The Real Estate Group advises clients on real estate conveyancing and title issues, on traditional land use issues such as zoning, subdivision, planned use districts, sales, acquisitions, and leasings, and on real estate development projects. The goal of the Group is to bring specialists together at the beginning of a project to advise the developer, business, or governmental entity how to avoid problems, while maintaining the ability to deal aggressively with possible violations and the related regulatory enforcement actions that arise in the course of any development project or day–to–day business operations.
Attorneys in the Group represent clients in all aspects of real estate development projects, including large–scale retail, commercial and industrial development. Representation includes site acquisition and due diligence issues, governmental permitting, structuring and negotiation of financing, environmental compliance issues, and construction contracting issues.
The Group works with municipal and state entities on such matters as the establishment of special port districts and special development districts, and also counseled clients in property rights issues, including governmental regulatory taking and condemnation issues. With regard to environmental permitting, attorneys in this group advise applicants on wetlands and sewage disposal regulations, coastal permitting regulations and waterfront property rights issues. Environmental litigation handled by the group has included toxic tort claims, Superfund claims, and litigation brought to recover hazardous materials remediation costs. We work closely with financial institutions to advise them on environmental law issues in various situations including the impact of new environmental regulations and hazardous materials liability, and the analysis of environmental assessments to quantify lending risks.