Higier Allen & Lautin’s Real Estate group has highly experienced commercial real estate and business transactions lawyers who understand real estate fundamentals and create solutions.  Our Real Estate group is complemented by our other key practice areas:  Banking and Finance, Corporate and Business Transactions, Business Litigation, and Bankruptcy.

Our practice is broadly based, and our lawyers represent all facets of the real estate and real estate finance industry.  Our core clients include owners, lenders and borrowers, commercial and residential developers, landlords and tenants, equity investors, loan servicers and special servicers, brokers, industry and trade group associations, property managers (both regional and national), home builders, contractors, design professionals, governmental entities and private investment firms.  Our real estate attorneys are experienced in the acquisition, construction, development, leasing, financing, management, operation and disposition of all types of real property and also assist our clients with all types of entity formation and conversion matters.  We have an in-depth understanding of a wide array of property types, including office, retail, multi-family, hotels, industrial, raw land, residential lot developments, self storage, manufactured housing, restaurants, franchise operations, condominiums and mixed-use developments.  In addition, we have vast experience with matters involving multiple properties and multiple states, and we are adept at managing multiple party expectations and timelines for closing with utmost efficiency.

We understand the full cycle of the real estate industry.  The current upheaval and ever-changing conditions in the real estate market are causing concern for companies everywhere, and our real estate attorneys are well positioned to counsel clients in this market.  In the workout and insolvency context, our real estate attorneys provide valuable assistance in the following areas:

  • Analyzing the validity and perfection of real estate liens and security interests in personal property collateral
  • Evaluating creditor rights and remedies
  • Assisting borrowers in restructuring loans and documenting loan modifications
  • Preparing forbearance, restructuring and settlement agreements
  • Amending leases and other contracts
  • Substituting collateral properties
  • Disposing of assets
  • Conducting foreclosures (from notice of default, through acceleration, to foreclosure, including post-foreclosure deficiency collections, actions against guarantors and assisting with acquired real estate inventory dispositions)
  • Assisting with other real estate-related matters

We have earned the loyalty of clients through our extensive legal experience, accessibility and responsiveness.  We have the comprehensive knowledge necessary to guide clients during changing economic times, and we provide direct advice instead of a myriad of legal options.  When disputes or bankruptcies enter the picture, we work seamlessly with our other practice groups, including our team of seasoned Business Litigation and Bankruptcy attorneys, so that clients benefit from the full resources of the firm.

Our attorneys also add value through regional and national contacts in the real estate and real estate finance industry.