Our clients include numerous nationally recognized shopping center owners and developers. Currently, we represent over 20 million square feet of regional mall space owned by numerous nationally recognized shopping center owners and developers.
We also routinely advise landlords and tenants regarding lease and sublease concerns, including negotiating many of the country’s largest leases. We represent our clients in appraisal and arbitration proceedings as well as in lease disputes and determination.
How we serve our clients
Construction and Development –
complex development and redevelopment projects throughout the United States with significant experience in:
negotiating anchor leases and reciprocal easement agreements, including the effect of these agreements on financing and co-tenancy
representing clients in various financing structures, including conventional construction financing, real estate tax and sales tax based financing, securitized financing and raising capital through real estate investment trusts
counseling developers concerning their construction documents with architects, general contractors and construction managers
a national leasing practice representing landlords, anchor tenants and national in-line retail tenants. Our leasing attorneys are responsible for:
As a consequence of our vast experience and with the help of our skilled support staff, our attorneys deliver these legal services accurately and efficiently.
Litigation and Bankruptcy –
our shopping center and retail law litigation practice focuses on the client’s specific goals in staffing individual matters and is able to handle economically both routine as well as complex litigation. Areas of representation in the retail area include
For example, if the goal is to obtain possession of the premises, our staff focuses on achieving the result as efficiently and effectively as possible. For more sophisticated issues such as CAM disputes, enforcement of radius clauses, disputes with anchor tenants or defense of claims of inadequate security, our lawyers bring you experience in handling those types of claims to assist clients in effectively protecting their interests.
The retail bankruptcy attorneys make use of the Firm’s national resources and represent shopping center owners in bankruptcies throughout the United States.
Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of the shopping center and retail law practice group, we are able to comprehensively advise and effectively represent landlords and tenants in virtually any type of dispute.
Property Management –
our attorneys keep abreast of the latest issues affecting the retail industry by
the attorneys in our environmental practice serve client needs by
Their insight and legal skills aided them in successfully negotiating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resulting in the cost effective cleanup of the largest PCB site in the nation.
Real Estate Taxation –
our real estate taxation attorneys have developed a practice that is particularly concentrated in representation of the concerns of regional malls.
We have assisted clients in structuring projects to determine the most accurate forecasting of annual real estate tax expenses to assist them in minimizing their real estate taxes.
Property Tax –
we handle property tax proceedings for clients. Our attorneys have been successful in obtaining assessment reductions, abatements and tax exemptions for owners, lessees of, and lenders to real estate.
Tax Litigation –
we work to minimize our clients’ tax liabilities by contesting the IRS’s proposed deficiencies at the investigating agent level, before the Appeals Office of the IRS, or if necessary, litigating the issues in the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court or the Federal Court of Claims. Our tax controversy work includes:
Our litigation attorneys have had major successes in saving clients from large proposed tax liabilities by winning tax issues at trial. These have varied from questions as diverse as whether (i) a sale produced ordinary income or capital gain ($10 million victory); (ii) income was fraudulently under-reported ($42 million victory); and (iii) allowances of losses on a sale/leaseback transaction ($15 million victory). Other successes include preventing charges from being filed against our clients involving allegations of fraud and other civil or criminal accusations, as well as in the successful defense of tax fraud indictments.