Real Estate Law

Demographic, technological and global trends are shaping the direction of real estate investment and development in the U.S. Urbanization is driving demand for high-end and affordable multi-family housing in large cities. E-commerce is causing reimagination of retail physical space. And the positive fundamentals of the U.S. economy are attracting international investment in commercial real estate.

Overview

We represent owners, developers, investors, lenders and business users in the acquisition, development, financing, sale and leasing of real estate. Our clients’ projects are industrial and manufacturing facilities, renewable energy developments, condominium high rises, office buildings, natural resources infrastructure, agricultural businesses and recreational destinations. 

Regardless of the location or type of project, you may need a transaction negotiated and documented, financing structured, a joint venture or partnership formed, zoning and regulatory hurdles handled, or leases written. Our clients are comfortable that we understand the full lifecycle of major developments from concept through move-in, relying on us to structure and negotiate as well as provide legal analysis and documentation. We’re constantly focused ahead, anticipating issues to advance the project and your strategic objectives. 

Our Services

  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Financing, refinancing and institutional lending
  • Leasing
  • Real estate joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Purchase agreements, conveyancing documents and exchange agreements
  • Construction contracting and dispute resolution
  • Permitting, zoning and land use counsel
  • Environmental counsel
  • Tax credit finance

Acquisitions, Sales and Exchanges

We negotiate and close acquisitions and sales of single properties or portfolios, preparing the full range of agreements and documents that might involve. We’ll build a team with the right experience, tapping our corporate, tax, land use and environmental lawyers if needed. We’ll also put on the team talent with insight into nuances of your industry if that is needed on the deal.

Financing

We represent both lenders and borrowers. We have significant experience documenting financings for institutional lenders, and counsel developers and owners on the full range of loans, refinancings, workouts, restructuring loans and sale-and-leasebacks. We offer specific financing experience needed by lenders as well as developers and owners of property, ranging from shopping centers in California to dairy loans in Idaho, to tax credit financing of affordable housing and renewable energy projects. 

Leasing

We’re go-to leaders for sophisticated lease transactions in the Pacific Northwest and adjacent intermountain region. We represent both landlords and tenants on retail leases, ground leases, build-to-suit leases, office leases, industrial leases and subleases. This includes national retailers and commercial office building owners with multiple properties, and marquee properties in major metropolitan areas. 

Development

Our lawyers assist clients in all types of real estate development, including office, shopping center, industrial, residential, hotel and downtown developments. We offer unusual depth in the creation and operation of condominiums and planned unit developments, and are approved by the Federal National Mortgage Association for opinions on these projects. 

Land Use

We prepare and process local, state and federal permit applications relating to land use and environmental regulation of development projects, including advice on financing options for public and private infrastructure required as a condition of permit approval.

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