Laura McCabe Brandt is the Founder of Brandt Law PLLC; a firm focusing on providing “General Counsel Services on an Outside Counsel Basis.” Prior to its formation, Laura gained extensive experience serving in senior in-house positions including General Counsel for fashion retailers such as H&M, Syms, and Filene’s Basement generally providing legal oversight to the Board of Directors and the executive management teams managing the real property (acquisitions, dispositions, sale leasebacks) and leases (drafting and negotiating new leases, modifications and work outs as well as construction contracts); drafting policies, reviewing contracts, providing strategic advice in negotiations and handling litigation; General Counsel for Burch Creative Capital an investment firm founded by Chris Burch through which Laura provided legal services for the brands of C. Wonder, Monika Chiang, Trademark, and ED across several legal categories as well as project management of retail construction projects; Associate General Counsel at Apple Core Hotels, a hotel and property management company with six Manhattan hotels, two office buildings and an assortment of other real estate and investment assets where Laura created the human resources function, handled management and employee training issues for general legal compliance as well as union contract compliance, became OSHA certified as well as negotiated and reviewed a variety of legal projects including franchise agreements, financing documents, hotel development, tenant leases, and SRO matters; and Associate General Counsel for Ranieri & Co., Inc., a private investment firm founded by Lewis Ranieri, handling corporate structure and governance matters, joint venture agreements, real estate development deals, and acquisition of interests in an assortment of investments.
In these roles, Laura provided strategic and operational advice and counsel to facilitate the formation, operation and growth of these businesses. As a general corporate practitioner, Laura’s responsibilities were wide in scope to include the legal areas of real estate, construction, corporate governance, labor and employment, legal compliance, contracts, licensing, litigation oversight, and intellectual property. As such, Brandt Law PLLC is in the position to provide one stop legal services or expertise in a specific area of the law depending on a client’s preferences and needs.
Laura earned her J.D. from Touro Law Center and graduated with a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago.