McNelly & Goldstein is pleased to announce that Beth R. Stearns has joined the firm

McNelly & Goldstein is pleased to announce that Beth R. Stearns has joined the firm as a partner to chair our new Practice Group: Retail & Restaurant Law/Commercial Leasing.

Ms. Stearns comes to us from Villa Restaurant Group/Scotto Properties (an international restaurant chain with nearly 400 stores and an affiliated real estate holding company) where she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for nearly 18 years. Ms. Stearns was the Company’s founding and chief in-house counsel, and during her tenure, she brought the Company from 100 stores and a small portfolio of real property to nearly 400 stores and significant real property holdings.

At Villa/Scotto, Ms. Stearns handled a broad variety of complex corporate matters, such as leasing (including amendments and rent relief agreements) mergers and acquisitions (including liquor licenses), construction contracts, real estate transactions, commercial transactions, franchise issues and commercial contracts for retail/restaurant properties.

View Beth’s bio here