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Real Estate & Construction Litigation

Real Estate

Walter Haverfield’s real estate and construction litigation service provides public and privately held companies with experienced representation in large-scale, complex litigation involving all types of real property disputes.

Our attorneys have experience in almost every facet of real estate-related litigation and represent clients in virtually all types of forums, including state and federal courts, arbitration panels, administrative agencies, such as the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal and state agencies.

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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Our Proven Real Estate & Construction Litigation Process

Walter Haverfield’s multidisciplinary approach and broad experience provide our clients with efficient and highly effective representation in real estate issues and disputes before, during, and after they result in litigation or other formal dispute resolution. Our clients’ real estate and construction litigation needs are handled by experienced real estate litigators who know the industry, understand the client’s business goals, and have the ability and judgment to appropriately address virtually every type of dispute in state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies.

Our real estate and construction litigators represent owners, developers, secured lenders, loan participants, governmental entities, bondholders, borrowers, landlords, tenants, and other clients in disputes involving:


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


  • Counseling clients on various commercial and residential leases, management and operating agreements, common area maintenance issues, development agreements, nuisance abatement, and zoning matters
  • Assisting with forcible detainer/eviction actions on behalf commercial and residential landlords as well as commercial tenants
  • Representing a client in a declaratory judgment action seeking to enforce a five-year renewal option in a commercial lease
  • Defending a New York State homebuilder against a multi-million-dollar breach of contract claim in a New York court
  • Assisting in the representation of a real estate developer, successfully arguing that the provisions of an automatic termination provision in an option contract could not be modified by contrary oral representations; summary judgment was granted in the developer’s favor and upheld on appeal
  • Assisting in the pre-litigation enforcement of a Confidentiality, Non-Disclosure, and Non-Circumvention Agreement relative to the acquisition and repositioning of value-add commercial and multi-family properties
  • Assisting in the six-figure recovery of consulting and acquisition service fees, as well as legal fees incurred relative to the enforcement of the Acquisition Services Agreement