Real Estate Law

Since its founding in 1894, Bernkopf Goodman LLP has maintained significant emphasis on real estate and related capital opportunities and asset operation expertise. This vast experience affords our lawyers the ability to recognize and act upon real estate issues and opportunities to facilitate our clients achieving their goals.

Staying well ahead of the curve in understanding the legal and business challenges facing sophisticated 21st century real estate clients, the attorneys in our knowledgeable and resourceful Real Estate Practice Group provides advice and guidance in all phases of real estate purchase, sale, ownership, financing and development.

Our attorneys have been major players in all aspects of significant real estate transactions in New England and around the country, with substantial experience and ability in commercial, retail, industrial and residential development projects. We are able to work on transactions from start to finish. We are customarily involved in all phases of real estate development, finance and operations including comprehensive and extensive experience with acquisitions, sales, permitting, construction, leasing, financing, syndication, and property operations and management.

Our experience includes creativity in analyzing complex title matters. We have an extensive and well recognized practice identifying and solving complex title issues and arranging for title insurance coverage.

Our daily contact with the capital markets provides our clients with current and creative capital solutions as they affect real estate, purchase development and disposition opportunities. These creative opportunities include projects involving:

  • Retail buildings and shopping centers
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Office buildings
  • Residential properties
  • Affordable housing
  • Industrial properties
  • Mixed-use facilities
  • Condominiums
  • Subdivisions and parcel assemblages

We are well versed in zoning, land use, permitting and governmental compliance. We specialize in commercial leasing representing landlords and tenants in retail, office, big-box, pad sites, and ground and master lease developments. We assist clients in “green” building projects, including LEED®-certified projects.

Our experienced real estate attorneys also draw on their expertise to provide creative advice on securing debt and equity from private placements and mezzanine loans to conventional finances.

If a real estate transaction runs into financial difficulty, our attorneys are also experienced at negotiating loan workouts and restructurings.

Our clients know and appreciate that we understand their business challenges. We have the ability to understand and resolve complex, as well as routine real estate issues from our clients’ perspectives, and that understanding shapes our practical insights and allows us to efficiently assist our clients in achieving their goals, without “staffing up” or churning a matter.

Straight Talk and real solutions are a hallmark of our practice.

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The case: a complex lease negotiation involving one of the largest law firms in the United States. They staffed the matter with a senior partner, junior partner, and an associate. We staffed it appropriately
— with one partner.

Outnumbered, but not outgunned.