Best Lawyers for Real Estate Law in Alabama, United States

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Financial Services Regulation Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Land Use and Zoning Law Commercial Finance Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Finance Law Tax Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Health Care Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Vestavia, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Commercial Finance Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Timber Law Tax Law Corporate Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Health Care Law Real Estate Law Government Contracts
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Paul Compton

Compton Jones Dresher
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law Financial Services Regulation Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Law Real Estate Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Financial Services Regulation Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation and Controversy - Tax Real Estate Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Finance Law Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Real Estate Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Public Finance Law Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Real Estate Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law Copyright Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Construction Law Litigation - Construction Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Real Estate Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Communications Law Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Real Estate Law Information Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Financial Services Regulation Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Construction Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Construction Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Commercial Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Commercial Litigation Commercial Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Financial Services Regulation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Consumer Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Securities / Capital Markets Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Financial Services Regulation Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Governance Law Municipal Law Utilities Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Construction Litigation - Municipal Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Utilities Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Municipal Law Real Estate Law Litigation - Municipal Insurance Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Finance Law Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Land Use and Zoning Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law Financial Services Regulation Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Tax Law Corporate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Project Finance Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Real Estate Law Project Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law

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Practice Area Definition

Real Estate Law Definition

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. In today's environment, a full service real estate law firm should be able to 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, industrial properties, residential properties, and manufactured housing communities.
  • Title. 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.
  • Development. 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.
  • Leasing. The negotiation and preparation of office, retail, and industrial leases and long-term ground leases.
  • Finance. The representation of lenders and borrowers in real estate secured loan originations, loan sales, and purchases and other debt arrangements, including permanent financings, construction loans, bridge loans, conduit loans, mezzanine loans, shared appreciation loans, and portfolios of non-performing loans.
  • Joint Ventures. A very large proportion of real estate transactions involve joint ventures between capital sources and developers. Therefore, a real estate firm must be in position to structure and negotiate partnership agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and other forms of joint venture arrangements and advise on the tax aspects of the transactions.
  • Restructuring and Workouts. Not all real estate transactions are successful. Real estate lawyers therefore, must be in position to advise lenders, borrowers, partners, landlords, tenants, and developers when a transaction goes bad. This will involve transactional, bankruptcy, tax, and litigation work. It will include 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. 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.
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. In today's environment, a full service real estate law firm should be able to 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, industrial properties, residential properties, and manufactured housing communities.
  • Title. 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.
  • Development. 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.
  • Leasing. The negotiation and preparation of office, retail, and industrial leases and long-term ground leases.
  • Finance. The representation of lenders and borrowers in real estate secured loan originations, loan sales, and purchases and other debt arrangements, including permanent financings, construction loans, bridge loans, conduit loans, mezzanine loans, shared appreciation loans, and portfolios of non-performing loans.
  • Joint Ventures. A very large proportion of real estate transactions involve joint ventures between capital sources and developers. Therefore, a real estate firm must be in position to structure and negotiate partnership agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and other forms of joint venture arrangements and advise on the tax aspects of the transactions.
  • Restructuring and Workouts. Not all real estate transactions are successful. Real estate lawyers therefore, must be in position to advise lenders, borrowers, partners, landlords, tenants, and developers when a transaction goes bad. This will involve transactional, bankruptcy, tax, and litigation work. It will include 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. 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.