OUR PEOPLE

Larry J. Tarabicos

Larry practices in the areas of commercial real
estate transactions and land use, with an emphasis
upon land development, land acquisitions and
real estate financing.

Larry represents many of the largest land developers, builders, and investors in the region in connection with their projects in Delaware. Some of the more prominent projects Larry is currently working on, or has worked on in the past, include: The Christiana Mall; Christiana Retail Center; Apex Office Building; Hockessin Athletic Club; Scott Run Business Park; Village of Whitehall; Concord Plaza mixed-use; Forwood Commons; Linden Hill Station; Barley Mill Plaza; and Stonewold. With over 30 years of experience, Larry has handled complex real estate transactions and financings, as well as a wide variety of land development and zoning projects. Larry has consistently been ranked as a leading Real Estate/Zoning/Land Use attorney in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He is said to be "[f]irst choice for zonings", a high-profile attorney with a "thorough knowledge of codes, people and practices." According to clients, he "excels where you need to think on your feet".

Education:
• Emory University School of Law,
   Atlanta, GA - Juris Doctor
• University of Delaware,
   Newark, Delaware - Bachelor of
    Arts and Science
Bar Admissions:
• Delaware

Geoffrey L. Grosso

Geoff concentrates his practice on sophisticated real
estate matters, regularly representing clients in
connection with the acquisition, sale, financing,
and leasing of commercial real estate.

Geoff represents both commercial and residential developers with all real estate needs of their development projects, including negotiating complex construction financing transactions, preparing declarations and easements, and counseling builders with respect to disclosure requirements in their communities. Geoff has also represented real estate investors with the acquisition financing, disposition, and leasing of shopping centers, office buildings, parking garages, and self-storage facilities.

Prior to his legal career, Geoff attained over 8 years of business experience working for various homebuilders, a real estate developer, and a large commercial construction and engineering company. Geoff's business experience, along with his MBA, allows him to better understand the business issues facing his clients, including the practical concerns in transactions involving construction.

Recent, significant projects Geoff has worked on include:
• Representation of a developer in connection
   with a $30,500,000.00 leasehold mortgage and
   construction financing transaction
• Drafting and negotiating of county approval
   for Master, Commercial, and Residential
   Declarations related to the first "SmartCode"
   - based community in New Castle County
• Purchase of a commercial note and subsequent
   deed in lieu of foreclosure transaction
• Multiple construction financing transactions
   in connection with site development,
   infrastructure, and vertical construction
• Complex leasing transaction involving "big box"
   national tenant
• Certification of properties into the Brownfields
   Development Program

Geoff is a licensed title agent for First American Title Insurance Company and Stewart Title Guaranty Company.

Education:
• Temple University
   Beasley School of Law,
   Law School, J.D.
• Villanova University,
   Graduate, MBA
• Villanova University,
   Undergraduate, BME
Professional Activities:
• Delaware State Bar
   Association, Member
• American Bar
   Association, Member
• The Commercial-Industrial
   Realty Council of New Castle
   County, Delaware
• Urban Land Institute
• Delaware Contractors
   Association
Honors and Distinctions:
• Arthur L. Berns
   Memorial Award in
   Real Estate Law
Bar Admissions:
• Delaware
• Pennsylvania
• New Jersey

Scott L. Matthews

Scott focuses his practice on commercial transactions
of all types, including commercial real estate
transactions, and the formation and utilization of
Delaware limited liability companies, partnerships
and corporations.

Scott has represented major corporations, regional developers, lending institutions and investment funds in connection with commercial real estate finance transactions, tax credit finance transactions, cross-border and domestic commercial transactions, structured finance and secured transactions under Articles 8 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

He has represented a diverse array of clients in international and domestic commercial transactions of all sizes, including lending institutions Crèdit Agricole, Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Bank of America; private equity funds The Blackstone Group and Apollo Management; real estate investment companies Simon Property Group, Kimco Realty Corporation and Developers Diversified Realty Corporation; and ExxonMobil and General Electric.

In addition, he has provided commercial real estate transactional advice and land use/development advice to a wide variety of regional clients on projects in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, including the development and financing of the first "smart code"-based mixed use community in New Castle County; the negotiation of commercial leases with national retailers in New Castle County and in Chester County, Pennsylvania; the proposed acquisition by a premier charter school of a new educational campus in Northern New Castle County; representation of a regional lender in connection with the development of a site for a convenience store and gas station.

He specializes in the provision of legal opinions in connection with such transactions; drafting and negotiation of contracts; and the formation and utilization of Delaware limited liability companies, partnerships, corporations and statutory trusts.

He is the author or co-author of numerous articles on Delaware corporate, alternative entity and secured transactions law, and is an active member of the ABA Section of Business Law and the Delaware State Bar Association.

Education:
• University of Virginia
   School of Law,
   Law School, J.D.
• University of Virginia,
   M.A., English Literature
• University of Delaware, B.A.
Professional Activities:
• Delaware State Bar Association,
   Member
• Alternative Entity committee
   of Corporate Council
• Corporate Law Section and Real
   and Personal Property Section
• American Bar Association,
    Member
• Business Law Section
• Limited Partnerships and
    Unincorporated Entities
    Committee
• Legal Opinions Committee and
    Uniform Commercial Code
    Committee, Member
• DSBA Real and Personal
    Property Section, Member
Bar Admissions:
• Delaware
• United States District Court
    for the District of Delaware

Michael J. Hoffman

Mike practices primarily in the areas of
land use and land development.

Mike practices primarily in the areas of land use and land development. Having previously represented several Delaware municipalities on a wide range of issues, including land use matters, Mike has a keen understanding of the administrative process and a proven ability to manage sophisticated and sensitive matters.

Mike's land use practice primarily focuses on projects in New Castle County, the City of Wilmington, and the City of Newark. He has amassed a broad range of experience in all aspects of land use, including property due diligence, conducting community outreach, zoning hearings, and guiding projects through the entitlement process from conception to completion. Having managed projects large and small, Mike understands the challenges of land development and the various factors impacting land use decisions.

He currently serves as legal counsel to the Board of Public Works for the City of Lewes, a municipal utility provider, as well as legal counsel to the Lewes Board of Adjustment. He also has experience in labor relations and employment law, and previously served as a legislative attorney for the Delaware House of Representatives and as an instructor with the paralegal program at Delaware Technical Community College.

A native Delawarean, Mike strongly believes in giving back to the community. He previously served as President of the Dover Art League and as a Board Member of the University of Delaware Men's Crew Alumni Association. He was a member of the Leadership Delaware Class of 2014.

Education:
• Villanova University
   School of Law,
   Law School, J.D.
• University of Delaware,
   B. A., Honors,
• Political Science and Economics
Professional Activities:
• Delaware State Bar Association,
   Member
• Terry-Carey
   American Inn of Court,
   Member
Bar Admissions:
• Delaware
• Pennsylvania

Thomas F. Driscoll III

Tom practices primarily in the areas of real estate
transactions and land use, working on a wide range
of commercial real estate matters, including the
acquisition, sale, financing, leasing, and
development of commercial real estate properties.

Tom also has extensive experience in commercial litigation and bankruptcy, representing debtors, official committees, trustees, and creditors in large Chapter 11 matters. He has been named to Delaware SuperLawyers Rising Stars for the years 2012 through 2017. Listening to clients and understanding their needs are two of his most important skills.

Tom places a high value on contributions to community and helping to improve the lives of Delaware's children. For over ten years, he has volunteered as an attorney for dependent and neglected children through the Office of the Child Advocate, and also serves as counsel to the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission.

Education:
• University of Pennsylvania
   Law School, J.D.
• The Wharton School,
   Certificate in Business
   and Public Policy
• Dartmouth College, A.B.
   Creative Writing
   and Mathematics
Professional Activities:
• Member of the Delaware
   State Bar Association
• Member of the Dartmouth
   Lawyers Association
Bar Admissions:
• Delaware
• United States District Court
    for the District of Delaware
• United States Court
    of Appeals for the
    Third Circuit

Adrian E. Ciacci

Adrian practices primarily in the area
of commercial real estate.

Adrian Ciacci is an associate in the firm's real estate and land use sections, working on a wide range of commercial real estate matters, including the acquisition, sale, financing, leasing, and development of commercial real estate properties.

Adrian graduated, cum laude, from Boston University in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Analysis and Policy, after which he spent two years as an environmental consultant in the greater Philadelphia area. In 2016, Adrian obtained his Juris Doctor from the George Mason University School of Law, where he was a Research Editor for the Law Review. During law school, Adrian worked as a law clerk at several federal agencies in Washington, D.C., including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Prior to joining Tarabicos Grosso in 2017, Adrian worked for a Chester County law firm where he represented municipalities and was a member of the litigation department.

Recent, significant projects Adrian has worked on include:
• Representation of a developer in connection
   with the acquisition of a corporate
   headquarters facility.
• Representation of a seller in the sale of a
   portfolio of properties.

Education:
• George Mason University
   School of Law, J.D.
• Boston University, B.A.,
   Environmental Analysis
   and Policy
Bar Admissions:
• Pennsylvania

Kristina G. Bensley

Law Clerk

Kristina is a law clerk in the firm's real estate and land use sections. She currently works with the firm's partners on a wide range of land use, zoning, transactional real estate, and financing matters - most notably lot purchases, the acquisition and financing of subdivisions, and the coordination of settlement matters.

Kristina joined our firm in 2015 having worked as a paralegal since 2010, with experience in many areas of the law, including military law, family law, wrongful death, and landlord tenant disputes. She recently completed her law degree with magna cum laude honors at Delaware Law School. For her undergraduate degree, Kristina studied Criminal Justice and Fire Protection at the University of New Haven. Kristina's previous experience includes 2 years at Manion Gaynor & Manning, LLP in Wilmington, DE, primarily working in toxic tort defense litigation.

Education:
• Delaware Law School
   Law School, J.D.
• University of New Haven
   Undergraduate, B.S.
Bar Admissions:
• *Not yet admitted

Rachel B. Thompson

Paralegal

Rachel Thompson joined Tarabicos Grosso, LLP as a paralegal in November 2014. Rachel assists with several areas of the firm's real estate practice, including land use and development projects, residential and commercial transactions, as well as corporate and business matters.

Rachel's previous experience in corporate law includes 14 years at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in Wilmington, DE and 2 years at Reed Smith, LLP in Philadelphia, PA., primarily working in Bankruptcy and Litigation. Rachel studied Psychology and Sociology at Wilmington University and graduated in 2011.

Education:
• Wilmington University
   Undergraduate, B. A.

Heather L. McKee

Paralegal

Heather McKee joined Tarabicos Grosso, LLP as a paralegal in June 2016. Heather assists primarily with the firm's transactional real estate practice, working with the firm's attorneys and coordinating with clients on a variety of pre and post-closing matters.

Heather graduated from Wesley College in 2016 with dual degrees, a B.S. in Legal Studies and a B.A. in Psychology. An avid student of the Spanish language for over ten years, Heather participated in a study abroad program in Costa Rica and earned a Minor in Spanish Language from Wesley College in 2015.

Education:
• New York University
   Undergraduate, B.A.
• Wesley College
   Undergraduate, B.S.
• Wesley College
   Undergraduate, B.A.
• Wesley College
   Undergraduate,
   Paralegal Certification

Samantha Giordano

Paralegal

Samantha Giordano joined Tarabicos Grosso, LLP as a paralegal in June 2017. Samantha works primarily on transactional real estate matters, including commercial acquisition and sale transactions, commercial loan and financing transactions, and title transactions. She specializes in the preparation of settlement and title insurance documents and coordinates with the firm's attorneys and clients on a variety of pre and post-closing matters.

Samantha graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Biological Science in 2017. During her time as an undergraduate, Samantha worked at the firm as a legal assistant and summer intern, gaining valuable exposure to the firm's practice areas, clients, and projects.

Education:
• University of Delaware
   Undergraduate, B.A.

Megan M. Hughes

Firm Administrator

As the Firm Administrator for Tarabicos Grosso, Megan Hughes works with the firm's Partners to oversee the fiscal, personnel, marketing, and other daily administrative needs of the firm while providing the highest level of service to our clients.

Megan began her career with the firm in 2014 as a Real Estate Paralegal, specializing in complex commercial real estate transactions and the preparation of legal documents and correspondence. Drawing on a background in writing and the visual arts, Megan approaches each new project with an eye for detail, a creative perspective, and a drive to produce work of the highest quality.