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.

Select 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.
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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
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
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
Elaine A. Hutchins Partner Cleveland
Michael Iannuzzi Associate New York
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
Lawrence V. Lindberg Partner 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
Sameer V. Mohan Partner Houston
Gene Murphy Of Counsel Atlanta
Rosemary O'Shea Partner Orlando
Michael J. Pappert Partner Houston
Patrick J. Pauken Partner Cleveland
Charleston R. Platt Associate Atlanta
Dennis W. Russo Partner New York
Jason A. Smith Associate Houston
Ronald A. Stepanovic Partner Cleveland
David J. Strauss Partner Cleveland
Summer D. Swallow Associate Houston
Alexander J. Szilvas Partner Cleveland
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:      
    • 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

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