Real Estate Law.
The practice of real estate law involves a varied and often highly complex set of activities centering on sales and acquisitions, title, land use, environmental, development, leasing, finance, joint ventures, restructuring and workouts, and litigation. We offer expertise in the following areas:
Sales and Acquisitions.
The representation of buyers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of the various kinds of real estate including office buildings, retail centers, hotels, commercial properties, residential properties, and condominiums.
The examination of title to real estate, evaluation of title exceptions, and negotiation of title insurance policies.
Land Use and Environmental.
Land use entitlements, due diligence investigations, Brownfield developments, and compliance with Environmental Laws and federal and state Endangered Species Acts.
We assist clients in the negotiation and preparation of development and construction agreements and the other documents required to develop and construct office buildings, shopping centers, mixed-use projects, free-standing units, and industrial sites.
We work with clients on the negotiation and preparation of office, retail, and industrial leases and long-term ground leases.
We represent lenders and borrowers in real estate secured loan originations, loan sales, and purchases and other debt arrangements, including permanent financings and construction loans.
A very large proportion of real estate transactions involve joint ventures between capital sources and developers. We help clients structure and negotiate partnership agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and other forms of joint venture arrangements. We don't advise on the tax aspects of the transactions, but we know attorneys who do.
Restructuring and Workouts.
Not all real estate transactions are successful. We advise lenders, borrowers, partners, landlords, tenants, and developers when a transaction goes bad. This will involve transactional, bankruptcy, and litigation work. This includes loan modifications, foreclosures, deeds in lieu of foreclosure, discounted loan payoffs, loan forbearances, REO sales, joint venture modifications, buy/sells, forced sales, lease and development modifications, bankruptcies, receivership actions, and guarantee actions.
Litigation in the real estate area involves the representations of real estate owners, buyers, sellers, lessors, brokers, lenders, and developers in, among other things, contract disputes, mechanics lien and construction disputes, eminent domain proceedings, title disputes, loan service and foreclosure issues, and bankruptcy.