Real Estate

GSRM attorneys have a long history as real estate counsel.  Most commercial activities involve some type of real estate transaction.  Whether a client needs to negotiate the terms of a lease or purchase agreement, secure satisfactory and adequate financing, comply with development rules and regulations, or resolve survey and title issues, GSRM attorneys provide thoughtful and practical legal counsel.  The firm’s attorneys assist buyers, sellers, lenders, landlords and tenants on all real estate matters, including:

  • Acquisition and sale
  • Leasing and development
  • Borrowing, lending and RESPA
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Bankruptcy and reorganization
  • Zoning and land use planning

Our attorneys have provided comprehensive counsel to real estate lenders, developers, syndicators, construction companies, brokers and property management companies.  Our experience includes the acquisition, syndication, financing, development and leasing of real estate ventures.  Our attorneys draft the legal documentation required to create valuable investments for owners and managers of shopping centers, office buildings, multifamily residential projects, subdivisions, planned unit developments, hotels, recreational, warehouse and industrial properties, as well as other public spaces. In addition, GSRM lawyers know what it takes to effectively advocate our client’s position before local and regional planning commissions and other governmental agencies.

GSRM lawyers strive to create the requisite legal infrastructure necessary for real estate ventures to succeed.  This experience spans the routine (commercial and residential title examinations, issuance of title insurance, closings and foreclosures) to the non-routine (boundary line disputes, mineral rights issues, contract disputes, easement and survey questions, complex zoning issues and conveyances under Chapter 11 plans).  GSRM lawyers are agents for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, and are approved attorneys for other national title insurance companies as well.  Our attorneys strive to remain on the cutting edge of real estate law. Several are law professors and others are frequent seminar and continuing education speakers for lawyers and other real estate professionals.

GSRM attorneys understand that leasing drives commercial real estate.  The firm routinely represents owners and tenants in commercial leasing for a variety of properties ranging from retail shopping malls and strip centers to office, industrial, warehouse and trucking facilities.   Our attorneys have successfully counseled clients on such issues as tenant default, build-out, percentage rent, common area maintenance charges, assignment or sublease, use clauses, subordination and non-disturbance agreements, indemnity and public access, among others.  Additionally, members of the firm are active participants in the International Council of Shopping Centers.

GSRM attorneys serve as client advocates in real estate disputes.  Our attorneys aggressively represent clients facing a multitude of possible challenges, ranging from purchase/sale, leasing, construction and partnership disputes. The firm has represented title insurance companies and private parties in real estate title disputes, judicial foreclosures, proceedings involving injunctive relief against foreclosures, mechanics’ lien issues, and actions to remove clouds on title, among others.  They have experience in eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases as well.  Our attorneys have resolved arguments over design/construction controversies, environmental problems, insurance coverage, actions for waste, boundary and easement disputes, among many others.

Because project disruption can derail a real estate endeavor, the firm uses alternative dispute resolution strategies where appropriate to achieve the client’s desired result.  Our attorneys are experienced in mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution tactics that support a potentially swift or advantageous outcome.  However, when litigation ensues, GSRM’s litigators are prepared for court when necessary.