Elizabeth Dryden is Of Counsel in the Real Estate Department.
Elizabeth’s practice focuses on all areas of transactional real estate, including acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing, financing and joint venture fund formation. With a strong background in finance, Elizabeth specializes in real estate finance and has extensive experience representing institutional and non-institutional lenders, real estate funds, individual investors, developers, high-net worth individuals and family offices across all asset classes.
Before joining Ervin Cohen & Jessup, Elizabeth was an associate at Sklar Kirsh as well as Morrison & Foerster LLP. While with Morrison & Foerster LLP, Elizabeth’s practice focused on debt financing transactions, including secured and unsecured lending transactions, high yield and investment grade public debt offerings, acquisition financings and cross-border transactions. Elizabeth also provided significant finance support for mergers and acquisitions. From 2010 to 2012, Elizabeth was an associate in the Finance and Restructuring Group of Paul Hastings LLP. At Paul Hastings LLP, Elizabeth represented lenders in commercial loan transactions establishing term loan and revolving credit facilities for mergers, acquisitions, refinancing and working capital financings.
Elizabeth received her Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law, where she worked on the Journal of Law & Business as the Senior Production Editor. During her time in law school, Elizabeth was a volunteer for Sanctuary for Families, advocating for abused spouses seeking uncontested divorces. Elizabeth received a joint Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and philosophy from Columbia University. While at Columbia University, Elizabeth volunteered on the university ambulance corps, serving as a Crew Chief and as a member of the Medical Board. A Red Cross certified CPR and first aid instructor, she volunteered for the Columbia University EMS CPR Program, teaching CPR classes on campus and first aid to underprivileged middle school students in Harlem.
In addition to being a member of the California Bar Association, Elizabeth is an active member of Los Angeles’s Westside Urban Forum.
Elizabeth enjoys SCUBA diving, hiking and trying new recipes.