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Ballard Spahr LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Represents an impressive range of real estate development companies, REITs, financial institutions and multinational corporations.

Strengths Clients report: "They are very dependable and continually exceed expectations and offer informed opinions on various real estate and use regulations."

Another client adds: "The firm’s client service and commercial awareness are second to none."

Work highlights Acted for Brixmor Property Group in connection with its redevelopment program for shopping centers across the USA. The total value of the redevelopment is estimated to be between $10 and $100 million.

Represented Southern Land in the land use approvals for a mixed-use high-rise project on a one-acre site in Philadelphia's prestigious Rittenhouse Square. The total cost of the project is valued at $300 million.

Notable practitioners

Philip Korb is a highly experienced practitioner who is recognized as an expert on real estate taxation issues. He attracts praise from interviewees for being "very client-focused and able to bring his years of experience to bear when providing legal advice." His broad practice encompasses development, leasing and acquisition mandates, and he is particularly noted for knowledge of condominium law.

Michael Sklaroff is popular among clients and is labeled "an excellent lawyer with a great reputation in the field of zoning and land use." He also has a wealth of experience in real estate development matters and eminent domain issues.

Neil Sklaroff is a leading zoning and land use attorney who is lauded for being "very thorough, sharp and well connected in the city of Philadelphia." He frequently represents businesses and property developers in land use, eminent domain and condemnation issues. One client reports: "He is a great lawyer with tremendous experience. He is highly responsive and manages to be incredibly detail-oriented while not losing perspective on the issues that are important."

Matthew McClure is a capable attorney who acts for a range of organizations, including universities and developers, in real estate development and zoning matters. He is particularly adept at advising on issues relating to historic preservation. His recent work includes leading a team that represented the Philadelphia Housing Authority in obtaining zoning and land use approvals for its new headquarters.

Bart Mellits is chair of the firm's real estate department and is appreciated by market sources, who acknowledge that he is an "excellent real estate lawyer." He possesses over 30 years of experience of handling a broad range of complex real estate mandates, including those relating to development, acquisitions, sales and leasing.

Alan Ritterband is renowned for his ability "to run and close a transaction very effectively," with clients pinpointing his "intelligence, experience and diligence" as qualities he has demonstrated. He is an expert in transactional real estate, including sales, acquisitions and leasing mandates. Another client notes: "He is a very good listener and is very efficient. He is proactive in terms of anticipating possible eventualities and coming up with solutions."

Dominic De Simone is practice leader of the firm's real estate finance and capital markets team and is admired for his ability to advise on complex real estate financing issues, including transaction structuring and distressed real estate mandates. He represents an impressive array of investors, borrowers and lenders on real estate matters.

Tina Makoulian is revered by clients for being "efficient, responsive and able to quickly understand what clients are trying to achieve." She has vast experience of handling real estate development, acquisition and disposition mandates as well as being able to offer advice on land use issues. One client remarks: "She possesses an uncanny ability to blend a knowledge of the law with business insight. Her ability to understand all aspects of a business transaction and translate them into a legal document is better than anyone else I have ever dealt with."

David Pollack is a seasoned real estate attorney who frequently assists clients with commercial leasing issues. He is particularly valued for his experience representing landlords in retail bankruptcy matters. He attracts praise from interviewees, who remark that he is "very competent and a pleasure to work with."

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Blank Rome LLP - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excellent team that excels across the full range of real estate 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 is also regularly called upon for its expertise in restructuring work and tax assessment matters. Extensive experience assisting clients with multifamily residential transactions.

Strengths Clients say: "They are a truly wonderful law firm which possesses client-oriented attorneys who don't just point out the issues but understand what is necessary to make deals work."

This is backed up by another client who says: "They have attorneys who make it much easier to get negotiations completed; they are willing to dig in and fight, if needed, but will do whatever it takes to ensure deals get done."

Work highlights Assisted a partnership which included George Comfort & Sons and DRA Advisors on the sale of its 49.9% share in Worldwide Plaza in Manhattan, New York. The total value of the Worldwide Plaza building is $1.4 billion.

Represented Toll Brothers in the sale of joint venture interests, restructuring of joint ventures and refinancing of multifamily residential projects located in Pennsylvania.

Notable practitioners

Peter Kelsen has a strong track record assisting developers, financial institutions and owners with zoning and land use issues. He is described as being "extremely skillful, consistently quick to respond, economical in his use of time, and very practical with respect to dealing with local government agencies."

Philip Rosenfeldt is a recognized real estate practitioner who possesses over 35 years of experience assisting clients with real estate issues. His broad real estate practice encompasses developments, leasing and financing as well as acquisitions and sales.

Matthew Comisky is a highly respected practitioner with decades of experience in assisting clients with a variety of real estate matters. One client reports: "He is very smart and is a very competent attorney. He distinguishes himself by his commitment to customer service, responsiveness and dedication to figuring out a solution."

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Our full-service team advises on acquisitions, development, construction, leasing, restructuring, financing of real estate projects, and multi-property and portfolio deals, in all asset classes, including office, healthcare, medical office, retail and lifestyle, industrial, multi-family, and hospitality. Most deals in the $100-$250 million range, but each year some are worth several hundreds of millions, up to $1 billion+.

We have successfully obtained zoning, subdivision, and land development approvals on most important region-shaping projects.

Our finance practice has close relationships with key banks and lenders that finance real estate deals in Pennsylvania. Our work spans middle-market, single-property secured loans to large-scale, multiple-property/multi-state credit facilities.  

Our multi-family deals are typically sales and purchases of rented apartment complexes for private tenants backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and we are familiar with the issues involved.

We lead multiple multi-property, multi-state portfolio acquisitions and dispositions on a yearly basis.

Our related real estate tax assessment practice has secured tax-liability reductions for virtually every major office building in Philadelphia.

Our experience representing private and publicly traded REITs in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, privatizations, joint ventures, and financings has led to our work on a handful of multibillion-dollar publicly traded REIT transactions recently.

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Cozen O'Connor - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Recently bolstered its national real estate offering with the acquisition of California real estate boutique Gilchrist & Rutter.

Strengths Clients state: "Their real estate department is among the top firms in the city; their team is very responsive and creative and they provide terrific client service."

Another client comments: "Their professional approach along with their knowledge of the subject matter is the most impressive aspect in how they conduct themselves."

Work highlights Acted for The Arden Group in the $148.5 million acquisition and financing of the BB&T Center, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Assisted Rodman Properties in the acquisition of a $130 million portfolio of multifamily properties.

Notable practitioners

Robert Silverman is an accomplished attorney whose formidable transactional real estate practice includes representing developers, owners and lenders in acquisitions and development projects. Clients attest to his "intelligence and even-keeled personality which allows him to navigate his way through issues that no one else can." One client adds: "He is incredibly thoughtful, stays on top of the issues and is able to push a deal to completion."

According to market sources, Thomas Witt has a reputation that is "beyond reproach," with interviewees asserting that "he is the most well-known attorney for zoning and land use issues in Philadelphia and he is able to read a situation knowing immediately how to maximize the result in his client's favor." He is also considered an authority when it comes to handling historic preservation issues and sale and leaseback transactions.

James Williams is well respected among clients, who laud his "patient, practical approach" and "terrific ability to guide clients to the right solutions." He is a seasoned real estate attorney who is frequently sought by both investors and developers on transactional real estate mandates, including acquisitions, financings and developments. Clients say: "He brings to the table a unique quality of seeing a transaction in multiple dimensions and then has the ability to articulate the issue in a very methodical way."

Howard Grossman maintains a strong reputation for his broad transactional real estate practice. He handles a wide range of matters, including complex acquisitions, sales and financings. He is particularly well regarded for his knowledge of joint ventures and has vast experience advising on the development of urban mixed-use projects.

Jeffrey Leonard is labeled a "great transactional lawyer who is very business-friendly and knows how to follow the lead of the client," according to interviewees. He excels in all manner of real estate financings and developments, offering particular experience in multifamily and distressed real estate transactions.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong and comprehensive group of attorneys offering expertise in all stages of real estate processes. 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. Capable of assisting developers on multifamily and mixed-use projects.

Strengths A client notes that "they provide a first class-service and unparalleled commercial awareness, and they're efficient."

According to a source, "they are an attractive blend of a large firm with diverse and deep expertise, combined with partners that give personalized attention."

Work highlights Acted for RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the $1.9 billion sale to Blackstone of RioCan’s 49 US shopping centers.

Assisted Drexel University in the $3.5 billion development of its Schuylkill Yards project, advising on both development and zoning and land use issues.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Aichele possesses over 40 years of experience and has cultivated a broad real estate practice assisting both developers and lenders with complex financing and development mandates. He led the team that assisted PREIT in its $300 million development of a new Market Street East Gallery II retail center in Philadelphia.

Frederick Strober is highly respected by clients, who praise his "consummate subject matter knowledge and rapid response time." He is an expert in real estate development projects, frequently representing nonprofit organizations. An impressed client says: "He is incredibly knowledgeable and understands client service. He is client-centric and gives 100% attention to matters, being able to communicate effectively and efficiently; we consider him a part of our team."

Clients label Michael Burg as "a very experienced lawyer who is responsive and solution-focused." He is sought by developers, landlords and tenants for a broad range of transactional real estate mandates. He is also capable of advising clients on real estate-related tax issues.

Gregory Davis is admired by market commentators, who regard him as a "real gentleman, a terrific, wonderful attorney." Clients pinpoint his "people skills" as a key strength, describing him as a "brilliant lawyer." He is an expert on zoning and land use issues and is also capable of assisting with real estate litigation mandates.

Anthony Forte is recognized for the strength of his commercial real estate work, which sees him assisting a broad range of clients on site acquisition, land use approvals and historic preservation. Interviewees comment on his "ability to read people and situations and deal with very difficult issues," adding: "He is a confident, personable and smart attorney."

John Pierce is chair of the firm's real estate, environmental and energy department and is lauded for being "perceptive, straightforward and personable." He is experienced at handling a range of transactional real estate mandates, including acquisitions, dispositions and financings. One client remarks upon his drafting ability: "He has the ability to retain information well and is a beautiful drafter who is able to come back with a few succinct and direct word changes to make improvements."

Erik Williams attracts praise from clients for being "really wonderful at coming up with alternative solutions that satisfy both sides; he is very creative and really great to work with." He specializes in transactional real estate, assisting clients with acquisitions, financing and leasing mandates. Another client remarks: "He is a very strong lawyer who is thorough, attentive to our needs and willing to make the effort to get to know our business; he really is an exceptional lawyer."

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Real Estate Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Offers particular experience of supporting the national rollout of retail stores.

Strengths One client reports: "Client service is excellent at the firm. The team’s expertise in managing real estate transactions is unparalleled, and they have proactively developed expertise in our industry niche. They have a keen understanding of new issues affecting the industry and transactions."

Another client adds: "The team is extremely knowledgeable about the law, skilled at drafting real estate documents, and experienced in negotiations. In addition, because of their personalities, the firm's attorneys have become part of 'our team'."

Work highlights Acted for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans as the lender in connection with a $23 million loan to a real estate investment trust.

Assisted Great-West Life Assurance Company as the lender in connection with a $45 million leasehold mortgage encumbering a mixed-use property located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Notable practitioners

Harry Cherken is popular among his clients, one of whom describes him as "one of the finest real estate lawyers in America and I can't speak highly enough of his abilities." He is highly prized for his experience assisting with the acquisition, leasing and development of commercial properties. One client adds: "He is, without question, the best leasing and development attorney that I have worked with. He is very, very strong at negotiations and takes an extraordinarily collaborative approach when we work together."

David Ebby comes highly recommended by his peers, who regard him as "spectacular" and a "special, brilliant lawyer." His transactional real estate practice encompasses both complex financing and leasing mandates.

Jerald Goodman attracts praise from clients for the "unflappable advice" that he provides as well as the "extremely attentive, incredibly responsive approach that he takes." His broad transactional real estate practice includes acquisitions, leasings and dispositions. One client reports: "He has a brilliant legal mind and, when this is combined with his approachable nature and practical approach to problem solving, he is an incredibly formidable attorney."

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Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP - Real Estate Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Frequently sought for advice on real estate mandates by private equity funds, developers and clients in the life sciences sector.

Strengths According to a source, "they are very thorough and thoughtful. I find them to be a 'roll up your sleeves' firm that digs in and does the work."

An observer comments that "the firm provides incredible client service and they are always available when issues come up."

Work highlights Assisted Société Générale as the lender in the closing of a portfolio of three loans, with a combined value of $101.5 million, each secured by a separate Embassy Suites Hotel located in California.

Represented affiliates of Campus Apartments in connection with a $120 million loan facility from JPMorgan Chase.

Notable practitioners

Carl Primavera is the chair of the firm’s zoning and land use group and is considered to be a "top-class zoning lawyer" by market commentators. Aside from his zoning and land use expertise, he is also capable of assisting clients with both real estate development and litigation mandates. His advice is frequently sought by real estate developers and owners.

Gregory Gosfield is adept at assisting clients on debt and equity investments in real estate transactions. He attracts strong praise from his clients, who note he is "responsive, thoughtful, and considerate of the client's viewpoint." He frequently represents clients in the life sciences sector as well as insurance companies and developers.

Bradley Krouse is chair of the firm's real estate and finance department and garners praise from clients for being "business-minded and not letting technical issues stand in the way of getting the deal done." His broad practice encompasses acquisitions, dispositions, financings and development.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Real Estate Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, retail property owners and companies in the energy sector. Strong choice to advise on development issues relating to self-storage, student housing and multifamily projects.

Work highlights Represented Aramark in the lease negotiations for its new world headquarters at 2400 Market Street in Philadelphia.

Assisted Ares EIF Management in the development and project financing of the Birdsboro Power Project, an electric generation facility in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania.

Notable practitioners

JJ Broderick is labeled a "fine lawyer" by market commentators, who note his "big reputation" in the market. He frequently counsels a range of clients, including investors, REITs, developers, private equity funds and owners, on a broad range of transactional real estate mandates.

Interviewees regard Eric Stern as a "terrific real estate lawyer" who is "always looking for a creative solution for his clients." He possesses a strong track record of assisting clients with real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financing mandates. He is particularly sought for his ability to advise on complex student housing projects.

About the Team (content provided 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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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Real Estate Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established practice with extensive real estate capability in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Possesses 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 One client reports: "The behavior of the attorneys I work with belies a culture of sensitivity to client needs, including timely, pragmatic and cost-effective advice. The lawyers acknowledge the need for balancing financial pressures against the imperative to perform top-notch legal work."

Another client adds: "Client service is high, as evidenced by the quality of work produced, conscientiousness to deadlines, and team orientation."

Work highlights Assisted the Pittsburgh Steelers in its joint venture with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Continental Real Estate in the continued real estate development between PNC Park and Heinz Fields.

Acted for The Davis Companies in its acquisition of the historic Union Trust Building in Pittsburgh as well as its $100 million full-scale redevelopment of the property.

Notable practitioners

Philadelphia-based Frederick Masters brings vast experience to a range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, leasing, financing and development mandates. His broad practice leads him to assist a range of clients such as institutional lenders, developers and investors.

Pittsburgh-based Lafe Metz is chair of the firm's real estate practice group and is regarded by market commentators as a "very good real estate attorney." He is a specialist in transactional real estate, including financing, development, leasing and land use issues. He is also able to assist with real estate-related tax issues.

Pittsburgh-based Jason Wrona is an up-and-coming real estate attorney with a broad practice which includes development, acquisition and leasing matters. He attracts strong praise from clients, with one noting: "He is knowledgeable and responsive. He is a creative problem solver when dealing with some of the messier situations and he is very responsive, always keeping us informed."

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Our real estate practice counts among its clients many of the nation’s most active real estate developers, investors, brokers as well as the largest financial institutions in the country. We immerse ourselves in the local real estate industry while drawing on our nationwide bandwidth. Our collaborative approach of sharing ideas, experience and resources across our practice and firm brings our broad skill sets and industry know-how to you.

While handling large and small scale development, entitlement, leasing, and purchase and sale projects throughout our core markets and nationally, our team touches some of the most sophisticated parts of the industry. From grade A office complexes to sports arenas developments, medical facilities to higher education expansion projects, and oil and gas mergers and acquisitions and title certifications, we address your objectives and challenges. We are focused on being a cost-effective and practical choice for complex real estate transactions.


Because we are entrenched in the real estate industry, we can help source architects, contractors, surveyors, traffic, parking, environmental consultants. Our firm resources, including our government relations practice, help clients remove potential roadblocks, providing more value and a strong sense of the local environment.

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Dechert LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Frequently acts for lenders on complex real estate financings, boasting a premium client list of multinational financial institutions, developers and corporations.

Strengths "Dechert are an international firm with a top-flight real estate finance practice," according to peers.

A peer endorses that "they have a great team for structured real estate finance."

Notable practitioners

David Forti is highly regarded by clients, who describe him as a "consummate professional who knows how to get hard deals done." He is equally well respected among his peers, who regard him as a "terrific lawyer who is smart, cooperative and someone who works really hard for his clients." He is an expert in the areas of real estate finance and securitization, representing major financial institutions across the country.

Richard Jones is the chair of the firm's global finance and real estate practice groups, splitting his time between New York and Philadelphia. He is recognized as one of the "preeminent finance lawyers in Philadelphia" by his peers and he has a strong reputation for representing international financial institutions on capital markets and mortgage finance mandates.

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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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Capable of assisting both landlords and tenants with leasing issues.

Strengths "They are very professional and sharp. They have the resources and talent to bring a thoughtful solution to any problem that arises. They are diligent and always prompt in returning calls," one happy client comments.

Another interviewee remarks: "Their team has vast experience in real estate which allows them to do things much more efficiently than other firms that we have used."

Work highlights Assisted LNR Partners in the simultaneous loan sale and deed in lieu of a foreclosure transaction.

Notable practitioners

David Augustin is frequently sought out for his vast experience of commercial real estate transactions, including financing, sales, leasing and development mandates. One client reports: "He has never missed a deadline and his work product is exceptional and extraordinarily professional. He is the best real estate attorney that I have worked with."

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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 Department

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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. Capable of advising clients on zoning and land use issues.

Strengths "I would say the service has been extremely good across all of the attorneys we have dealt with; they have been responsive and able to keep to deadlines while continuing to produce a very high level of work product," a satisfied client reports.

One client enthuses: "They provide great client service and they know exactly what the client is looking for."

Work highlights Acted for BET Investments in the preparation of tenant anchor lease amendments and negotiation of leases with dozens of national tenants.

Assisted Rubenstein Partners with the negotiation of leases, licenses and related agreements for high-rise office buildings in the Philadelphia and Virginia metropolitan areas.

Notable practitioners

Mark Morris is lauded by clients and is praised for being a "very tenacious and results-driven attorney." He is an experienced practitioner capable of handling a broad range of transactional real estate mandates. He is particularly well known for representing clients in the hospitality sector.

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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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 clients 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. Frequently acts for institutional lenders, developers, property managers and commercial users.

Strengths One client asserts: "The firm’s performance has been exemplary on the work they have performed; the client service is wonderful."

An interviewee comments: "I use them for large real estate transactions because I know they understand what we need and will be diligent in working to get us to a practical outcome."

Notable practitioners

Stuart Ebby is renowned by peers and clients alike for his extensive experience in acquisitions, leasings, zoning and financing. He is also capable of handling real estate workouts and foreclosures and condominium law.

David Scolnic is a transactional real estate attorney with experience of handling financing, development and acquisition matters. He is popular among his clients, with one noting: "He is a smart, experienced, knowledgeable lawyer. I use him for large real estate transactions because I know he understands what we need and will be diligent in working to get us to a practical outcome."

About the Team (content provided 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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Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

Strengths One client reports: "There are very few firms with the combination of skills required for the types of transactions that we work on; who combine understanding, trust and relationships together with good lawyering and business understanding."

Notable practitioners

Marilyn Kutler specializes in real estate issues relating to government contracts as well as transactions involving government agencies and nonprofits. One satisfied client notes: "She is able to combine the attention to detail that you want in an attorney with an understanding of the business transaction and the give and take required in a negotiation. Few attorneys in my experience can combine these qualities in a way that is required for complex private-public transactions."

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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 is noted for its representation of a number of religious and nonprofit organizations.

Strengths One client remarks that "the firm is very strong and has a deep bench of real estate attorneys."

Notable practitioners

Christopher Rosenbleeth is a key contact.

About the Team (content provided by Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP)

Real Estate Practice

Three core values form the cornerstone of Stradley Ronon’s real estate practice.

Responsiveness. Our clients receive a total commitment from our real estate team to meet even the most ambitious deadlines. Our clients have complete access to our attorneys, no matter the stage of the deal or time of the day.

Pragmatism. We know that time and other resources are limited, and we are aware that while some issues are deal breakers, most are not. In each situation, we proceed in the way that best reflects our client’s priorities.

Client Focus. We know that our primary job is to help our clients achieve their goals. We approach every matter – every task – with the client first in mind. Our clients know that we take their success very personally.

Our attorneys represent clients on a full range of issues, including:

  • Acquisition and disposition​
  • Capital structures, including debt, equity and tax credits
  • Commercial leasing
  • Condemnation
  • Condominiums and other planned communities
  • Construction
  • Energy and regulatory matters
  • Environmental
  •  Finance, including creditors’ rights, restructuring and workouts
  • Joint ventures and other combination
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Mixed-use development and leasing
  • Private fund formation, offerings and governance
  • Real estate taxation, including appeals, exemptions and transfer tax
  • Shopping center development and leasing
  • Zoning and land use

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Senior Statesperson

Harry S Cherken Jr

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Cherken is popular among his clients, one of whom describes him as "one of the finest real estate lawyers in America and I can't speak highly enough of his abilities." He is highly prized for his experience assisting with the acquisition, leasing and development of commercial properties. One client adds: "He is, without question, the best leasing and development attorney that I have worked with. He is very, very strong at negotiations and takes an extraordinarily collaborative approach when we work together."

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Senior Statesperson

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Ebby is renowned by peers and clients alike for his extensive experience in acquisitions, leasings, zoning and financing. He is also capable of handling real estate workouts and foreclosures and condominium law.

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Stephen S Aichele

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Aichele possesses over 40 years of experience and has cultivated a broad real estate practice assisting both developers and lenders with complex financing and development mandates. He led the team that assisted PREIT in its $300 million development of a new Market Street East Gallery II retail center in Philadelphia.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Forti is highly regarded by clients, who describe him as a "consummate professional who knows how to get hard deals done." He is equally well respected among his peers, who regard him as a "terrific lawyer who is smart, cooperative and someone who works really hard for his clients." He is an expert in the areas of real estate finance and securitization, representing major financial institutions across the country.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Korb is a highly experienced practitioner who is recognized as an expert on real estate taxation issues. He attracts praise from interviewees for being "very client-focused and able to bring his years of experience to bear when providing legal advice." His broad practice encompasses development, leasing and acquisition mandates, and he is particularly noted for knowledge of condominium law.

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Robert A Silverman

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Silverman is an accomplished attorney whose formidable transactional real estate practice includes representing developers, owners and lenders in acquisitions and development projects. Clients attest to his "intelligence and even-keeled personality which allows him to navigate his way through issues that no one else can." One client adds: "He is incredibly thoughtful, stays on top of the issues and is able to push a deal to completion."

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Sklaroff is popular among clients and is labeled "an excellent lawyer with a great reputation in the field of zoning and land use." He also has a wealth of experience in real estate development matters and eminent domain issues.

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Frederick D Strober

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frederick Strober is highly respected by clients, who praise his "consummate subject matter knowledge and rapid response time." He is an expert in real estate development projects, frequently representing nonprofit organizations. An impressed client says: "He is incredibly knowledgeable and understands client service. He is client-centric and gives 100% attention to matters, being able to communicate effectively and efficiently; we consider him a part of our team."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

JJ Broderick is labeled a "fine lawyer" by market commentators, who note his "big reputation" in the market. He frequently counsels a range of clients, including investors, REITs, developers, private equity funds and owners, on a broad range of transactional real estate mandates.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients label Michael Burg as "a very experienced lawyer who is responsive and solution-focused." He is sought by developers, landlords and tenants for a broad range of transactional real estate mandates. He is also capable of advising clients on real estate-related tax issues.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Ebby comes highly recommended by his peers, who regard him as "spectacular" and a "special, brilliant lawyer." His transactional real estate practice encompasses both complex financing and leasing mandates.

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Gregory G Gosfield

Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Gosfield is adept at assisting clients on debt and equity investments in real estate transactions. He attracts strong praise from his clients, who note he is "responsive, thoughtful, and considerate of the client's viewpoint." He frequently represents clients in the life sciences sector as well as insurance companies and developers.

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Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marilyn Kutler specializes in real estate issues relating to government contracts as well as transactions involving government agencies and nonprofits. One satisfied client notes: "She is able to combine the attention to detail that you want in an attorney with an understanding of the business transaction and the give and take required in a negotiation. Few attorneys in my experience can combine these qualities in a way that is required for complex private-public transactions."

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bart Mellits is chair of the firm's real estate department and is appreciated by market sources, who acknowledge that he is an "excellent real estate lawyer." He possesses over 30 years of experience of handling a broad range of complex real estate mandates, including those relating to development, acquisitions, sales and leasing.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Ritterband is renowned for his ability "to run and close a transaction very effectively," with clients pinpointing his "intelligence, experience and diligence" as qualities he has demonstrated. He is an expert in transactional real estate, including sales, acquisitions and leasing mandates. Another client notes: "He is a very good listener and is very efficient. He is proactive in terms of anticipating possible eventualities and coming up with solutions."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees regard Eric Stern as a "terrific real estate lawyer" who is "always looking for a creative solution for his clients." He possesses a strong track record of assisting clients with real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financing mandates. He is particularly sought for his ability to advise on complex student housing projects.

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

James Williams is well respected among clients, who laud his "patient, practical approach" and "terrific ability to guide clients to the right solutions." He is a seasoned real estate attorney who is frequently sought by both investors and developers on transactional real estate mandates, including acquisitions, financings and developments. Clients say: "He brings to the table a unique quality of seeing a transaction in multiple dimensions and then has the ability to articulate the issue in a very methodical way."

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David R. Augustin

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Augustin is frequently sought out for his vast experience of commercial real estate transactions, including financing, sales, leasing and development mandates. One client reports: "He has never missed a deadline and his work product is exceptional and extraordinarily professional. He is the best real estate attorney that I have worked with."

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Dominic De Simone

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dominic De Simone is practice leader of the firm's real estate finance and capital markets team and is admired for his ability to advise on complex real estate financing issues, including transaction structuring and distressed real estate mandates. He represents an impressive array of investors, borrowers and lenders on real estate matters.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jerald Goodman attracts praise from clients for the "unflappable advice" that he provides as well as the "extremely attentive, incredibly responsive approach that he takes." His broad transactional real estate practice includes acquisitions, leasings and dispositions. One client reports: "He has a brilliant legal mind and, when this is combined with his approachable nature and practical approach to problem solving, he is an incredibly formidable attorney."

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Grossman maintains a strong reputation for his broad transactional real estate practice. He handles a wide range of matters, including complex acquisitions, sales and financings. He is particularly well regarded for his knowledge of joint ventures and has vast experience advising on the development of urban mixed-use projects.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Jones is the chair of the firm's global finance and real estate practice groups, splitting his time between New York and Philadelphia. He is recognized as one of the "preeminent finance lawyers in Philadelphia" by his peers and he has a strong reputation for representing international financial institutions on capital markets and mortgage finance mandates.

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Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bradley Krouse is chair of the firm's real estate and finance department and garners praise from clients for being "business-minded and not letting technical issues stand in the way of getting the deal done." His broad practice encompasses acquisitions, dispositions, financings and development.

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Jeffrey A Leonard

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Leonard is labeled a "great transactional lawyer who is very business-friendly and knows how to follow the lead of the client," according to interviewees. He excels in all manner of real estate financings and developments, offering particular experience in multifamily and distressed real estate transactions.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tina Makoulian is revered by clients for being "efficient, responsive and able to quickly understand what clients are trying to achieve." She has vast experience of handling real estate development, acquisition and disposition mandates as well as being able to offer advice on land use issues. One client remarks: "She possesses an uncanny ability to blend a knowledge of the law with business insight. Her ability to understand all aspects of a business transaction and translate them into a legal document is better than anyone else I have ever dealt with."

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Morris is lauded by clients and is praised for being a "very tenacious and results-driven attorney." He is an experienced practitioner capable of handling a broad range of transactional real estate mandates. He is particularly well known for representing clients in the hospitality sector.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Pierce is chair of the firm's real estate, environmental and energy department and is lauded for being "perceptive, straightforward and personable." He is experienced at handling a range of transactional real estate mandates, including acquisitions, dispositions and financings. One client remarks upon his drafting ability: "He has the ability to retain information well and is a beautiful drafter who is able to come back with a few succinct and direct word changes to make improvements."

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Pollack is a seasoned real estate attorney who frequently assists clients with commercial leasing issues. He is particularly valued for his experience representing landlords in retail bankruptcy matters. He attracts praise from interviewees, who remark that he is "very competent and a pleasure to work with."

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Philip Rosenfeldt

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Rosenfeldt is a recognized real estate practitioner who possesses over 35 years of experience assisting clients with real estate issues. His broad real estate practice encompasses developments, leasing and financing as well as acquisitions and sales.

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Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

From the Chambers USA guide

David Scolnic is a transactional real estate attorney with experience of handling financing, development and acquisition matters. He is popular among his clients, with one noting: "He is a smart, experienced, knowledgeable lawyer. I use him for large real estate transactions because I know he understands what we need and will be diligent in working to get us to a practical outcome."

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Comisky is a highly respected practitioner with decades of experience in assisting clients with a variety of real estate matters. One client reports: "He is very smart and is a very competent attorney. He distinguishes himself by his commitment to customer service, responsiveness and dedication to figuring out a solution."

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Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Glazer of Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP possesses an "outstanding reputation in the condominium law space," according to one interviewee. He is also experienced at handling real estate investment and development matters. One market commentator notes: "He is acclaimed in the market and is the condominium king of Pennsylvania."

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Frederick Masters

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Philadelphia-based Frederick Masters brings vast experience to a range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, leasing, financing and development mandates. His broad practice leads him to assist a range of clients such as institutional lenders, developers and investors.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Pittsburgh-based Lafe Metz is chair of the firm's real estate practice group and is regarded by market commentators as a "very good real estate attorney." He is a specialist in transactional real estate, including financing, development, leasing and land use issues.  He is also able to assist with real estate-related tax issues.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Swett is the chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP's real estate practice group and he attracts praise from clients for being "very detail-oriented but also practical in terms of understanding the issues that are important and those that are not." His practice encompasses the full range of transactional real estate, including acquisitions, leasing, financing and development. He also has notable experience of advising on brownfield redevelopment projects.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Erik Williams attracts praise from clients for being "really wonderful at coming up with alternative solutions that satisfy both sides; he is very creative and really great to work with." He specializes in transactional real estate, assisting clients with acquisitions, financing and leasing mandates. Another client remarks: "He is a very strong lawyer who is thorough, attentive to our needs and willing to make the effort to get to know our business; he really is an exceptional lawyer."

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Up and Coming

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Pittsburgh-based Jason Wrona is an up-and-coming real estate attorney with a broad practice which includes development, acquisition and leasing matters. He attracts strong praise from clients, with one noting: "He is knowledgeable and responsive. He is a creative problem solver when dealing with some of the messier situations and he is very responsive, always keeping us informed."

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