bar Association 2009); “Distressed Real Estate Issues” (San Francisco Bar Association 2008); “Real Property Financing: Strategies for a Hot Market” (Cal. Cont. Ed. of the Bar 2006); “Commercial Tenants, Landlords and Bankruptcy” (San Francisco Bar Association 2004); and “California Real Property Financing 2 Supplement” (Cal. Cont. Ed. of the Bar 1993-2001).