Real Estate Law
Our firm has vast experience in real estate related matters including:
- Acquisitions and dispositions
- Development and construction
- Condominium Law
- Land Use
- Complex Litigation
- Construction Law
Real Estate/Acquisitions and Dispositions
Our attorneys have extensive experience in the acquisition and sale of virtually every kind of real property, including office buildings, shopping centers, multifamily housing developments, condominium housing projects, commercial condominiums, industrial properties, hotels, vacant land, golf courses, country clubs and planned unit developments.
Partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures form the basis for many acquisitions, and are also an important element of most development projects and many financing transactions. We have significant experience in forming these entities and work closely with you to maximize the tax benefits of these ownership structures.
Real Estate Development and Construction
Development and construction issues are often substantially interrelated, requiring close cooperation and a consistent approach among counsel. Our attorneys assist clients in evaluating development opportunities. We provide pre-transaction counseling to structure deals, prepare requests for proposals and analyze responses by developers, financial institutions, tenants and others, and then identify appropriate contract structures and negotiate the agreements.
We take a comprehensive approach to construction, beginning at the initial stages of a project. We assist the client to engage an owner’s representative and other consultants, with the goal of timely completion of planning, budgeting and scheduling processes. We assist clients in selecting a construction manager or general contractor, preparing bidding documents and construction agreements which are protective of the owner.
We have extensive experience in negotiating construction management agreements and general contractor agreements. In addition, we regularly assist clients with the selection of an architect and the negotiation of the architect’s agreement. We have considerable experience in resolving construction disputes, including claims relating to scheduling and cost of the work, warranty work and construction liens.
Real Estate Finance
Our attorneys represent lenders, borrowers and investors in a wide range of real estate financing and investments, involving properties throughout the State of Florida, Colorado and the United States. These include construction loans, permanent loans, revolving-credit agreements, shared-appreciation or participating mortgage financing, partnership and limited liability company investments, structured financing, and various types of syndication and other capital market transactions. We represent various banks and other financial institutions in their lending activities on office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, multifamily residential rental and for sale housing developments, and other property types.
Leasing and Property Management
Our attorneys have a broad range of experience in leasing and lease-related transactions. We have prepared, on behalf of owners and management companies, space leases in office buildings, ground leases, retail leases, and related documents, including consents, non- disturbance agreements, license agreements, letters of credit and brokerage agreements. We have also represented large numbers of office and retail tenants.
With our knowledge of landlord-tenant laws, we also have successfully represented commercial landlords on numerous occasions in their efforts to enforce the terms of their leases. In addition to leasing, we represent owners of leased properties in the negotiation of property management agreements, and leasing and brokerage agreements. We also advise owners of leased properties in connection with various operational issues.