Robert E. Bittner

Partner

Philadelphia
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Atlanta
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Overview

Rob Bittner focuses his practice on general commercial real estate law, with a concentration in commercial real estate transactions that include acquisition, disposition, development, financing and office, industrial and retail lease negotiations. Focused on achieving the most favorable results for clients, Rob takes a straightforward, strategic approach when structuring and facilitating real estate transactions with an emphasis on the client's business needs and goals.

Rob represents developers, lenders, retail companies, landlords and tenants in many aspects of real estate financing, leasing, acquisition, disposition and development. His experience includes negotiating and completing numerous real estate acquisitions and sales, real estate development projects, traditional commercial leasing transactions and sale-leaseback leasing transactions.

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  • Represented a private equity firm in the acquisition of numerous industrial manufacturing facilities and the subsequent sale leaseback of the sites to a REIT.
  • Represents a national retail grocer in all aspects of its real estate acquisitions, leasing and dispositions.
  • Represented a steel company in a joint venture for acquisition and relocation of its world headquarters.
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Experience

  • Represented a private equity firm in the acquisition of numerous industrial manufacturing facilities and the subsequent sale leaseback of the sites to a REIT.
  • Represents a national retail grocer in all aspects of its real estate acquisitions, leasing and dispositions.
  • Represented a steel company in a joint venture for acquisition and relocation of its world headquarters.
  • Represented a private equity firm in the acquisition of numerous private teaching facilities and the subsequent sale and leaseback of the locations to a joint venture.
  • Represented a large national retailer in the identification, acquisition and development of sites for its regional distribution centers.
  • Served as real estate counsel for bankruptcy trustee in the disposition and liquidation of various manufacturing facilities located throughout the South, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.
  • Served as real estate counsel for bankruptcy trustee in the disposition of a national restaurant franchise.
  • Represented the landlord of a large warehouse and storage development in the negotiation of new leases, lease amendments and lease terminations.
  • Represented various landlords and tenants in the leasing of office and retail space throughout Pennsylvania and elsewhere and the resolution of various landlord and tenant disputes.
  • Served as real estate counsel for a regional multi-family developer and operator in the out-of-court restructuring and disposition of its real estate portfolio located through the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Represented a major REIT in connection with its nationwide real estate portfolio, including acquisition, disposition and financing related matters.
  • Represented a private equity firm in the acquisition of a multi-family property located in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
  • Represented several owners and operators in the refinancing of HUD insured projects under various HUD loan programs, including sections 221(d) (3), 223(a)(7), 223(d)(4), 223(f), 232 and 236.
  • Represented owners and participating administrative entities (PAE) in more than 40 mark-to-market restructuring transactions.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Order of the Curia
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law (2019 to 2022)

Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association (1996 to present)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (1996 to present)
  • American Bar Association (1996 to present)
  • American Congress of Real Estate (1996 to 1999)
  • CoreNet Pittsburgh (2011 to present)
  • Northern Area Chamber of Commerce (2005 to present)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Capital University Law School, 1996, cum laude
  • B.A., Edinboro University, 1992