CHICAGO—The law firm of Brown, Udell, Pomerantz &Delrahim Ltd. has just promoted four of its attorneys topartners of the firm. Rasha Elganzouri Gad,Bryan King, Gary Saipe, andShelley Smith were formerly counsels with theChicago-based firm and will continue their practices in the areasof real estate and commercial litigation. Prior to joining BUPD,each of the new partners spent years with some of the country'slargest and most prestigious global law firms.

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“BUPD Law is proud to welcome Rasha, Bryan, Gary and Shelley tothe partnership ranks as these four talented lawyers exemplify theservice delivery, hard-work and dedication that our clients expectfrom BUPD Law,” says managing partner MichaelDelrahim. “We believe that these moves incombination with recent infrastructure improvements further ourability and commitment to provide quality and responsive legalservices to clients.”

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Gad practices in the areas of general corporate and complexcommercial real estate transactions. She also serves as chair ofthe firm's Middle East practice. Her work includes acquisitions anddispositions, financing, construction, joint venture formation,development, leasing, among other areas. Prior to joining BUPB, sheworked at DLA Piper LLP and Wilmer,Cutler, Pickering Hale & Dorr in Washington DC. Shewas also a senior associate at Patton Boggs inDubai, and in addition has developed a great deal of expertise onthe Egyptian legal market.

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King is a trial lawyer who represents clients in a wide range ofcommercial and securities litigation and serves as the chair of thefirm's litigation department. He began his career atWilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in PaloAlto, CA. After moving to Chicago, he worked at Jenner& Block, where he became a partner in 2007.

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Saipe has over thirty-five years of transactional real estateexperience. He represents banks, savings and loanassociations, insurance companies and other lenders in loans forhigh-rise and single-family residential developments, shoppingcenters, hotels, office buildings, and many other sectors. Saipealso represents borrowers and institutional lenders in thework-outs of problem loans. He graduated from NorthwesternUniversity's law school, where he was also aninstructor.

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Smith has tried cases in state and federal courts across thecountry in a broad range of business and commercial matters. Herexperience includes construction defect and other real estatelitigation. After law school, she joined Sullivan &Cromwell in New York and later joined Jenner & Blockin Chicago, where she became an equity partner in 1996.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.