Alexandra S. Sylvia Who We Are
 

Alexandra S. Sylvia, Partner Back to Attorney List
   
Ali Sylvia chairs the firm’s Real Estate Group and focuses her practice on real estate and other business transactions, environmental counseling, health care/life sciences and business services. Under fiscal and regulatory conditions that provide serious and ever-changing challenges, Ali and the Plews Shadley Racher & Braun lawyers she supervises get tough deals done for clients in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Ali also is a former Managing Partner of the firm. 

Ali represents clients in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of various retail, office and other commercial/ industrial properties.  She represents various banks and lending institutions and borrowers in the financing of real estate and other business transactions. She frequently serves as lead counsel to various regional and local gasoline station and convenience store owners and/or operators and franchisees. She regularly counsels clients on numerous environmental compliance issues, including cleanups and cost-recovery actions.  Ali counsels established and emerging businesses and entrepreneurs on entity formation and dissolution, corporate governance, financing and contracting.

Ali also represents small business owners, including dentists, physicians and restaurateurs in connection with entity formation, the acquisition and disposition of dental and physician practices, restaurants and other family-owned businesses.

Ali is recognized as a leader in the law and received an AV peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She was selected for inclusion by Indiana Super Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America® for real estate and was named a finalist in law for the Indy's Best and Brightest Award. 

Ali is active in the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA).  She is the Chair of the ISBA's Articles & Bylaws Committee, the 2013 ISBA Annual Meeting Chair and a past Secretary for the ISBA’s Board of Governors.  She is the former Chair of both the ISBA Environmental Law Section and the Standing Committee for Women in the Law.  Ali is a Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.  She is the Immediate Past-President of Indy Commercial Real Estate Women (IndyCREW) and also sits on the Board of Directors. Ali sits on the CREW Network's Member Education Committee (2015-2017) and assists with planning the programming for CREW Network's Annual National Convention in New York City and Houston. 

Ali is active in the community, serving on the Women's Fund of Central Indiana’s Advisory Board where she is a member of the Philanthropy Education and Capacity Analysis Committees.   She was also elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

Ali received her B.A. (Chemistry and Psychology) from Indiana University, Bloomington and earned her J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law.


Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Business Services
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Health Care

Publications & Speaking Engagements

2014
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop, San Diego, CA, "Progressing into Partner - Road Rules for a New Role."
 
2014
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law,”  Sterling Education Services
 
2012
Speaking Engagement
  Author and Speaker, "Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2012
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Lender Liability and Related Environmental Due Diligence," Risk Management Association, Central Indiana Chapter
 
2012
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker and Moderator, "Commercial Due Diligence," Indiana Board of Commercial Realtors, 2012 Commercial Real Estate Conference
 
2010
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Environmental Issues Affecting Real Estate Transactions," Indiana Board of Commercial Realtors, 2010 Commercial Real Estate Conference.
 
2007
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Seller's Disclosure Requirements," In the Huddle with Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
2007
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Negotiating Complex Real Estate Transactions," Lorman Educational Services
 
2007
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions," Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, Environmental Law Class
 
2005
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Ethics Update," In-House Seminar
 
2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Due Diligence,” Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions, How to Do Them Right, Sterling Education Services
 
2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Drafting Ancillary Documents," Buying and Selling A Business: Mastering the Basics, Sterling Education Services
 
2003
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Environmental Due Diligence and Property Transactions," ICLEF, ISBA Spring Getaway
 
2000
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Ethics Basics,” In-House Seminar
 
2000
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Taking Property by Eminent Domain," "Key Environmental Issues in Land Use Development" and "Paralegals in Land Use Litigation," National Business Institute Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana
 
1996
Publication
  Co-Author, "Computer Recycling Raises New Environmental Concerns," Asset Recovery News, Issue 4
 

Associations & Memberships

Past-President, Indy Commercial Real Estate Women (IndyCREW)

Indiana Commercial Board of Realtors (ICBR) Board of Directors -  organization representative for IndyCREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) 2015

Board of Directors, IndyCREW (President (2015); 2013 CREW Network Delegate (2013-2014); Member, Events Committee 2010-2012 (Chair 2011); Member, UCREW Committee (2014-present); Member, Mentor Committee (2016))

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network Member Education Committee 2015-present 

Member, Indiana State Bar Association, Chair of the Articles & Bylaws Committee (2013-2016), Annual Meeting Chair (2013), Board of Governors (Secretary and Executive Committee 2011-2012), Environmental Law Section (Chair 2006-2007, Vice Chair 2005-2006, Treasurer 2004-2005, Vice Chair 2005-2006) and Standing Committee for Women in the Law (Chair 2009-2010) and (Vice Chair 2008-2009)

Member, Indianapolis Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Kentucky Bar Association

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation (Member, Development Committee 2012-Present)

 

Honors

2017   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Real Estate
 
2016   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2016   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Real Estate
 
2016   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2015   Donna M. Hovey Award
 
2015   Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating
 
2015   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Real Estate
 
2014   Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating
 
2013   Selected into the CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network's Executive Level Mentoring Program
 
2013   Elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
 
2011   Named in Indiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Real Estate


 
2011   Women's Fund of Central Indiana OPTIONS Class 11
 
2009   Selected as one of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc.'s 2009 Indy's Best and Brightest Finalists in Law

 
2009  

Named in Indiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Real Estate


 
2008   Selected as Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association Foundation
 
2003   Indianapolis Bar Association Leadership Series, Class I
 

Employment History

2004-Present  Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

1997-2003 Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

1996 Intern for Judge Linda Chezem, Indiana Court of Appeals

Volunteer Activities

Member, Immaculate Heart of Mary School Commission (2016-2019) 

Advisory Board, Women's Fund of Central Indiana, 2012-Present (Co-Chair, Partners Committee; Member, Grants Committee)

Member, Junior League of Indianapolis

Member, Board of Directors, Heritage Place, 2003-2009 (Secretary 2004-2006)

Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Business Services
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Health Care

Publications & Speaking Engagements

2014
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop, San Diego, CA, "Progressing into Partner - Road Rules for a New Role."
 
2014
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law,”  Sterling Education Services
 
2012
Speaking Engagement
  Author and Speaker, "Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2012
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Lender Liability and Related Environmental Due Diligence," Risk Management Association, Central Indiana Chapter
 
2012
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker and Moderator, "Commercial Due Diligence," Indiana Board of Commercial Realtors, 2012 Commercial Real Estate Conference
 
2010
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Environmental Issues Affecting Real Estate Transactions," Indiana Board of Commercial Realtors, 2010 Commercial Real Estate Conference.
 
2007
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Seller's Disclosure Requirements," In the Huddle with Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
2007
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Negotiating Complex Real Estate Transactions," Lorman Educational Services
 
2007
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions," Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, Environmental Law Class
 
2005
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Ethics Update," In-House Seminar
 
2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Due Diligence,” Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions, How to Do Them Right, Sterling Education Services
 
2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Drafting Ancillary Documents," Buying and Selling A Business: Mastering the Basics, Sterling Education Services
 
2003
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Environmental Due Diligence and Property Transactions," ICLEF, ISBA Spring Getaway
 
2000
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Ethics Basics,” In-House Seminar
 
2000
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Taking Property by Eminent Domain," "Key Environmental Issues in Land Use Development" and "Paralegals in Land Use Litigation," National Business Institute Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana
 
1996
Publication
  Co-Author, "Computer Recycling Raises New Environmental Concerns," Asset Recovery News, Issue 4
 

Associations & Memberships

Past-President, Indy Commercial Real Estate Women (IndyCREW)

Indiana Commercial Board of Realtors (ICBR) Board of Directors -  organization representative for IndyCREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) 2015

Board of Directors, IndyCREW (President (2015); 2013 CREW Network Delegate (2013-2014); Member, Events Committee 2010-2012 (Chair 2011); Member, UCREW Committee (2014-present); Member, Mentor Committee (2016))

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network Member Education Committee 2015-present 

Member, Indiana State Bar Association, Chair of the Articles & Bylaws Committee (2013-2016), Annual Meeting Chair (2013), Board of Governors (Secretary and Executive Committee 2011-2012), Environmental Law Section (Chair 2006-2007, Vice Chair 2005-2006, Treasurer 2004-2005, Vice Chair 2005-2006) and Standing Committee for Women in the Law (Chair 2009-2010) and (Vice Chair 2008-2009)

Member, Indianapolis Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Kentucky Bar Association

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation (Member, Development Committee 2012-Present)

 


Honors

2017   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Real Estate
 
2016   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2016   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Real Estate
 
2016   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2015   Donna M. Hovey Award
 
2015   Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating
 
2015   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Real Estate
 
2014   Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating
 
2013   Selected into the CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network's Executive Level Mentoring Program
 
2013   Elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
 
2011   Named in Indiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Real Estate


 
2011   Women's Fund of Central Indiana OPTIONS Class 11
 
2009   Selected as one of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc.'s 2009 Indy's Best and Brightest Finalists in Law

 
2009  

Named in Indiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Real Estate


 
2008   Selected as Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association Foundation
 
2003   Indianapolis Bar Association Leadership Series, Class I
 

Employment History

2004-Present  Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

1997-2003 Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

1996 Intern for Judge Linda Chezem, Indiana Court of Appeals

Volunteer Activities

Member, Immaculate Heart of Mary School Commission (2016-2019) 

Advisory Board, Women's Fund of Central Indiana, 2012-Present (Co-Chair, Partners Committee; Member, Grants Committee)

Member, Junior League of Indianapolis

Member, Board of Directors, Heritage Place, 2003-2009 (Secretary 2004-2006)


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August 15, 2017   Twelve PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018, Emhardt Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Indianapolis for Insurance Law
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March 21, 2017   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP tops 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine list with the most lawyers named in the Insurance and Environmental categories
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August 17, 2016   Twelve PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016
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February 16, 2016   Eighteen PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2016 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
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December 8, 2015   Ali Sylvia Receives IndyCREW's Donna M. Hovey Award
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August 18, 2015   Thirteen PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016
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February 27, 2015   Two-Thirds of PSRB Lawyers are Super Lawyers
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January 8, 2015   Ali S. Sylvia to serve on ICBR Board of Directors
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December 31, 2014   Ali S. Sylvia elected IndyCREW president
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
May 15, 2014   Ali Sylvia and Todd Relue Speak on Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
December 13, 2013   Ali Sylvia Elected PSRB Managing Partner
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
November 25, 2013   PSRB Partner Named Chair of ISBA Committee
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 27, 2013   PSRB Partner Selected for Prestigious National Mentoring Program
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 28, 2013   Sylvia Elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 7, 2013   Alexandra Sylvia Named to Women's Fund of Central Indiana's Advisory Board
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
November 14, 2012   Ali Sylvia Speaks at Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers Seminar
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
November 10, 2011   Attorney Ali Sylvia named Secretary for Board of Governors for the ISBA
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
November 10, 2011   Attorney Ali Sylvia is OPTIONS Class 11 Representative to the Women's Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board for 2012
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 11, 2011   12 PSRB Attorneys Recognized by Indiana Super Lawyers and Indiana Rising Stars for 2011
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 18, 2011   Alexandra Sylvia selected to participate in OPTIONS Class Eleven by Women's Fund of Central Indiana
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
September 16, 2010   US News & World Report Annual Ranking of Best Law Firms: Firm's Environmental and Insurance Practice Areas Ranked Tier 1
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 8, 2010   PSRB Hosts Top Ten Business Practices Seminar April 20, 2010
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
November 30, 2009   Deadline to Appeal Marion County Property Tax Assessments Fast Approaching
By Ali Sylvia and Stephanie Eckerle
 
December 8, 2005   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun Attorneys Named Chair and Vice Chair of the Environmental Law Section
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
 
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