Phil is a partner in the Real Estate practice and leads the Office industry team and is a lead real estate partner in the Cross-Border practice.
Phil focuses his practice on the representation of owners, developers, investors, landlords and tenants in the acquisition, joint venture, development, financing and leasing of all types of commercial real estate, with a particular focus on office leasing, joint venture formation, representation of foreign investors, cross-border transactions, distressed real estate transactions, and on the development, financing and leasing of mixed-use projects and office buildings. Such work also includes the negotiation of office leases, build-to-suit leases and headquarters leases; the negotiation of joint venture documentation between developers and investors; the representation of developers on complex multi-property assemblage transactions; and the preparation and negotiation of complex declarations of protective covenants, operating agreements and reciprocal easement agreements. Phil is a frequent author and lecturer on topics including office lease negotiations, legal and business issues in mixed-use projects, joint venture formation, cross-border real estate transactions, distressed real estate transactions, the negotiation of brokerage and commission agreements, the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, and commercial real estate industry trends, among other topics.
Since 2000, Phil has presented a seminar titled “Lease College,” which is designed to educate targeted audiences in negotiating office leases. He has presented “Lease College” to such organizations as the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Carter & Associates, Cushman & Wakefield, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, NAI Brannen Goddard, Richard Bowers & Co., and Colliers International, among other brokerage firms.