Lauren A. Beetle, a partner with the firm, concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate, liquor license regulation and business law. Her real estate practice focuses on development, redevelopment, leasing and loan transactions. In particular, Lauren represents private equity investors, multifamily housing owners and retail and industrial developers in acquisitions, sales and financings. She also has experience representing both landlords and tenants in leasing matters.
Lauren's business practice includes representing buyers and sellers in business asset and equity transactions, counseling clients on formation, legal governance and general business matters and all forms of business related transactional work. Lauren regularly drafts and negotiates supply, distribution, equipment, construction and service agreements, counsels clients on financing and licensing issues, and prepares form commercial documents for businesses, particularly in the food manufacturing industry. She also represents national restaurant chains, hotels and local business owners in liquor license transactions and regulatory compliance matters in the State of New Jersey.
Lauren is a member of the Real Property Section of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey Bar Association. She is a member of Business Resources Advisory Group, a women's networking group focused on small and medium sized businesses in the South Jersey region. Lauren has authored or co-authored articles on a variety of legal issues related to commercial real estate and acquisition transactions. In 2013, Lauren was distinguished as a "New Leader of the Bar" by the New Jersey Law Journal. Lauren serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, Burlington County and is Co-chair of its Construction Committee. She was also elected to the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts Council of Central and Southern New Jersey in 2016.
Lauren is an alumnus of Moorestown Friends School (1996), graduated valedictorian of her class from Douglass College, Rutgers University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2000), and is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law-Camden (J.D., with high honors, 2003), where she was a notes and case notes editor for the Rutgers Law Journal. During law school, Lauren was a judicial intern for the Honorable Joel A. Pisano, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, and a legal intern for U.S. Representative Robert E. Andrews, First Congressional District of New Jersey. While in college, she interned with the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Lauren is admitted to practice in New Jersey (2003) and Pennsylvania (2003).
Lauren lives with her family in Riverton, New Jersey, and outside of her work enjoys gardening and visiting America's National Parks.
Representing a joint venture of two private real estate funds in a $244 million refinancing of six Washington-area apartment buildings with Freddie Mac debt, which transaction included the defeasance of the existing securitized loans and redemption of the preferred equity investor
Representing a REIT in connection with a $109 million refinancing with Freddie Mac of two apartment complexes in Virginia
Assisting with a $168 million acquisition by a private real estate fund of an apartment complex in Maryland from sellers in bankruptcy and a controlling lender
Serving as US counsel to an international food manufacturer specializing in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate industries, in the negotiation of construction and equipment agreements in connection with a $42 million investment in a new manufacturing facility
Assisting a counter-current swimming pool and spa designer, marketer and manufacturer based in Aston, Pennsylvania with the sale of its business to a publicly traded company
Representing a national franchise restaurant chain in connection with the transfer and disposition of liquor licenses in New Jersey
Representing the owner of a historic hotel located in Lambertville, New Jersey in the sale of its hotel business, real estate, liquor license and other assets
"The Nuts and Bolts of Retail Leases - Exclusive Use Provisions," American Bar Association, Real Property, Trusts & Estates Section, Retail Leasing Committee, November 20, 2008
"Financial Incentives for Redevelopment," New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Redevelopment Training Institute, October 2, 2008
"Real Estate Issues in Acquisition Transactions in New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, September 13, 2006
"Beyond the Lease: Practice Points for Landlord’s Counsel," Co-author, New Jersey Law Journal, June 1, 2015
"Positive Changes are Brewing for New Jersey's Beer Industry," SJ Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, October 2012
"Ask an Expert: Keys to Performing Due Diligence for Distressed Real Estate," SNJ Business People, Vol. 3, Issue 4, April, 2009
"Landlord Issues in a Complex Economy," Co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, March 2, 2009
"Tackling Environmental Issues in Real Estate Agreements," Co-author, New Jersey Law Journal, July 21, 2008
"Negotiating a Service Contract," New Jersey Law Journal, June 29, 2007
"Restaurants as Tenants: Guidelines for Navigating Liquor License Issues," New Jersey Law Journal, November 6, 2006
"A New Twist on Municipal Redevelopment Powers: The Benefits and Flaws of New Jersey's Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act," New Jersey Law Journal, January 3, 2005