10 Outstanding Women Leaders: Jomarie Andrews: Beginning-to-End Excellence in Real Estate Law

Jomarie Andrews

Jomarie “Jorie” Andrews is a partner in Hinckley Allen’s Real Estate Group. She focuses on a broad spectrum of commercial real estate, including purchases, sales and assemblages of real estate, development work, representation of landlords and tenants in industrial, office and retail leasing, and representation of lenders and borrowers in financings.

Andrews’s practice includes work in the State of Connecticut and in other states, leasing across the country and handling real estate aspects of business purchases and sales. Her experience includes all market sectors, including industrial, shopping center, retail, office, health care and automotive and other business transactions.

Andrews’s practice currently concentrates on industrial and commercial real estate development projects.

On the industrial side, Andrews handled the acquisition and redevelopment of the largest (2 million square feet) warehouse in Connecticut: a warehouse/distribution facility by Winstanley Enterprises, LLC, of Concord, MA. A former JC Penney catalog distribution center, this retailer needed to downsize. Ideally located with excellent highway access near the intersections of I-84 and I-91 in Manchester, CT, the facility was 100% occupied and leased back by JC Penney at the time of sale, and its space was then reduced to 625,000 square feet. Andrews handled leasing to convert the property from a single tenant to multi-tenant user, permitting the developer to reposition the facility and lease the remainder of the facility to ADUSA, a Stop & Shop affiliate, and another tenant whose lease is about to be finalized, which were negotiated by Andrews.

Throughout this time, she has also been working on assemblages of undeveloped or underdeveloped parcels of real estate for leasing to large warehouse users such as Amazon. She is experienced in taking those projects from beginning to end, including diligence, contract negotiations, strategizing acquisitions, permitting, and utility availability and is an excellent lease negotiator and closing counsel.

Andrews works closely with Hinckley Allen business lawyers on the real estate side of business mergers and acquisitions, which always requires real estate input for acquisition or leasing of the underlying real estate.

Manchester Logistics Center, Manchester, CT

She is an active member of the Real Estate Finance Association, Commercial Real Estate Women and the Real Estate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. She serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Farmington Libraries and is a board member of Farmington Village Green & Library Associaton. She also enjoys mentoring young lawyers in the firm. Andrews received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.

Hinckley Allen is a client-driven, forward-thinking law firm with one common goal: to provide value and deliver results for its clients. Recognized as an AmLaw 200 firm, Hinckley Allen offers pragmatic legal counsel, strategic thinking, and tireless advocacy to a diverse clientele. Its clients include regional, national, and international privately held and public companies and emerging businesses in a wide range of industries.

Hinckley Allen’s team of real estate attorneys and paralegals is nationally recognized for their work and the ability to complete even the most complex transactions on-time and within budget. Recognized as one of the nation’s top real estate law firms, their attorneys have been honored by organizations including Chambers & Partners, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers.® The firm offers a full spectrum of services related to commercial real estate including, transactional, leasing, financing, development, mixed-use and warehouse and distribution needs.

Another recent project of note for Hinckley Allen is also Winstanley project, an Amazon last mile facility warehouse in Florida, NY (west of Albany) near the NY State Turnpike. This facility warehouse was acquired, permitted and renovated in record time in order to permit Amazon expansion of delivery capabilities in the area. The client has other projects pending in the immediate area, including an adjacent assemblage of 10 other parcels permitted for a 1,000,000 square foot warehouse/distribution facility.