Real Estate Development
Our large and active real estate practice represents developers, investors, lenders, and business users in the acquisition, development, financing, sale and leasing of real estate. Our lawyers are familiar with condominium and time-sharing forms of ownership, real estate syndication, zoning and the regulation of land use. We frequently assist in planning the structure of and negotiating complex real estate transactions, as well as handling the legal analysis and documentation.
Acquisitions, Sales, and Exchanges
We assist clients in the negotiation and closing of real estate acquisitions and sales, including the preparation of purchase agreements, conveyancing documents, financing documents, tax-deferred and multiple-party exchange agreements, escrow instructions and other related documents.
The firm has a varied and sophisticated leasing practice. Our lawyers represent both landlords and tenants and have significant experience in leasing transactions, including retail leases, ground leases, build-to-suit leases, office leases, industrial leases and subleases. We are pleased to have commercial office building owners as clients.
Real Estate Development
Our lawyers assist clients in all types of real estate development, including residential subdivisions, shopping centers, industrial, residential, hotel and downtown developments. We have extensive experience in the creation and operation of residential, commercial and mixed-use condominiums and planned unit developments.
We have broad experience in land use regulation and in project permitting before local government entities, state agencies, and appeals boards. Our practice includes the preparation and processing of all local, state, and federal permit applications relating to land use and environmental regulation of development projects, also including advice on financing options for public and private infrastructure required as a condition of permit approval.
We represent clients seeking financing and also actively represent many regional lending institutions. Our lawyers advise clients on current methods and alternatives in real estate financing and assist in the structuring and documentation of real estate mortgages, deeds of trust, contracts of sale and other financing transactions, such as sale-and-leasebacks.
Partnership, Joint Venture, and Real Estate Investment
We regularly are involved in structuring and documenting limited liability companies, real estate partnerships and joint ventures, and our lawyers advise regarding the structuring of real estate investments.
Real Estate Disputes
Real Estate Disputes – whether they involve purchase and sale contracts, commercial leases, design and construction defects, property insurance, joint venture agreements, property tax assessments or easements – require litigation expertise to resolve.
We have experience representing property owners, sellers, buyers, real estate developers, contractors, residential and commercial brokers, investors, high net worth individuals, public companies, members of the entertainment industry as well as lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants.
Our experience in adversarial proceedings includes trials as well as various types of alternative dispute resolution, including non-binding mediation and binding arbitration. While we try to resolve disputes outside the courtroom, we are fully prepared to litigate any case in state or federal trial and appellate courts. For each case we provide high level cost efficient legal service to our clients.
Our practice includes disputes involving:
- Purchase and sale contracts
- Commercial leases
- Residential leases
- Land development
- Construction defects
- Real estate investment partnerships
- Brokerage representations
- Mortgage and deed of Trust Disputes
- Financing Disputes
- Monetary and non-monetary defaults
- Unlawful Detainer
- Common Area Maintenance