LESLI BOLNER enters her 25th year of practice having counseled her clients’ real estate concerns during the ever evolving financial cycle – from the prosperous times of land development, financing expansion and construction boom, through economic malaise, then trailing through contractions replete with loan workouts and bankruptcy challenges.
Bolner’s work in the law of real estate transactions and litigation touches on many aspects of her clients’ business and personal lives, ranging from sales and leases, to title curative work, to subdivision development and zoning, to resolution of boundary disputes, as well as condominium formation and conversion. This work often requires the formation of business entities such as corporations and limited liability companies appropriate to real estate entities. Not infrequently such real estate matters overlap other areas of the law such as successions and donations.
Bolner’s pragmatic approach to identifying and resolving real estate-related problems has also led to her retention by banks and other creditors seeking to resolve potential problems, whether related to title issues or to traditional debtor defaults, such as bankruptcy. Where litigation is required to enforce creditor rights, her experience in representing such clients in trial and appellate courts and U. S. Bankruptcy Courts permits her to use such tools when necessary.
When Bolner finds questionable title issues in title examinations or lender loan collateral reviews which require curative work, she draws upon the support of two the nation’s most secure title insurance companies—First American Title Insurance Company and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company–to underwrite problematic titles, thus enabling transactions to close quickly and often without protracted curative work or title litigation.
Baton Rouge was Bolner’s childhood home, and after graduating from Louisiana State University, she attended Loyola Law School in New Orleans and earned her Juris Doctor 1992. Roughly the first half of her career was spent practicing in the New Orleans metropolitan area, serving lenders, professionals, and small business owners. Since joining SEALE & ROSS in 2003, she has brought her pragmatic approach to transactional matters to the firm’s North Shore clients.
For several years she served on the Tangipahoa Land Use Planning Committee, responsible for critiquing the development of a land use code for currently unregulated areas of Tangipahoa Parish and redevelopment of subdivision regulations. This work has placed her at the fulcrum of the discussion between proponents of planning for smart growth and advocates of less regulated land use and development policies. For the past five years she has co-chaired the Legislative Committee of the Louisiana Land Title Association, where she has drafted legislation intended to protect landowner’s rights and titles and was instrumental in obtaining changes in the law to facilitate real estate transfers.
Active in the Louisiana Land Title Association for almost 20 years, she was elected Vice President in 2017, and was awarded in 2015 the Louisiana Land Title Association’s “Title Insurance Person of the Year.” The lobbying efforts have extended to Washington, D.C. where she has sought the assistance of Congressmen in regulatory matters. In connection with state legislative work, she has served on a committee of the Louisiana Law Institute as an advisory member for matters involving the development of landlocked properties.
Bolner has served on committees as the request of a United States Senator and also served as a board member of the Hammond Downtown Development District. She is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women and the American Land Title Association.
Bolner lives in Hammond with her husband and two high school aged children and is an avid supporter of Archbishop Hannan High School. She currently serves as Chair of the Finance Council of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and School. She prefers to spend her spare time gardening, identifying and planting trees, and boating.