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Walter Haverfield real estate attorneys, working in conjunction with our diverse teams of tax attorneys and litigators, help clients in a wide array of industries to navigate the complexities and controversies common to commercial leases. Our experience includes work with retail outlets and shopping centers; industrial facilities and warehouse operations; residential communities; office complexes; tax credit transactions; and much more.

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 Leasing Services

Whether you’re a landlord or tenant, a property owner or an end-user, chances are you have encountered lease agreements.

We understand the challenges that can arise in every phase of the leasing process—from preparation to negotiation to execution and, when necessary, litigation. Thanks to the support of our tax attorneys, we can also provide counseling relative to the federal tax impact on a lease transaction. We additionally understand the ramifications and risks of financing leases, including our experience with sale-leaseback transactions and ground leases, to name just a few.

We represent landlords, as well as tenants, working to leverage our clients’ options while minimizing their liability under the lease terms.


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 publicly traded company in the acquisition, disposition, and lease of facilities, plants, and offices nationwide
  • 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
  • Representing 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 private developer in the leasing and redevelopment of regional shopping centers
  • Representing both landlords and tenants in the leasing of retail space, office space, warehouses, and industrial parks
  • Representing a NYSE-listed REIT in various retail leasing matters, including anchor tenant, in-line, and ground leases
  • Drafting and negotiating leases for a wide range of retail and office tenants, including major big-box retailers; corporate regional offices; in-line and out-lot ground leases, and local retailers
  • Preparing comprehensive form retail lease for developer of multi-use properties
  • Preparing comprehensive form leases which comply with applicable Historic and New Markets Tax Credit regulations and rules