Coworking space king WeWork has experienced some impressive growth since launching in 2010. The company, which went public in 2021, operates in more than 150 cities and 38 countries now. But, as always, with aggressive expansion comes the need for more top tier employees. This is where Pam Swidler comes in. A highly respected figure in the legal world, her role in WeWork's recent success cannot be questioned. In fact, in February 2023, the company announced the promotion of Swidler to Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary.
Overall, Swidler has been part of the WeWork team for seven years now. Prior to her latest promotion, she served as the company's Senior Vice President, Head of Americas and International, Legal from July 2021 to February 2023. Before that, she was Global Head of Real Estate Legal from January 2020 to July 2021. In that position, she managed the company’s global team of real estate lawyers responsible for negotiating lease agreements and other real estate deals around the world. Furthermore, she has held various other legal roles since joining the company in March 2016 – primarily serving as an adviser to WeWork's real estate function and Americas business, where she worked with the regional teams on real estate, growth, and other corporate matters.
Swidler began her law career at Kramer Levin as a summer associate in 2006. Based on this success, she was offered a position working in Kramer’s Real Estate department, where she served from 2007 through 2016. During this time, her practice covered a wide range of commercial real estate transactional matters. This includes acquisition, disposition, financing, and development of various property types around the country. While at Kramer, her list of accomplishments also include working on some of New York City's largest and most complex developments, sales, acquisitions, loans, leases, and other deals. On top of her real estate duties at Kramer, she served as a member of the firm's Associates Committee.
Swidler is admitted to practice in New York. In 2007, she received her Juris Doctorate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was Senior Articles Editor of the Cardozo Law Review and a Deans Distinguished Scholar. In 2004, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in quantitative economics from Tufts University.