Mara Cushwa is a Partner and Chair of Calfee’s Real Estate practice and has had responsibility for management and oversight of the practice for more than 10 years. Mara helps clients with their legal needs related to real estate transactions, development and finance.
Mara is experienced in representing businesses large and small, public and privately held, in real estate transactions, including real estate law aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. She works with corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, individuals and other entities as investors and landowners in connection with a broad range of development objectives.
Mara counsels clients through property acquisition and assembly, zoning and entitlements, enabling legislation, diligence, development and divestiture.She represents lenders and borrowers in structuring, securing and documenting senior, mezzanine and construction loans.Mara is experienced in commercial, office, retail, industrial and ground leasing.
She advises middle-market and smaller companies in creating entities for purposes of managing and investing in real estate. She has experience with private placements and investment syndications.
Mara counsels a diverse range of clients on issues involving real property and environmental diligence and compliance impacting real estate transactions, conservation easements, title insurance matters, construction and condominium law.
She has worked with hospital clients in connection with acquisitions, development, leasing, structured financings and medical condominiums.Mara is experienced in representing hospitality industry and mining industry clients with sophisticated real estate and finance transactions.
Mara was recognized as "Leading Lawyer" in Real Estate Law in Ohio by Chambers USA 2020. Chambers noted that Mara "has a respected practice, which covers industrial leasing, project financing and development work, among other things. She is commended by sources for her professionalism and solutions-oriented approach."
She began her tenure with Calfee in 1990, and she was elected partner in 2000. Mara is a member of the firm’s Practice Planning and Growth Committee.