Real Estate Leasing

Overview

"The team works well together and communicates well with the client."

– Chambers USA 2017

Our team has a national presence, a collaborative approach and an emphasis on delivering efficient, cost-effective service to our clients. We advise landlords, tenants, developers and lenders on leasing issues involving a wide range of real estate projects, including retail and shopping centers, mixed-used projects, office buildings, restaurant and entertainment venues, industrial parks, and warehouses. We have significant experience handling lease issues involving healthcare facilities and medical office buildings.

Our extensive experience in the leasing arena permits us to develop preferred leasing language and structures tailored to our clients’ specific needs so that we can respond quickly and provide creative solutions for our clients’ leasing challenges as they arise.

Our comprehensive range of real estate services enables clients to structure and manage real estate portfolios in a cost-effective manner, freeing financial resources for other aspects of their business.

For owners, landlords and tenants, we assist with:

  • Assignments, assumptions and consents
  • Compliance with Stark, anti-kickback laws and other regulatory statutes
  • Declarations, covenants and restrictions
  • Development and negotiation of leases and subleases
  • Ground leases
  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Lease administration
  • Lease termination and/or release agreements
  • Modifications related to landlord or tenant financing
  • Property management issues
  • Reciprocal easement agreements
  • Redevelopment
  • Rent restructuring/co-tenancy discussions
  • Responses to SNDA and estoppel requests

When necessary, our real estate attorneys guide landlords, tenants and other involved parties through reorganization, bankruptcy and/or litigation by working closely with attorneys in our litigation, bankruptcy and financial services practices across the nation.

Select Experience

Healthcare
  • Representing Northside Hospital, Inc., in all of its real estate matters, including management of its leasing portfolio.
Office and warehouse
  • Represented Trammell Crow Company in its acquisition of an office tower in Anaheim, Calif., including negotiating a lease for a 134,000-square-foot lessor.
Retail and mixed-use
  • Representing a national pet store retailer in its leasing work around the country. Currently assisting with multiple leases for space in shopping centers in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our work includes protecting its exclusive use, prohibiting adjacent and proximate uses that could be disruptive to its operations, and protecting access to the store and common areas.
Hospitality and restaurants
  • Advising a major hospitality brand in connection with acquisition, disposition, leasing, landlord/tenant disputes and other real estate issues for its restaurants, cafes, hotels and retail stores nationally and internationally.
Manufacturing and industrial
  • Represented Big River Steel, LLC, in all real estate matters connected with the development of a $1.5 billion steel mill constructed on approximately 2,000 acres along the Mississippi River near Osceola, Ark. The representation included site acquisition from multiple landowners, including all real estate due diligence; establishing access to and from the site for rail and river barge transportation; protecting cultural resources (i.e., Native American historical sites); securing permits for wetland and stream channel impacts; all real estate aspects of project financing and tax incentives; and advice regarding leasing and development of outparcels.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Associate Houston
Associate Atlanta
Associate Atlanta
Counsel Columbus
Partner Orlando
Associate Atlanta
Associate New York
Partner Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Counsel Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
Associate Cleveland
Counsel Orlando
Partner New York
Associate Atlanta
Associate Orlando

Experience

Healthcare
  • Representing Northside Hospital, Inc., in all of its real estate matters, including management of its leasing portfolio.
  • Representing a regional hospital system owning multiple hospital campuses, medical office complexes, surgery centers, imaging facilities and infusion centers, in the management, operation and leasing of all facilities and assets.
  • Representing a provider of business services to dental group practices in all of its lease negotiations on a nationwide basis.
Office and warehouse
  • Represented Trammell Crow Company in its acquisition of an office tower in Anaheim, Calif., including negotiating a lease for a 134,000-square-foot lessor.
  • Represented an energy and energy-related services provider with its national office, commercial, warehouse and industrial leasing needs.
  • Advised a world leader in industrial packaging products and services with its U.S. leasing matters relating to its warehouse and distribution facilities.
Retail and mixed-use
  • Representing a national pet store retailer in its leasing work around the country. Currently assisting with multiple leases for space in shopping centers in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our work includes protecting its exclusive use, prohibiting adjacent and proximate uses that could be disruptive to its operations, and protecting access to the store and common areas.
  • Represented Highland Fairview Properties in the aggregation and acquisition of more than 2,000 acres of land in Moreno Valley, Calif., which is being entitled and developed for multifamily residential, industrial, commercial and mixed uses. The project has spanned more than 10 years and has included the leasing of an approximately 1.8 million-square-foot distribution center to Skechers USA, which at the time was reportedly the largest single-tenant lease transaction in the country.
  • Representing The Orvis Company, Inc., in all of its real estate matters, including the leasing of its retail stores, office, warehouse and distribution facilities across the United States.
  • Representing a national retail chain selling value-priced merchandise in all of its retail leasing matters in California, as well as several other states.
  • Represented a national discount retailer as outside general counsel for real estate matters, including leasing 35 new retail locations consisting of more than 1.5 million square feet of space.
  • Representing a leading integrated energy company in nationwide real estate legal matters including new leases, renewal leases, relocation leases, subleases, amendments, estoppel certificates and subordination/nondisturbance agreements. The types of properties include offices, industrial offices/warehouses, residential leases and unimproved land sites.
Hospitality and restaurants
  • Advising a major hospitality brand in connection with acquisition, disposition, leasing, landlord/tenant disputes and other real estate issues for its restaurants, cafes, hotels and retail stores nationally and internationally.
  • Representing a quick-service restaurant company and its affiliates in the acquisition, leasing and site development for new restaurants, and assisting in property and lease matters for existing locations throughout the United States.
  • Represented Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group in leasing several properties throughout California for its Del Frisco’s Grille concept restaurants.
  • Represented Spain’s largest hotel chain in connection with a long-term lease for the construction and operation of its first hotel in New York City.
Manufacturing and industrial
  • Represented Big River Steel, LLC, in all real estate matters connected with the development of a $1.5 billion steel mill constructed on approximately 2,000 acres along the Mississippi River near Osceola, Ark. The representation included site acquisition from multiple landowners, including all real estate due diligence; establishing access to and from the site for rail and river barge transportation; protecting cultural resources (i.e., Native American historical sites); securing permits for wetland and stream channel impacts; all real estate aspects of project financing and tax incentives; and advice regarding leasing and development of outparcels.
  • Represented the sponsor group and an industrial startup company, Mississippi Silicon, LLC, in the development, construction and operation of a $200 million silicon metal production facility. We handled all of the real estate aspects of the deal, including negotiation of the project site lease and subleases.

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Real Estate
    • Florida (2014 to 2017)
      • Real Estate: Zoning & Land Use in Florida (2007 to 2015)
    • Ohio (2007 to 2017)
    • Texas (2010 to 2016)
    • Recognized Practitioner in California (2017)
  • 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

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