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Ballard Spahr LLP - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Preeminent practice with a deep bench of highly skilled practitioners well equipped to handle the full spectrum of real estate matters. Excels in sophisticated transactional work and is a fine choice of counsel to advise on the financing and development of major sports venues, educational institutions and mixed-use projects, among others. Also highly esteemed for its wealth of expertise in complex land use and zoning issues.

Strengths "I would give them very high marks in all areas. They are very client-focused, responsive and strategic," avers one impressed client.

Work highlights Acted for Comcast on the long-term leasing and joint venture agreement with Liberty Property Trust for the $1.2 billion development of the Comcast Innovation & Technology Center.

Assisted Southern Land Company in regard to land use approvals for a $300 million high-rise mixed-use project.

Significant clients Philadelphia Housing Authority, SunCap Property Group, U3 Ventures, Equus Capital Partners, Goldenberg Group.

Notable practitioners

Philip Korb is regarded as "no nonsense guy who absolutely knows what he's doing" and a "terrific lawyer to work with." He comes recommended for his real estate tax work, in addition to his counsel across development, acquisitions and leasing. He is also noted for his strengths in condominium and planned community developments, with one source asserting: "He is the premier lawyer in contracting and negotiating complex condominiums."

Neil Sklaroff is widely respected for his land use and zoning experience, and has a fine reputation for his counsel on eminent domain and condemnation matters. "Neil is the person I go to for all of our regulatory issues, he is technically proficient and can be relied upon to provide needed guidance. He has our trust and always looks out for our best interests," a satisfied client reports.

Matthew McClure is recognized for his counsel to nonprofits, universities and developers on a wide range of real estate development and land use and zoning matters. He is particularly noted for his expertise on issues relating to historic preservation.

"Great real estate lawyer" Bart Mellits is chair of the practice and has a fine track record assisting institutions and developers in complex transactions across a wide variety of projects, including hospitals, shopping centers, corporate headquarters and hotels.

Alan Ritterband is an experienced practitioner noted for his transactional expertise, including complex leasing, sales and acquisitions. Sources say he is "great to work with" and praise his "knowledgeable and strategic" approach to matters.

The "tremendous" Tina Makoulian advises a variety of retail and residential developers, as well as hospitals and universities, on complex zoning and land development matters. Clients appreciate that she "really takes a lot of ownership in her work – she is really fantastic at thinking through all the issues and does this very expediently."

David Pollack is well regarded for his broad-ranging experience in commercial leasing, as well as in bankruptcy and debt-related real estate concerns. Sources are quick to say he is "very easy to work with" and reserve particular praise for his calm approach to matters.

The "terrific" Michael Sklaroff is a leading figure in the market and has a "sparkling reputation," according to one impressed peer. He is highly esteemed for his real estate development work and is also acclaimed for his counsel on land use, zoning and eminent domain matters.

Dominic De Simone is regularly sought after for adept counsel in complex real estate finance matters and acts for a distinguished roster of lenders, borrowers and investors. He is practice leader of the firm's real estate finance and capital markets team.

Mark DePillis handles leasing, financings and acquisitions for a broad range of clients. "He's always available and provides good insight into the industry," a satisfied client reports.

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Blank Rome LLP - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Excellent team that excels across the full range of real estates matters and is particularly highly regarded for its formidable strength in complex financings. Acts for an impressive list of leading financial institutions, as well as owners, developers and REITs. Possesses strong capabilities in zoning and land use issues and also regularly called upon for its expertise in restructuring work and tax assessment matters.

Strengths A commentator enthuses: "Blank Rome's work is high quality and superb value for money. I think they are excellent and I'm happy to use them."

"They provide quick, well thought-out and accurate advice," reports another impressed source.

Work highlights Assisted DRA Advisors in its complex $2.3 billion acquisition of REIT Inland Real Estate Corporation.

Acted for Toll Brothers in negotiating the financing of numerous multifamily residencies.

Significant clients Drexel University, Morgan Properties, Core Realty, Philadelphia Eagles, Wells Fargo.

Notable practitioners

"Fantastic zoning lawyer" Peter Kelsen is praised for his "client-oriented" approach, and acts for a range of owners and developers on complex land use and zoning matters. "He is just great in dealing with all the constituencies to get our zoning goals carried out," reports one appreciative client.

Philip Rosenfeldt is described as a "talented transactional lawyer" and provides expert counsel across the full range of real estate matters, including leasing, acquisitions and development. He comes particularly recommended for his work on behalf of clients in the retail sector.

Matthew Comisky is a well regarded real estate practitioner who acts for a variety of clients on the financing and development of a broad range of projects, including commercial, retail, hospitality and residential properties.

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Cozen O'Connor - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with a bench of practitioners experienced in all aspects of real estate acquisitions, joint ventures, construction and financing. Especially strong in negotiating purchase agreements, advising borrowers and resolving tax issues involving the real estate market. Also sought after for its land use and zoning strength, including historic preservation issues.

Work highlights Acted for Rubenstein Properties in the sale of an 850,000 sq ft Class A property, valued at more than $8 million.

Significant clients Equus Capital, Merion Realty Partners, Arden Group, Spring Creek Investment Management, Liberty Property Trust.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic, practical and reliable" Robert Silverman has a strong reputation for his work on complex transactions, including shopping center, hotel and condominium developments. Impressed sources describe him as "knowledgeable, thorough, effective and easy to work with," and also single him out as "very responsive and thoughtful counsel – a big picture person that is also detail-oriented."

James Williams is highly respected for his work in a wide range of real estate matters and is particularly noted for his expertise in transactions involving tax exempt financial institutions. One market source enthuses: "He is just an outstanding lawyer. He has a very calm demeanor that keeps things totally under control, but at the same time he delivers a zealous service without banging the table. He has excellent judgment!"

Howard Grossman has significant experience counseling clients in complex transactions, and is particularly sought after for his strengths in joint ventures. Sources reserve praise for his commercial and practical approach, with one source appreciating his ability to be a "deal-maker who is half-businessman and half-lawyer."

Jeffrey Leonard is praised for his broad expertise in real estate matters, and demonstrates particular prowess in assisting lenders, borrowers and private equity funds across a variety of financial transactions. He is also noted for his counsel in landlord-tenant disputes.

Thomas Witt is recognized as a leading land use and zoning practitioner, and is described by one admiring source as "a gentleman and a scholar who really knows what he's doing – he has exactly the right touch for zoning and land use work." He comes particularly recommended for his advice on historic preservation matters.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Skilled group noted for its expertise in large-scale real estate transactions and developments, with notable strength in financing and leasing. Maintains a fine reputation for its work in the mortgage lending space and also highly regarded for its counsel to clients in the retail sector.

Strengths An appreciative client regards Drinker Biddle & Reath as its "go-to firm," commenting: "They are very thorough, they understand our business and its sensitivities. A lot of synergy has developed between us. You get expert service at a very reasonable price."

"They have all been terrific. They are very helpful and very practical. They have been fantastic!" reports another satisfied client.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Jackson National Life Insurance in regards to a $200 million mortgage loan secured by nine properties across six states to a real estate fund controlled by Clarion Partners.

Significant clients Comcast Cable Communications, Urban Outfitters, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, Beneficial Bank.

Notable practitioners

"High-level" practitioner Harry Cherken is well regarded for his counsel on the acquisition, leasing and development of commercial properties, and maintains a fine track record for his work in the retail sector.

David Ebby comes recommended for his expertise in financing and leasing a broad range of real estate projects. Clients appreciate his "practical legal advice" and also highlight him as "a very good negotiator with lots of deal experience."

Jerald Goodman counsels clients on development and leasing, and is also noted for his strengths in joint ventures and secured matters. A satisfied client comments: "He's great. I find him very personable, smart and experienced. He's also very practical and very responsive."

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Strong and comprehensive group of attorneys offering expertise in all stages of the real estate process. Noted for its adept counsel on leasing and financing matters and also highly regarded for its strengths in land use and zoning work. Particularly distinguished for its expertise in infrastructure development matters. Also sought after for its extensive experience in eminent domain issues.

Strengths "They have really become a business partner with us, learning our business and working with us just as if they were internal. They are fantastic, acting as our legs and ears on the ground locally. They are such a full service law firm: whatever problem seems to arise, they have got someone with great expertise to help us over the hurdle. I'm just a cheerleader for this firm!" enthuses a satisfied client.

Another appreciative client comments: "Saul Ewing impacts all aspects of our business positively, with the capacity within their firm to meet our needs geographically. We receive quick attention and receive high-quality work."

Work highlights Acted for RioCan in the $1.9 billion sale of 49 shopping centers across 11 states to Blackstone Group.

Significant clients AmerisourceBergen, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Liberty Property Trust, Equus Capital Partners, Delaware River Waterfront.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Aichele has a "very good reputation," reports one admiring source, who comments further: "He's a good lawyer and a good person – he's very easy to work with, and very smart and practical." He has a wealth of experience in real estate development and financing, and acts for an impressive roster of clients, including leading developers and lenders.

Frederick Strober is particularly recognized for his development work in the nonprofit sector and is a good choice of counsel for educational institutions and healthcare providers. "His technical and practical experience was invaluable to us," says one grateful client.

Sources regard Michael Burg as a "business-oriented lawyer" who is "savvy, practical and very responsive." Burg is highly valued for his broad-ranging expertise across leasing, financing and acquisitions, and is also sought after for his counsel on tax planning.

Gregory Davis is recognized for his counsel to nonprofit and commercial clients in zoning and land use issues. Sources regard him as "a very knowledgeable lawyer" who "provides excellent service."

Anthony Forte is highly regarded for his advice to clients on the zoning and land use aspects of real estate transactions. He is regularly called upon for his counsel on historic preservation issues and possesses broad-ranging industry sector knowledge, reflected in his representation of clients in the telecommunications, retail and healthcare spaces.

John Pierce regularly represents large retail and commercial clients in financing, development and leasing matters. "He is conscientious, timely, effective and efficient, and he's pleasant to work with," avers one appreciative client.

Erik Williams is an up-and-coming figure in the market, noted for his skills in financing, site acquisition and construction matters. He draws much praise from the market, with sources describing him as "an extremely talented lawyer" who is "very attentive" and who provides a "very significant level of customer service."

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Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Respected group that excels in real estate financing and transactional work across the full gamut of asset classes, including retail, offices, multifamily housing and mixed-use properties. Highly esteemed for its expertise in land use, zoning and planned community matters, and also sought after for its strengths in relation to restructurings and loan workouts.

Strengths "When you work with Klehr Harrison attorneys on these transactions, they are part of your team: they're doing the talking, they've got your back and they negotiate on your behalf. They do a really good job of being a partner. It's like having in-house counsel. They have always been incredibly fair and reasonable," explains one pleased client.

Another impressed commentator notes: "I'm a huge fan of the firm. They're a business firm and in the business of getting things done!"

Work highlights Represented Keystone Property Group in the approximately $114 million acquisition and financing of One Washington Square, an 880,000 sq ft office building.

Significant clients Campus Apartments, Lubert-Adler, Korman Communities, Sun Capital Partners, Sheetz.

Notable practitioners

Carl Primavera has a fine reputation in the market and is considered a go-to attorney for land use and zoning work, acting for a number of developers and owners. He chairs the firm's land use and zoning practice.

Gregory Gosfield is well regarded for his counsel on transactions for a broad range of clients, including nonprofits, developers and owners, and is particularly noted for his expertise in debt and equity investments.

Bradley Krouse is highly valued by his clients, with one source commenting: "He's exceptional – he is utterly pragmatic about getting to the right solution. He has a thoughtful view and full understanding of every transaction, and that gives me an amazing amount of confidence." Krouse chairs the real estate and finance practice and comes particularly recommended for his expertise in portfolio transactions.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Full service law firm which draws on its wide-ranging expertise when acting on real estate transactions and negotiations. Brings a strong corporate focus when advising clients, including REITs, universities, retail owners and companies in the energy sector.

Notable practitioners

JJ Broderick is highly thought of by market sources for his experience working on complex real estate transactions. He acts for an impressive roster of clients, including investors, landlords, private equity funds and developers.

"Exceptional lawyer" Eric Stern is noted for his counsel on leasing, acquisition, restructuring issues and other real estate issues. He has experience across a broad range of properties, including student housing, hotels and retail centers, and is particularly highlighted for his strengths in mixed-use developments.

Department profile by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Our real estate practice is known for advising clients on complex real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financing, joint ventures, and development projects that have transformed significant portions of the skyline in cities across the United States. Our real estate team handles transactions of all sizes and degrees of complexity. We advise on ownership, use, and financing issues for clients including developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs), private equity and pension funds, institutional lenders, advisers, servicers, and colleges and universities. We handle land assemblage, use, and development; leasing; dispositions; financings (including international investments); workouts; restructurings; and real property tax matters.

With more than 50 lawyers and other professionals in 13 offices, we serve clients in the real estate industry as well as those whose business models use real estate as a strategic asset. We collaborate with other practices to provide coordinated and efficient service. We guide clients through the maze of transactional issues arising in the acquisition and management of real estate holdings. Our team provides added value to clients through our ability to address complicated financing, tax allocation, and structural issues specific to joint ventures and other partnership arrangements. We bring a deep and multifaceted understanding of the marketplace and the challenges our clients may face.

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Our real estate practice is known for advising clients on complex real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financing, joint ventures, and development projects that have transformed significant portions of the skyline in cities across the United States. Our real estate team handles transactions of all sizes and degrees of complexity. We advise on ownership, use, and financing issues for clients including developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs), private equity and pension funds, institutional lenders, advisers, servicers, and colleges and universities. We handle land assemblage, use, and development; leasing; dispositions; financings (including international investments); workouts; restructurings; and real property tax matters.

With more than 50 lawyers and other professionals in 13 offices, we serve clients in the real estate industry as well as those whose business models use real estate as a strategic asset. We collaborate with other practices within the firm to provide coordinated and efficient service, whatever the demands of the transaction. We guide clients through the maze of transactional issues arising in the acquisition and management of real estate holdings. Our team provides added value to clients through our ability to address complicated financing, tax allocation, and structural issues specific to joint ventures and other partnership arrangements.

Our team brings a deep and multifaceted understanding of the marketplace and the challenges our clients may face. We take a pragmatic approach to getting the deal done and understand what is important in a transaction. As a result, we are able to efficiently and effectively devise and execute creative and enduring deals that meet the business objectives of all parties in the transaction, while minimizing the market, reputational, and franchise risk to our clients.

Our practitioners represent for-profit and nonprofit companies in acquiring, selling, permitting, leasing, and financing real estate assets and property portfolios. We negotiate hundreds of leases each year and handle a variety of portfolio management issues for clients. In addition to counseling on site acquisitions and the development of corporate headquarters, warehouses, and distribution facilities, we assist clients in purchases, sales, leasings, and subleasings of manufacturing, laboratory, and other facilities across the country, including university housing and healthcare-related real estate.

Other distinguishing features of our real estate practice include:
• We are trusted real estate advisers to many of the region’s largest developers, investors, and other real estate owners including, but not limited to, American Campus Communities (ACC), JBG Smith Properties, Gramercy Property Trust, Brandywine Realty Trust, and the Berkshire Group.
• In many cases we represent our clients through all phases of the project life cycle, from the initial acquisition, entitlement, and development, to financing, refinancing capitalization of the project, to sale of the project.
• We have represented major financial institutions such as US Bank and TD Bank in significant financings each year for single-asset and multi-asset real estate projects.


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Real Estate

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Band 4

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What the team is known for Established practice with a wealth of experience providing transactional support to real estate developers, investors and owners. Well placed to advise on all asset classes and regularly assists on multistate multiple-portfolio projects. Particularly highly regarded for its tax-advantaged transactional work.

Strengths "They are good, well-respected lawyers that are very knowledgeable in their field. I respect their good advice and opinions," one happy client comments.

Another interviewee remarks: "They're an excellent firm that is very client-friendly and proactive."

Work highlights Assisted Point Park University with all real estate aspects of its expansion, including sales negotiations and closing acquisition transactions.

Acted for the City of Scranton in negotiations surrounding the long-term lease of its public parking garages and on-street parking meter system. This matter was valued at $53 million.

Significant clients PNC Bank, Shorenstein Partners, The Davis Companies, Crown Castle International, Bank of New York Mellon.

Notable practitioners

Frederick Masters is an experienced real estate practitioner recognized for his capabilities acting for clients across a range of industries on leasing, financing, construction and development matters. He is also well regarded for his counsel on troubled project workouts and restructuring issues.

Lafe Metz is chair of the firm's real estate practice and is regularly called upon for his expert counsel on real estate finance, leasing and development matters. He has particular expertise in advising on tax-efficient transactions and acting for property owners on tax assessment and exemption issues.

Jason Wrona is an up-and-coming attorney in the market and a good choice for property development, acquisition and leasing matters. He has expertise across residential, office and industrial developments, among others, and draws particular praise for his "detail-oriented" approach.

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Dechert LLP - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Well-established real estate practice, with experience advising on commercial real estate issues, including transactions, structured financing and mortgage-backed securities work.

Notable practitioners

David Forti is well regarded for applying his financial expertise to real estate transactions. One client enthuses: "He is a strategic thinker with a focus on execution. He sees and appreciates finance matters," while another source asserts: "He's great to deal with, super-responsive and very client-focused."

Richard Jones is chair of the firm’s global finance and real estate groups and is a well-known figure in the market. He is noted for his wide-ranging expertise in mortgage financing and is also sought after for his strengths in capital markets matters related to the real estate space, advising a number of leading banks and investors.

Department profile by Dechert LLP

Dechert provides our clients access to a responsive, interdisciplinary, multi-jurisdictional team to address the complexities of modern finance transactions across categories and geographies. With more than 130 lawyers in the world’s major financial centers, Dechert’s internationally recognized global finance practice provides our clients with innovative deal structuring, creative financing strategies and efficient execution.​​Dechert lawyers understand the marketplace, as well as the rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory challenges, making us a preeminent advisor across geographies.

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Dechert is a leading firm in the area of commercial real estate finance. We handle the purchase and sale of commercial real estate debt products, and the origination of the commercial real estate loans, as well as the full life cycle of commercial real estate loans after origination. Dechert’s commercial real estate finance group includes many of the industry’s leading lawyers who play a central role in high-visibility real estate transactions.

Dechert is recognized as one of the few firms—if not the only firm—that maintains a premier commercial real estate capital markets practice concentrating in loan origination, loan acquisition and disposition, securitization, rating agency, representation, servicing, workouts/restructuring and bankruptcy matters.

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Duane Morris LLP - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Advises developers, financial institutions and contractors on all aspects of transactional real estate. Maintains a fine reputation for its work in the leisure and hospitality space, and is also a popular choice of firm for its counsel on multifamily properties and projects in the healthcare sector.

Strengths One satisfied client comments: "The team is skilled and is enjoyable to work with. Having direct access to the lead partner and having a bench of staff to handle various aspects of a closing is very helpful."

"Duane Morris is a great firm that is both large and international, which means that their footprint is wide enough for us, giving us the opportunity to work in different states. They are a cutting-edge firm!" another source enthuses.

Notable practitioners

"Good technical lawyer" David Augustin acts for lenders, buyers and sellers in a wide variety of projects, including hotels and retail developments. He is also highly regarded for real estate workouts expertise.

Department profile by Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris has an experienced international real estate practice, offering a full range of services related to acquisitions and dispositions; leasing; financing; hospitality; multi-family/healthcare, student and military housing; national condemnation; and REITs and capital markets. Our attorneys provide our clients—including property developers, lenders, investment managers and REITs—guided assistance through all phases of a transaction or project. We are able to handle a broad range of sophisticated and complex real estate transactions, leveraging our extensive skills and experience in virtually all types of real estate and development matters.

An integrated interdisciplinary approach to our clients’ needs is the cornerstone of our practice. Teams composed of attorneys across practice areas and the firm’s geographic scope—from our real estate, capital markets, finance, construction, tax and other practices—provide seamless, value-added representation. Our experience encompasses all areas of acquisition, disposition, leasing and lending, including new development, office, retail, residential, assisted-living and other healthcare facilities. In addition to handling the routine issues involved in real estate matters, we find creative solutions to complex and seemingly unsolvable dilemmas that require solid working relationships within the industry and a high level of understanding of the nuances of deals, regulations, profitability, leverage and liability protection.

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Fox Rothschild LLP - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Experienced practice highlighted for its strong transactional expertise, particularly with regard to the tax aspects of real estate acquisitions and sales. Possesses notable capabilities in office building and retail development.

Strengths One client comments: "Fox Rothschild is a highly capable and professional team that provides excellent legal services while not losing sight of our business goals."

Work highlights Acted for BET Investments in negotiating leases and preparing major tenant anchor lease amendments for numerous tenants across the country.

Reviewed and amended documents for Galman Group relating to the refinancing and funding of a mixed-use development.

Significant clients Metropolitan Development, Pinnacle Hotel Management, County of Bucks, Hersha Hospitality, Christian Brothers Automotive.

Notable practitioners

Mark Morris gets "really high ratings" from commentators for his expertise in real estate transactional matters. He has more than three decades of experience handling a wide variety of property types, including shopping center and residential developments. "He's a pleasure to work with. He's to-the-point and he's efficient – he gives you an answer and cuts through all the BS," notes an appreciative client.

Department profile by Fox Rothschild LLP

The attorneys of Fox Rothschild’s Pennsylvania real estate practice advise clients on a wide variety of matters including acquisitions, sales, leasing, financing, zoning, joint ventures, land use, commercial foreclosures and workouts, hotels and motels, sustainability, construction, tax appeals and condemnation. With offices in Philadelphia, Warrington, Blue Bell, Exton and Pittsburgh, Fox’s Pennsylvania real estate team has established a successful, multifaceted practice to serve clients at a local, regional and national level. We help identify and address risks and develop practical strategies to meet clients’ needs and maximize their success. Our real estate attorneys assist a wide range of clients, ranging from owners and developers to landlords and tenants to financial institutions and insurance companies. The practice includes attorneys who are experienced in public housing law and complex federal Housing and Urban Development finance programs. Fox is also active in several regional real estate associations, including the Pennsylvania Builders Association and the Philadelphia Real Estate Council, among others. Fox brings a broad perspective to each real estate opportunity to help identify and address risks and develop practical strategies to meet clients’ needs and maximize their success. Our real estate attorneys assist a wide range of clients including owners, developers, landlords, tenants, financial institutions and insurance companies.

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Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Continues to be a go-to practice for its expert counsel across the full range of transactional real estate matters. Represents a diverse client base in mandates relating to retail establishments, hotels, schools, hospitals and residential buildings, among other property types. Also noted for its strengths in debt restructurings and loan workouts, as well as landlord-tenant disputes.

Strengths "I love that law firm," says one client, adding: "It's been very good to me. We needed superior skills and guidance and they provided it."

Notable practitioners

David Scolnic is described as a "thoughtful and careful lawyer" by impressed sources. Scolnic has significant experience representing lenders, developers and investors on a wide variety of matters, including financing, development and acquisitions.

Stuart Ebby, known to peers as "one of the deans of the real estate Bar," is highly regarded for his expertise spanning the spectrum of real estate transactions. He is described by one enthusiastic client as "head and shoulders above every real estate attorney I've ever employed. He is a very skilled practitioner and a wonderful human being."

Department profile by Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

Hangley Aronchick real estate lawyers understand the practical realities of real estate transactions in the 21st century. Our collective experience has taught us which issues are important to our clients and which aren’t worth addressing - which makes us practical, effective and efficient.

Our lawyers guide and counsel clients through all aspects and phases of their real estate transactions, from deal structuring to re-structuring, from acquisitions and sales to zoning and land use, from design and construction to leasing and management, and from financing to foreclosures. Our creativity, responsiveness, and attentiveness to clients’ business needs have led to long-term relationships with a wide variety of clients, many of whom are listed on the NYSE. We also represent builders and developers, institutional lenders, building owners, tenants, and real estate brokerage firms, and we are able to tap into our firm’s considerable resources in litigation, bankruptcy, environmental, corporate and tax law to develop innovative strategies.

We are dedicated to learning our clients’ business and acting as an integrated part of their team, and we devote our deep legal knowledge and experience to providing our clients with creative, sensible and effective representation tailored to each client’s unique needs. Our clients trust and rely on us to make their deals happen and we take our role as a team player seriously, spearheading collaborative efforts to resolve problems and enable success.

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Reed Smith LLP - Real Estate

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What the team is known for Respected firm with experience in leasing and land use, in addition to handling development and zoning matters for large corporate clients and project developers. Also noted for its expertise in economic incentive matters and real estate disputes.

Strengths "We were able to tap other resources within the firm as needed, which added tremendous value to our negotiations," a satisfied client reports.

Significant clients KIMCO Realty, Volvo of America, PNC Bank, GMH Capital Partners, Tenet Health Care.

Work highlights Represented Penn-Liberty Holdings in the $18.5 million sale of the land beneath the EQT Tower in Pittsburgh.

Acted for Pearson in negotiating a sales agreement worth $83.5 million for the 525 William Penn Place property in Pittsburgh. This was a complex real estate project that required nine different legal opinions across three states.

Notable practitioners

Dusty Elias Kirk cochairs the real estate practice and is a key contact.

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Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - Real Estate

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Established real estate practice that acts for a large portfolio of public sector clients as well as developers, large corporations and property owners. Provides expert advice on leasing, purchasing, disposition and financing. Expertise spans a wide array of projects, including shopping centers, mixed-use commercial facilities, hotels, offices and industrial buildings.

Work highlights Advised the City of Philadelphia with regard to the $300 million redevelopment of three blocks of downtown retail and entertainment space.

Significant clients TD Bank, Liberty Property Trust, University of Pennsylvania, Dollar Tree Stores, Wells Fargo.

Notable practitioners

Marilyn Kutler is a highly regarded figure in the market and has extensive experience in public and private transactions and planning matters. She is noted for her counsel across a range of developments, including convention centers and large-scale energy and infrastructure projects.

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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP - Real Estate

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Provides counsel to a broad range of clients in projects of impressive size and variety. Experienced in advising on lease negotiations and the construction, development and financing elements of real estate transactions. Maintains particular industry sector strength across education, hospitality and healthcare and noted for its representation of a number of religious and nonprofit organizations.

Strengths One client enthuses: "The team is outstanding. They are extremely capable, efficient and experienced. The firm is terrific!"

"I have a very high regard for their real estate group. They are real partners to the company: they really understand our business and our needs," another impressed client asserts.

Work highlights Counseled Brandywine Realty Trust with regard to Drexel University's $3.5 billion development plans to construct a new university district covering five million square feet of downtown Philadelphia.

Advised Coretrust Capital Partners, the US asset manager for Korea Investment Management, on the $354 million acquisition of an office building in the University City area of Philadelphia.

Significant clients M&T Bank, Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, Chestlen Development, Radnor Property Group, Hersha Hospitality.

Notable practitioners

Linda Galante is an experienced and highly skilled attorney who provides counsel on investment and development matters. She has a fine track record for her work on residential and mixed-use projects.

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Senior Statesmen

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Ebby, known to peers as "one of the deans of the real estate Bar," is highly regarded for his expertise spanning the spectrum of real estate transactions. He is described by one enthusiastic client as "head and shoulders above every real estate attorney I've ever employed. He is a very skilled practitioner and a wonderful human being."

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Stephen S Aichele

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Aichele has a "very good reputation," reports one admiring source, who comments further: "He's a good lawyer and a good person – he's very easy to work with, and very smart and practical." He has a wealth of experience in real estate development and financing, and acts for an impressive roster of clients, including leading developers and lenders.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Korb is regarded as "no nonsense guy who absolutely knows what he's doing" and a "terrific lawyer to work with." He comes recommended for his real estate tax work, in addition to his counsel across development, acquisitions and leasing. He is also noted for his strengths in condominium and planned community developments, with one source asserting: "He is the premier lawyer in contracting and negotiating complex condominiums." 

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Robert A Silverman

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic, practical and reliable" Robert Silverman has a strong reputation for his work on complex transactions, including shopping center, hotel and condominium developments. Impressed sources describe him as "knowledgeable, thorough, effective and easy to work with," and also single him out as "very responsive and thoughtful counsel – a big picture person that is also detail-oriented."

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Michael Sklaroff is a leading figure in the market and has a "sparkling reputation," according to one impressed peer. He is highly esteemed for his real estate development work and is also acclaimed for his counsel on land use, zoning and eminent domain matters.

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Frederick D Strober

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frederick Strober is particularly recognized for his development work in the nonprofit sector and is a good choice of counsel for educational institutions and healthcare providers. "His technical and practical experience was invaluable to us," says one grateful client.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

JJ Broderick is highly thought of by market sources for his experience working on complex real estate transactions. He acts for an impressive roster of clients, including investors, landlords, private equity funds and developers.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources regard Michael Burg as a "business-oriented lawyer" who is "savvy, practical and very responsive." Burg is highly valued for his broad-ranging expertise across leasing, financing and acquisitions, and is also sought after for his counsel on tax planning.

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Harry S Cherken Jr

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"High-level" practitioner Harry Cherken is well regarded for his counsel on the acquisition, leasing and development of commercial properties, and maintains a fine track record for his work in the retail sector.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Ebby comes recommended for his expertise in financing and leasing a broad range of real estate projects. Clients appreciate his "practical legal advice" and also highlight him as "a very good negotiator with lots of deal experience."

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Forti is well regarded for applying his financial expertise to real estate transactions. One client enthuses: "He is a strategic thinker with a focus on execution. He sees and appreciates finance matters," while another source asserts: "He's great to deal with, super-responsive and very client-focused."

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Gregory G Gosfield

Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Gosfield is well regarded for his counsel on transactions for a broad range of clients, including nonprofits, developers and owners, and is particularly noted for his expertise in debt and equity investments.

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Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marilyn Kutler is a highly regarded figure in the market and has extensive experience in public and private transactions and planning matters. She is noted for her counsel across a range of developments, including convention centers and large-scale energy and infrastructure projects.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Great real estate lawyer" Bart Mellits is chair of the practice and has a fine track record assisting institutions and developers in complex transactions across a wide variety of projects, including hospitals, shopping centers, corporate headquarters and hotels.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Ritterband is an experienced practitioner noted for his transactional expertise, including complex leasing, sales and acquisitions. Sources say he is "great to work with" and praise his "knowledgeable and strategic" approach to matters.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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"Exceptional lawyer" Eric Stern is noted for his counsel on leasing, acquisition, restructuring issues and other real estate issues. He has experience across a broad range of properties, including student housing, hotels and retail centers, and is particularly highlighted for his strengths in mixed-use developments.

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

James Williams is highly respected for his work in a wide range of real estate matters and is particularly noted for his expertise in transactions involving tax exempt financial institutions. One market source enthuses: "He is just an outstanding lawyer. He has a very calm demeanor that keeps things totally under control, but at the same time he delivers a zealous service without banging the table. He has excellent judgment!" 

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David R. Augustin

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Good technical lawyer" David Augustin acts for lenders, buyers and sellers in a wide variety of projects, including hotels and retail developments. He is also highly regarded for real estate workouts expertise.

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Dominic De Simone

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dominic De Simone is regularly sought after for adept counsel in complex real estate finance matters and acts for a distinguished roster of lenders, borrowers and investors. He is practice leader of the firm's real estate finance and capital markets team.

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Linda Ann Galante

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Galante is an experienced and highly skilled attorney who provides counsel on investment and development matters. She has a fine track record for her work on residential and mixed-use projects.

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Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Glazer is of counsel at Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP is an experienced practitioner noted for his investment and development work, and possesses an excellent reputation on condominium law, where he is considered "a real expert."

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jerald Goodman counsels clients on development and leasing, and is also noted for his strengths in joint ventures and secured matters. A satisfied client comments: "He's great. I find him very personable, smart and experienced. He's also very practical and very responsive." 

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Grossman has significant experience counseling clients in complex transactions, and is particularly sought after for his strengths in joint ventures. Sources reserve praise for his commercial and practical approach, with one source appreciating his ability to be a "deal-maker who is half-businessman and half-lawyer."

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Jones is chair of the firm’s global finance and real estate groups and is a well-known figure in the market. He is noted for his wide-ranging expertise in mortgage financing and is also sought after for his strengths in capital markets matters related to the real estate space, advising a number of leading banks and investors.

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Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bradley Krouse is highly valued by his clients, with one source commenting: "He's exceptional – he is utterly pragmatic about getting to the right solution. He has a thoughtful view and full understanding of every transaction, and that gives me an amazing amount of confidence." Krouse chairs the real estate and finance practice and comes particularly recommended for his expertise in portfolio transactions.

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Jeffrey A Leonard

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Leonard is praised for his broad expertise in real estate matters, and demonstrates particular prowess in assisting lenders, borrowers and private equity funds across a variety of financial transactions. He is also noted for his counsel in landlord-tenant disputes.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "tremendous" Tina Makoulian advises a variety of retail and residential developers, as well as hospitals and universities, on complex zoning and land development matters. Clients appreciate that she "really takes a lot of ownership in her work – she is really fantastic at thinking through all the issues and does this very expediently."

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Morris gets "really high ratings" from commentators for his expertise in real estate transactional matters. He has more than three decades of experience handling a wide variety of property types, including shopping center and residential developments. "He's a pleasure to work with. He's to-the-point and he's efficient – he gives you an answer and cuts through all the BS," notes an appreciative client.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Pierce regularly represents large retail and commercial clients in financing, development and leasing matters. "He is conscientious, timely, effective and efficient, and he's pleasant to work with," avers one appreciative client.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Pollack is well regarded for his broad-ranging experience in commercial leasing, as well as in bankruptcy and debt-related real estate concerns. Sources are quick to say he is "very easy to work with" and reserve particular praise for his calm approach to matters.

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Philip Rosenfeldt

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Rosenfeldt is described as a "talented transactional lawyer" and provides expert counsel across the full range of real estate matters, including leasing, acquisitions and development. He comes particularly recommended for his work on behalf of clients in the retail sector.

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Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

From the Chambers USA guide

David Scolnic is described as a "thoughtful and careful lawyer" by impressed sources. Scolnic has significant experience representing lenders, developers and investors on a wide variety of matters, including financing, development and acquisitions.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Comisky is a well regarded real estate practitioner who acts for a variety of clients on the financing and development of a broad range of projects, including commercial, retail, hospitality and residential properties.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark DePillis handles leasing, financings and acquisitions for a broad range of clients. "He's always available and provides good insight into the industry," a satisfied client reports.

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Frederick Masters

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Frederick Masters is an experienced real estate practitioner recognized for his capabilities acting for clients across a range of industries on leasing, financing, construction and development matters. He is also well regarded for his counsel on troubled project workouts and restructuring issues.

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Matthew N McClure

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew McClure is recognized for his counsel to nonprofits, universities and developers on a wide range of real estate development and land use and zoning matters. He is particularly noted for his expertise on issues relating to historic preservation.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Lafe Metz is chair of the firm's real estate practice and is regularly called upon for his expert counsel on real estate finance, leasing and development matters. He has particular expertise in advising on tax-efficient transactions and acting for property owners on tax assessment and exemption issues.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Matthew Swett of Pepper Hamilton LLP is admired by peers for his work in complex real estate transactions. One client enthuses: "He just has an incredible depth of knowledge and the skills to get the deal done."

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Up and Coming

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Erik Williams is an up-and-coming figure in the market, noted for his skills in financing, site acquisition and construction matters. He draws much praise from the market, with sources describing him as "an extremely talented lawyer" who is "very attentive" and who provides a "very significant level of customer service."

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jason Wrona is an up-and-coming attorney in the market and a good choice for property development, acquisition and leasing matters. He has expertise across residential, office and industrial developments, among others, and draws particular praise for his "detail-oriented" approach.

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