Real Estate Transactions

Overview

“They are experienced in all kinds of real estate transactions such as loan closures and acquisitions. For pretty much anything you need, they are a one-stop shop."

– Chambers USA 2016

With decades of robust experience in virtually all aspects of the real estate transactional practice, our attorneys partner with clients to achieve successful outcomes that keep projects moving forward. Our clients include large institutional real estate holding companies, international and national developers, manufacturers, lending institutions, and retailers, as well as emerging local developers and entrepreneurs. 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.

We counsel clients regarding the 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, office complexes, hotels and other resort properties, manufacturing facilities and apartment complexes. Our team also draws on our firm’s deep healthcare regulatory and transaction bench to assemble multidisciplinary teams in advising on large-scale corporate healthcare transactions.

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 corporate mergers, acquisitions and dispositions involving real estate assets.

Our services
  • Acquisition and disposition of real estate
  • Assembly of multiple parcels for development
  • Development and management agreements
  • Drafting and negotiation of purchase and sale agreements
  • Due diligence, including title and survey review
  • Environmental matters
  • Financing
  • Land use and zoning matters
  • Leasing
  • Permitting
  • Tax strategies
  • Trust and estate planning

Select Experience

  • 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.
  • Advised Sherwood Equities Inc. in the $200 million sale to Tishman Speyer of almost half of the block on 10th Avenue between 34th and 35th streets in the Hudson Yards district of Manhattan.
  • Representing Northside Hospital, Inc., in all of its real estate matters, including real property acquisitions, development of medical facilities, physician alignment transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and management of its leasing portfolio.
  • Representing an international waste company involving more than 50 transactions over the past decade in multiple states. The transactions involve landfills, recycling facilities, transfer stations and waste collection companies.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Associate Seattle
Partner Houston
Partner Orlando
Partner Los Angeles
Associate Houston
Partner Orlando
Counsel Denver
Counsel Los Angeles
Associate Atlanta
Associate Atlanta
Counsel Columbus
Partner Orlando
Associate Atlanta
Partner Orlando
Partner Los Angeles
Partner Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Associate New York
Counsel Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Counsel Atlanta
Partner Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Associate Cleveland
Partner Orlando
Partner Atlanta
Associate Cleveland
Partner New York
Counsel Orlando
Partner Orlando
Partner New York
Partner Houston
Associate Atlanta
Of Counsel Atlanta
Partner Orlando
Partner Houston
Associate Orlando
Partner New York
Associate Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Partner Cleveland
Partner Cleveland
Partner Cleveland
Partner Orlando
Partner Orlando
Associate New York

Experience

  • 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.
  • Advised Sherwood Equities Inc. in the $200 million sale to Tishman Speyer of almost half of the block on 10th Avenue between 34th and 35th streets in the Hudson Yards district of Manhattan.
  • Representing Northside Hospital, Inc., in all of its real estate matters, including real property acquisitions, development of medical facilities, physician alignment transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and management of its leasing portfolio.
  • Representing an international waste company involving more than 50 transactions over the past decade in multiple states. The transactions involve landfills, recycling facilities, transfer stations and waste collection companies.
  • Representing a regional hospital system that owns 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 PulteGroup’s Georgia Division in all aspects of the acquisition of property and development of residential subdivisions for the Pulte, Centex, Del Webb, Sun City and John Wieland product types. Recent developments include townhomes, condominiums, detached residences and active adult communities such as Parkside at Mason Mill, Sun City Peachtree, Stonehill at Lenox, Terraces at Oakdale, Del Webb at Chateau Elan and Del Webb at Lake Oconee.
  • Representing PulteGroup’s North Florida Division in all aspects of the acquisition of property and development of residential subdivisions. Recent developments include townhomes, detached residences and active adult communities such as Palencia, Las Calinas, Whaley’s Creek, Twin Creeks and Bannon Lakes.
  • Representing a longtime client, one of the largest owners and managers of affordable housing projects in the Midwest, in an active expansion program. In the past 18 months, we have assisted the client in its acquisition of 13 affordable or market-rate properties in six states totaling more than $100 million in invested value.
  • 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.
  • Advised Hyatt Corporation in its acquisition of the Peabody Orlando, the sale of its Hyatt Residential Group to Interval Leisure Group, and its purchase of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.
  • Represented Spottswood Companies, Inc., in the acquisition, development, financing, construction and management of the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel in Key West, Fla.; the iconic Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club in Marathon, Fla.; and the Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Marathon in Marathon, Fla.
  • Represented a premier timeshare company in the sale of its vacation ownership business to a hospitality and vacation ownership company. We led negotiations, drafted the sale and purchase agreements, and conducted due diligence.
  • Representing the developer of a $70 million, 600-acre suburban mixed-use project. We negotiated, documented and closed the land acquisition and sale; negotiated and documented infrastructure construction, development agreement and declaration of restrictive covenants; and worked with multiple municipalities to obtain necessary development approvals.
  • Represented Trammell Crow Company in its acquisition of an office tower in Anaheim, Calif. Our representation included complicated modification of a securities loan; negotiations with seller, lender and receiver; tax structuring; and concurrently negotiating a lease for a 134,000-square-foot lessor.
  • Representing Accesso Partners LLC for the past 10 years as its primary real estate counsel. We handle all aspects of its acquisitions and financing for Class A office buildings throughout the United States.
  • Representing longtime client The Milestone Companies, a developer of commercial and residential projects, as its primary outside counsel. We handle all aspects of its real estate needs, including identifying sites, due diligence, acquisition, financing, corporate structure, leasing, operations and management ownership.
  • Assisted a provider of grocery and food-service supply chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drugstores and chain restaurants, with the acquisition of an 88-acre tract in Findlay, Ohio, where it has constructed a $119 million distribution and warehouse facility.
  • Representing a substantial Midwest waste-to-energy company, including its ongoing joint venture to operate a facility for the production of engineered fuel using recyclable materials. We were involved in negotiating all transaction documents, including real estate acquisition agreements, joint venture agreements and end-user fuel supply agreements. Implementation of the project also involves municipal zoning and permitting issues and financing.
  • Serving as sole outside counsel to a large private company that owns and operates commercial and multifamily residential properties in the Midwest for all real estate matters, including acquisitions, divestitures, refinancing and leasing of its shopping centers, residential multifamily apartment complexes and commercial property.

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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