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, Columbus and across Ohio 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.

Our real estate legal services help clients with properties such as restaurants, shopping centers and other retail spaces, industrial sites, office buildings, new construction, condominiums and private residences.

We regularly help our clients with the full spectrum of real estate legal services, from straight-forward, simply transactions to complex commercial real estate developments. 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
  • Financing—mortgages, refinancing and purchase negotiations
  • Land Use, Zoning and Planning—including permits, easements and liens, land contracts, variances, and more; all with representation in front of legislative bodies and administrative groups, as well as any litigation challenges related to zoning and land use laws
  • Taxes—including real estate tax analysis, tax complaints, auditing fair market value and more
  • Complex real estate legal transactions such as eminent domain, environmental law, land preservation and conservation

For decades, Walter | Haverfield real estate attorneys have helped our construction, property and real estate clients reach their goals by navigating complex development, leasing and ownership transactions. Investing in property smartly and navigating real estate law are some of the most important decisions a business entity can make. Our property lawyers are prepared to partner with you in these transactions, help you make well-informed decisions, and achieve the outcomes you desire.

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, Columbus, and around the country by Best Lawyers©, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, Chambers USA and more. In fact, Chambers USA, an affiliate of Chambers and Partners—the world’s leading ranking service of top lawyers and law firms—has ranked Walter | Haverfield’s real estate team in its 2020 & 2021 USA guide. At Walter | Haverfield, we pride ourselves on becoming each client’s trusted real estate law firm.

CHAMBERS
2021 RANKINGS
  • Ranked in Chambers 2021 USA guide.
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