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Blog Posts

A Step Back From the Precipice: Wrongful Foreclosure Reconsidered

Property Owners Facing Foreclosure Waive the Right to Restrain Sale if They Don't Post the Required Bond

The Importance of Filing Creditor's Claims for Real Estate Lenders and Homeowners' Associations in a Challenging Economy

Seller's Potential Liability During Due Diligence Period Reduced

The attorneys in our Real Estate practice represent commercial landowners, developers, lenders, borrowers and investors, including real estate investment trusts (REITs), private and public pension plans, and tax-exempt investors, in commercial real estate projects across the country.

We understand the legal and business considerations associated with commercial real estate transactions, including the complexities of cross-border transactions, and rely on our extensive experience to offer solutions designed to help clients achieve their goals.

Clients rely on our counsel for a diverse range of real estate matters, including multi-unit housing, office buildings, industrial, medical and technology sites, retail sites, hotel and convention center projects, and agricultural properties.

Joint Ventures & Fund Formation

We assist clients with joint ventures or fund arrangements between project sponsors and investors. We structure, negotiate and document partnerships, limited liability companies and fund arrangements between individual and institutional, domestic and foreign, and taxable and tax-exempt investors.

We also assist in the formation and administration of real estate funds, including real estate investment trusts, pension funds, private equity funds and other operating subsidiaries.

Acquisitions & Due Diligence

Real estate owners and developers, debt and equity funds, and portfolio and debt instrument purchasers seek our counsel for a full range of acquisition and due diligence services, including:

  • Preparation and negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, brokerage and access agreements, and closing documents
  • Analysis of title insurance reports, underlying title exceptions and ALTA surveys
  • Title insurance pro forma and final title policy review
  • Analysis of existing financing documentation and assistance with debt assumption
  • Review of existing ground leases, space leases and licenses
  • Entity formation, qualification and corporate structuring
  • Preparation and negotiation of estoppel and compliance certificates for leases, easements, covenants and restrictions
  • Escrow instructions and transaction closing

Development & Construction

We negotiate and draft design, development and construction contracts that clearly outline responsibility and allocate risks fairly. Issues we address include cost overruns, savings, value engineering, contingency, delay, force majeure, change orders, green building, insurance, indemnification and termination.


We represent both borrowers and lenders in commercial real estate financing. Working closely with our Financial Services practice, we assist clients with mortgage financing, construction lending, mezzanine lending, securitized loan transactions, private placement financing, participating loans, preferred equity, portfolio financing, HUD lending, and lines of credit.


Our leasing clients include landlords and tenants of office, retail, multi-family, industrial and medical office projects. We provide management and leasing advice and draft documentation focused on our clients’ specific needs. We have negotiated and drafted leases involving many national anchor tenants and Fortune 500 companies.


In addition to advising clients on the purchase of properties, we assist with all aspects of asset dispositions, including sale agreements, brokerage agreements, due diligence and access agreements, seller-financing documentation, 1031 exchange documentation, escrow holdback arrangements, and entity dissolution.

We also assist with restructuring, including deeds in lieu of foreclosures, loan workouts and partnership rearrangements.

News, Events & Publications

Stokes Lawrence Named Best Law Firm for Sixth Consecutive Year

Title Law: A to Z

Stokes Lawrence Significantly Grows Real Estate Practice With the Addition of 4 Lawyers and 2 Paralegals

Commercial Real Estate Leasing 101

Real Estate Financing for Commercial Transactions Webcast

Stokes Lawrence Named to 2017 Best Law Firms List

11 Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers List

Super Lawyers Names 17 Stokes Lawrence Attorneys to Top Lists

Commercial Real Estate Financing

Construction Project Financing A to Z

Real Estate Closings From Start to Finish

9 Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Named as 2016 Best Lawyers in America

Legal Descriptions, Title Insurance and Surveys in Real Estate Transactions

Commercial Real Estate Financing

For Second Year, Nearly Half of Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Real Estate Closings From Start to Finish

Carolyn Cairns, Shannon Jost Again Recognized by Chambers USA

Charissa Johnston Joins Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore

The Internet and ADA: How to Make Your Website More Accessible

The Internet and ADA: The Right to Equal Enjoyment of the Web

Stokes Lawrence Promotes Kamm to Shareholder

Stokes Lawrence Partners With Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to Aid Child Immigrants

Negotiating and Disputing Common Area Maintenance Charges

Stokes Lawrence Named Best Law Firm for Third Consecutive Year

Avoiding Personal Liability: Advice for Owners and Managers of Privately Held Businesses

Purchase & Sale Transaction Forms for the Commercial Real Estate Practitioner

Commercial Real Estate Financing

Commercial Real Estate From A to Z

Property Owners Facing Foreclosure Waive the Right to Restrain Sale if They Don't Post the Required Bond

Purchase & Sale Transaction Forms for the Commercial Real Estate Practitioner

Resolving Real Estate Contract Disputes

Commercial Purchase & Sale Agreements

6th Annual Landlord Tenant Law: How to Prosper in the New Market

Commercial Real Estate From A to Z

Drafting Common Area Maintenance Agreements

Top 10 Commercial Lease Provisions

"The Importance of Filing Creditor's Claims for Real Estate Lenders and Homeowners' Associations in a Challenging Economy"

Commercial Property Acquisitions and Recent Financing Trends

"Commercial Tenants May Extend Their Lease Terms Even When Late in Exercising Options to Extend – In the Right Circumstances"

"Commercial Loan Documents"

"Seller's Potential Liability During Due Diligence Period Reduced"

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