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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Toledo, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Towson, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Tax Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
Dean N. Alterman was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Dean N. Alterman

Alterman Law Group PC
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Construction Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Duluth, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Construction Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Southport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
John A. "Jack" Barbour  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John A. "Jack" Barbour

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Columbia, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Leisure and Hospitality Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Middlebury, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Trusts and Estates Elder Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Construction Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Construction Law Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Galveston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Vestavia, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Jackson, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Bankruptcy Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Milford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Banking and Finance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
Bryan C. Birkeland was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Bryan C. Birkeland

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • 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.