Real Estate

"They don't over-lawyer a deal. They are deal-makers, rather than deal-breakers...they offer better value for money than their competitors. And their lawyers are conscious of their clients' needs: they make sure that clients are taken care of."
– Chambers & Partners interviewee

BakerHostetler's Real Estate team has a history of getting projects developed and deals done. Our real estate attorneys have deep capabilities in finance, development, acquisition, disposition, and leasing, and our firm has the multidisciplinary strengths to solve all the complex contractual, environmental, and tax problems that can arise in single-use or multi-use developments. We regularly work on multimillion-dollar and complex mixed-used projects throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Many of our clients have been with us for decades, and they value our deep understanding of their industry, whether it is hospitality, mixed-use or master-planned communities, multi-family, or affordable housing. We handle complex real estate matters for a diverse client base across the spectrum of U.S. industries—energy, transportation, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, sports and entertainment, banking, and many others.

We counsel owners, developers, and sponsors of landmark projects in planning, financing, and structuring their tax credit transactions (New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, and Low Income Tax Credits), helping to ensure that significant rehabilitation, redevelopment, and development projects can obtain and efficiently utilize the financing needed to enable them to succeed.

We collaborate seamlessly with our colleagues across the firm, including with our Hospitality team, one of the nation's leading practices in mixed-use, timeshare, and fractional property development, to work through complex projects in a cost-effective manner.

Learn more about our capabilities in Real Estate DevelopmentReal Estate FinanceReal Estate Leasing, Real Estate Transactions, and New Markets Tax Credits.

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  • Represented a major commercial real estate developer in development of a 1.8 million square-foot facility to be leased to a U.S. clothing company. Negotiated a construction loan in excess of $50 million and a joint venture agreement with the tenant. We represented the developer in nearly every aspect of the transaction from land acquisition through financing.
  • Represent one of the nation's largest owners and managers of affordable housing projects in the Midwest in a currently active expansion program. In the past 12 months, we have assisted the client in its acquisition of 11 affordable and market rate properties in six states totaling more than $100 million in invested value, and in the restructuring and renovation of several of these projects using Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Zachary S. Allen Staff Attorney Houston
G. Thomas Ball Partner Orlando
Marc L. Benezra Partner Los Angeles
Kameron L. Brackins Staff Attorney Houston
Melissa A. Brown Associate Houston
Alberto S. Bustamante III Partner Orlando
Andrew M. Drogen Partner New York
David L. Evans Jr. Partner Orlando
Richard T. Fulton Partner Orlando
Robert H. Gebaide Partner Orlando
Bruce R. Greene Partner Los Angeles
Kurt P. Gruber Partner Orlando
Elaine A. Hutchins Partner Cleveland
Michael Iannuzzi Associate New York
J. Sean Jain Staff Attorney Houston
Lauren M. Johansson Associate Orlando
Victoria L. Johnson Counsel Cleveland
Amy E. Kellogg Partner Cleveland
James M. King Of Counsel Denver
Gregory D. Lee Partner Orlando
Michael R. Levin Partner Orlando
Lawrence V. Lindberg Partner Cleveland
Jessica Parker Malchow Partner Orlando
Gina M. Mavica Partner New York
John Melicharek Jr. Partner Orlando
Nicholas P. Melillo Associate New York
David W. Oigarden Associate Orlando
Rosemary O'Shea Partner Orlando
Michael J. Pappert Partner Houston
Patrick J. Pauken Partner Cleveland
William L. Pence Partner Orlando
Kristina R. Ramsey Counsel Orlando
Dennis W. Russo Partner New York
Katherine Graham Sarlson Counsel Cleveland
William C. Stroh Staff Attorney Houston
Summer D. Swallow Associate Houston
Nathan F. Ware Partner Cleveland
Robert J. Webb B.C.S., RRP Partner Orlando
Michael C. Wilde Partner Orlando
Heather R. Wlodek Associate New York

Experience

  • Represented a major commercial real estate developer in development of a 1.8 million square-foot facility to be leased to a U.S. clothing company. Negotiated a construction loan in excess of $50 million and a joint venture agreement with the tenant. We represented the developer in nearly every aspect of the transaction from land acquisition through financing.
  • Represent one of the nation's largest owners and managers of affordable housing projects in the Midwest in a currently active expansion program. In the past 12 months, we have assisted the client in its acquisition of 11 affordable and market rate properties in six states totaling more than $100 million in invested value, and in the restructuring and renovation of several of these projects using Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
  • Represented a leading national waste management company in more than 30 transactions over the last six years in multiple states. We prepared and negotiated transaction documents, reviewed disclosure schedules, reviewed title and survey issues when applicable, and handled all aspects of the closing. The transactions involved landfills, recycling facilities, transfer stations, and waste collection companies.
  • Represented Trammell Crow Company in its acquisition of an office tower in Anaheim, California. Our representation included complicated modification of a securities loan; negotiations with seller, lender, and receiver; tax structuring; and concurrently negotiating a lease for 134,000 square-foot user.
  • Represented a healthcare provider in its acquisition of real property for the development and construction of a 277,000 square-foot corporate headquarter. The project, located in historic downtown Denver, posed several due diligence and entitlement complexities because of its inclusion within multiple historic and preservation districts. We provided real estate services for every phase of the acquisition, development, due diligence, and entitlement, including negotiation and drafting of the purchase agreement, title review, density allocations, and other entitlements, zoning, and land use. We also handled construction contracts, development agreements, closing documentation, closing services, post-construction entitlements, and negotiation of property management agreements.

Recognition

"A very professional firm that understands how to balance market conditions and business requirements."– Chambers USA 2013
  • Chambers USA 2014 ranks BakerHostetler's Real Estate practice among the leading practices in Florida, Ohio, and Texas.
  • Chambers USA 2014 ranks eight BakerHostetler real estate partners among our Florida, Ohio, and Texas offices.
  • BakerHostetler received a 2014 “Best Law Firms” National Ranking in the area of Real Estate Law from U.S. News – Best Lawyers®.
    • Regional Tier 1 rankings were earned in Cleveland and Orlando.
  • Eleven real estate partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in Real Estate Law and Litigation – Real Estate.
    Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC.
  • Two BakerHostetler real estate lawyers are Fellows in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

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"Top-notch. They have offices in other states, so they have a good network and good capabilities to operate nationally if required."– Chambers & Partners interviewee

Members of our team are active locally and nationally in key real estate industry groups and we are frequent speakers and writers on real estate topics.

Our memberships include:

  • American Resort Developers Association (ARDA)
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)