By Matt Nolley, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
The IndyBar Real Estate and Land Use Section is pleased to honor two well-deserving individuals as the 2020 recipients of the Zeff Weiss Award for Excellence in Real Estate – Jeff Abrams and Norman Newman.
Jeff has been a highly-regard member of the Indianapolis real estate community for decades. His work spans across industrial developments, mixed-use developments, hotel developments, health care developments and more, leaving an indelible impact on the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and beyond. Jeff has been an ardent supporter of the Indianapolis Bar Association, having served in various capacities and roles over the years, including as president of both the association and the foundation.
Says his nominator, Raegan Gibson: “Jeff is both well-known and well-liked. You would be hard-pressed to find someone in the real estate industry that hasn't heard of Jeff or wouldn't refer Jeff a case. I've often walked down the streets of Indianapolis with Jeff and been surprised at the sheer number of people who stop to shake his hand. There is a reason for this. In building a successful practice, Jeff has made sure to take others with him. He takes time to meet and get to know young developers, brokers, title agents. He teaches them the ropes and he refers them work when he can. He employs the rising tide model and lifts others' ships.”
Norman Newman has left an impact on Indianapolis all his own. Norm has worked in development, construction and land use areas of real estate including on projects as well-known as the Fashion Mall at Keystone and Circle Centre Mall. Norm has also left an impact by presenting many CLEs for his fellow attorneys and teaching law school courses. Norm has also served as the attorney for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Plan Commission as well.
Norm’s nominator, Joe Calderon, says of Norm: “Norm worked with many developers/contractors over the years in order to achieve high quality, cutting edge developments.” Speaking of Norm’s contributions to the legal community, Calderon goes on to add, “Norm was involved in the model Rules of Professional Conduct early on, and has always been committed to the utmost in integrity and honesty.”
While we are unable to recognize and honor these two giants in our real estate and legal community in person at our annual holiday party, we hope you will join us in extending our deepest gratitude for what they have done and continue to do for our city, our state, our bar association and our profession.
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