Irene MacDougall, a partner with Walter | Haverfield’s Real Estate Group, has the all-too-rare ability to bring order, apparent simplicity, and focus to complicated financing and development transactions. Her 30-plus years of experience in financial transactions— including commercial, real estate and health care lending transactions, real estate development transactions, public finance, and credit-tenant and off-balance sheet financings—enable her to efficiently and effectively manage multiparty, complex transactions to closing. Irene applies this same style of operating when counseling and assisting closely held businesses.
Having represented various parties in such transactions, Irene has accumulated valuable firsthand insight into the concerns and desires of the myriad of parties involved. Drawing on this insight and her vast transactional experience, she effectively bridges the competing interests of those involved and is often able to streamline the process. These skills allow her to arrive at a mutually advantageous solution to issues that arise during complex transactions. Clients rely on Irene’s invaluable counsel and her ability to work with a team as much as they value her legal knowledge and experience. These skills have earned her the national 2011 Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Impact Award and a consistent rating by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Irene’s family, including spouse Michael J. Esson and four children, has helped hone her unique ability to efficiently arrive at practical solutions to her clients’ issues. Achieving results and working with her clients as a team give Irene great satisfaction and keep the practice of law fun and exciting.