Real Estate Group

We have a special group of high quality attorneys with extensive experience in representing a distinguished roster of private investors, developers and lenders as well as local governments in all aspects of real estate transactions. Our Real Estate Group, led by Joseph Hernandez, is client focused and solution driven. Our attorneys have become trusted advisors to our clients by using our experience to create practical solutions which focus on our clients' business objectives. Our attorneys also frequently represent municipalities in matters as basic as the leasing of space for governmental offices and transactions as complex as P3 joint ventures in the development of major public facilities such as professional sports stadiums, town centers, hotels and senior housing facilities. We understand the unique issues in working with governmental entities, including the acquisition, financing and development of public lands. These issues may involve extraordinary competitive bidding problems and unusual approval processes, such as public referenda and other matters unique to public property. 

Acquisition and Disposition Transactions

Representing our private and public clients in the acquisition and disposition of real estate is a core element of our practice. Our attorneys have represented private and public clients in the purchase and sale of various real estate assets, including vacant land, office building, shopping centers, hotels, condominiums, apartment buildings, industrial parks and mixed-use projects. We also have particular expertise in the structuring of complex transactions. We have been principally involved in some of the most notable and complex transactions in Florida, including the City of Boca Raton Blue Lake/IBM property acquisition, the re-development of the Homestead/Miami-Dade Motorsports Complex, and the Miramar Town Center project. We also serve as counsel to State agencies, including the FDOT, in their joint public/private development of State lands. Representing government agencies is a specialized practice that involves unusual issues of confidentiality in the face of Sunshine Laws and public records laws, as well as other unique matters that we are uniquely prepared to handle.

The evaluation of a property for use and/or development by our local government and private clients is an essential part of the real estate process. We work very closely with our clients to perform due diligence and assist in the evaluation and investigation of a property and a transaction. Through a team approach, we assist clients in reviewing issues such as environmental contamination, zoning, structural integrity, mechanical soundness, soil quality, radon gas, wetlands and subdivision matters that limit the use of land.

While structuring and documenting a deal may be the most demanding of tasks we take pride in our ability to close real estate transactions in a timely manner.

Commercial Leasing

Leasing of real estate is an important and notable aspect of our real estate practice. We have advised both landlords and tenants on a broad array of leasing transactions ranging from complex securitized sale/lease back transactions, ground leasing, big  box and anchor tenant leasing, specialty retail leasing in regional enclosed centers, strip centers, lifestyle centers and urban free standing commercial properties. We have also represented developers and third party management companies in the negotiation and preparation of development, management, cross easement, operating and leasing agreements. Our advice can, and often does, include an analysis of the tax implications of a lease or other arrangement.

Title Insurance

As part of every transaction, we are involved in evaluating the title to land and addressing issues that may affect the transaction. We have extensive experience solving complex title problems. As agents for several national title insurance companies, we provide title insurance, where appropriate, to protect our clients from the unlikely event that unforeseen impediments may affect the ownership of the land.

Lending

A significant part of our real estate practice involves assisting our clients with the financing of real estate. We have the unique experience of not only representing developers, investors and other institutions when they are obtaining financing for real estate transactions, but we also frequently represent financial institutions and private lenders in a variety of real estate commercial financing transactions; including acquisition first and subordinate mortgage loans, refinancing, assumptions and assignments, construction loans, mezzanine financing, workouts, intercreditor's agreements, participation agreements, and other complex financing transactions. Our experience and perspective from representing both borrowers and lenders gives us a unique ability to negotiate and draft financing documents more effectively and efficiently. When representing local governments, our experience includes public bond financing or negotiating complicated grant agreements with State or Federal agencies. We are on the cutting edge of the ever-evolving real estate finance world and the newest vehicles employed by local government in the process. We are nationally recognized for our expertise in real estate finance.