Find Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law
Practice Area Overview
Real estate law refers to the body of laws that govern the buying, selling and leasing of property.
These laws cover a wide range of legal issues related to real estate transactions, including financing transactions, environmental law and title searches. Real estate laws and regulations vary from state to state, with some requiring a real estate license to buy or sell property. Attorneys in real estate law can help with issues that a real estate agent can’t.
Hiring a real estate lawyer or real estate law attorney can be essential for navigating the legal complexities of a home purchase or sale. Law firms specializing in real estate law can assist with legal issues related to real estate transactions, such as reviewing contracts and conducting title searches.
Real estate lawyers or attorneys are also typically involved in representing clients before the real estate commission or title company. Law school courses often cover real estate law, as it is an essential aspect of many legal practices. A full-service real estate law firm should have expertise in these 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.
Real estate attorneys can be equally essential whether the transaction is for residential or commercial property.
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.
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.
The negotiation and preparation of office, retail and industrial leases and long-term ground leases. A real estate lawyer may assist with:
- Drafting and reviewing lease agreements.
- Negotiating lease terms.
- Ensuring compliance with laws and regulations.
- Dispute resolution.
- Lease modifications and renewals.
- Handling lease terminations and evictions.
- Advising on subleasing and assignment.
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.
- Portfolios of non-performing loans.
A very large proportion of real estate transactions involve joint ventures between capital sources and developers. Therefore, a real estate firm must be in a 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 a position to advise lenders, borrowers, partners, landlords, tenants and developers when a transaction goes bad.
This type of real estate law may involve transactional, bankruptcy, tax and litigation work. Restructuring and workouts often include:
- Loan modifications.
- Deeds in lieu of foreclosure.
- Discounted loan payoffs.
- Loan forbearances.
- REO sales.
- Joint venture modifications.
- Forced sales.
- Lease and development modifications.
- Receivership actions.
- 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.
- Foreclosure issues.
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Bob Abdo is Executive Vice President of Lommen Abdo Law Firm. He brings a wide variety of background and experience, giving him a practical and substantive perspective to advise clients. He acts as general outside counsel to a variety of businesses. Bob represents start-up, emerging and growing private and publicly held businesses. He provides legal, transactional, estate and family planning, business strategy and long-term planning, counseling and advice to varied businesses, organizations a...
Gene R. Abercrombie concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate law, with an emphasis on sale and leasing transactions of all sizes, zoning and planning, real estate tax appeals, real estate brokerage law and mechanics’ lien law. Prior to rejoining the Firm in 2001, Mr. Abercrombie served as vice president and general counsel of the then largest real estate services corporation in Northwest Ohio and has served on the Springfield Township Board of Zoning Appeals. He i...
President and Shareholder Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization Andy Abraham is president of Burch & Cracchiolo. He is certified as a Real Estate Specialist by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Transactions since 2008 and in every edition of Southwest Super Lawyers. In the 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions, Andy was voted among the top 50 lawyers in Arizona by his peers. He is ...
Jeff represents banks and lending institutions, developers, landlords, tenants, builders, contractors and all types of business owners. He has represented companies and lenders in documenting different types of transactions, including acquisition and development of land, shopping centers, office and industrial buildings, acquisition of businesses, development loans, construction loans and leases for various property types. Notable Matters Counsel to developer on purchase in 2013 and subsequen...
Bill Acker is a shareholder, director and corporate vice president. He maintains an “AV” peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest peer review rating for attorneys. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2010-2019 issues of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan in the practice area of Estate Planning & Probate. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in...
Eben Adams is partner and Chair of Pierce Atwood's Real Estate Practice Group. His practice includes all aspects of real estate law with a focus on commercial and residential development, acquisitions, sales and leasing. Eben regularly represents hospitality clients in the purchase and sale of restaurants and hotels. He has extensive experience representing developers of condominium projects including residential, commercial and mixed-use condominiums. Eben regularly assists energy companies ...
Jeff Adams focuses his practice on the representation of real estate developer and investor clients, including private equity funds, public and private REITS, insurance companies and foreign and domestic family offices engaged in joint venture or fund negotiation. He also has significant experience on property-level acquisition, disposition, financing and development negotiations, including portfolio transactions, involving a broad array of real estate asset classes. Jeff received his J.D., c...
Cullen Aderhold represents domestic and foreign clients in a wide variety of commercial real estate, corporate, partnership, and other business transactions. His clients include owners, buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, and brokers in connection with the acquisition, sale, development, financing, leasing, and operation of commercial real estate. He represents clients in the formation and restructuring of, and mergers and acquisitions of, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corpo...
For more than 25 years, Jim Adkins has represented real estate developers and investors and has helped them reduce risk and add value with respect to their real estate holdings and developments. He regularly counsels clients through all aspects of their real estate projects, including acquisition, financing, leasing, governmental and zoning approvals, incentives, management, operations and dispositions. His leasing experience includes the drafting and negotiating of build to suit, ground, ret...
Todd Adkins is a commercial real estate attorney, with broad experience in acquisition, development, leasing and secured financing. Todd represents established and emerging companies throughout Arizona and the Southwest in all facets of commercial real estate. In this context, Todd has negotiated and prepared purchase and sale agreements, loan documents, commercial leases and other related agreements, including restrictive covenants, cost sharing agreements, and security (UCC Article 9) agree...
Lee Adler practices primarily in the areas of general business relationships and finance. He has an extensive transactional-based practice representing clients in a wide variety of fields. Finance transactions include real estate finance, vessel finance, accounts receivable-based finance and equipment and inventory finance, representing both borrowers and lenders. Prior to joining Phelps in 1992, Mr. Adler was an attorney at a large multi-practice firm in New York.
Jay Alberstadt is a senior partner with MacDonald Illig. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, commercial and economic development, conventional and tax-exempt financing, and estate planning and administration. He provides legal services to individuals, business entities, lending institutions, municipal authorities and development agencies. Mr. Alberstadt handles matters ranging from residential real estate transactions to detailed title and development issues. He also pro...
Holly Alderman focuses her practice on commercial real estate matters and typically represents local, regional and national retail, residential, restaurant, office and mixed-use development clients in the assemblage, acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposition of properties. Ms. Alderman also has a wide range of experience in preparing the legal infrastructure for residential communities and retail developments, including property owners’ association documents, declarat...
Mr. Alleman practices primarily in real estate, corporate and commercial transactions. He assists businesses with formation, licensing and governance matters, as well as general business contracts and mergers and acquisitions. He also assists banks, businesses, homebuilders and developers in a wide range of real estate matters, including the acquisition and disposition of land and improved property, finance and leasing. Mr. Alleman received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, with ...
Keith Allen-Niesen is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office and co-chair of the infrastructure practice. He has a broad range of transactional experience and oversees major business litigation, business transactions, land use and development matters. Keith has extensive experience in the acquisition, development and sale of hotels, resorts, golf courses, restaurants, office buildings, residential subdivisions, shopping centers and industrial sites, including transactions involving ...
Evan Allison represents real estate developers, investors, landlords, tenants and lenders in all types of commercial real estate transactions including industrial, retail, hotel, office, multi-family and medical office building deals. He prides himself on his responsiveness and helping his clients get deals closed. His experience includes working with both developers and investors in creating joint ventures for acquiring and developing real property and he has specific experience in the devel...
David Allswang is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Real Estate group and head of our national leasing team. He represents client in all areas of commercial real estate. What do you focus on? I focus my practice on the acquisition, leasing and disposition of commercial real estate. Working on behalf of landlord entities, I have completed projects involving several million square feet of retail space. I work with clients in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, England, China and Israel...
Joshua M. Alper is a partner in the firm's Real Estate Department and co-chair of the firm's Environmental Law Group. Josh is interested in tangible results, problem solving, and effecting sustainable change, crafting practical, creative, and flexible solutions to challenges posed by transactions and disputes. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial real estate, environmental and zoning matters, and all aspects of land use development. Josh is the Editor of Massachusetts Continuing ...
Bryce assists clients with the successful development of a wide range of energy and infrastructure projects throughout Nevada and the Mountain West. His clients include major renewable energy and infrastructure developers, mining companies, and water purveyors. Project Development. Bryce provides clients with innovative counsel in all aspects of complex energy and infrastructure project development, finance, site acquisition, tax incentives and abatements (including RETA abatements), and perm...
With more than 30 years of experience working on commercial finance, real estate and creditors’ rights matters, Susan Alterman focuses her practice on commercial banking and complex real estate transactions. She assists a variety of financial institutions and real estate investors in structuring real estate and asset-based credit facilities, including loan documentation, underwriting considerations, and regulatory matters. Susan regularly represents banks and other financial institution...
Ivette P. Alvarado is a Member of the Sills Cummis & Gross Real Estate Department. She focuses her practice on multiple disciplines within commercial real estate law, mainly in New Jersey and New York. Beyond negotiating deals and drafting pertinent documents to memorialize terms, Ms. Alvarado takes a hands-on approach to serving her clients by advising them of potential risks, assisting them in problem solving and coordinating with their other professionals to successfully close deals. M...
More than 20 years working in real estate law. Experience managing transactions with as many as 276 properties in a single portfolio. Expertise handling $1.5 billion deals. These are just some of the many credentials that Nicole Ament brings to her role as Brownstein’s Real Estate Department chair—and to her clients’ projects, every day. Focusing on land use, development, financing and disposition, she spearheads transactions featuring complex portfolios and large single ass...
Drew practices in a wide variety of real estate areas including: The purchase, sale, and development of commercial and industrial buildings and multi-family apartment buildings and complexesLeasing transactions for landlords and tenantsRepresenting lenders and borrowers in loan transactions of all typesAssisting developers with residential and office condominiumsQualified Opportunity Zone investments and 1031 exchanges Drew’s corporate work includes stock and asset purchases and sales, ...
GAIL A. ANDERSON received her undergraduate degree and law degree ( cum laude) from the University of Illinois in 1985. Ms. Anderson represents developers, real estate brokers, title companies, and other businesses. She is a past chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar. Ms. Anderson has authored numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer on real property law matters for a number of organizations including the Real Property Law Section and the Institute of Continuing Le...
Mr. Anderson's practice focuses primarily on real estate litigation, real estate transactions, and commercial litigation. Litigation matters include real estate title issues, title insurance matters, private condemnation, mined land reclamation issues, construction defect litigation, mechanics’ lien litigation, and enforcement of security interests. Mr. Anderson also represents buyers, sellers, and lenders in real estate transactions. A particular area of emphasis is road and access law...
Jon is a partner in the real estate group. His practice is transaction-oriented, assisting clients in real estate purchases, sales, exchanges, leasing, financing and development matters. He represents businesses, institutions, developers, and investors in their real estate needs. In addition to Jon’s current community commitments, he has been involved in a variety of community organizations over the years including the State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Campaign, Legal Aid of Weste...
Bob Andeweg practices primarily in the real estate area, concentrating primarily in commercial real estate. Bob focuses his practice on transactional, leasing development and valuation issues regarding real estate. In addition, he also provides advice to a variety of business clients regarding general corporate transactions, including organizational, development and start-up issues, board of directors operations and duties and general contract drafting and negotiations. Bob received his J.D.,...
Jack Anetakis represents financial institutions and other lenders in commercial and industrial, asset-based, commercial real estate, affordable housing, and renewable energy loan and credit transactions. A partner in the firm’s Real Estate and Corporate departments, as well as its Renewable Energy Practice Group, Jack’s experience includes drafting and negotiation of loan and credit documents, interest rate swap documentation, participation agreements, and intercreditor and subord...
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