Law Seminars International Presents: Call from Anywhere for a 90-Minute Advanced Practical Skills TeleBriefing on

Understanding Green Due Diligence
Practical considerations for investors, tenants, lenders, and their counsel

October 10, 2012

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, brokers, developers, building owners, tenants and leaseholders, property managers, and others involved in real estate leasing.

Why You Should Order

What is green due diligence, and why would a prospective buyer, tenant, or lender bother with it?

Many organizations, such as federal agencies, national tenants, lenders, and investors, now have green requirements for new leases, loans, and purchases. They have made the policy judgment that they want the buildings that they lease, acquire, or finance to be green. Hence, before leasing, buying, or lending, they conduct due diligence to verify the "greenness" of a property.

Many other investors, tenants, and lenders do not care whether a building is green--they are concerned with property value. These parties must also, however, pay attention to green issues, which are having an increasing impact on property transactions. There are now many green legal and contractual requirements, and also green financial benefits, associated with a particular property or development project. Failure to comply with these green requirements or the conditions for financial benefits can result in real money loss.

In this 90-minute TeleBriefing, our distinguished panel will provide an in-depth introduction to Green Due Diligence: what it is, why it is necessary, and how it differs from typical due diligence. The program is a must both for attorneys new to green law and for experienced practitioners who wish to stay current.

What You Will Learn

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

12:00 pm

Understanding Green Due Diligence

Introduction & Overview

Peter S. Britell, Esq., Moderator, Partner
Venable LLP / New York, NY

Practical considerations for investors, tenants, lenders, and their counsel

Michele E. Skupic, VP, National Sustainability Director, FNF Green, LLC
Fidelity National Financial, Inc / Sacramento, CA

Ellen Sinreich, Esq., Founder and President
GreenEdge LLC / New York, NY

Leonard S. Goodman, Esq., Partner
Venable LLP / Rockville, MD

1:30 pm

Q & A (for up to 30 minutes)



$185 to dial in

$235 to dial in and receive continuing education credit

$50 for each additional person on the line who wishes to receive credit

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.


There is a $25 cancellation fee

Continuing Education Credits

This TeleBriefing qualifies for 1.5 Washington CLE credits. For CLE credits in other states:

We will apply for credits in the following states: AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, NY (experienced attorneys only), OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and WY.

You can self-apply for credits in: CO, FL, HI, MT, NJ, and OK.

CLE credits currently are not available in: DC, DE, MA, MD, MI, OH, or SD.

If you need other types of credits, please call us at (206) 567-4490.

Our Distinguished Panel

Peter S. Britell, Moderator, partner with Venable LLP, is an experienced and highly regarded member of the firm's New York Real Estate practice group. Mr. Britell has had broad experience in virtually every area of construction and real estate practice and has been lead counsel in many high-profile transactions and projects. He is listed under Real Estate in Best Lawyers in America, New York Super Lawyers and The New York Area's Best Lawyers and has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of "AV". He is the author of Green Buildings: Law, Contract, and Regulation (Law Journal Press, 650 pp. 2010, updated 2011 and 2012, available through and The Law of Green Buildings: Cases and Materials (available in paperback and e-book editions through He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Miami School of Law.

Leonard S. Goodman, partner with Venable LLP, focuses his practice in the area of construction transactions and litigation. Mr. Goodman has extensive experience developing and implementing strategies to manage and minimize construction-related risk and claims from a contractual, insurance, bond, and operations perspective, and negotiating all manner of development-related contracts. He has assisted clients with national and international hotel, condominium, commercial building, transportation and energy projects valued at more than $1 billion. For more than twenty years, Mr. Goodman also has provided overall legal direction, strategy and tactics for the defense and prosecution of complex commercial contract, construction and product defect matters in cases across the country.

Ellen Sinreich, LEED AP, Founder and President of Green Edge LLC, brings over two decades of real estate, legal and management expertise to the field of sustainability and carbon footprint reduction. Her experience as a real estate attorney, senior real estate executive and successful entrepreneur informs the green initiatives that she develops for public and private sector clients nationwide. Ms. Sinreich is on the faculty of New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate; created and chaired the Green Real Estate Summit; is a member of Urban Green; and has held numerous leadership positions with the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the New York City Bar Association.

Michele E. Skupic is VP, National Sustainability Director, FNF Green, LLC, for Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), is a leading provider of title insurance and diversified real estate services. Ms. Skupic is a founding visionary and strategist of the national "FNF Green" sustainability initiative. FNF Green is an internal corporate social responsibility and energy efficient real estate team considering complex business challenges in this new and emerging market to maximize growth, revenue, and value for the company and the customers it serves.