Leopold Sher, a founder and co-managing member of the Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert Law Firm in New Orleans, is a business lawyer whose practice is concentrated in commercial real estate and business and finance law. He also practices in the areas of: commercial litigation, health care, creditors' rights, workouts and foreclosures, commercial bankruptcy, disaster recovery, arbitration and mediation, administrative and public law, secured finance and asset based lending.
Along with his practice, Mr. Sher is actively involved with many professional and trade organizations, including the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, where he served as Treasurer and a member of the Executive Board; the Anglo American Real Property Institute (an organization limited in its membership to the top 50 real estate practitioners in the United States and the top 50 real estate practitioners in the United Kingdom) where he served as Treasurer and a member of the Governing Board; the Real Property Section of the American Bar Association, where Mr. Sher served in many positions, including the Section's governing Council and as the Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates; the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, which selects its members (fellows) from those attorneys in the United States who serve the asset based lending industry; the American College of Mortgage Attorneys; the Business Section of the American Bar Association, particularly the Commercial Financial Services Committee of the Section; and the American Law Institute, where he is currently serving as a member of the Consultative Group, Restatement of the Law Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration and as a member of the Consultative Group, Principles of the Law, Compliance, Enforcement, and Risk Management for Corporations, Nonprofits, and Other Organizations. Mr. Sher is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, with a special designation for arbitrating commercial disputes. Mr. Sher also serves on the Tulane Law School Dean's Advisory Board. From 1986 to 1999, Mr. Sher was also a member of the Lenders' Counsel Group of the American Land Title Association (ALTA), a group limited to 75 lending lawyers who met in conjunction with the ALTA, the title insurance industry trade association.
Mr. Sher is active in the New Orleans community, currently serving as a board member of the Arts Council of New Orleans and the New Orleans Opera Association, where he served as Secretary from 2015-2017.
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