Real Estate

Overview

Your real estate attorney partner for all property, construction and commercial real estate needs.

Walter | Haverfield’s real estate attorneys provide solutions to complex development, construction, leasing and ownership problems. From projects in Cleveland’s thriving theater and entertainment districts to our traditional base among the region’s industrial and distribution companies and developers, our clients receive comprehensive, cost-effective real estate legal representation with minimum exposure to potential liability.

Clients who partner with Walter | Haverfield property and real estate lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio, and across the state include:

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

Clients receive the same level of counsel, whether the transaction is as straightforward as a simple property purchase or as complex as a major development. Cross-disciplinary services in federal income tax and litigation provide our clients the full complement of counsel they need to achieve successful results.

We regularly help our clients with real estate legal services such as acquisitions, financing, negotiations, title examinations, mortgages and liens, contracts and leases, tax analysis, litigation, land use, zoning and planning, and complex commercial projects.

Professionals

Experience

Our team's experience includes:

  • Representation of a developer of 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.
  • Representation of a developer of 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 including, acquisition, Port Authority bond issuance and financing, multiple financing tranches, equity creation via Historic and New Markets Tax Credits, air rights splits to facilitate separate financing components and leasing.
  • Representation of a developer of a $75-million corporate headquarters project including Port Authority bond issuance and financing, construction contracting and related matters
  • Representation of a developer in 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. Assisted with all aspects of making the project eligible for historic tax credits, securing such tax credits, negotiating with tax credit investors, and satisfying the requirements of the real estate tax abatement program.
  • Representation of a developer in 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.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Represented 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/developer’s failure to follow best management practices.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of a large publicly-held REIT in connection with a joint venture relating to a 100+ acre mixed-use development project.
  • Representation of a publicly-traded secondary educational institution in long-term lease agreements located in Class A office buildings nationwide. Represented a national banking institution in long-term lease agreements for retail branches and office space nationwide.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Drafting and negotiation of 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.
  • Representation of a regional port authority in connection with fixed-rate financing, structured leasing, and infrastructure financing.
  • Counsel to 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.
  • National representation of a developer of senior lifestyle apartments in all business phases, including acquisition, entity formation, and financing.
  • Representation of a Hall of Fame Village developer in selected real estate matters for a $350-million+ project in Canton, Ohio.
  • Representation of a developer in a $68-million ground-up apartment construction project including land assembly, capital formation documentation, HUD 221(d) loan, government economic incentives, TIF, and tax abatement matters.

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Recognition

Members of the Walter | Haverfield real estate attorney team are consistently named some of the best real estate lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio, in Columbus, and in the nation by Best Lawyers©, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, Chambers USA and more. Recently, Chambers USA, an affiliate of Chambers and Partners—the world’s leading ranking service of top lawyers and law firms—ranked Walter | Haverfield’s real estate team in its 2020 USA guide. At Walter | Haverfield, we pride ourselves on becoming each client’s trusted real estate law firm.

CHAMBERS
2020 RANKINGS
U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2021 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Real Estate Law
2020 RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Real Estate Law
2019 RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Real Estate Law
2018 RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 (Cleveland): Litigation – Construction
2017 RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 (Cleveland): Litigation – Construction
2016 RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 (Cleveland): Litigation – Construction

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