Real Estate Transactions

"Excellent efforts to understand our business and our needs, and to solve our problems efficiently and economically."

– Chambers USA 2014

Our team of real estate lawyers has extensive experience in virtually all aspects of the real estate transactional practice: acquisition, financing, and disposition of all forms of improved and unimproved real property, including public use properties (sports venues and government facilities), large-scale mixed-use projects, public/private partnerships, shopping centers, industrial parks and office complexes, hospitals, hotels, manufacturing facilities and apartment complexes; extensive leasing work for landlords and tenants on both a local and a nationwide basis; and sale/leaseback transactions.

We handle all aspects of transactions, including assembly, combination, and acquisition of multiple parcels of land for development; title and survey due diligence; consulting with environmental professionals; financing; land use and zoning matters; development and management agreements; permitting; and leasing. Additionally, as part of our unified and comprehensive approach to client service, our real estate lawyers work closely with transactional lawyers throughout the firm to provide real estate assistance in connection with acquisitions and dispositions of corporate assets involving real estate.

Our clients include large institutional real estate holding companies, nationally known developers, manufacturers, lending institutions, retailers, and consolidators, as well as emerging local developers and entrepreneurs, and our mix of seasoned partners and experienced associates makes it possible to service both national and local real estate clients with cost effective, experienced attention and service.

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  • Represented an affiliate of Hyatt Corporation in connection with the negotiation for the purchase of the Peabody Orlando from Peabody Hotel Group for approximately $717 million.
  • Represented The Orvis Company, Inc. in its acquisition of a facility in Midland, Michigan.
  • Represented Beacon Acquisitions, LLC in the acquisition and financing of a 57-story office building and shopping center and related parking garage and operational facilities in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota; the acquisition and financing of a 30-story office building and off-site six-story parking garage and operational facilities in downtown Houston, Texas; and the acquisition and financing of three office buildings in an office park located in The Energy Corridor in Houston, Texas, with more than 560,000 square-feet of space and related parking and operational facilities.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Zachary S. Allen Staff Attorney Houston
Gary M. Alletag Partner Houston
Arthur J. R. Baker Associate Orlando
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
Seth Freedman Counsel Houston
Richard T. Fulton Partner Orlando
Robert H. Gebaide Partner Orlando
Kurt P. Gruber Partner Orlando
Elaine A. Hutchins Partner Cleveland
Michael Iannuzzi Associate New York
J. Sean Jain Staff Attorney Houston
Victoria L. Johnson Counsel Cleveland
Amy E. Kellogg Partner Cleveland
James M. King Of Counsel Denver
Gregory D. Lee 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
Sameer V. Mohan Partner Houston
David W. Oigarden Associate Orlando
Rosemary O'Shea Partner Orlando
Michael J. Pappert Partner Houston
Patrick J. Pauken Partner Cleveland
Dennis W. Russo Partner New York
Katherine Graham Sarlson Counsel Cleveland
Ronald A. Stepanovic Partner Cleveland
David J. Strauss Partner 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 an affiliate of Hyatt Corporation in connection with the negotiation for the purchase of the Peabody Orlando from Peabody Hotel Group for approximately $717 million.
  • Represented The Orvis Company, Inc. in its acquisition of a facility in Midland, Michigan.
  • Represented Beacon Acquisitions, LLC in the acquisition and financing of a 57-story office building and shopping center and related parking garage and operational facilities in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota; the acquisition and financing of a 30-story office building and off-site six-story parking garage and operational facilities in downtown Houston, Texas; and the acquisition and financing of three office buildings in an office park located in The Energy Corridor in Houston, Texas, with more than 560,000 square-feet of space and related parking and operational facilities.
  • Ongoing representation of Waste Management, Inc. for acquisitions and divestitures that have involved approximately 40 transactions over the last six years in multiple states.

Recognition

  • 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.