Tanya has served as our General Counsel since January 2015, as Secretary since November 2018, as Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer since August 2021, and as Executive Vice President since February 2022. Prior to that, she served as our Senior Vice President. She joined Phillips Edison & Company in 2013 as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. She has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and corporate transactions, including joint venture and fund formation matters, structuring and negotiating asset and entity-level acquisitions and dispositions and related financings, the sales and purchases of distressed loans, and general corporate matters. She also has extensive commercial leasing and sale leaseback experience.
Prior to joining Phillips Edison, Tanya was a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to that, she held associate positions at the law firms of Freeborn & Peters LLP (Chicago, Illinois), King & Spalding LLP (Atlanta, Georgia) and Scoggins & Goodman, P.C. (Atlanta, Georgia).
Tanya is active in CREW Utah, serving on the sponsorship committee, and is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investments Trusts (NAREIT) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). She was awarded Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence and Power in Law Award in 2019 and 2020, as well as Connect Commercial Real Estate's 2019 Women in Real Estate Award (National). She was also named as a 2019 Women of Influence by Real Estate Forum / GlobeSt.
Tanya earned a BA in civil law with honors from the National University of Ireland College of Law in Dublin, Ireland, and a JD from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She is licensed to practice in Illinois, Georgia, Ohio and Utah.
Favorite PECO Core Value
Always Keep Learning – “Things are always changing, so we have to constantly be on top of our game through continuing to learn. This constant learning feeds into “Do the Right Thing,” which is a core part of my role as General Counsel. What’s right by the laws and regulations this year might have evolved by next year, so we have to always keep learning to make sure it’s the right thing.”