Real Estate

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

– Chambers USA 2014

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, 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.

Select 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.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Zachary S. Allen Associate Houston
Gary M. Alletag Partner Houston
Anna E. Altizer Associate Atlanta
Arthur J. R. Baker Associate Orlando
G. Thomas Ball Partner Orlando
Donna L. Beezhold Associate Atlanta
Marc L. Benezra Partner Los Angeles
Kameron L. Brackins Associate Houston
Melissa A. Brown Associate Houston
Alberto S. Bustamante III Partner Orlando
Eben P. Clark Counsel Denver
Penny Pittman Cobey Counsel Los Angeles
Christopher L. Cottrell Jr. Associate Atlanta
Ellis Diment Associate Atlanta
Brian P. Durdle Senior Advisor Cleveland
Steven P. Elliott Counsel Columbus
David L. Evans Jr. Partner Orlando
Stephen M. Floyd Associate Atlanta
Richard T. Fulton Partner Orlando
Robert H. Gebaide Partner Orlando
Bruce R. Greene Partner Los Angeles
Kurt P. Gruber Partner Orlando
Barbara A. Hayes Staff Attorney New York
Elaine A. Hutchins Partner Cleveland
Michael Iannuzzi Associate New York
Lauren M. Johansson Associate Orlando
Victoria L. Johnson Counsel Cleveland
Joann Gallagher Jones Partner Atlanta
Amy E. Kellogg Partner Cleveland
Shannon A. Kidwell Counsel Atlanta
Michael J. Kincart Associate Orlando
Gregory D. Lee Partner Orlando
Michael R. Levin Partner Orlando
Lawrence V. Lindberg Partner Cleveland
John J. Lisy IV Associate Cleveland
Christopher M. Luken Associate Cleveland
Jessica Parker Malchow Partner Orlando
Wendy W. Markham Partner Atlanta
Gina M. Mavica Partner New York
Jessica P. McGinnis Counsel Orlando
John Melicharek Jr. Partner Orlando
Nicholas P. Melillo Partner New York
Gene Murphy Of Counsel Atlanta
Jeffrey R. Murray Jr. Staff Attorney Atlanta
Rosemary O'Shea Partner Orlando
Michael J. Pappert Partner Houston
Patrick J. Pauken Partner Cleveland
William L. Pence Partner Orlando
Charleston R. Platt Associate Atlanta
Kristina R. Ramsey Counsel Orlando
Dennis W. Russo Partner New York
Jason A. Smith Associate Houston
Robert A. Spottswood Jr. Associate Orlando
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
    • Real Estate in Florida (2014 to 2016)
    • Real Estate: Zoning & Land Use in Florida (2007 to 2015)
    • Real Estate in Ohio (2007 to 2016)
    • Real Estate in Texas (2010 to 2016)
  • BTI Client Service 30: BakerHostetler advanced 19 positions to #9 (2016)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” (2016)
    • Leisure and Hospitality Law 
      • Metro Orlando, Tier 1
    • Real Estate Law
      • National Tier 2
      • Metro Cleveland, Tier 1
      • Metro Columbus, Tier 1
      • Metro Orlando, Tier 1
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016)
    • 3 lawyers named in Leisure and Hospitality Law
    • 11 lawyers named in Real Estate Law

Memberships

"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)

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