Real Estate & Land Use

Practice Area

Real Estate & Land Use

Lewis Brisbois’ Real Estate & Land Use Practice assists clients in buying, selling, leasing, developing, managing, and financing real estate, including large portfolio transactions.

We handle complex transactions and litigation on behalf of a broad array of clients, including developers, owners and operators, investors, financial institutions, private investment funds, REITs, and public agencies, as well as national, regional, and local retailers, restaurant groups, landlords, and tenants. We operate on a national scale and bring broad experience and business counseling expertise in helping our clients achieve their business objectives across a wide variety of industries in the following areas:

  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Options agreements
  • Due diligence inspections
  • Title analysis and clearance
  • Analysis of existing leases
  • Compliance with federal, state, and local land use and zoning laws, as well as subdivision regulations
  • Title agent services
  • Space and ground leases
  • Office, retail, restaurant, and warehouse lease transactions
  • Subleases
  • Lease assignments
  • Work letters for tenant improvements
  • Options to lease
  • Subordination/non-disturbance/attornment agreements
  • New development of shopping centers
  • Mixed-use commercial projects
  • Contractor and construction management agreements
  • Design-build agreements
  • Owner-architect agreements
  • Mortgage lending
  • Portfolio finance
  • Mezzanine finance
  • Subordinated debt finance
  • Hotel and resort finance
  • Construction finance
  • Repurchase and warehouse credit facilities
  • Sale leasebacks
  • Real estate structured debt
  • Corporate credit facilities
  • Term, multi-state and bridge loans
  • REIT financings
  • Zoning regulations
  • Analysis of applicable laws and regulations
  • Permitting
  • Communication with local, state, and federal regulators
  • Project approval process
  • Environmental impact reports and quality review
  • Regulatory and compliance issues
  • Assessment and assistance with environmental and brownfield issues
  • Management of compliance, investigation, and remedial actions
  • Enforcement actions, litigation, regulatory compliance, and crisis management
  • Property sales and purchase disputes
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Property insurance disputes
  • Environmental contamination or compliance disputes
  • Governmental agency enforcement actions
  • Title insurance litigation


  • Represented GSG Investments South Florida, LLC in the $77 million sale of a 6-parcel Florida portfolio of single-tenant industrial buildings to a publicly traded REIT.
  • Represented a developer in connection with the sale of commercial property located in New Jersey that served as a key distribution center for a major shipping company on the east coast.  
  • Represented a fashion company in connection with the acquisition of a multimillion-dollar commercial condominium and showroom unit in New York City.
  • Represented a medical managed services organization (MSO) affiliate in the $4.2 million acquisition of a medical building in South Florida.
  • Represented a 1031 exchange investor in the acquisition of a single-tenant daycare in Gainesville, Florida.
  • Represented an operator of nightclubs in the acquisition of a building in Dallas, Texas from a large, publicly traded seller.
  • Represented CMB Export Infrastructure Investment Group 48 LP in connection with $450 million in financing for the redevelopment of the historic Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
  • Represented a New Jersey retailer in connection with a joint venture contract for the development of commercial property for a self-storage facility.
  • Represented a regional back-up power generator sales and service company with respective construction and new installation contracts and matters.
  • Represented a prestigious South Florida private golf club in large renovation and construction projects, including contract negotiations and litigation matters.
  • Represented a national operator of high-end photo and video studios, equipment rental, and software company with various construction and renovation projects in California and New York.
  • Represented a high-end Italian men’s fashion company in connection with multi-state retail store leases in various cities and shopping malls.
  • Represented an insurance brokerage company in connection with the subleasing of a 54,000 square feet facility in New York City.
  • Represented an owner/landlord of large Class A office park in West Palm Beach, Florida with respective leasing matters.
  • Represented a regional owner/operator of retail strip centers, commercial storage facilities, and other light industrial, with respective leasing and enforcement matters.
  • Represented a lubricants distributor in the disposition of several locations with a lease back in favor of the seller as a new tenant.
  • Represented a tenant of commercial real estate in a lease dispute. Secured the dismissal of all counterclaims, with prejudice, against our client.


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