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Your deep bench of real estate legal talent for complete property, construction, and commercial solutions.

Walter Haverfield’s real estate attorneys are relied on for delivering solutions to a broad range of complex development, construction, leasing, and ownership problems. A valued resource for businesses throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond, our total capabilities complement each client’s growth.

As dedicated real estate attorneys with decades of combined experience, we focus on providing comprehensive, competitive legal counsel to minimize potential liability exposure.

Practice Group Leader

Tyler S. Bobes, Chair

Tyler’s practice is national in scope, and he serves as a trusted advisor to publicly traded companies, Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs), private equity funds, lenders, family offices and other private and public developers and owners of commercial real estate.

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Clients who partner with Walter Haverfield property and real estate lawyers throughout Ohio and across the country include:

  • Brokers
  • Builders and construction companies
  • Commercial, industrial, and residential property developers
  • Corporations
  • Individuals

Tap into our Real Estate Group’s depth of knowledge.

Whether the transaction is straightforward or complex, our group’s depth of knowledge offers the full spectrum of real estate legal support to serve your needs. Our complete firm-wide services, including federal income tax and litigation, add an extra advantage for successful results.

We offer comprehensive assistance with all aspects of property law, including:

  • Acquisitions: leasing and sales, including deeds, landlord negotiations and all purchases in residential, commercial, and industrial zones—navigating all real estate transactions such as title examinations, insurance, renewals, and options
  • Properties: restaurants, shopping centers and other retail spaces, industrial sites, office buildings, new construction, condominiums, and private residences
  • Financing: mortgages, refinancing, and purchase negotiations
  • Land Use, Zoning and Planning: permits, easements and liens, land contracts, variances, and more; comprehensive representation in front of legislative bodies and administrative groups, as well as any litigation challenges related to zoning and land use laws
  • Taxes: real estate tax analysis, tax complaints, auditing fair market value, and more
  • Complex real estate legal transactions: eminent domain, environmental law, land preservation and conservation, and beyond

At Walter Haverfield, our real estate attorneys provide personalized, competitive solutions to navigate complex development, leasing, and ownership transactions. As a trusted partner, we’ll help you invest smartly and make well-informed decisions to achieve the ultimate outcome.


Our real estate attorneys in our Cleveland and Columbus offices are consistently ranked and recognized by Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and more. At Walter Haverfield, we pride ourselves on becoming each client’s trusted advisor for all their real estate needs.


  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Banking and Finance Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Commercial Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Trust & Estates
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Tax Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – ERISA


  • National Tier 2: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Environmental Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Banking and Finance Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Environmental Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Construction Litigation


  • Representing a complex developer’s multiple projects with needs encompassing:
    • A $250 million mixed-use retail, office, and hotel project, including multiple financing tranches, capital formation, leasing, air rights splits for hotel piece, government incentives, land assembly, and related matters.
    • A $175 million urban redevelopment project converting a former bank headquarters complex into an upscale apartment, hotel, food supermarket, government headquarters building, and office space, which included an acquisition, Port Authority bond issuance and financing, multiple financing tranches, equity creation via Historic and New Markets Tax Credits, and air rights splits to facilitate separate financing components and leasing.
    • A $75 million corporate headquarters project including Port Authority bond issuance and financing, construction contracting, and related matters
    • A $12 million historic rehab project involving the conversion of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse into 45 apartments. The project utilized federal and state Historic Tax Credits and real estate tax abatement, and the team assisted with all aspects of making the project eligible for and securing such tax credits, negotiated with tax credit investors, and satisfied the requirements of the real estate tax abatement program.
    • A $35 million project involving the conversion of a 175,000-square-foot former industrial building into apartments and retail. The project utilized federal and state Historic Tax Credits, New Market Tax Credits, and Tax Increment Financing.
    • National representation of senior lifestyle apartments in all business phases, including acquisition, entity formation, and financing
    • A Hall of Fame Village developer in selected real estate matters for a $350 million+ project in Canton, Ohio
    • A $68 million ground-up apartment construction project including land assembly, capital formation documentation, HUD 221(d) loan, government economic incentives, Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and tax abatement matters
    • Both publicly held developers and private developers in retail leasing matters, including anchor/big box tenant leases, in-line tenant leases, ground leases, relocation and expansion agreements, and lease assignments
  • Representing a closely held corporation in its $9 million acquisition of a warehouse located in a Northeastern Ohio suburb whereby several lot splits and easements were necessary to separate the property from a larger parcel
  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in the acquisition of manufacturing facilities nationwide
  • Received a $700,000 jury verdict on behalf of a property owner whose land was harmed by an upstream owner’s/developer’s failure to follow best management practices
  • Representing a national conservation organization in the acquisition of the former Acacia Country Club property and the subsequent donation of the same to the Cleveland Metroparks
  • Representing a large publicly-held Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in connection with a joint venture relating to a 100+ acre mixed-use development project
  • Representing a publicly traded secondary educational institution in long-term lease agreements located in Class A office buildings nationwide
  • Representing a national banking institution in long-term lease agreements for retail branches and office space nationwide
  • Drafting and negotiating easements and license agreements, including reciprocal easement agreements, utility easements, ingress and egress easements, and declarations of easements, restrictions, and conditions
  • Counseling and assisting clients on land assemblage and ground-up developments
  • Representing a regional port authority in connection with fixed-rate financing, structured leasing, and infrastructure financing
  • Counseling a global chemical company in connection with the sale of legacy properties, leasing matters, and the acquisition and development of manufacturing, processing, and warehousing facilities
  • Comprehensive leasing representation in North and Central America of international cosmetics and international clothing retailers