Russell A. Arouh

Partner

Fax: 404.873.7033
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

An active leader at AGG with 25 years of experience, Russ is the co-chair of the firm’s Office industry team. He also chairs the firm’s Professional Development committee, which includes the mentoring and development of the firm’s associates across all practice groups as they progress towards partnership and the compensation analyses attendant thereto.

Russ’s work with commercial real estate developers and retailers is anything but routine. His strength in the commercial real estate industry allows clients to successfully partake in acquisitions, financing, development, leasing and disposition of property. With a particular expertise in retail, big box, office, industrial and mixed-use development, as well as leasing, Russ’s clients engage in domestic and international projects. Clients hire him for his distinct ability to enhance legal counsel with solid foundational business practices. Russ often serves as a counselor and ‘sounding board’ for both entrepreneurs and institutional companies interested in practical advice which encompasses both legal and business views.

Before joining the firm, Russ was counsel to a large retail property management company, where he negotiated leases and other transactional documents while overseeing various operational and property management issues, including landlord-tenant litigation. This on-the-ground experience makes him instrumental for developing smart real estate and leasing solutions.

Russ previously served as the vice-chair of the Commercial Real Estate / Leasing practice group, and co-chair of the firm’s Mixed-Use Development team. Russ also previously served for over ten years on the firm’s Paralegal committee, including many years as co-chair of that committee.

Experience

  • Representation of light industrial developer and manufacturer in the acquisition of 23-acre site, including 400,000 square foot building, for its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility.

  • Representation of national developer in development of 700,000 square foot power center, including negotiation of reciprocal easement agreement and various big box anchor leases.

  • Representation of developer in acquisition of multiple building industrial park and subsequent leasing activity in the Southeast.

  • Representation of medical supply company in lease of warehouse and office space.

  • Representation of national food distribution company in various office and warehouse leases, including 550,000 square foot warehouse lease in Southeast and whole floor office lease in New York City.

  • Representation of national developer with property management issues relating to regional mall ownership.

  • Representation of regional retailer in connection with its expansion of operations across the Southeast.

  • Representation of two national labor and employment law firms in negotiation of office leases, lease amendments and related documents, including SNDA agreements, construction agreements and letters of credit.

  • Representation of retail real estate investment and development company in acquisition and leasing of shopping center outparcels in the mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions.

  • Representation of real estate investment and development company in lease of approximately 12-acre industrial site in North Carolina.

  • Representation of tenant in multi-floor office building lease.

  • Representation of national biomedical company in lease of industrial space for research, manufacturing, storage and distribution.

  • Representation of fast-expanding national restaurant chain in negotiation of leases across the United States, including negotiation of lease for relocation of corporate headquarters.

  • Representation of regional developer in acquisition, redevelopment, leasing and re-financing of neighborhood shopping centers in Georgia and Alabama, including negotiation of big box anchor leases and restaurant ground leases.

  • Representation of national developer in acquisition of land underlying power center development in Florida and negotiation of reciprocal easement agreement and various related documents.

  • Representation of national retailer in negotiation of power center anchor leases in Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

  • Representation of regional mall ownership in shopping center redevelopment and expansion in Minnesota, including negotiation of theater anchor lease.

  • Representation of retail real estate investment and development company in acquisition of shopping center in South Carolina.

  • Representation of retailer in acquisition of new corporate headquarters in the Southeast.

  • Representation of retailer in acquisition of inventory and supply warehouse across the United States.

  • Representation of national retailer in negotiation of big box leases in locations across the United States.

  • Representation of international law firm in negotiation of office leases and amendments to office leases.

  • Representation of payment processing company in relocation of its U.S. Corporate Headquarters, including negotiation of 130,000 square foot office lease.

  • Representation of pediatrics office in relocation of its practice.

  • Representation of physician’s office in sale/leaseback of four (4) buildings.

  • Representation of secure document management company in warehouse leases.

  • Representation of various developers / landlords in negotiations of big box retail leases, including sporting goods stores, craft stores, fashion and department stores, office supply shows and pet supply stores.

Credentials

  • Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor — 1995
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Arts — 1992
  • State of Georgia 1995
    • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
    • American Bar Association
    • Glenridge Close Homeowners Association, President, Board of Directors, 2011-15 (Vice President, Board of Directors, 2010)
    • Leadership Sandy Springs, Class of 2009

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