Greenberg Traurig expands litigation practice in Phoenix

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP grew its Litigation Practice with the addition of Charles Markle as shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office.

Charles Markle

Markle focuses on a niche practice area of Real Estate Litigation involving a multifamily acquisition strategy for investors also known as condominium termination transactions. He has developed deep experience with real estate statutes across several states, advising investors on condominium acquisitions and disputes. Markle counsels clients throughout the process, including any resulting litigation, of developing the individual condos into leased apartment rentals. He has testified before the Arizona State Legislature’s House and Senate Commerce Committees to bring his condominium termination experience to bear on proposed bills and amendments to the state’s statute.

“I had the privilege of working with Charlie in the nonprofit world and saw first-hand that he’s a needle-mover in terms of client development and community engagement,” said Nicole Goodwin, managing shareholder of the firm’s Phoenix office. “Charlie’s novel condo termination experience will continue to strengthen Greenberg Traurig’s storied Real Estate Practice in the West where entities in Arizona and beyond need sophisticated legal counsel who understand multiple jurisdictions. He’s a talented litigator who uses creative problem solving to achieve results for his clients.”

In addition to his Real Estate Litigation practice, Markle is a commercial litigator working on business dispute resolutions, breaches of contract, partnership dissolution, and fraud matters. He uses mitigation strategies and underutilized litigation tools such as provisional remedies to achieve early victories on behalf of his clients and avoid years of litigation.

“As one of very few attorneys in Arizona who works on condominium terminations, I’m very excited to plug into the world-renowned Greenberg Traurig platform,” Markle said. “As my practice grows nationally, I’m looking forward to providing clients with the full service that comes with access to a global firm’s resources.”

Markle serves on the board of directors of the nonprofit Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). He received his J.D., cum laude, from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a B.A. from Colorado State University.

Kidder Mathews adds land advisory specialists to Phoenix office

Chad Russell
Randolph Titzck

Chad Russell and Randolph Titzck have joined Kidder Mathews’ Phoenix office as Senior Vice Presidents. Prior to joining Kidder Mathews, they were with Land Advisors Organization in Scottsdale.

A 35-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Titzck brings extensive experience in sales and marketing. He has successfully represented clients in large-scale land acquisitions, pad sales, building dispositions, and the repositioning of assets, including cell tower repositioning. Before joining Land Advisors in 2009, Titzck was a senior marketing consultant at Grubb & Ellis for 15 years.

Russell has over 24 years of commercial real estate experience, specializing in land advisory services in the leasing, sale, and ground development of retail properties — as well as the sale of commercially zoned and improved land to users, investors, and speculators. Before joining Land Advisors in 2010, Russell was vice president of the retail/commercial division at Hogan & Associates, Inc. for seven years, and before that was a senior associate in the retail division at Grubb & Ellis for three years.

Titzck and Russell are both members of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Western Alliance Bank hires Nick Richards

 Western Alliance Bank today announced that Nick Richards has joined the organization as senior vice president of structured finance in the bank’s Specialized Mortgage Services group, which offers solutions for warehouse financing, MSR financing and note financing as well as correspondent seller partners for AmeriHome Mortgage, a Western Alliance Bank company. 

Nick Richards

Richards has more than 15 years of progressive experience in credit analysis and commercial real estate banking. Based in Maryland, he will serve Specialized Mortgage Services clients nationwide, primarily focusing on the Specialized Mortgage Services group’s mortgage servicing rights (MSR) lending business, including bilateral MSR loans and MSR debt syndications. 

“Nick is a welcome addition to our Specialized Mortgage Services group and warehouse lending team,” said Steve Curley, Chief Banking Officer, National Business Lines. “His lending and relationship management background complements our existing team and puts additional power behind our focus on delivering smart, targeted banking products and services that help our customers strengthen their businesses.” 

Richards has held multiple commercial lending roles with M&T Bank, East West Bank and Israel Discount Bank. Previously, he worked in commercial real estate investment and credit analysis at Marcus & Millichap and HSBC Bank USA. 

Wilde Wealth Management Group expands to Florida

Wilde Wealth Management Group, an award-winning independent financial services firm headquartered in Scottsdale that provides comprehensive retirement, investment, insurance, legal and tax planning services, is pleased to announce Triumph Wealth Management has joined the firm as an affiliated partner. The affiliation marks the expansion of Wilde Wealth Management Group into Florida. Through the affiliation, both firms will retain their branding, and the team at Triumph is currently seeking new office space in Florida. 

“This partnership is the result of a relationship as colleagues and friends with the leadership at Wilde for more than a decade, and through it Triumph will gain access to the depth of experience as well as the array of in-house service offerings in the fields of legal, taxes, risk management, family services, real estate and insurance, which Wilde Wealth offers,” says Antonio A. Lopez, an Independent Financial Advisor and founder of Triumph Wealth Management.

In his new role, Lopez will not only continue to focus on helping clients be prepared for critical financial events in their lives such as retirement, strategic investment planning and caring for future generations, but he will also work to grow the Florida office in partnership with Wilde. 

Lopez brings two decades of experience in banking and finance. He began his career in the mid-2000s with a role as a personal licensed banker at JPMorgan Chase Bank, which he used as a springboard to go into wholesaling mutual funds and advising financial advisors on how he could assist them growing their wealth management practices. Finding success in this role, he would continue this line of advisement for more than a decade as an internal wholesaler at SunAmerica AIG Investments, sales consultant at New York Life Investment Management, regional vice president of Mirae Asset Global Investments, and regional vice president of Ivy Investments before taking on the role of financial advisor at Edward Jones and founding Triumph. Lopez earned his bachelor’s degree in Business from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and his executive master’s degree in Finance from Baruch College – City University of New York. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in International Business & Finance from New York University as well as Series 7, 6, 63, and 66 registrations.

“During his career to date, which has spanned nearly 17 years, his work with so many different areas of finance has given Antonio a unique and thoughtful perspective, one that we understood right away would be invaluable to our team,” says Trevor Wilde, MBA, AIF®, Investment Advisor Representative and CEO of Wilde Wealth Management Group, which is celebrating its 20th year throughout 2023.

As dedicated to the community as to his work, Lopez is a 4th degree Knights of Columbus and member of its Coral Gables chapter. He also serves as the current president of the Global Professionals chapter of Business Networking International, and is a former member of the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove. 

“His volunteer and civic leadership were another key reason he is a perfect fit for us. Wilde Wealth Management Group believes in operating under a commitment to service to both its clients and the community at large,” said Wilde. “Through Wilde for Arizona, the firm empowers its team to be active members of the communities where we all work and live, and we look forward to being Wilde for Florida now as well.”

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