Our expert team specializes in helping clients with all aspects of commercial real estate leasing transactions and related documents, instruments, agreements, and issues. We have decades-long experience in representing landlords, tenants, investors, developers, and lenders in connection with the leasing of office, retail, and industrial properties. Our practice is national and our clients range from local small businesses to national NYSE-listed companies.
Our clients depend on us to help them coordinate their growth strategies with their leasing activities. We routinely prepare lease forms for commercial landlords, assist both tenants and landlords in review and negotiation of shopping center leases and office leases (including LOI’s), represent clients in build-to-suit lease and development agreements, conduct due diligence on leases, and prepare financing documents for lease-related deals. We also work closely with our litigators in cases where landlord-tenant disputes, brokerage commission disputes, and dispossessory proceedings arise, and in resolving such matters without litigation if a satisfying resolution can be achieved in mutual agreement.
When litigation becomes necessary, our lawyers are well-equipped to handle “breach of lease” defense work on behalf of tenant retailers or pursuing defaulting tenants when representing landlords. Our litigators have handled major lease restructuring matters on behalf of tenants involving the closing of hundreds of stores around the country, and litigated early lease termination cases.
We often serve as our clients’ central advisors for coordinating all the legal work on lease-related matters, including architectural and construction contract review, asbestos remediation, and wetlands and other environmental issues. We are often called on to also coordinate with other professionals, including accountants, engineers, environmental specialists and professional consultants, to make sure that the client’s leasing-related business objectives are met.
We are our clients’ trusted advisors because we don’t just know the law but we are entrenched in the ever-changing dynamics of our industry in order to best achieve our client’s business needs. To stay connected, our attorneys are members and leaders in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), International Franchise Association (IFA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and American College of Real Estate Lawyers, as well as real estate-oriented groups within the American Bar Association (ABA) and International Bar Association (IBA). We’re also frequent speakers and presenters at real estate and legal conferences.