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Generally speaking, the US real estate market remains strong despite some trepidation among murmurs that the country is nearing the end of an economic and real estate cycle. Chinese investment in the real estate sector has been scaled down significantly due to policymakers in Beijing restricting capital outflows from the country and also due to the increasing scrutiny of Chinese investments by US authorities; this situation has been exacerbated by the ensuing trade war between the two countries. The industrial real estate sector has been booming, particularly in the warehouse space, with large e-commerce companies acquiring fulfillment centers all over the country to cater for their growing customer bases. Tying in with this, traditional retail outlet sales are slowing, but not as much as many had feared. The office and multi-family sectors also remain strong and investment in the data center market is particularly attractive as those properties become increasingly sought after by occupiers.

Opportunity Zones are a new area of focus for many firms after being established by congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. These allow investors to defer tax by reinvesting unrealized capital gains into low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. Interest rate rises and stock market volatility at the end of 2018 led some to believe that that a downturn was on the horizon; however, pessimism was short-lived, and by the start of 2019 most firms were optimistic for another strong year.

Although the REIT IPO sector was negatively affected by the prospect of rising interest rates, the REIT market performed relatively well in 2018, with REITs nonetheless accessing capital markets through both equity and debt offerings and the sector experiencing an increase in private market deals. The range of asset classes upon which legal practices advise is wide, including office, retail, healthcare, data centers and self-storage facilities, as well as apartments and hotels, mixed-use property and student housing. The market’s leading REIT practices field specialists in real estate, capital markets, M&A, funds and governance as well as regulatory, finance and tax law, and typically advise both public and private REITs.

The construction sector has fared better than ever before with activity at an all-time high. Residential properties, most notably high-end condominiums, are being built at a rapid rate, matching the pace set by energy projects, despite falls in the price of oil and gas. In addition, the ageing of the ‚Äėbaby-boomer‚Äô generation has galvanized the construction of healthcare infrastructure, with privately-funded facilities proving a good investment. Although President Trump‚Äôs ‚ÄėTrillion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan‚Äô is still met with some skepticism, the civil infrastructure deficit across the US has started to be addressed, with a large number of bridge, tunnel and roadway projects now underway. Indeed, the biggest problem facing the construction sector is a widely publicized labor shortage. With the awarding of both the 2026 FIFA World Cup and the 2028 Olympics to the US, stadium projects have been a dominant feature in the construction sector, although the Hudson Yards development remains the largest ongoing construction project. Accompanying the increase in construction developments is a large number of high-profile disputes, with massive projects involving multiple parties hitting the headlines. The Millennium Tower, in San Francisco, is one such project, while the Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta, recent host of the Superbowl, continues to be the focus of intense arbitration.¬†In terms of delivery methods, P3 has been seen in some areas, although arguably it is not as prevalent as many initially predicted. There has been an uptake in publicly-led work, however many concede that private development is still the principle root for many projects.

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Holland & Knight LLP provides construction counsel to high-profile clients across the US from its Florida, Washington DC, New York, California and Illinois offices. Washington DC-based Stephen Shapiro recently acted as project counsel on a $6bn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build an LNG export facility in Texas, advising a joint venture formed by three of the largest global industrial and infrastructure contractors. Shapiro was supported by Orlando-based duo Ben Subin and Monte Starr. The trio also combined to assist a contractor consortium with a P3 project to upgrade a state highway, with the project value exceeding $2.5bn. On the contentious side, Shapiro represented Barton Malow Company in disputes against the electrical contractor concerning the expansion of the Notre Dame football stadium in Indiana. He also acted for Lendlease in disputes with the owner of a high-rise condominium project in Baltimore, with claims totaling over $10m. Bryan Phillips, who is based in Washington DC, advised The Bernstein Companies on construction contracts relating to the Marriott Hotel project in Washington. New York-based Frederick Rohn is also recommended.

The construction practice at Jones Day is especially skilled in assisting troubled projects with successful completion and litigation avoidance. San Francisco-based Rowan Mason, who was recently promoted to the partnership, was part of the team that supported San Francisco-based Stephen O’Neal in a $2.2bn defense of Chevron against multiple claims by CPB Contractors. Claims brought against Chevron's US-based entities were successfully resolved; litigation continues in Australia. Kent Lindsay and David Wallach, who are based in the firm's San Francisco office, were also part of the team. In other headline litigation work, the firm is representing the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, one of the primary parties in the San Francisco Millennium Tower project; the dispute concerns defects with the tower, which have led to sinking and tilting among other issues, and amounts at stake total to more than $1bn. Los Angeles-based Daniel McMillan leads on the matter and has extensive experience in complex disputes; he is supported by a sizable team including of counsel Jeffrey Kirzner, who is based in Irvine, and counsel Jacqueline DeCamara, who is in the Los Angeles office. McMillan also has notable transactional expertise, which was evident in his advice on construction contracts for the next phase of the City of Hope project, which totals $750m. He was supported by Dallas-based Peter Laun. Andrew Ness retired.

The construction team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is praised for its 'understanding of the needs of in-house lawyers' and 'takes the initiative and is well organized'. Lee Mann leads the practice, and recently represented heavy equipment supplier Andritz in a dispute with the owner of an ethanol production facility, with over $42m at stake. He was supported by Hayley Ambler, who also acted alongside Brian Corgan and Daniel Swaja in representing Westinghouse Electric Company in matters arising out of the design and construction of new nuclear units; the group resolved $1.6bn federal court litigation in favor of the client and is now finalizing matters and winding down negotiations. According to clients, Swaja and Randall Hafer 'best embody' the qualities of the firm, namely that they are 'extremely efficient and always well prepared'. Hafer successfully represented Liberation Capital as the owner in $24m arbitration arising out of a waste energy project in Ohio. Also of note is Houston-based Patrick Gaas, who represented an EPC contractor in transaction disputes with the owner totaling over $1bn. He was supported by a Houston team including Daniel Shank and counsels Heather Asselin and Sumit Arora. All named attorneys, unless otherwise stated, are based in the firm's Atlanta office.

Construction specialist Peckar & Abramson, P.C. 'excels at handling disputes involving complex issues related to delay and disruption' and is considered by some to be 'the premier construction boutique firm in the country'. It has offices across the US, and primarily works with general contractors and construction managers on transactional and contentious matters. The team has undergone a period of relative transformation recently, with three new arrivals, namely Los Angeles-based Ronald Helmuth, previously head of his own firm, Barry Brooks in Dallas from McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C., and Austin-based Karla Pascarella from Isolux Corsan. Helmuth recently acted for a joint venture comprised of two national contractors in contract negotiations for a new major airport terminal. Supported by New York-based chairman Steven Charney and Los Angeles-based Alex Baghdassarian, Helmuth also represented the client in multiple claims associated with the project. In another highlight, New York-based Gregory Chertoff led a team defending significant claims brought against a major construction company for alleged negligence related to floodwater damage. Washington DC-based Christopher Sweeney, who was recently promoted to senior counsel, is noted for his litigation expertise. Founding partner Robert Peckar, who is based in New York, is another key contact.

Akerman LLP's construction group is led by the experienced Jeffrey Gilmore, who divides his time between the firm's Tysons Corner and Washington DC offices. Especially skilled in contentious disputes, Gilmore is representing Rizzani de Eccher, the prime contractor on the $2bn construction of the Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar, in claims brought by US federal agencies and the armed forces. Gilmore also successfully obtained a favorable ruling for the Denver Federal Center in disputes arising from the design-build contract for the Recovery Tier III Data Center in Colorado. On the transactional side, Fort Lauderdale-based Stacy Bercun Bohm and Leslie Miller Tomczak advised the Faena Group on the $700m development of the Faena District in Miami Beach, which includes a $250m hotel construction as well as an $80m arts center. In addition, the duo assist Fort Capital Management as owners and developers of Surf Club and the Four Seasons Hotel in Surfside, Miami Beach. Washington DC-based Owen Shean is also assisting with this $500m project. Neisen Kasdin, who is based in Miami, is also noted.

At Eversheds Sutherland, practice head Lee Davis is experienced in resolving disputes across industrial and commercial construction projects. He recently represented the electricals subsidiary of an international manufacturer in a dispute with federal authorities relating to a multibillion-dollar plant project. The group works closely with the energy team, as was the case when advising one of the largest energy companies in North America; with the energy team having compiled the financing orders, the construction team, including Davis and counsel Jesse Lincoln, analysed construction contracts, and acted for the client in pursuing claims against contractors relating to failures in the foundations of a Texas solar plant. Davis, Lincoln and litigation specialist Jack Massey also represented a multinational energy transportation company in disputes arising from the construction of a major natural gas pipeline.

Jones Walker LLP's construction practice is co-chaired by Atlanta-based Chad Theriot and New Orleans-based Michael Drew; the duo primarily specialise in high-profile complex litigation. Theriot recently represented Bollinger Shipyards against the City of New York, Department of Environmental Protection concerning costs overrun for a barge construction contract. Supported by highly commended associate William Underwood, Theriot successfully resolved the matter in favor of the client, including securing unprecedented recovery of delay and acceleration damages against the City. In another highlight, Tyler Scarbrough, who was recently made up to partner, together with Theriot and Underwood, acted as lead counsel to voestalpine on the $740m greenfield development of a HBI plant in Texas. The team have also acted for the client in contract disputes against two contractors arising out of the project. Also recommended is Neal Sweeney, who represented an international EPC contractor in litigation against the owner of a $60m windfarm project concerning unpaid balances and change orders; he was supported by associate William Shaughnessy.

The team at King & Spalding LLP has a strong track record in energy infrastructure projects, including LNG and petrochemical plants, as well as contentious disputes. Scott Greer leads the transactional side, and recently advised LNG Canada on a $31bn export terminal in British Columbia, the first in Canada's history. Counsel Rajesh Patel and Washington DC-based Cynthia Stroman were also involved. Greer is supported by counsel Rob Garner, who divides his time between Atlanta and Houston, in assisting Motiva Enterprises with the development of a new petrochemical project to be built in Port Arthur, Texas. On the arbitration side, experienced litigator Mike Stenglein, who is based in Austin, is representing Reficar in ICC arbitration against CB&I relating to disputes arising from the construction of the Cartagena Oil Reifnery. He was assisted by Adam Gray, who splits his time between the Austin and Houston, and Doak Bishop. Named individuals are based in the firm's Houston office unless otherwise stated.

The team at Mayer Brown handles construction matters primarily out of the firm's Chicago and Houston offices and provides 'high quality legal work', delivered 'in a timely fashion' by attorneys who are not only 'fun to work with' but also 'very knowledgeable regarding their practice areas'. Joanna Horsnail leads the practice from the Chicago office, and recently acted for Bristol-Myers Squibb on drafting and negotiating construction documents for a new $900m manufacturing facility in Ireland. In this, Horsnail was supported by Chicago-based associates Sara Hess and Jeffrey Edwards, who is 'very knowledgeable' and 'strong on industry-related business terms'. Hess and Edwards were also part of a team led by Joseph Seliga, and also including Stephanie Wagner and associate Rachel Smith, that acted for the Texas Department of Transportation on two interrelated projects totaling over $1.25bn, namely advising on the P3 project for the SH 183 highway and assisting with finalizing design-build agreements for the Southern Gateway project. Seliga has also advised the same client on all aspects of bidding, procuring and negotiating more than ten highway projects throughout Texas, including the SH 288 Toll Lane project in Houston; he was supported by Mitch Holzrichter, as well as a number of associates. In other work, Holzrichter and Seliga led the advice on the $2bn Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project for the Alabama Department of Transportation; associate Nicholas Vallorano was also part of the team.

The construction practice at Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP is, according to one client, 'the best in the US', and is led by managing partner James Moye, who is, according to some, 'the best construction lawyer and litigator in the business': his 'knowledge , commitment, instincts and strategic skills separate him from the rest', making him 'an absolute go-to lawyer'. Moye supported Mark Masterson in advising I-4 Mobility Partners as designer, constructor and operator of the $2.3bn I-4 Ultimate project for the Florida Department of Transportation. The project will add additional highways to the existing interstate while also widening the interstate through the heavily congested Florida area. The team is also representing the client in multiple claims, including a $60m claim relating to alleged extra works and delays. In other work, Moye took a lead role in assisting a joint venture of two major contractors with the $1.3bn design-build Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project; Sean Dillon, Megan Cantlebary and 'talented associates' Whitney Ellis and Marshall McDonald were also part of the team. The same group also represented the client in resolving claims for delay damages amounting to $100m. Working alongside Masterson, Moye also advised a joint venture comprised of an ENR contractor and major Texan contractor on the Loop 375 - Border Highway West Extension Project. Supported by a team including Anthony Kovalcik, the duo assisted the client with developing, pricing and initiating approximately $60m worth of claims for alleged damages against the project's designer. Named attorneys are based in the firm's Florida office.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's construction practice is chaired by arbitration specialist Clark Thiel. He has been involved in litigation for major high-profile projects including the Millennium Tower in San Francisco. Supported by John Heisse and Washington DC-based duo Michael Jaffe and Melissa Lesmes, Thiel represented a joint venture comprised of Clark Construction and Hathaway Dinwiddie in construction and insurance disputes, and defended claims alleged by the owners and developers against the client. Heisse, alongside Robert James, also provided legal counsel to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District on public procurement and the contractual aspects of major expansion proposals, in addition to a multibillion-dollar railcar procurement. James also worked alongside Thiel in representing Stanford University and Hospitals on projects totaling over $5bn. These include the New Stanford Hospital and the expansion of the children's hospital. The firm has a strong track record acting for educational facilities, and Washington DC-based Jeffrey Gans represented New York University in a $1.4bn litigation filed against Turner Construction for alleged breach of contract and negligence. Michael McNamara in Washington DC, Robert Thum in Los Angeles and William Hale are other names to note. Named individuals are based in San Francisco unless stated otherwise.

Bennett Greenberg and Sara Farabow, who are based in the firm's Washington DC office, co-chair the 'nationwide' construction practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which is praised for providing a service that has 'the feel of a local, personal nature' and 'never gives the impression that we are just one of a long list of clients'. The New York office is headed by Alison Ashford, whose primary focus is the structuring of projects and negotiating project agreements, including public-private partnerships at the government level; she also has an impressive track record in energy, mining and natural resources projects. In recent work, Greenberg is representing the Municipality of Anchorage in major litigation against participants in the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project, totaling more than $340m. Additionally, the team, including Washington DC partners Jason Smith and David Blake, are preparing design-build and construction management contracts for aspects of the project that total $250m. Greenberg and Blake were also the key names on the $500m redevelopment of Reagan National Airport for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. In addition, Greenberg is advising the Transbay Joint Powers Authority on all construction-related matters pertaining to the $4.5bn development of the new transit center in San Francisco. Alongside Michael McKeeman and counsel Patty Lee, who are based in San Francisco, Greenberg acted for the same client in successfully resolving $35m worth of claims through an alternative dispute resolution process. McKeeman has been retained by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to draft and negotiate the $40m purchase order for the exterior skin of the new museum in Los Angeles. He was supported by San Francisco associate Katherine Polychronopoulos, who was also active in the representation of Vance Brown as general contractor in a $15m dispute with a developer relating to the construction of a large campus complex in the Silicon Valley. This matter was led by San Francisco partner Gregg Dulik, who is recommended by one client for his in-depth knowledge of 'our business and our industry'.

Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP 'consistently exceeds expectations', and has a strong bench strength of 'deep talent and experience'. George Wenick is experienced in both public and private contracts, and has a strong track record in construction arbitration, especially in managing bid protests. Managing partner Robert Chambers has worked across numerous environmental and site condition matters, and is noted for his expertise in offering legal counsel on large infrastructure projects, including bridges, tunnels and dams. Eric Nelson primarily handles dispute resolution, and focuses on his sector expertise of energy, including traditional and renewable. San Francisco-based Daniel McLennon 'has excellent construction industry knowledge and experience'. All named partners are based in the firm's Atlanta office unless otherwise stated.

The team at Thompson Hine LLP is 'extremely knowledgeable about construction' and 'helps (clients) develop and refine business terms'. The 'professional' team of 'highly qualified, competent and reliable attorneys' is led by chairman Jeffrey Appelbaum. In recent work, he leads a team responsible for the development of design and construction agreements for the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, an $800m mixed-use development in Ohio. Project Management Consultants LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the firm, has an active role on the project. Other team members include the 'knowledgeable' Patrick Sweeney, and 'extremely helpful' Erin Luke, who was recently promoted to the partnership, as well as associate Jack Clark; the trio are based in Cleveland. Applebaum also serves as lead legal counsel to The Millennia Companies, handling contract negotiations, construction and procurement agreements as well as insurance consulting. Recent projects include handling the conversion of the Statler Building, the renovation of a major Marriott hotel and new apartments and other facilities in the 925 Euclid Building in Cleveland, with project costs totaling over $550m. Sweeney and Luke have played a key role in these projects, as well as on construction projects for United Technologies Corporation, including the new $200m headquarters for the client's subsidiary Pratt & Whitney, where the 'really smart and super valuable' Alan Ritchie leads on this matter, and is also supported by Daniel Haymond. The pair also combined to advise Peco Real Estate Partners on the $95m finance and construction of The Shoppes at Parma, a multi-phase renovation of the former mall. Ritchie, Applebaum and associate Benjamin McKelvey are assisting Cobb County with construction and development agreements for SunTrust Park, the home of the Atlanta Braves. 'Outstanding' associate William Thrush is noted for his 'counsel and advice on contractual problems' and 'ability to quickly absorb and grasp issues with limited time and background knowledge'.

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP handles design and construction issues and disputes encompassing international and domestic projects. Shelly Ewald and David McPherson acted for Kiewit Power Constructors in a contracts dispute with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power concerning lost productivity claims and secured an award of more than 90% of the damages for the client. Shelly also acted alongside Scott Fitzsimmons for 2Connect in claims for convenience costs after termination following a successful bid protest lodged by a competitor. Robert Barbour represented a group of secured creditors, including PNC Bank and Fireman's Fund Insurance, in a $15m claim against the United States Department of Energy pertaining to sovereign immunity and cost-reimbursable contracting. Barbour, supported by Richard Mann, was also retained to represent Louisiana-based Land Coast in a $5m dispute against SNC-Lavalin over the EPC contract for the Keys Energy Center in Maryland.  Lewis Baker and Timothy Heffernan are also of note. All named attorneys are based in the firm's McLean office in Virginia.

Boutique New York construction firm Zetlin & De Chiara LLP acts for developers, owners, architects, engineers, construction managers and contractors. Founding partners Michael Zetlin and Michael De Chiara are 'superb litigators' and 'deliver results'; De Chiara recently represented Handel Architects and DeSimone Consulting Engineers in a high-profile construction dispute relating to the Millennium Tower in San Francisco. Issues with the tower are highly publicized, and the firm represents the clients in multiple actions totaling over $100m. The team includes 'excellent' managing partner Michael Vardaro, who is 'outstanding in his representation of clients and his knowledge of the law', in addition to of counsel Louis Dennis and associate Anthony Riverso. Vardaro also advised Shop Architects as one of the primary contractors on a new $1bn inner city mixed-use development project in Detroit. James Terry, who is 'extremely good at juggling a busy practice', was part of the team negotiating and drafting construction and lease agreements for the conversion of the former Bayview Women's Correctional Facility to a social services facility. He was supported by Carol Patterson, seen by some as 'one of the leaders in construction law'. Terry, as well as associates Richard Kalinowski and Chengdong Xing, was also part of a team led by Zetlin that represented a national real estate developer in disputes connected to the renovation of a transportation facility in Manhattan. Also highly recommended are senior associate Joeann Walker and Raymond Mellon, who has 'developed strong credentials with the design community', and Bill Chimos, Jaimee Nardiello and associate Roy Schwartz, who are 'all excellent and provide great value for their services'.

Baker Botts L.L.P.'s construction practice is largely based in New York where Stuart Solsky heads the team, although a significant portion of the work is centered in Texas. In recent work, Solsky advised Alaska Gasline Development Corporation on contracts relating to the development and financing of a gas treatment plant, pipeline and a liquefaction plant, totaling $43bn. Houston-based partner Joseph Colagiovanni advised Hines on the construction and design agreements for a $1bn commercial office tower development in Boston. Senior associate Daniel Kruger, who is also based in Houston, is experienced in EPC contracts and regularly advises developers and owners of power generating facilities across the US. AES Corporation is also a client.

With offices across the US, Bricker & Eckler LLP coordinates its construction practice from its Columbus, Ohio office, where Jack Rosati, Jr. chairs the group. He worked alongside fellow Columbus partner Sylvia Gillis as construction counsel for MetroHealth on the $400m transformation of the client's facilities portfolio, including new health centers. Associate Laura Bowman, who focuses on transactional aspects, assisted on this matter. Bowman and Rosati also combined to provide construction counsel to the Columbus Metropolitan Library on branch transformations and the $35m renovation of its key library. Doug Shevelow worked closely with Rosati on projects totaling $1.3bn for Indiana University Health, including construction of two new campuses. Shevelow is most active on the disputes side of the practice, and successfully prosecuted a water treatment manufacturer in an $80m case for the City of Canton. Christopher McCloskey and Cincinnati-based Benjamin Hyden are also key names in the construction group.

The construction group at Cozen O'Connor operates from Philadelphia, and acts for both developers and construction contractors on projects across the US. Chair Bruce Ficken and vice chair Raymond DeLuca cover both transactional and contentious aspects, and have assisted Energy Transfer Partners with project delivery and change orders in addition to handling litigation for the client; the duo most recently defended a $55m claim by a terminated general contractor. Associate Jeffrey Mullen was involved in this matter, and has worked with DeLuca for Toll Brothers on its $324m liability relating to water and building deficiencies in its Mid-Atlantic residential homes portfolio. In another notable matter, Ficken and DeLuca acted for long-term client Allan Myers in successfully overturning an initial ruling that allowed the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to include a contentious project labor agreement in a highways project. James Kwartnik and associate Kenneth Cushing were also part of the team on this matter.

Dentons' network of offices across the US assists clients with large-scale construction projects. John Haug, who heads the practice from St Louis, provides ongoing legal services to long-term client McCormack Baron Salazar on the construction of residential units totaling more than $750m. New York partner Philip White primarily handles contentious matters, and has represented Dutch contractor Mammoet Holding in a complex $300m cross-border dispute against the City of New York in both bankruptcy and federal courts over the stalled Staten Island observation wheel project. White was similarly responsible for representing MAP Energy Solutions in a $200m case concerning breach of governing agreements and interference with efforts to develop solar power projects across both the UK and US. Jonathon Jemison, who is located in Short Hills, and Robert E Richards, of Chicago, are also of note.

DLA Piper LLP (US) is frequently engaged by owners and developers in complex transactional and contentious construction matters. The team is spread across a number of the firm's multiple US offices, with practice co-chairs Robert Crewdson and Anthony Meagher in Atlanta and Baltimore respectively. Crewdson was recently enlisted by new client Brandywine Realty Trust to defend against delay claims brought by the construction manager and structural engineer. The claims concern a forty-story mixed-use development project in Philadelphia, and culminated in a huge success for the client. Meagher was the key name in successfully acting for Buzzi Unicem in complex arbitration proceedings centering on the client's $300m cement plant. The firm also has a strong track record in stadium projects, and has recently worked alongside the Milan office on the new AS Roma stadium, with costs totaling over $2bn. Atlanta partner Brian Fielden led on this matter, supported by a team including Virginia partner Mark Whitaker and New York partner Richard Rubano. Similarly, Fielden has been assisting Nashville Holdings with negotiating design and construction agreements for the construction of a $250m stadium in Nashville, currently under construction.

Duane Morris LLP handles construction matters primarily from its office in New York, where chair Mark Canizio heads the team. Canizio has extensive experience in complex arbitration, and recently defended Columbia University in a $16m lawsuit over the construction of an educational center on the site. On the transactional side, Kenneth Lazaruk has provided construction-related services to the same client concerning redevelopment of an area in Manhattanville. John Wojak, Jr. was the key name supporting Canizio, and the duo also combined to advise The Chapin School in defense of a $34m wrongful termination allegation.

Farella Braun + Martel LLP supports public and private owners, contractors, suppliers and designers on both domestic and international projects, including transport and energy infrastructure projects. Richard Van Duzer leads the team, and recently represented CIM Group with its ongoing construction and development of One Mission Bay, a residential and mixed-use unit located near AT&T Park in San Francisco. Supported by senior associate Christopher Gribble, Van Duzer has handled a number of disputes for the client against the architect, including alleged breach of contract and professional malpractice. The duo also represented The Murieta Inn in connection with multimillion-dollar delays and cost overruns arising out of the construction of the Murieta Inn and Spa in California. Gribble also supported of counsel Jeffrey Sykes in representing Pauls Corporation in a dispute with the client's general contractor on a Californian condominium project. The lawsuit includes significant delay claims based upon the general contractor's alleged failure to complete the project on-time. Adam Dawson and Charles Higley advised MidPen Housing Corporation on design and construction contracts for an affordable housing unit along the Highway 12 Sonoma Valley Corridor, in addition to counseling on cost overruns, liens and project close-out issues. Mark Peterson is also noted for his trial expertise. Named attorneys are based in the firm's San Francisco office.

Foley & Lardner LLP provides 'quality, cost-effective representation' in addition to 'prompt interaction and thoughtful client engagement'. The 'excellent group of lawyers' received a significant boost this year, with four new arrivals following the firm's merger with Gardere Wynne Sewell. Practice group chair Jeffrey Blease, who is based in Boston, led on a high-profile and complex dispute for the Catholic Cathedral Corporation of East Bay, relating to the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California. Completed in 2008, the structure was subsequently found to have serious construction flaws, and the team represented the client as owner in claims against the architects, engineers, suppliers and general contractors. Fellow Boston-based partner Lisa Glahn and Jacksonville-based partner Ryan Maloney, who are vice-chairs of the construction group, supported on this matter, in addition to San Diego-based senior counsel Benjamin Morris and Boston associates Jasmine Coo and Olivia Luckett. Glahn also advised an international group of private companies on the design and construction of several projects both at the Gillette Stadium and in the larger Patriot Place entertainment complex. 'Outstanding' of counsel Ralf Rodriguez, who is based in Miami office, is 'very knowledgeable in multiple facets of construction law' and 'never loses his cool'. His 'methodical and sharp' approach make clients feel 'valued'; he recently acted for Belfor in a contract dispute relating to the El San Juan Hotel Project and damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

The team at Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, Senet & Wittbrodt has 'significant experience and expertise' and are considered 'experts in the field' with 'a great reputation in the construction industry'. The 'top-notch' team is led by managing partner Richard Wittbrodt, who recently acted for HNTB in a design dispute concerning the $1.5bn Expo Line in Los Angeles. Supported by Sara Kornblatt, Wittbrodt represented the client against the prime contractor, Walsh Shea Corridor Construction. In addition, Wittbrodt successfully defended Layton Construction against alleged claims of delayed opening, missed payments and incurred costs. Kornblatt was also active on this matter. The 'standout' Glenn Turner is noted for his litigation expertise and is 'an experienced, thoughtful, practical and effective advocate'. Ted Senet and Barbara Gadbois are 'talented and experienced lawyers', who, alongside Christopher Ng, 'provide excellent legal work within their areas of expertise'.

Greenberg Traurig LLP assists clients from initial conception of projects through delivery and any subsequent dispute resolution, acting for developers, owners and contractors. Robert Epstein and Michael Thomas co-chair the construction practice from New Jersey and Miami respectively. Both are equally adept at transactional or contentious matters; Epstein recently acted for State Farm Insurance Company in pursuing claims against subcontractors and designers for alleged defective construction, while Thomas is acting for The Related Group, the developer of a Sunny Isles Beach luxury residential tower with a value of over $1bn. In the latter, Thomas was assisted by shareholder Christopher Barnett and associates Julia Jeffrey, Graham Smith and Nicole Sohn, all of the Miami office. From the New Jersey office, shareholder Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt acted alongside Epstein in the defense of Dormitory Association of the State of New York against actions by a contractor seeking damages for alleged wrongful termination and delays. Fellow New Jersey-based shareholder David Jensen is also noted.

California firm Hanson Bridgett LLP acts for clients from a range of industries including healthcare, academic, commercial and entertainment, with especial focus on West Coast IPD work. Active in transactional and contentious matters, San Francisco-based Howard Ashcraft worked with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) on the $100m construction of three new facilities at Chalk River Laboratories, supported by associate Lauren Pon. In addition, the team advised CNL on an request for proposal for the construction of a further $370m facility to develop nuclear science research. Fellow San Francisco partner Scott Hennigh, formerly of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, is an experienced trial attorney and is particularly noted for complex residential and commercial construction projects. He is representing a joint venture contractor against the design engineer in a dispute works costs for the $700m Route 91 improvement project; a trial has been scheduled for April 2019. David Buoncristiani, Batya Forsyth and counsel Brian Schnarr, who are based in the firm's San Francisco office, have also been involved in this matter.

Nixon Peabody LLP primarily represents owners of public and private projects, as well as developers active in mixed-use, energy, hospitality and residential projects. Anthony Barron, managing partner of the San Francisco office, recently represented 5th Rock LLC, the developer of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, in a dispute brought by the owner seeking approximately $80m in alleged damages and lost revenue in connection with the potential temporary closure of the hotel. Barron, supported by fellow San Francisco partner Matthew Richards, also represented the University of California in $40m claims for breach of contract and negligence brought against the designers, contractors and suppliers of utility piping at the client's Mission Bay campus. Alongside Los Angeles-based Justin Thompson, Barron supported San Francisco partner John Foust as construction counsel to Oceanwide, the owner and developer of $1.6bn worth of developments in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Boston-based Jeffrey Brenner and Rochester-based Bruce Baker assisted North Hill Needham  with review and analysis of contractor claims and change orders resulting from a $30m multi-year expansion project in Boston.

Pepper Hamilton LLP focuses its construction practice on contentious litigation, with a strong team of lawyers specializing in trials and dispute resolution. The team counts a number of contractors among its clients, including Bechtel, Sciame Construction and Aecom. Michael Subak chairs the group from the Philadelphia office, while Pittsburgh-based Albert Bates and Ralph Finizio are also noted.

The 'well-established team of construction attorneys' at Schiff Hardin LLP has 'a depth of experience that makes them extremely effective' and 'enables them to get to reasonable and fair solutions quickly'. Practice leader Kenneth Roberts handles transactional and contentious matters across the US from the Chicago office, including advising on contracts for the New York Racing Association relating to the renovation of its clubhouse at the Belmont Park Racetrack in New York. Roberts, working alongside New York partner Brian Lustbader, is also assisting with the construction of a new racetrack on the site, with costs totaling more than $30m. The team also included Michael Hanahan and associate Jonathon Freilich, both of Chicago, and Amanda MacVey in the Washington DC office. Roberts was also the lead name on a number of complex improvement projects for Alliant Energy; the team provided an independent evaluation of the client's $3.5bn portfolio renovations across two states, also assisting with the development and construction of two gas plants in Iowa and Wisconsin, in addition to further projects. Roberts was supported by Chicago partners Virgil Montgomery, Kevin Kolton and Diana Bowman. Kolton advised Equity Residential on multiple projects throughout the country, primarily relating to high-end apartment complexes, in addition to handling several litigation matters across different states. Kolton worked alongside Heidi Rowe, who is also based in Chicago and is described by clients as 'outstanding in every way', and who brings 'strong interpersonal skills to the table which she uses to good effect'. In other work, Hanahan was retained by Navy Pier, Inc. to advise on procurement, contract and litigation issues for the client's Centennial Vision Project, a $200m undertaking involving the redevelopment of this Chicago landmark. Hanahan was supported by Freilich and Chicago-based associate Christina Brunka.

Varela, Lee, Metz, & Guarino, LLP has 'extensive experience in construction law' and routinely handles international and domestic construction arbitration with 'attorneys who understand all facets of construction'. Name partners Paul Varela, Todd Metz, Joseph Guarino, who are based in Tysons Corner, and Bennett Lee in San Francisco manage the practice. Varela is highly regarded for providing 'unparalleled effective assistance on bet-the-company type cases'. He, alongside 'outstanding litigator' Christopher Burke and Michael Suga, is representing a joint venture comprised of Balfour Beatty, DPR and Big-D Construction in arbitration relating to the $1.5bn construction of a US government facility in Utah; associate Rae Mueller, who is based in the firm's Tysons Corner office with Burke and Suga, supported on this matter. Varela also recently assisted an international developer with drafting and negotiating contracts for the design and construction of cross-border development projects in Africa, assisted by Brian Dugdale and San Francisco partner Nicholas Merrell, who is 'a highly skilled litigator'. Merrell, alongside  San Francisco associate Stephen Pessagno, supported Lee, seen by some as 'one of the top construction law attorneys in the United States', in acting for client Chevron in pursuing claims against an EPC contractor concerning delayed completion and defective work. Lee and Merrell also represent McDermott in an ongoing dispute against Sinclair Oil concerning claims totaling over $135m. San Francisco associate Vincent Sebatinelli supported the duo.

Vinson & Elkins LLP combines 'high quality work with consistent availability', underpinned by 'a pleasant demeanor'. The team, which is praised by clients for its 'commitment to success', is led by Ferguson McNiel and Kaam Sahely, both based in Houston. The team is experienced in complex infrastructure projects and is representing Texas Central Partners as project counsel in the multibillion-dollar development of a high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston. Mark Brasher and Sahely led, supported by a team across the firm's Dallas, New York and Houston offices, including 'fantastic' associate Stephanie Coco, who is based in Houston and is 'developing a great practice with respect to complex construction documentation'. Brasher also acted as project counsel to LNG21, which is developing a $2.4bn LNG platform in the Gulf of Mexico; the team advised LNG21 on joint venture agreements and equity negotiations. Alongside the Washington DC-based John Decker, Brasher also advised New Fortress Energy on various LNG projects. Katy Gottsponer, who is based in Washington DC, and senior associate Luke Edney in Houston supported on this matter. Edney, alongside Brasher and Coco, supported Sahely on Gulf Coast Ammonia, a joint venture that is developing and financing a hydrogen-ammonia production facility in Texas. Also active on this matter was Houston-based senior associate Alan Alexander, who is praised by one client as 'one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with' and offers 'partner counsel for an associate rate'. Houston-based James Loftis, who, alongside the London office, handled a series of arbitrations for the Panama Canal Authority relating to the ongoing expansion project, is also noted; McNeil supported on this matter.

Construction specialist Allensworth & Porter largely focuses on the Texan market, and handles disputes and contract formations. Managing partner Joe Basham is adept at drafting and negotiating contracts for owners, developers and contractors, and negotiated construction contracts for a prominent community bank in Austin. In addition, he represented a subcontractor in payment and scheduling disputes before the Supreme Court. Matthew Ryan has experience in major construction projects, and was the key name in negotiating architectural contracts for the new Apple Campus in North Austin. Travis Brown and Amy Emerson are also noted.

Baker & Hostetler LLP represents clients in construction disputes concerning contract issues, bid protests and delay claims, in addition to providing legal counsel on large construction projects. Laurin Quiat is an experienced litigator, and represented a C.R. Lawrence subsidiary that manufactures window systems in a dispute against  a subcontractor; the subcontractor alleged that the windows did not meet prerequisite performance standards and that the client should be liable for repairs. Supported by associate Sammantha Tillotson, Quiat settled the case in favor of the client and obtained additional purchase of the client's product by the claimant. Quiat also represented David Boland Inc. in connection with its role as general contractor on a hangar construction project in Fort Carson, Colorado. A dispute arose between a subcontractor and the client concerning alleged damage, which the team, including Orlando-based duo Denis Durkin and associate Robert Sowell, settled at mediation. Quiat also managed a complex dispute between Lendlease and the client, Westmond Hospitality Group; the client alleged that Lendlease failed to properly manage construction on hotel projects throughout the United States. Quiat was supported by New York partner Benjamin Pergament and associate Panida Pollawit.

Baker Donelson advises on all phases of construction projects, including transactions and disputes. Representative matters include advising a joint venture on the construction of an automobile manufacturing facility and advising a food and beverages client on the design and construction of its principal manufacturing facility. John Morkan and Joseph Kovars, who are based in Baltimore, and Mark Mercante in Mandeville are the notable names.

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. has a strong presence in Florida with offices in Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, where the firm is headquartered. Steven Lesser chairs the construction practice, and represented Mirasol County Club in a number of disputes successfully resolved in favor of the client, including those pertaining to contract breaches and delay claims. Fort Myers-based Sanjay Kurian was the lead name in successfully acting for the Towers of Channelside Condominium Association in pursuing claims concerning construction and design defects. Perry Adair, who is based in Miami, represented a condominium association in claims relating to fraud and geotechnical issues brought against a subsidiary of Hovnanian Enterprises.

California-based firm Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP has notable expertise representing clients in litigation matters connected to the design and construction of power facilities. James Wulfsberg and Gregory Aker represented the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power in a $150m dispute with an EPC contractor over design and manufacturing issues with a natural gas power plant; Timothy Colvig, David Hyndman and Todd Wulfsberg were also involved in this matter. James Wulfsberg, Colvig and David Rosenthal advised an architectural firm on negotiating Architect of Record agreements relating to the construction of a private sports arena and associated commercial development in the San Francisco Bay area.

Cokinos, Bosien & Young primarily operates in the Texan construction market, and handles issues across both the transactional and contentious sides ranging from defect claims to federal contract compliance. Gregory Cokinos, Patrick Wielinski and Stanley Curry are the key names in this space.

Los Angeles-based Cox, Castle & Nicholson advises developers, owners, contractors and investors on a wide range of project types delivered both publicly and privately. Robert Campbell and Edward Quigley are the key names, handling transactional and contentious aspects respectively. Quigley, alongside Jose Padilla, represented the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego in pursuing a $100m construction defect claim and lost revenue for the project, including leaks in the curtain wall system and extensive mechanical, engineering and plumbing defects. Jeffrey Masters and Ken Williams advised Next Century Associates as owner of a $2.5bn mixed-use residential and commercial project in Los Angeles on design contracts as well as contractor agreements. The pair also serve as risk management counsel on the same project, including on the negotiation and implementation of a project-specific insurance program which includes liabilities clauses and coverage.

Dickinson Wright PLLC handles matters from its Michigan, Nevada and Tennessee offices; practice chair Rob Dodson is based in the latter. He recently represented Balfour Beatty Construction in disputes with six different subcontractors over works defaults on a $40m multi-family residential project in Williamson County. In addition, Dodson replaced the existing counsel of Strong Waterproofing LLC in representing the client in a lawsuit between investors concerning breach of fiduciary duty and fraud; prior to the trial, opposing counsel requested settlement and conceded full repayment of the client's losses, totaling more than $5m. He supported member Slade Sevier, also of Tennessee, in acting for Hankook Tire America Corporation in a $50m dispute with its general contractor over delay and damages claims. Michigan-based Peter Webster is defending Oakland County clients against class actions alleging negligent drainage system design, maintenance and operation, stemming from the 2014 flooding disaster. Nevada-based litigation practice group chair Cynthia Alexander, supported by associate Taylor Anello, is representing the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in ongoing disputes relating to claims over liens against publicly-owned property.

K&L Gates handles construction matters across a diverse range of industries including energy, transportation, manufacturing and commercial. With extensive experience in construction litigation, Timothy Pierce manages the team from the Los Angeles office. He recently represented a joint venture comprised of Shimmick Construction and Obayashi Corporation in a contract dispute related to the San Vincente Dam Raise project in California, successfully claiming over $30m for the client. Hector Espinosa and associates Samira Torshizi and Jonathon Kintzele, all based in the firm's Los Angeles office, in addition to Chicago-based associate Rebecca Liu, supported on this matter. Pierce also represented Suffolk Construction Company in three interrelated disputes against the Los Angeles Unified School District as general contractor on several projects. Espinosa, Liu, Torshizi and fellow Los Angeles associate Heather Frisch provided additional expertise. Pittsburgh partner Jason Richey acted for MarkWest Energy in disputes against the general contractor responsible for building the retaining wall of a West Virginia facility. The client alleges that the wall has significant defects and is suing for breach of contract and negligence. Of counsel William Wickard and associates Katherine Gafner and Travis Brannon are experienced in energy projects.

The 'experience, trial savvy and strategic planning provided by the team' at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is 'unmatched by any other'. James Nowacki, Elizabeth Hess and Jeffrey Willian 'stand out' at partner level. Nowacki recently advised the Shakespeare Theater on the construction aspects of the new development of a theater on Chicago's Navy Pier. The team, which includes associate trio Josh Mahoney, William O’Hara and Michael Maione, negotiated and drafted various contracts and represented the client in litigation against the project architect over alleged design deficiencies. Willian has been advising Berger Group Holdings on the legal implications of the high-profile Florida International University bridge collapse, including multimillion-dollar claims filed by decedents and injured persons. He has also been acting for CF Industries in connection with cost overrun on five separate fertilizer plants designed and constructed by the client. Named attorneys are based in the firm's Chicago office.

Porter Hedges LLP handles construction matters in the commercial, industrial, energy and infrastructure sectors in the state of Texas. David Peden achieved a significant victory for Bilfinger in an international arbitration case centering on the construction of an iron ore processing facility; the client, as contractor, had its contract unlawfully terminated for alleged delays, and subsequently successfully awarded $30m after a two-week hearing. John Hawkins supported on this matter, and also represented HOK, the designers behind the University of Texas' facilities, in litigation with the university over alleged design flaws. Heather Hatfield was active on this matter. Amy Wolfshohl and Nick Simms are other notable names.

The team at Reed Smith LLP is 'very focused' and 'attentive' to clients' needs, with 'subject specific experience' noted as a key asset of the construction practice. Michael Dingman heads the construction team from Tyson's Corner, Virginia, and is recommended for 'addressing clients' needs in a timely and efficient manner'. Associate Peter McCall was a new hire from Parker McCay; he has a strong focus on energy-related construction matters. Ericson Kimbel and Lee Haag joined Frost Brown Todd and Adams and Reese LLP respectively, and construction litigation specialist Tarak Abdulla is now with Jones Day.

West Coast-based firm¬†Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP¬†has offices across California, and primarily handles disputes related to public and private projects. Co-chair of the construction group Candace Matson, supported by Robert Sturgeon,¬†defended Parsons Corporation against claims amounting to $136m relating to an accident on a cell tower site. San Diego-based partners John Yacovelle¬†and Marisa Miller¬†successfully secured a $152m settlement for long-term client San Diego Gas and Electric Company against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries relating to the premature shutdown of a nuclear facility.¬†The pair were supported by¬†Neil Popovińᬆand associate¬†Shanna Pearce, based in the San Francisco and San Diego offices respectively.¬†Matson worked alongside¬†Harold Hamersmith¬†to defend Jacobs Project Management Company in a bid protest lodged by a competitor for major works in Los Angeles. Washington DC-based Hwan Kim¬†is also noted. Unless otherwise stated, named attorneys are based in Los Angeles.

Chicago-based boutique Stein Ray LLP represents clients in design and construction disputes. Name partners Steven Stein and Stephen Ray are the key names to note, and are active across the energy, manufacturing and residential sectors in complex arbitrations.

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Akerman LLP¬†has an impressive national practice and is particularly noted for its ‚Äėfantastic Florida presence‚Äô The team has recently advised on multiple urban redevelopment projects, an example of which included assisting the Faena Group with the construction loan closing, project approvals, environmental matters, and real estate acquisitions in relation to its $700m Rem Koolhaas-designed multipurpose project on Collins Avenue in Miami, led by Miami managing partner Neisen Kasdin. In addition, Kasdin acts as land use and zoning counsel to the Magic City Special Area Plan, a proposed mixed-use tech and innovation district of over 7 million square feet on 17.8 acres in Miami‚Äôs Little Haiti District. Also recommended in Miami is¬†Spencer Crowley. In Orlando, land use and development practice chair Cecelia Bonifay¬†advised FedEx Ground on the due diligence and acquisition of a 150-acre site in Ocala to house a ground hub. In Chicago, another of the practice‚Äôs strongholds, Jack George¬†acted for Riverside Investment and Development in the $1bn redevelopment of Chicago‚Äôs historic Union Station.

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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP considerably boosted its practice with the arrival of three seasoned real estate and land use lawyers from Morrison & Foerster LLP in July 2018: David Gold, Miles Imwalle and Megan Jennings. The 35-strong team works on high-profile commercial, mixed-use, health, renewable energy, residential, and sports development projects, mostly in its home base, San Francisco. Harry O’Brien and Tay Via lead a team that is acting as lead counsel to Seawall Lot 337 Associates, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, in the $1.6bn billion Mission Rock project adjacent to Oracle Park; Mission Rock is a 28-acre project that will include offices, manufacturing services, R&D facilities, restaurants, retail and entertainment venues, and structured parking, as well as approximately 8 acres of outdoor spaces for public events. The highly respected Pamela Duffy is acting for Murphy's Bowl, the development entity for the LA Clippers basketball franchise, in both real estate land assembly and project approvals for its proposed new $1bn 18,000-20,000 seat state-of-the-art basketball arena and associated community facilities in Inglewood. In other work, Duffy and Via continue to advise Sutter-affiliated California Pacific Medical Center on its $2.7bn Long Range Development Plan, which includes two new hospitals and three new medical buildings across CPMC's five-campus system. Matt Bove chairs the real estate practice group.

‚ÄėBest in class from strategy to legal analysis‚Äô,¬†DLA Piper LLP (US)¬†is instructed by real estate developers, investors, technology companies and professional sports teams. In northern Virginia, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Antonio Calabrese¬†from Cooley LLP; he provides ongoing advice to Macerich on the development of Tysons Corner Metro Station, and is also advising Mitre on a 1 million square foot expansion of its campus. In Chicago, chair of the land use, development and government relations practice Theodore Novak, along with Paul Shadle¬†(‚Äėvery responsive and helpful in complex real estate matters‚Äô), and Mariah DiGrino¬†advised Farpoint Development on multiple land use, zoning and development matters, including GRIT, a vacant 90-acre site owned by the City of Chicago awaiting the development of a high-end mixed-use project, as well as the rehabilitation and renovation of the historic Uptown Theatre, to be re-opened as a 5,800-capacity entertainment venue. Moreover, Novak, DiGrino and Richard Klawiter, vice-chair of the real estate practice, advised 601W Companies on the $500m renovation and rehabilitation of the 2.5 million square foot Old Main Chicago Post Office. Names to note in Los Angeles include¬†Jerold Neuman, Kyndra Joy Casper, and senior associate Andrew Brady, and¬†John Rattigan¬†acts as¬†managing partner of the Boston office.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP¬†is considered the ‚Äėgold standard‚Äô for land use and zoning work in New York City. The 12-strong team works on high-profile mandates, which have included assisting Google with the zoning due diligence in relation to its $2.4bn acquisition of Chelsea Market from Jamestown Properties, and also advising on ongoing land use with regard to the potential expansion of the property. The team also advised JPMorgan Chase on various aspects of the planned redevelopment of its headquarters on Park Avenue - the first major project to be carried out under the Greater East Midtown Rezoning Plan, passed in 2017. In addition, the team continues to act as counsel to Related Companies in relation to numerous zoning aspects concerning the development of Hudson Yards; with the firm's assistance, the client was able to create a complex underlying legal architecture allowing for the establishment of multiple business sites with separate financings. Melanie Meyers¬†is a key figure in the practice group, as is¬†Carol Rosenthal, who ‚Äėintimately understands the complexities of zoning in a way that is grounded in both historical context and palatable ways to set new precedent‚Äô. ‚ÄėTrue star‚Äô Zachary Bernstein¬†stands out for his ‚Äėwillingness to be clear that there aren't always simple clear answers and that some goals require a more subjective path‚Äô; he co-led the JPMorgan Chase mandate with David Karnovsky, another key practitioner. Special counsel Wesley O‚ÄôBrien¬†and associate Nicholas Williams¬†are also recommended.

‚ÄėStrong and sophisticated‚Äô, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‚Äôs California-based land use and zoning practice is renowned for its work in large-scale projects, with particular expertise in sporting facilities. The practice group acted as lead counsel to the Oakland A‚Äôs Major League Baseball team in the $1bn development of a new stadium and an ancillary development including retail, hotel, and residential opportunities;¬†this mandate involved simultaneous land use and zoning analyses of two potential sites: the stadium's current location, Coliseum City, and Howard Terminal, slightly farther up the San Francisco Bay.¬†Co-chair of the land use and development group, Mary Murphy¬†leads the case. In a similar mandate, practice co-chair¬†Amy Forbes, with support from ‚Äėbright‚Äô Douglas Champion, is advising advise The Kroenke Group on the development of the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment complex on 300 acres in the City of Inglewood. Forbes was also instructed by CBS in a mandate that began with the client‚Äôs intention to sell its 25-acre Television City in Los Angeles, a decision which was met with concern from several community groups, who filed for historic preservation protection for the entire complex, and which ended with the client signing an agreement with Los Angeles Conservancy allowing for the preservation of the original parts of the complex.

Holland & Knight LLP‚Äôs nationwide practice covers keys markets, including Florida, California, New York, Chicago and Washington DC. The ‚Äėinvaluable‚Äô practice sets itself apart with its ‚Äėwealth of experience and depth of knowledge‚Äô; the lawyers are ‚Äėintuitive‚Äô, ‚Äėclear‚Äô, ‚Äôresponsive and articulate and they present very well to residents and elected officials‚Äô.¬†In Chicago, ‚Äėproblem solver‚Äô Peter Friedman¬†was retained by Elion Partners in relation to the zoning, real estate financing, and tax-increment financing issues related to the RidgePort Logistics Center, in Wilmington. Friedman, who leads the Chicago real estate and local government group, ‚Äėbrings many years of front line experience, has a quick legal mind, and carries a huge amount of respect‚Äô. National land use and government practice chair¬†Steven Elrod¬†is ‚Äėan exemplary attorney; he treats each client as if they are the only one, and he is extremely responsive to elected officials‚Äô. In Florida, Joseph Goldstein, Miami real estate and land use practice leader, is advising Baptist Health on several matters, including obtaining government zoning and land use approvals for five free-standing urgent care centres in South Florida, and governmental approvals for a master plan modification to the Baptist Hospital main campus. In San Francisco, West Coast land use practice head Jennifer Hernandez¬†advised Tejon Ranch on a conservation and land use development agreement with several environmental groups concerning three large master-planned communities on the 240,000-acre property. Also recommended is¬†Norman Glasgow, who leads the Washington DC and Northern Virginia land use and zoning group, and¬†is advising Carr Properties on the land use matters relating to the new Fannie Mae headquarters located in downtown Washington DC.

A ‚Äėpremier‚Äô firm for land use and zoning matters in New York, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP¬†advises an enviable list of clients on landmark projects, including residential super towers and historical site conversions. Recent highlights included assisting Atlas Capital Group and Westbrook Partners with the creation of a new zoning mechanism allowing the transfer of development rights from Pier 40 in New York City‚Äôs Hudson River Park for use in the redevelopment of the St. John‚Äôs Warehouse site. Further, the team advised Douglaston Development on the second transfer of development rights from the Hudson River Park relating to a 62-story, 752,000 square foot residential tower project. The land use department is jointly led by¬†Michael Sillerman¬†and¬†Paul Selver, the latter of whom is acting for Extell Development Company in numerous ongoing land use and zoning matters.¬†Elise Wagner¬†advised The Gotham Organization on the land use issues associated with the rezoning of a site on the Lower East Side, which includes a synagogue designated a New York City landmark. Gary Tarnoff¬†and Valerie Campbell¬†are advising The Frick Collection on a proposed addition to the museum. In addition, the team acted for Plaxall in the rezoning of a 15-acre site on the waterfront at Anable Basin in Long Island City, Queens; Amazon had aimed to develop its headquarters on this site, but backed out in the face of local opposition.¬†James Power¬†is also a key contact.

Latham & Watkins LLP¬†has expertise across the gamut of zoning mandates, with particular strengths in California and the Western states. The firm often combines its land use and zoning expertise with its environmental know-how, an recent example of which included advising Newhall Land & Farming on the development of Newhall Ranch, the first climate neutral city proposed in southern California; the firm's work in this matter focused on designing a greenhouse gas emissions strategy, and negotiating a settlement with a federally recognized American Indian tribe concerning certain permits. In Los Angeles, the firm is instructed by Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies in relation to its proposed $150m aerial gondola system for Dodger Stadium, which will be initiated through a mobility partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Further, the practice group is acting for the California American Water Company in relation to the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project. Chair of the environment, land and resources department James L. Arnone, co-head of the project siting and approvals practice Lucinda Starrett, and George Mihlsten¬†are ‚Äėheavyweight‚Äô attorneys in Los Angeles. In Washington DC, the 'outstanding‚Äô Janice M. Schneider¬†acts as vice-chair of the environment, land and resources practice, and is ‚Äėvery familiar with how government works and how to approach issues in a manner to get support from officials‚Äô. Also recommended is San Diego-based¬†Christopher Garrett, who co-heads the project siting and approvals department.

‚ÄėStrong and sophisticated‚Äô, Perkins Coie LLP¬†is especially active on the West Coast, advising on permitting and approvals, environmental analyses and clearances, resource protection, ballot box land use planning, conditions of approval, complex financing mechanisms, and all¬†legislative changes affecting project developments. San Francisco-based Cecily Barclay¬†heads the firm-wide real estate and land use practice, while Seth King¬†in Portland has expertise in obtaining permit and entitlement approvals for major development projects.

Noted in particular for its work in Philadelphia and Baltimore, Ballard Spahr LLP assists clients with permits and approvals for real estate development projects, including environmental permitting and historical preservation issues. Of note, the team provides ongoing advice to the Philadelphia Phillies regarding modifications made to Citizens Bank Park, which recently included an interactive baseball-featured entertainment center and a hardened security perimeter intended to protect from potential terrorist attacks. Additionally, Philadelphia-based practice head Matthew McClure acted for Nature Lands in obtaining land use approvals for 1,500 acres of preservation and conservation areas in Pennsylvania, and successfully defended the client in opposing litigation. In Philadelphia the firm is acting for Southern Land in its $300m development of a mixed-use high-rise project on a one-acre site on Rittenhouse Square. In Salt Lake City, Thomas Bennett is assisting SRDV with the development of the St. Regis Deer Valley Hotel at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.

New York-based Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fields a planning and zoning team comprising legal experts, urban planners and a registered architect. The multidisciplinary team regularly handles municipal and state approvals related to zoning, construction, building codes, historic preservation and related issues, and also has experience of related litigation. Of recent note, the practice group advised F&T Group and Rockefeller Group Development on the land use approvals for the Flushing Commons project, which involves the redevelopment of a municipal parking lot into an approximately 1.2 million square foot multi-building complex, with a 1.5 acre publicly-accessible open space and a 1600-space below-grade public parking garage. Additionally, the team advised New York University on the development of a master plan and land use approvals for the long-term city-wide expansion of the client’s campus, and also advised Silverstein Properties on all land use and zoning aspects of the development of a large site in Hudson Yards, which will ultimately contain two buildings with approximately 1.8 million square feet of residential and commercial uses. Judith Gallent heads the practice, and James Colgate, a lawyer and an architect, is also recommended.

California-based Cox, Castle & Nicholson¬†is ‚Äėtruly plugged in with the public land use process, offering clients a limb-by-limb description of the process to help navigate, manage expectations and timing, and assess risks‚Äô. The team covers the full range of land use and zoning matters, including those involving environmental aspects. Recently highlights included assisting Oak Knoll Acquisition Ventures with the redevelopment of the Oak Knoll project, one of the largest privately-owned vacant properties in the City of Oakland. The team also acts as lead counsel to all the major urban water agencies with operations on the Upper Santa Ana River in relation to the preparation of a habitat conservation plan. Based in San Francisco, Anne Mudge¬†and Michael Zischke¬†jointly lead the land use and natural resources practice.

The lawyers at Goodwin¬†are ‚Äėreliable, thorough, calm and composed, and highly professional‚Äô. A fixture in the Massachusetts market, the practice group advises across the spectrum of complex land use and zoning mandates, including site acquisition and due diligence, zoning and subdivision control, environmental permitting, historic preservation, cost recovery and liability management, as well as a litany of related corporate deals. In particular, the firm has a track record of working on landmark projects in Boston, an example of which involved acting for Boston Properties in a joint venture with Delaware North for the development, permitting and leasing of an air rights parcel comprising a portion of The Hub on Causeway, including permitting for the third tower. The team has also been acting for Meredith Management in the development of the Fenway Center, a multi-building mixed-use project. A key figure in the team is practice head Martin Healy, ‚Äėan outstanding leader‚Äô, who is ‚Äėresponsive, personable and able to quickly focus on the important issues and articulate his advice practically and without legal jargon‚Äô. Also recommended is of counsel Lawrence Kaplan, who is assisting longstanding client New Balance with several matters, including its multi-phased, mixed-use redevelopment of a 22-acre campus in Brighton.¬†Other lawyers of note are counsel Robert Fitzgerald¬†and senior associate Jennifer Schultz. All named practitioners are based in Boston.

Particularly active in New York and Florida, Greenberg Traurig, LLP is instructed by landowners, joint venture partners, and entrepreneurs in every phase of real estate projects, and also advises property owners on all the regulatory issues affecting the use of properties, a role involving close collaboration with the firm’s government law and policy teams. The team has experience of a wide variety of projects, including health, retail, hospitality, leisure, entertainment, and coastal projects. In late 2018 the firm was instructed by Amazon to manage the aftermath of the aborted roll-out of its HQ2 project in Queens, following fervent local opposition. Key contacts are land use practice chair Jay A Segal and Nick Hockens in New York, Ryan Bailine in Miami, and Ellen Berkowitz in Los Angeles.

The practice group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP handles land use and zoning matters in California, carrying out industrial, energy, leisure, entertainment, mixed-use, residential, educational and logistics projects, and also handling environmental and transactional matters and related disputes. Highlight work included assisting Poseidon Water with obtaining approval from the California Coastal Commission to develop a large $1bn seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach; that matter is being led by Orange Country-based practice co-chair Susan Hori. Los Angeles-based Victor De la Cruz, the other practice co-chair, successfully represented Athens Services with the entitlements and environmental review for its waste management and recycling facility project in the city of Irwindale. Climate change expert David Smith joined the San Francisco office in April 2018 from Stice & Block.

‚ÄėExtremely experienced‚Äô, Paul Hastings LLP¬†provides ‚Äėvaluable information and a practical approach‚Äô in high-profile cases, which recently included assisting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LAPA) with the acquisition and development of a new Frank Gehry designed headquarters building for LAPA‚Äôs Youth Orchestra; this matter was led by practice co-head Jeff Haber. ‚ÄėOutstanding‚Äô and ‚Äėdown-to-earth‚Äô, other practice co-head Mitchell Menzer¬†is acting for Chinese real estate developer Shen Zhen New World I in negotiations with the City of Los Angeles regarding the redevelopment of the site of The LA Hotel.¬†Gordon Hart¬†is also recommended. All lawyers named are based in Los Angeles.

The team at Vedder Price is headed by the respected Danielle Meltzer Cassel and operates out of Chicago, where it advises lenders, equity investors, developers, and nonprofits on land use and development entitlements and public incentive programs. The practice group has built a number of longstanding relationships with prominent clients such Brookfield Properties (formerly General Growth Properties), which it advises on land use and zoning matters in relation to the open-air Oakbrook shopping centre. Other highlights included acting for Victory Park Capital in a complex series of redevelopment projects and air rights transfers involving a prime downtown Chicago site, and assisting Suncast with the reestablishment of private rail access for a large industrial manufacturing expansion.

The San Francisco-based team at Arent Fox LLP is advising Facebook on the continued expansion of its headquarters in Menlo Park, including 962,000 square feet of office space designed by Frank Gehry. In other work, the team is acting for DoveHill Capital Management and Starwood Capital Group in the proposed redevelopment of an existing 173-room Sheraton Hotel located in the Moffett Park area of Sunnyvale, California, into a 358-room, full-service hotel under the 1 Hotels brand. Key figures in the team include practice chair Timothy Tosta and senior associate Frank Petrilli.

Led by Jeffrey Bercow, Miami land use and environmental law boutique Bercow Radell Fernandez & Larkin assisted real estate developer CK Privé Group with obtaining city council approval for Uptown Biscayne, an approximately 1 million square foot project in North Miami Beach involving a 16-story residential tower, retail, office and parking space. Additionally, the team acted for Babylon International, the owner of a property in downtown Miami, in the successful challenge of the designation of historical significance assigned to an Arquitectonica-designed building on the client's property, which allowed for the structure to be demolished and for the rezoning of the site. Melissa Tapanes Llahues is another key practitioner.

Miami’s Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP handles bid protests, environmental matters, government contracting, and PPPs, bringing to the table lawyers with experience as urban planners and engineers. Adding to its impressive track record, the firm is retained by New York real estate developer PMG in relation to the zoning application for a 49-story apartment tower, which will fill one of the last remaining plots on the Biscayne Boulevard development. The team also handles contentious matters. Names to note include managing partner and PPP specialist Albert Dotson and Stanley Price, who heads the land development and government relations practice group.

Cooley LLP‚Äôs Mark Looney¬†is advising Comstock Partners on the final approval stages of the Reston Station development, and is also advised Woodfield Acquisitions on its project involving replacing a vacant two-story office building with a new 308-unit apartment building. The practice group has expertise in zoning, entitlement and permitting processes throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC relating to a variety of project types such as retail, hospitality, industrial, entertainment, telecoms, data centers and planned communities. Also recommended are Colleen Gillis¬†and 'outstanding‚Äô associate Jill Parks, who ‚Äėworks tirelessly for her clients‚Äô. John Lavoie¬†heads the practice group. All named lawyers are based in Reston. Antonio Calabrese¬†moved to DLA Piper LLP (US)¬†in May 2018.

Acting for real estate developers, property owners, non-profit housing providers and governmental agencies, Farella Braun + Martel LLP specializes in residential, commercial and institutional developments in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the California wine and cannabis industries; it also has expertise in alternative energy projects. Practice head Steven Vettel is assisting Pacific Eagle with obtaining land use entitlements for two hotel projects in San Francisco, one of them being the first commercial building in the city designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Also recommended is St Helena-based Katherine Philippakis, who has developed a practice advising wineries and recently handled two matters for Napa’s Truchard family, one of the first to develop vineyards in Napa’s Carneros region; Philippakis advised the client on obtaining a use permit for a 100,000 gallon winery, and successfully opposed the development of a 50 home subdivision on environmentally and seismically sensitive lands adjacent to the client’s vineyards.

New York-based Herrick, Feinstein LLP houses a specialized team including lawyers and urban planners, who have experience working in state and city entities and can handle a range of complex land use and zoning matters. In highlight work, the firm advised RAL Development on obtaining approvals for the Union Square Tech Training Center. Mitchell Korbey heads the practice group.

The ‚Äėtremendously talented team‚Äô at Los Angeles-based¬†Mayer Brown¬†is noted for its ability to ‚Äėcultivate the relationships needed to move big projects forward‚Äô. Leveraging deep experience in controversial cases, the team has been advising Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City on the construction of a new 18-story, 450-key hotel tower adjacent to Universal Studios that will connect to one of the highest occupancy hotels in the City of Los Angeles, within walking distance of the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park; the project is opposed by the latter‚Äôs owner NBCUniversal, which must give the project a green light for it to go forward. The team is also acting for 8150 Sunset in the development of a $600m Frank Gehry-designed project, which includes 229 residential units and 60,000 square feet of commercial space on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights. Practice head Edgar Khalatian¬†is ‚Äėdedicated, pays attention to detail and keeps the ball moving forward among all stakeholders on the project‚Äô.¬†Patty Tubert¬†is also recommended.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP covers the full range of land use and zoning matters for office, mixed-use, retail, hospitality, residential, industrial, institutional, sports, military and health-sector developments. A busy year for the team, highlight work included acting for Holy Names University in its collaboration with Samuel Merritt University, where it advised on the land use aspects of campus improvements. The team also acted for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board and Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission in several agreements, including the stadium and concession agreements for the new Rams Stadium in Inglewood, and also advised Poly Real Estate Group on its acquisition of a 40% equity interest in the $6bn Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island redevelopment project, situated along the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. San Francisco-based Rachel Horsch leads the real estate practice.

Based across California, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP advises on CEQA documenting and defense, environmental and historic preservation matters, land use planning and entitlements, permitting and regulatory compliance, and related legislation. Highlight work included the firm is acting as lead land use counsel for the joint venture developing the $1.5bn Angels Landing in Los Angeles, and successfully defended developer Newhall Land in a federal lawsuit challenging several environmental concerns regarding the client’s $3bn Newhall Ranch project. San Diego-based Nancy Scull is the key contact.

Of late, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP's New York-based team has been particularly active on the developer side. In a standout highlight, the team acted for Red Hook Container Terminal in its agreement with the New York City Economic Development Corporation regarding the $115m reactivation of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal as a shipping hub. Headed by Ross Moskowitz, the team is also advising the F&T Group on the development of a 3-acre mixed-use site in downtown Flushing. Karen Scanna is also recommended.

Arizona-based land use and zoning boutique Withey Morris PLC has an active local practice advising developers, landowners, tenants and investors on a huge variety of retail, office, industrial, residential, mixed-use, health, and hospitality and entertainment projects. The team is advising Five Star Development on the development of the Ritz-Carlton in Paradise Valley, near Scottsdale, and is also leading the plans for the redevelopment of Papago Plaza shopping center in Scottsdale. Jason Morris and Adam Baugh are key contacts.

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‚ÄėVery commercial in its approach, with a unique understanding of the real estate business‚Äô, DLA Piper LLP (US)¬†handles the full range of real estate matters, including permitting, development, capital markets and joint venture transactions. Other areas of expertise include mixed-use development projects, cross-border transactions, acquisitions and sales, financing on the lender and borrower side, sports development projects, leasing, construction and design, and corporate matters. Clients include private and public companies, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, developers, lenders and government entities. Boston-based US real estate chair John Sullivan, who is ‚Äėsmart and commercial, and a great person to deal with‚Äô, recently advised Cottonwood Management on its $900m development of Echelon Seaport. Atlanta-based Maxine Hicks acted for Texas Rangers Baseball Express on advising, drafting and negotiating the documents for a $1bn mixed-use project, which includes the team‚Äôs new ballpark in Arlington, Texas. The firm continues to act as national real estate counsel for Blackstone on the acquisition, sale and financing of hotels across the country. Another key highlight included advising the Walt Disney Company on the real estate aspects of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Other clients include Uber, Prudential Real Estate Investors, InterContinental Hotels Group, Greystar Capital Partners and AIG Global Real Estate. Also recommended are Washington DC-based Jay Epstein, who co-chairs the global real estate practice, and Boston-based Cara Nelson.¬†Chris Smith¬†joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP;¬†Antonio Calabrese¬†joined from Cooley LLP, Scott Kapp¬†joined from Dentons;¬†and Bruce Saber¬†joined from Arnold & Porter; they are based in New York, North Virginia, Chicago and New York respectively.¬†Frederick Klein¬†in Washington DC and¬†Michael Hamilton¬†in Los Angeles are also recommended.

‚ÄėBest in class‚Äô Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP¬†is adept at handling acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, joint ventures, REIT matters, litigation, and land use and development issues, as well as mortgage, mezzanine and construction financing for borrowers and lenders. A recent highlight saw Robert Sorin¬†advise Google on its $2.4bn acquisition of the Chelsea Market building in New York City. Practice chair¬†Jonathan Mechanic, who is ‚Äėa great intermediary when negotiating complex transactions‚Äô, advised JP Morgan on its headquarters redevelopment at 270 Park Avenue in New York, while¬†Tal Golomb¬†and Sorin advised Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust on the $1.6bn redevelopment of the James A Farley post office building as part of the redevelopment of New York's Penn Station. Joshua Mermelstein¬†led in representing Trinity Church Wall Street on Disney's $650m purchase of a 99-year lease at 4 Hudson Square, where the company will build its new New York headquarters. The firm continues to represent Related Companies and Oxford Properties on the $20bn development project at Hudson Yards, and this year it secured the sale of leases to Third Point, Arosa Capital Management and HealthCor Management, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and Mount Sinai. Of counsel Stephen Lefkowitz¬†and Washington DC-based¬†Valerie Kelly¬†are also recommended, as is associate Alex Sutherland¬†and¬†Nathaniel Lifschitz, who was promoted to partner in March 2018. Other clients include Maefield Development, Brookfield, The Children‚Äôs Investment Fund Management and Blackstone. All named attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP advises domestic and global companies on real estate capital markets deals and joint ventures, M&A, land use, development, REIT matters and leasing and construction issues. Eric Feuerstein and Joanne Franzel recently advised Jamestown Properties on its $2.4bn sale of New York’s Chelsea Market to Google. Another highlight saw the firm act for Welltower on its $2bn acquisition of Quality Care Properties, in a new joint venture with ProMedica Health System. Los-Angeles-based Jesse Sharf represented Juniper Capital Partners, which led an investment group that acquired the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for $500m from Brookfield Asset Management. Andrew Lance, who specializes in the hotels and hospitality sector, led in acting for New York Arena Partners on its joint venture bid for the $1bn Belmont Park development, a retail and entertainment complex which will also serve as the new home for the New York Islanders NHL team. Noam Haberman, Victoria Shusterman, Harry Silvera and San Francisco-based Erin Rothfuss are also recommended; Kahlil Yearwood joined the San Francisco office from Dechert LLP in May 2018. Other clients include CBRE Global Investors, Scion Student Communities, Apollo Global Management, KKR and Rockpoint Group. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP handles all aspects of real estate work, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, development, management, leasing, financing, restructuring and land use.Chicago-based Corey Light advised on the sale and leaseback of around 100 stores across the US with an aggregate value of $1bn. Light, Nancy Lash and Miami-based Gary Saul advised Kimco Realty on its $400m development of Dania Pointe in Florida. Orlando-based Michael Sullivan advised Loews Hotels Holding on a joint venture with NBC Universal for the development of two hotels in Orlando and a construction loan facility from Wells Fargo Bank. Miami-based Richard Giusto acted for Invesco on the $268m acquisition of a six-building complex in Washington state that was leased to Microsoft. From the firm's New York office, Stephen Rabinowitz advises private equity funds, financial institutions, developers and other investors on transactional matters relating to all classes of commercial properties. Robert Ivanhoe, who is also based in New York, specializes in real estate structures, financing, workouts, restructurings, and acquisitions and dispositions. Los Angeles-based Gregory Fishman, New York-based Kristen Lonergan and Farah Ahmed are also recommended.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP , which combines ‚Äėintellectual capacity, commercialism, professionalism and technical legal expertise', handles a broad range of legal issues, including M&A, joint ventures, debt restructurings, private equity fund formations, financing and REIT matters. The firm's client roster includes sponsors, sovereign wealth funds, pensions organizations and other institutional investors.¬†Christopher Hartmann¬†advised Starwood Capital Group on its $835m sale of 16 multifamily assets and interests in REIT entities to CapitaLand International. Jonathan Schechter acted for GAW Capital Partners on a $225m loan as part of a $650m syndicated leasehold financing for the acquisition and redevelopment of a multi-use hotel property in New York. Scott Berger¬†specializes in the private equity aspects of domestic and international real estate and real estate-related transactions. Another recent highlight included representing Marriott Vacations Worldwide on its $4.6bn acquisition of ILG. Chicago-based Joshua Hanna¬†acted for First State Super on its investment in a $1bn joint venture with Lendlease to develop and operate multifamily residential rental properties in various US cities. Rachel Brown, who is also based in Chicago, advised V√§rde Partners on the $605m sale of its interest in the Utah ski mountains. Chicago-based Andrew Small¬†is also recommended. Justin Elliott¬†joined as partner from¬†Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP¬†and John Goldman¬†joined as partner from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Other clients include Atrium Hotels, Oak Street Real Estate Capital, Gramercy Property Trust and The Blackstone Group. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Paul Hastings LLP¬†handles acquisitions and dispositions, finance and joint venture transactions, land use and zoning, energy litigation work and data center-related matters, advising clients including borrowers and lenders, developers, investors, purchasers, sellers, landlords and tenants. Chicago-based Gregory Spitzer¬†continues to represent IBM and its subsidiary SoftLayer Technologies on leasing and developing data center facilities in multiple locations around the world. Los Angeles-based Philip Feder¬†and Jeff Haber¬†advised the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association on the $500m acquisition and development of a new headquarters building for its Youth Orchestra Los Angeles program. David Hamsher, who is based in San-Francisco, advised Five Point Holdings on the $8bn development of Candlestick Point and Phase 2 of the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco. New York-based Rick Allendorf acted for Barclays Capital on its $550m loan for the financing of Christiana Mall in Newark, Delaware. San Francisco-based Stephen Berkman, who¬†is an ‚Äėexceptional strategist, negotiator and lawyer and knows how to get deals done‚Äô, counts Facebook, Linkedin and amongst his clients. Eric Landau, who also works from the New York office, was the key partner advising Millennium Partners on its development of a vacant site in Downtown Boston into a luxury mixed-use project which included the provision of $450m of preferred equity financing. Also recommended are New York-based Bruce DePaola, John Cahill, Peter Olsen¬†and Chicago-based Brad Ritter.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, which¬†has ‚Äėunparalleled experience in working on complex transactions‚Äô, advises public and private real estate companies on M&A, sales, development, leasing, structured financing, joint ventures and partnerships. Gregory Ressa¬†heads the team, which is ‚Äėalways available, incredibly thoughtful and diligent with a focus on representing the client well and also being incredibly commercial‚Äô. Ressa recently advised the special committee of the board of GGP on the mall owner's $27.7bn sale to Brookfield Property Partners. Sasan Mehrara¬†represented Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII on its acquisition of Gramercy Property Trust for $7.6bn. Krista Miniutti¬†advised BioMed Realty and affiliates on the $3.7bn refinancing of various portfolios of office and research facilities, while Scott Kobak¬†acted for KKR on its $401.9m acquisition of 22 senior housing facilities from Cascade Living Group. Newly promoted partner Davis Coen¬†advised Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust on its $1.8bn acquisition of an industrial portfolio from Cabot Industrial Properties. Another highlight included representing Northwood Investors on its acquisition of two office buildings in New York and San Francisco for a combined total of $595m. Other clients include The Carlyle Group, Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Centerbridge, Invitation Homes and KSL Capital Partners. Whitney Salinas¬†was promoted to partner. All named partners are based in New York.

The ‚Äėvery responsive and organized‚Äô Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton¬†advises lenders, borrowers and issuers on wide range of matters including multi-state mortgage and mezzanine loan transactions, intercreditor agreements, asset-based warehouse lending, credit tenant lease financing, acquisitions and dispositions and joint ventures. Typical developments the firm advises on include office and industrial buildings, hotels, shopping centers, multifamily residences and casinos. Steven Wilner¬†and Kimberly Brown Blacklow advised a syndicate of banks, comprising Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BMO Capital Markets, Citigroup Global Markets, Deutsche Bank, RBC Capital Markets and The Toronto-Dominion Bank as arrangers for Brookfield Asset Management‚Äôs $11.4bn acquisition of Forest City Realty Trust. Newly promoted partner Joseph Lanzkron¬†recently advised ESL Investments, the hedge fund of Sears CEO Edward Lampert, on the sale of $1.5bn of Sears real estate. Steven Horowitz acted for Kindred Healthcare on its $4.1bn acquisition by TPG Capital, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe and Humana. Daniel Reynolds¬†acted for Mapletree Investments on its acquisition of a $2.4bn portfolio of 164 US industrial assets from Exeter Property Group. In another recent highlight, the firm advised AllianceBernstein on a $40.8m mortgage loan to an affiliate of AJ Capital Partners for the purchase of the Annapolis Loews Hotel. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Dechert LLP's practice covers commercial real estate finance, as well as the acquisition and sale of commercial real estate debt products. , while the firm also advises on loan origination, acquisitions and dispositions, securitizations, restructuring, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and bankruptcy matters. The firm's client base includes issuers, underwriters, loan sellers, servicers, operating advisors and investors. New York-based Laura Swihart and Devin Swaney continue to act for key client Freddie Mac, and this year advised on around 50 deals with an aggregate value of $50bn. Swaney also advised First Foundation Bank as a mortgage loan seller in the securitization of loans secured by multifamily properties. Philadelphia-based Richard Jones and Charlotte-based Stewart McQueen advised The Bancorp on a $304m CMBS deal sponsored by The Bancorp Bank, a Delaware state chartered commercial bank. Another highlight included advising Blackstone Mortgage Trust on a $1bn collateralized loan obligation, while the firm also also acted for Citibank and Goldman Sachs on the $1.9bn refinancing of loans secured by luxury Bahamas resort Atlantis Paradise Island. Philadelphia-based Jason S Rozes, David Forti and New York-based Krystyna Blakeslee are also recommended. Newly promoted partners include Boston-based Christopher Desmond, Samuel Gilbert; Philadelphia-based Gennady Gorel, Kenneth Hackman and New York-based Matthew Fischer. Matthew Hays joined as partner in the Chicago office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Kahlil T Yearwood left the firm for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Other clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BlackRock, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs.

Goodwin handles acquisitions and dispositions, development, design, construction and leasing matters, with a particular focus on the leisure and hospitality industry. Other areas of expertise include joint ventures, alternative capitalization strategies, and fund structuring and formation for sponsors and managers. Andrew Sucoff recently advised Brookfield Financial Properties on its $15.3bn acquisition of the remaining 66% of GGP not already owned by Brookfield and its affiliates. Another highlight included acting for Boston Properties on a joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board which included the acquisition of a leasehold of an office campus in Santa Monica with an aggregate value of $661m. Team head Minta Kay advised GreenOak Real Estate Advisors on the formation of a joint venture with a subsidiary of The Glick Family Office to to acquire 1200 New Hampshire in Washington DC; this involved mortgage and mezzanine financing of $150m. A further recent highlight included the representation of Cabot Industrial Value Fund IV, a closed private equity fund, on the sale of a $1.8bn industrial portfolio to Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust. Samuel Richardson specializes in financing, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and also deals with restructuring debt and equity investments. Gilbert Menna is also recommended. Diana Brummer joined as partner in New York from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. All named attorneys are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

Katten has particular experience in advising providers of real estate capital, such as lenders, borrowers and investors, on financing transactions including mortgage and mezzanine loan transactions, construction, acquisition and pickup refinancing. Other areas of expertise include affordable housing transactions, CMBS and cross-border transactions. Washington DC-based affordable housing expert Kenneth Lore¬†represented a Washington DC-area developer on the creation of a $260m immigration and customs enforcement headquarters in Prince George‚Äôs County, Maryland. New York-based Martin Siroka, who is ‚Äėcalm, thoughtful and knowledgeable‚Äô advised Starrett City Associates on its $905m sale of Spring Creek Towers to Brooksville Company and Rockpoint Group. New York real estate co-head¬†Andrew Jagoda¬†acted as lead counsel to AIG on around 30 transactions in the past year, while¬†Timothy Little, David Dlugie, Daniel Huffenus¬†and Bruce Kosub¬†are also key practitioners in New York, Chicago, Charlotte and Dallas respectively. The firm continues to represent Callahan Capital Properties, Sacramento Kings, The Blackstone Group, Bank of America, The Barack Obama Foundation and The Carlyle Group.

Latham & Watkins LLP¬†provides ‚Äėunparalleled organization, attention to detail and thoroughness‚Äô. It is adept at handling M&A, corporate and traditional real estate company transactions, borrower and lender-side finance, private equity and advice on public REITs. Areas of expertise include acquisitions and dispositions, land use, development projects and ground leases, joint ventures, loan enforcement actions and restructurings and workouts. Client sectors include hospitality, healthcare, life sciences, multi-family housing and condominium developments, industrial, office, retail and mixed-use projects. Chicago-based¬†Gary Axelrod¬†recently advised Loews Hotels on a $300m joint venture PPP with Kansas City and several other government entities. Another highlight included representing Walton Street Capital in relation to its acquisition of a class A office building in Chicago as well as a new flagship Apple store for $370m.¬†Robert Buday¬†and¬†Rachel Bates, who are also based in Chicago, co-led in representing Hyatt Hotels on the sale of the Andaz Maui, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco, and the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa to Host Hotels & Resorts for $1bn. A further highlight included acting for Phillips Edison Grocery Store REIT I on its $2bn merger with Phillips Edison Grocery Store REIT II, a public non-traded REIT; this created a national portfolio of 323 shopping centers with a value of roughly $6.3bn. New York-based Michelle Kelban¬†advised Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank as the lender in $300m worth of construction loans for multifamily condominiums in Houston, Orlando and New York City.¬†Michael Haas¬†joined as co-chair of the real estate practice in New York from Jones Day. San-Diego-based James Mann¬†was promoted to partner in January 2018. Los Angeles-based associate Pablo Clarke¬†is also recommended. James Hisiger¬†retired. Other clients include Stepstone Real Estate Partners, Starwood Capital Group, Lineage Logistics and ACORE Capital.

The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable, responsive and professional‚Äô Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†handles a broad range of real estate matters including commercial real estate equity and debt transactions, joint ventures, and the purchase and sale of all real estate asset types. The firm's client base includes banks, investment banks, mortgage REITs and debt funds. Global practice chair Mark Edelstein¬†recently advised Wells Fargo on a $1.5bn construction loan for an office and retail tower located at 50 Hudson Yards in New York. Keith Print¬†and Edelstein both advised Wells Fargo and a major multinational bank on a $640m construction loan to finance the construction of three large multi-family, mixed-use buildings in New York. Los-Angeles based Thomas Fileti¬†recently acted for GLP on portfolio financing for more than 75 properties with an aggregate value of over $1bn. Christopher Delson¬†and Edelstein worked together to advise Goldman Sachs, Hines Interests and Pontiac Land on the $860m construction financing for the MoMA Tower in New York. Philip Levine, in the Palo Alto office, represented Bayview on a $289m construction loan for the development of two luxury apartment towers in San Jose, California. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Lawrence Ceriello,¬†who is ‚Äėgreat to work with‚Äô, specializes in debt financing, securitizations and large commercial real estate loans for the CMBS market. Thomas McGovern¬†focuses on real estate finance and restructuring. John Davie¬†joined as of counsel from Forest City Ratner Companies. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

The ‚Äėsmart, fast and connected‚Äô Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP¬†represents developers, institutional fund managers, public real estate companies, private real estate fund sponsors, overseas investors and government entities on the full gamut of transactional real estate matters. Harris Freidus¬†recently acted for CIM Group on various acquisitions and debt and equity financing for large developments with an aggregate value of $5bn. Mitchell Berg advised Lendlease Group on its joint venture with SoftBank Group to fund the acquisition and restructuring of around 8,000 existing telecoms sites across the US. Meredith Kane¬†advised Northwell Health on a number of healthcare acquisitions and developments with a total value of $1bn. Another highlight included acting for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in conjunction with SL Green and Hines Corporation on the $3bn development of an office tower at Vanderbilt Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. Salvatore Gogliormella¬†acted for Murray Hill Properties on a $3bn joint venture with an affiliate of Banyan Street Capital. Peter Fisch¬†and Gogliormella represented HNA Group on $1.8bn of financing for the acquisition of 245 Park Avenue in New York City. Steven Simkin retired. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Proskauer Rose LLP handles a range of real estate-related matters covering bankruptcy, tax, transactions, finance, leasing, litigation, labor and employment and environmental issues. Its client base includes sovereign wealth funds, institutional and specialty lenders, developers, private equity real estate funds, investment banks, pension funds and REITs. Practice co-head Ronald Sernau advised Extell Development on the $1.3bn financing for the construction of Central Park Tower in New York City. Private equity specialist Jeffrey Horwitz and M&A specialist Daniel Ganitsky recently acted for Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to Starwood Waypoint on its $20bn merger with Invitation Homes. Newly promoted partner Paul Polking advised Vornado Realty Trust on its $442m acquisition of Host Hotels & Resorts’ interest in two commercial condominium units in the New York Marriott Marquis hotel. Steven Lichtenfeld was lead partner for Urban Commons on various matters including a $650m consolidation of 10 hotel properties. Horrowitz, Perry Cacace and Los Angeles-based Douglas Frank acted for Rubicon on the acquisition and redevelopment of hotel properties in New York, New Jersey and St. Croix. Christopher Pennington is also recommended. Al Stemp joined as partner from Hogan Lovells US LLP and Don Melamed joined as partner from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in the Los Angeles office. Other clients include Accor, Empire City Casino, Morgan Stanley and SL Green. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Shearman & Sterling LLP's real estate practice handles acquisitions and dispositions, local and global joint ventures, ground leases and commercial leasing. The firm also specializes in real estate-related finance matters such as structured finance, corporate credit facilities, lending, and the financing of REITs. Malcolm Montgomery¬†heads the team and recently acted for Citibank on Digital Realty Trust‚Äôs $3.26bn global revolving credit facility and term loans. Lisa Brill, who is ‚Äėan exemplary professional, 100% committed to her clients and always available‚Äô, advised AllianceBernstein on a $33m acquisition and pre-development loan. Another highlight included representing MetLife on its $225m mortgage loan and $156m mezzanine loan to Waterside Plaza Ground Lessee and Waterside Mezz respectively. The firm also advised GTIS Partners on a joint venture with Continental Realty Advisors and the related acquisition finance for the purchase of an apartment complex in Phoenix, Arizona. Kris Ferranti¬†focuses on the equity side of real estate transactions and represents foreign and domestic investors and developers. John Opar, associate Helen Quigley¬†and Washington DC-based counsel Jocelyn Redman¬†are also recommended. Counsel Michael Pettingill¬†joined from Silvermine Capital Management. Chris Smith¬†left for DLA Piper LLP (US). All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 's real estate practice handles domestic and international transactions including acquisitions, sales, construction, financing, development, and the management and operation of projects. The firm represents sovereign wealth funds, domestic and foreign investors, private equity firms and high-net-worth individuals. Harvey Uris recently advised Brookfield Asset Management on its $11.4bn acquisition of Forest City Realty Trust. Neil Rock, Marco Caffuzzi and Vered Rabia acted for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on its $13bn redevelopment of terminals at New York's JFK Airport. Evan Levy acted for Pinnacle Entertainment on its $2.8bn acquisition by Penn National Gaming, which, following the deal, will own and operate 41 gaming properties across North America. Audrey Sokoloff took a lead role for Las Vegas Sands on its $1.3bn sale of the Sands Bethlehem property in Pennsylvania to Wind Creek Hospitality, an affiliate of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama. Illinois-based Nancy Olson recently advised Brookdale Senior Living on the restructuring of its portfolio of 128 communities leased from Ventas into a single master lease and security agreement. Los Angeles-based Meryl Chae is also recommended. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‚Äôs team of ‚Äėcreative problem solvers‚Äô advises on investment, acquisitions, divestment, debt offerings, development, financing, leasing and REIT maters. Other areas of expertise include loan workouts, restructurings, joint ventures, and capital markets offerings in the debt and equity space. Philip Rosen¬†and David Herman¬†recently advised Brookfield Asset Management (BAM) and Brookfield Property Partners (BPY) on the $14.4bn acquisition of around 66% of common stock of GGP. The firm also advised BAM on its $11.4bn acquisition of Forest City Realty Trust. Another highlight included representing The Kroger Company on its $2.2bn sale of a multi-state convenience store portfolio which included 762 stores to EG Group. Samuel Zylberberg acted for Atalaya Capital Management on a preferred equity investment and $250m construction loan for the development of a 40-story Ritz-Carlton hotel with residences in New York. Michael Bond, who provides ‚Äėthe best advice available in complicated and difficult situations‚Äô, advised Sears Holdings on the real estate aspects of its high-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Other clients include AIG, Blackstone, Madison International, MGM Resorts International, Tishman Speyer and TPG Real Estate. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Arent Fox LLP , which merged with Posternak, Blankstein & Lund, L.L.P. at the start of 2019, has an 'incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and practical' team which advises national and international clients on real estate issues sectors including retail, hospitality, senior living, healthcare, sports, education and and non-profit. The firm has recently begun to handle more inbound investment work from Europe and Latin America and is adept at handling tax-exempt bond financing, new market tax credits, bankruptcies and local tax subsidies. Washington DC-based Kenneth Jacob and Thomas Castiello, who was recently promoted to real estate practice leader, acted for DLC Management on the $170m acquisition of The Village at Allen in Texas. Another recent highlight included representing The Blackstone Group on the asset management of two senior living portfolios valued at around $2bn. San Francisco-based Richard Brand continues to advise Pollin Hotels on various matters including multiple refinancing and related corporate matters in relation to the Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station, Hampton Inn Portland Airport, and the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. The firm is also continuing to advise The Buccini/Pollin Group and PM Hotel Group  on all operational matters including real estate, corporate, labor and employment, intellectual property and litigation. David Martin and Kimberly Wachen from the Washington DC office are also recommended alongside San Francisco-based Kelli Scheid Smith. In Washington DC Lewis Goss was promoted to partner and Jeffrey Mitchell joined as counsel from Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP¬†is particularly focused on the finance side of real estate transactions, including a wide range of loan types, while it also advises on development, investment and acquisitions relating to office buildings, malls, retail shopping centers, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, multifamily buildings and condominiums. Bonnie Neuman¬†advised JPMorgan on its $1bn mortgage loan for Wyndham Worldwide Corporation‚Äôs $1.95bn acquisition of La Quinta Holdings. Holly Chamberlain acted for Morgan Stanley on a $710m mortgage loan to refinance existing debt, secured by fee interest and leasehold interests in a 1.5m square foot portfolio of retail and office properties, for Millennium Partners. Newly promoted partner Matthew Robertson, who is ‚Äėincredibly responsive and very user-friendly‚Äô, advised Bank of America on two cross-collateralized and cross-defaulted mortgage loans aggregating $447m, as well as a $180m mezzanine loan to the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort and the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. Another highlight included advising HSBC on a $285m mortgage loan secured by cross-state student housing and owned by a joint venture between Landmark Properties and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Finance group co-chair William McInerney¬†is also recommended for his expertise in the sale of performing and non-performing commercial mortgage and mezzanine loans in the secondary market. Alan Lawrence¬†joined as partner from Arnold & Porter. All listed attorneys are based in New York.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which¬†provides ‚Äėcreative solutions in complex negotiations‚Äô, handles acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, development projects, financing, restructurings and leasing transactions. Its client base includes private equity funds, financial institutions, REITs, pension funds, hedge funds, publicly traded corporations and other investors. 'Incredibly bright' corporate partner¬†Nicole Levin Mesard, a 'tough negotiator', advised Westfield on its $24.7bn sale to Unibail-Rodamco. In another highlight for Westfield, the firm advised on the $175m sale of Horton Plaza, a 900,000 square foot retail center in San Diego. Real estate chair Peter Irwin advised CPPIB on a $1bn joint venture with Alberta Investment Management Corporation and WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust for the development and operation of industrial real estate assets across the US. Counsel Serhat Krause¬†and Mesard acted for a family office in relation to the $650m investment and development of two residential towers in New York. Edward Rishty¬†advised JP Morgan Asset Management on the $510m acquisition and financing of Groupon‚Äôs national headquarters in Chicago in a joint venture with Sterling Bay. Other clients include Brasil Warrant Investments, Rockwood Capital, The Brickstone Companies and Oaktree Capital Management. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Dentons advises lenders, borrowers, and developers on a range of real estate financing and development projects  in sectors including finance, insurance, healthcare, energy, and student housing. Robert Fernandez recently acted for Citadel Enterprise Americas on the leasing of 400,000 square feet to maintain its headquarters in Chicago. Another highlight included the firm's work for Greenland USA on a $400m construction loan, while Patrick Moran acted for Riverside Investment & Development Company on the negotiation of a master redevelopment agreement with National Railroad Passenger Corporation for a $1bn development project and joint venture. Linda White continues to advise Blackstone on the $500m renovation of Willis Tower in Chicago; this involves construction, leasing and intellectual property issues. Atlanta-based Bill Timmons has a nationwide practice advising on financing transactions including construction, permanent and revolving credit loans. David Fenley joined as partner in Kansas City from Husch Blackwell LLP. Robert Stephan joined as counsel from Chapman & Cutler LLP. Nikki Fanous joined as counsel in the Dallas office from Kane, Russell, Coleman & Logan, P.C.. Scott Kapp left for DLA Piper LLP (US). All named attorneys are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Hogan Lovells US LLP handles a wide range of real estate work, including cross-border transactions involving foreign investors across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Areas of expertise include the acquisition, development and restructuring of commercial real estate and REIT-related matters. New York-based Americas real estate head Mark Eagan recently advised Ivanhoé Cambridge on its $3.8bn joint acquisition, with Blackstone, of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust. Lee Berner and REIT specialist Bruce Gilchrist in the firm's Washington DC office worked together on Greystar Real Estate Partners' $4.6bn acquisition of Education Realty Trust, a college housing REIT based in Memphis. Denver-based Lea Ann Fowler represented Prologis on the sale of a $1.1bn property portfolio - including 41 industrial properties across the US - to Mapletree Investments. Another highlight included advising the Bahrain-based Mumtalakat Holding Company on a $135m joint venture acquisition with Sentinel Partners and Saudi Aramco of the Lenova office campus in North Carolina. Other clients include Parkway, Onexim Sports and Entertainment, Industrial Property Trust and Equity Residential. Bruce Parmley and David Bonser in Washington DC are also recommended. Al Stemp and Lee Samuelson left for Proskauer Rose LLP and Holland & Knight LLP respectively.

Holland & Knight LLP 's practice covers real estate finance, acquisitions and dispositions, developments and leasing. The firm has a particular focus on the hospitality, leisure and timeshare sectors, working on mixed-use developments, securitizations and management and license agreements. New York-based practice head¬†Joseph Guay¬†and San Francisco-based Stacie Goeddel¬†advised Marriott International on its $400m takeover of Trump International Hotel & Tower in Panama. Miami-based Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, who is ‚Äėalways available, great to work with, understands client concerns and finds solutions‚Äô, represented Collegiate Suites on the sale of its University Bridge student residences to an affiliate of Atlantic Housing Foundation for $227m. Stuart Saft,¬†from the New York office, advised Extell Development on the development of Brooklyn Point, a residential unit with a build-out value of $898m. Another recent highlight included representing a consortium that purchased the Taj Hotel in Boston from The Indian Hotels Company for $200m. Washington DC-based Janis Schiff¬†advises clients on all areas of commercial real estate including foreign investment into the US, PPPs, government leasing, financial workouts and restructurings, acquisitions and sales contracts. Douglas Praw¬†in Los Angeles and Melissa Turra¬†in Jacksonville are also recommended. Loren Higgins¬†joined as partner in the San Francisco office from Winston & Strawn LLP. David Allswang¬†left the firm for Nixon Peabody LLP.

In April 2018, Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon merged to form Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. The combined real estate team of ‚Äėpractical and commercial lawyers‚Äô advises on investments, redevelopment, private-public ventures and commercial leasing, while other areas of expertise include real estate M&A, REIT matters and securitizations. A recent highlight included acting for Pebblebrook Hotel Trust on its $5.2bn merger with LaSalle Hotel Properties, while the firm also advised Savanna on its $640m acquisition of the 5 Bryant Park building in New York City. New York-based Carl Schwartz¬†and¬†Matthew Scoville¬†acted for Nahla Capital on the $260m sale of 30 rental apartment buildings in San Francisco, and Houston-based Michael Boyd advised on a joint venture led by USAA Real Estate Company and Patrinely Group on the $270m development of an office building in Colorado and the $188m refinancing of a New York apartment complex. Mark Arnold, who is also based in Houston, advised Clark County Stadium Authority on the $1.9bn development of a 65,000-seat stadium for the Las Vegas Raiders. Dallas-based Howard Schreiber, Jeff Giese¬†and Kathleen Wu¬†are also recommended. In the Los Angeles office, Jane Hinton¬†focuses on highly structured debt and equity real estate transactions including mortgage, mezzanine and preferred equity financing. In the New York office, Peter Mignone¬†specializes in commercial real estate finance and capital markets, including advising institutional lenders on the origination of commercial mortgage and mezzanine loans.

Jones Day 's real estate practice handles acquisitions, dispositions, borrower and lender financing, joint ventures, construction, real estate-related dispute resolution, REIT matters and tax advice. Clients include international developers, commercial investment banks, real estate funds, property companies, retailers, hotels and hospitality companies, financial institutions, investors and lenders. Recent highlights include advising Mill Creek Residential Trust on the recapitalization of the company and buyout of its existing investors. The firm also acted as counsel to Meyer Bergman in relation to the formation and closing of its ‚ā¨990m European retail real estate fund MBERP III. Atlanta-based Richard Rosenblatt advised Wells Fargo Bank, National Association on a $750m revolving credit facility to a publicly traded home builder and an amendment and restatement of a $225m revolving credit facility to a large mid-Atlantic home builder. Chicago-based Robert Lee¬†and Brian Sedlak¬†head the team. Dallas-based Michelle Brown¬†and Andrew Van Noord, who made partner in January 2018, are also recommended. Former practice head Michael Haas¬†left for Latham & Watkins LLP¬†in April 2018.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP advises on financing, leasing, joint ventures and the development of residential, office, hotel, retail and mixed-use projects across the US. In early 2019 the firm saw a large New York team including real estate transactions head Wallace Schwartz and fellow partners Julia Sanabria and  Adam Endick depart for Vinson & Elkins LLP. Recent highlights for the team included advising Joy Construction on the $250m leasing of a build-to-suit office building in New York City as well as an $86m construction loan for the building. In another matter, the team acted for Rockpoint Group on its $465m acquisition of an office building at 1700 Broadway in Manhattan. Miami-based Manuel Fernandez advised GreenOak Real Estate on the negotiation and preparation of its joint venture with East End Capital alongside the joint venture’s $38m purchase of 555 Washington Avenue in Miami. Albert Delgado in Miami is also recommended. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

King & Spalding LLP, which advises on a range of real estate transactional matters, has a client base which includes financial institutions, alternative capital and debt funds, private equity funds and family offices. In 2018 the firm added a seven-attorney real estate finance group in New York from Riemer & Braunstein. Jennifer Morgan and John Wilson, who are based in New York, recently advised Greystar Real Estate Partners on the formation of Greystar Student Housing Growth and Income Fund, a $4.6bn open-end student housing fund formed to acquire EdR. Charlotte-based Mark Thigpen represented real estate investment compnay Asana Partners on more than $1.5bn-worth of deals involving properties across the US. Atlanta-based Joshua Kamin acts for Jamestown and recently advised on the acquisitions and financing of properties in Miami, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh with an aggregate value of $930m. Charlotte-based Davis Powell, Atlanta-based Sarah Borders and Kamin acted for Cerberus Real Estate Capital Management on various joint venture acquisitions and the refinancing of a hotel with an aggregate value of more than $1.5bn. Other clients include Brookfield Infrastructure Group, Prologis, Transwestern Investment Management and Clarion Partners.

Mayer Brown's real estate team acts for public and private companies, joint ventures, private equity firms, individuals and institutional investors on acquisitions, dispositions, developments, asset management, financing and leasing of all types of real estate asset classes. On the financial side the firm advises on senior secured, syndicated acquisition financing, mezzanine financing, refinancing and recapitalizations. Chicago-based Paul Meyer represented Allianz Real Estate of America and affiliated companies on the acquisition of a 43% stake in 1515 Broadway, a mixed-use building in New York City, from SL Green Realty, while Los Angeles-based Scott Cooper and Daniel Liffmann acted for Windsor Capital Group and affiliates on a series of coordinated transactions for the strategic restructuring and recapitalization of ten hotels. Another highlight included advising Principal Real Estate Investors on the $269m sale of a new office building in Seattle. Jeffrey Usow and Brian Aronson head the team from Chicago and Los Angeles respectively. Heather Adkerson, also based in Chicago, advises US and foreign REITs, insurance companies, opportunity funds and developers on various transactional matters. Washington DC-based Keith Willner specializes in acquisitions, financing, leasing, workouts and dispositions. Robert Bressman in New York and Brian Davis in Chicago are also recommended.

Ropes & Gray LLP, which is¬†‚Äėhands-on, pragmatic and truly committed to client service‚Äô, advises on a range of real estate investment and transactional matters including private equity, finance, tax, environmental, joint ventures and loan acquisitions. New York-based Daniel Stanco¬†advised Colony Capital on the multiple repurchase and secured credit facilities to finance more than $3bn of assets following the Colony Capital merger with NorthStar. Jack Creedon¬†in Boston acted for TPG Capital on the $1.8bn sale of IASIS Healthcare to Steward Health Care; this included a $1.4bn sale and leaseback and mortgage financing package with Medical Properties Trust. Stanco also represented Oaktree Capital Management on various repurchase facilities with multiple banks totaling around $750m. New York-based David Djaha - who leads the firm's global real estate investments and transactions group and will become global managing partner in 2020 - specialises in core and distressed acquisitions and dispositions and mortgage-backed finance. ‚ÄėDeeply-experienced and client focused‚Äô Richard Gordet¬†and Walter McCabe¬†in Boston are also recommended. Boston-based Alison George recently joined the partnership. Other clients include Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Morgan Stanley, ACORE Capital, The Related Companies and PIMCO.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent at solving deal issues from start to finish‚Äô and provides ‚Äėdiligent efforts with common sense solutions‚Äô, advising on a range of matters including M&A, construction, finance, environmental issues, joint ventures, fund formation, development, leasing, land use and zoning and real estate litigation. The firm acts for commercial and investment banks, public and private pension funds, life insurance companies, developers, big-box retailers and institutional landlords. Los Angeles-based Richard Mendelson¬†advised John Hancock Life Insurance Company on various matters including a $500m loan and acquisition of four properties, while New York-based John Napoli¬†advised Workspace Property Trust on a $1.28bn loan from JP Morgan Chase. Peter Korda¬†co-chairs the firm‚Äôs national structured and real estate finance practice group and the New York real estate department. Boston-based Andrew Shure¬†and Eric Greenberg¬†are also recommended, alongside Washington DC-based Thomas Galli¬†and Cynthia Mitchell¬†in New York. Robin Freeman¬†and Mitchell¬†co-lead the firm‚Äôs healthcare real estate and finance practice, Freeman is also chair of the San Francisco real estate department. In March 2018 Michael Rechtin¬†joined the Chicago office from Baker McKenzie LLP and now chairs the firm's¬†data center services practice group.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP handles real estate structuring and financing transactions, as well as refinancing, development, portfolio management, government real estate and compliance matters. Steven Moskowitz represented CPPIB on a joint venture with Oxford Properties for the $700m acquisition and redevelopment of the southern portion of New York City’s St John’s Terminal site. Washington DC-based Jeffrey Keitelman advised Pfizer on the $203m sale of 219 E. 42nd Street in New York. Brian Diamond advised the Rockwood Capital and Midtown Equities joint venture on $245m of financing from M&T Bank for a mixed-use project in Brooklyn, New York. Los Angeles-based Loryn Arkow represented CBS on the $750m sale of its headquarters; a deal which involved a sale-leaseback agreement allowing the company to produce TV shows at the site for the next five years. Ross Moskowitz and Karen Scanna acted for Alexandria Real Estate Equities on the $700m acquisition and development of the new Alexandria Center for Science in Manhattan. Trevor Adler and Washington DC-based Kim Pagotto are also recommended. Evan Hudson joined from Duval & Stachenfeld LLP, Eric Requenez joined from Morrison, Mahoney & Miller and Joshua Sohn joined from Watson Farley & Williams (New York) LLP. Diana Brummer left for Goodwin. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's real estate bench deals with financing and refinancing, single-asset and multi-property portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, leasing and development transactions. Practice chair Thomas Henry recently advised Jiaming Investment on its joint venture with Tishman Speyer for the construction of The Spiral tower at Hudson Bay in New York. Henry and Carly Glover Saviano advised Paramount Group, a REIT, on the raising of $600m for investment in properties in New York and San Francisco. Henry and newly promoted partner Daniel Backer acted for IO Data Centers on its $1.3bn sale to Iron Mountain, while another highlight included advising Colony Cobalt on multiple mortgage loans totaling $125.1m which were secured by 17 properties. David Drewes acted for a joint venture between Meadow Partners and Slate Property Group on the acquisition of a $125m loan from an affiliate of Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies for the refinancing of a mixed-use development project in Brooklyn. Counsel Janice Levine handles residential closings, financing, leases and construction agreements. All named attorneys are based in New York.

The ‚Äėvery diligent and very commercially focused‚Äô Akerman LLP handles urban redevelopment, financing, land deals and construction projects while also advising on distressed real estate and loan origination. Its client base includes investors, developers, builders, lenders, retailers, owners, and corporate end users. Fort Lauderdale-based practice chair¬†Eric Rapkin¬†represented Rock-French Quarter - a joint venture between Rockefeller Corporation and Stiles - on the $134m sale of a multifamily residential tower in Florida. Another highlight included acting for Lennar Multifamily Communities on the $225m acquisition and redevelopment of The MET, a multifamily site in Costa Mesa, California. A further highlight included advising Host Hotels & Resorts on the $215m acquisition of the Loews Don CeSar Hotel and the Beach House Suites in St Pete Beach, Florida. Miami-based Richard Bezold, New York-based Steven Polivy¬†and Florida-based Andrew Robins¬†are also recommended. Mark McElree¬†and Kacy Whitehead¬†joined from McElree Smith in Dallas, while Iran Hopkins¬†joined from Ervin Cohen Jessup in Los Angeles.

Ballard Spahr LLP merged with Lindquist & Vennum PLLP in January 2018, a deal which added seven attorneys to the firm's real estate team, which advises on development, land use, tax structuring, construction, leasing, condominiums, mixed-use projects and condemnation. The firm also represents borrowers and lenders in relation to private equity, REITs and CMBS. Clients include developers, hotel brands, management companies, housing authorities, underwriters and investors. Mark Pollak in Baltimore recently advised Sagamore Development on its $6.9bn, 260-acre Port Covington redevelopment project. Philadelphia-based Tina Makoulian represented The Chemours Company on the $100m development and construction of a 330,000 square foot office, research and lab facility on the University of Delaware's science, technology and advanced research campus in Newark. Another highlight included acting for SRDV on the $300m development of the St Regis Deer Valley Hotel in Utah; this included advising on negotiations with unit purchasers, zoning and entitlements, property tax appeals and hotel management. Practice chair Bart Mellits and Alan Ritterband, both based in Philadelphia, are also recommended. The new joiners from Lindquist included three partners in Minneapolis: Laura Krenz, James Walston and Debra Page. Jeffrey Page also joined the firm as partner in New York from Reed Smith LLP. David Barksdale departed for Loeb & Loeb LLP.

Clifford Chance's US real estate practice handles cross-border transactions, acquisitions and dispositions, equity structures, joint ventures, REIT matters, leasing, mortgage loans, credit facilities and mezzanine loans. ‚ÄėCommercially minded and solution-driven‚Äô practice chair Ness Cohen¬†recently advised Madison International Realty on its acquisition of Forest City's 51% interest in 14 retail properties in New York City; a portfolio valued at an estimated $1.3bn. Another highlight included representing YES! Communities on the acquisition and financing of 40 manufactured housing communities and refinancing of 20 other properties for approximately $515m. The firm also advised Almanac Realty Investors on its $376m¬†investment in a joint venture with PECO Real Estate Partners for the acquisition, management and development of a portfolio of retail properties nationwide, while Eddie Frastai¬†advised Standard Chartered Bank on a $100m mortgage loan to LG. Other clients include Safra National Bank of New York, Calatrava Grace, Hone Capital, Lakestar Properties and Deutsche Finance Group. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Cox, Castle & Nicholson provides advice on a broad range of real estate matters to developers, lenders, investors, joint ventures, pension funds, landlords, tenants and high net-worth individuals. A recent highlight included acting for Oak Knoll Acquisition Ventures on the $500m redevelopment of the 89-acre former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital site. San Francisco-based Kevin Crabtree and Los Angeles-based Adriana Vesci represented Harbert Management Corporation on various matters including the $130m acquisition, due diligence and financing of High Street, a 628,000 square foot mixed-use project in Phoenix, Arizona. Other clients include San Diego Association of Governments and San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District. Douglas Snyder, who is based in the Los Angeles office, advises on commercial real estate projects, while Los Angeles-based Jonathan Sears and San Francisco-based Gregory Caligari are also recommended. John Whitaker joined in Los Angeles from DLA Piper LLP (US) and Sean Matsler joined in Irvine from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Andrea Saunders Rifenbark and Elizabeth Willes were both promoted to partner in the Los Angeles office.

New York-based Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP¬†advises clients on acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, registrations, real estate-related litigation, retail and office leasing, and restructuring and recapitalizations. The firm has a particular focus on the office, hotel, residential and retail development sectors, and its client base includes real estate owners and developers, private equity investors, investment bankers, lenders, and hoteliers. Practice chair Jay Neveloff¬†recently advised the Nederlander Organization on the development of its Times Square building, which included a $2bn renovation. Jonathan Canter¬†advised long-term client Extell Development on registering and bringing to market the $4bn Central Park Tower in Manhattan; which, when completed, will be the tallest residential building in the world. Tzvi Rokeach¬†advised VICI Properties on its agreement with Caesars Entertainment to acquire and lease back the land and real property improvements associated with Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for approximately $1.1bn. The ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable and very responsive‚Äô James Godman¬†acted as co-counsel for lenders including Morgan Stanley in relation to the $781m refinancing of 237 Park Avenue in New York. Neil Tucker¬†and Daniel Berman¬†are also recommended.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP handles real estate financing, development, transactions, land use and litigation. It acts as nationwide leasing counsel to several high-profile companies, focusing on client sectors including tech, retail, insurance, finance, banking and real estate. Palo Alto-based practice head Michael Polentz continues to represent Los Angeles County Museum of Art on its $650m project to transform its museum campus. In San Francisco, Clayton Gantz recently acted for Jay Paul Company on the development of its San Francisco property, which includes 432,000 square-feet of commercial office space, while also advising on a $475m loan provided by Deutsche Bank. Orange County-based Steve Edwards and Susan Hori advised Toll Brothers on its purchase of 169 residential units at Pacifica San Juan in Orange County. Tom Muller and Anita Sabine from the Los Angeles office are also recommended. Other clients include Bohannon Development, Lowe Enterprises, Trammell Crow Residential and Westfield.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's real estate practice covers issues such as land assemblage, ownership, use and development, leasing financing, investment, workouts, restructurings, tax matters and dispositions. The firm's client base includes developers, corporate end-users, REITs, private equity and pension funds, institutional lenders, advisers and servicers. Boston-based Richard Toelke acted for Berkshire Group and CBRE Global Investors on the acquisition and financing of various multifamily apartment complexes across the US. Eric Stern, who is based in the Philadelphia office, advised Incyte Corporation on the lease of its headquarters in Delaware. Washington DC-based Michael Pickett took a lead role for The JBG Companies on the combination of fund assets with the Vornado REIT DC real estate portfolio, a deal which created JBG SMITH Properties. Philadelphia-based of counsel Kathleen Keyser and Washington DC-based Thomas Klanderman are also recommended.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP¬†, which¬†provides ‚Äėproactive and outside-the-box thinking‚Äô, has a cross-country practice which advises on issues including portfolio acquisitions, dispositions, fund formations and joint ventures. Practice head¬†Gerard Walsh¬†advised Westbrook Partners on the $700m sale of the south portion of St John's Terminal in New York to a joint venture between Oxford Properties Group and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Jonathan Roheim took a lead role for Hackman Capital Partners on the purchase of development rights for the Culver City creative office project from Hudson Pacific Properties in Los Angeles. Nicole Walsh¬†and New York-based Tal Hacohen¬†acted for Superior Plus on a $900m real estate and M&A deal that involved the acquisition of outstanding equity interest in NGL Propane. San Francisco-based Jacobus Machalow¬†was promoted to partner and led on the representation of Swift Realty Partners as the seller and a partner in a joint venture, for the recapitalization of equity interest in a $600m portfolio of four office properties across California. Michael Liever, from the San Francisco office, advised the City of San Francisco on the development of The Grand Hyatt Hotel at San Francisco International Airport. New York-based Marshall Brozost¬†acted for State Street Global Advisors on the $276m sale of a multi-tenant office building to Related Beal in Boston. Randolph Perry¬†is also recommended. Katherine Jones¬†was promoted to partner. All named attorneys are based in Los Angeles unless otherwise stated.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP handles a range of real estate transactions, as well as advising on development projects, leasing for landlords and tenants, loan modifications and bankruptcies, public-private partnerships, distressed real estate assets, and financing for lenders and borrowers. San Francisco-based practice head Rachel Horsch recently advised Barrett Block Partners on the agreement for the sale of property at 4th and Harrison Streets in San Francisco, while California-based real estate and construction head and former CEO Jim Rishwain represented NIMES Capital on various recent projects including the acquisition of a multifamily project at The District at Greenville Apartments and the acquisition of Westchase Forest, both in Texas. Washington DC-based tax specialist Brian Blum is also recommended. Other clients include Triple Five Worldwide, Commonwealth Partners, Jay Paul Company, Shorenstein and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Boar. Thomas Allen left for Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

The ‚Äėhands-on, knowledgeable and thorough‚Äô¬†Polsinelli PC¬†handles a broad range of real estate matters, including acquisitions, ownership, development and operation of buildings, particularly in the student housing and healthcare sectors. Other areas of expertise include commercial mortgages, construction, mezzanine, bridge and preferred equity financing, and commercial mortgage-backed securities. The firm continues to represent EPR Properties in structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition, disposition, financing and development of various education and entertainment projects across the US. Another recent highlight included advising LaSalle Investment Management Distributors on the $63m acquisition of a grocery-anchored shopping center in Las Vegas. Chicago-based real estate division chair Eric Greenfield advises CA Ventures on investment and acquisition support, development and renovation, equity and debt sourcing, and asset management services, and the firm recently acted for the company on a $500m investment in the European housing market. Denver-based Amy Hansen¬†is adept at handling development work and transactional matters relating to REITs. Shareholder Korb Maxwell, who is based in Kansas City, specialises in economic development projects, while Kansas City-based Kraig Kohring¬†and Chase Simmons¬†are also recommended.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP's practice provides advice on issues such as development, finance, sales, acquisitions, joint ventures and real estate restructurings. Team head Jeffrey Lenobel has been advising Oxford Properties Group on its joint venture with The Related Companies to lease and develop the $15bn Hudson Yards project in New York, which opens in March 2019, while Julian Wise has been leading the firm's team advising Cerberus Capital Management on its affiliate’s acquisition of assets of Club Exploria Resorts. The firm advised Albertsons and an investor group led by Cerberus on Albertsons' $9.2bn merger with Safeway in 2015 and has since continued to act for the supermarket chain in connection with credit facilities aggregating billions of dollars. Bruce Cybul focuses on advising major financial institutions and private equity, hedge and opportunity funds in their real estate transactional, capital markets and securitization matters. All named attorneys are based in New York.

The ‚Äėvery client-friendly, knowledgeable, personable and expert in its field‚Äô Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP¬†is particularly adept at handling transactional and land-use matters. The firm advises on large build-to-suit office development projects, mixed-use projects, joint ventures as well as the financing of large private real estate developments, and is known for its strong presence in California but also deals with matters in New York, Washington DC and Chicago. San Francisco-based Keith Garner¬†and San Diego-based Nancy Scull, who is ‚Äėcareful, pragmatic and an expert in community governance matters‚Äô, head the team. Los-Angeles-based James Pugh¬†advised Lightstone Group on obtaining approval for the $700m Fig + Pico Conference Center Hotels project. Thomas Masenga, who is also based in Los Angeles, advised the New York State Teachers‚Äô Retirement System on a $1.1bn loan to a Blackstone fund. Another highlight included acting as lead land-use counsel to The Peebles Corporation, MacFarlane Partners and Claridge Properties in relation to the $1.5bn mixed-use Angels Landing project in Los Angeles. Other key practitioners include Los Angeles-based Pamela Westhoff, Alfred Fraijo¬†and Orange County-based Scott Morehouse. Peter Koffler¬†joined the New York office in late 2018 from Venable LLP.

Thompson Hine LLP handles a wide array of real estate matters including planning, development, leasing, financing, dispute resolution and government incentive programs. The multi-disciplinary team also deals with corporate expansion, construction, development, acquisition, sales, and headquarters and plant development projects. Cleveland-based James Aronoff and Robyn Minter Smyers recently advised Forest City Enterprises on its $11bn merger with Brookfield Asset Management, while Stephen King in the Cincinnati office advised Ackermann Group on a $40m multi-family, office and retail redevelopment project. The firm also continues to represent Dutch multinational AkzoNobel on its leasing, legacy asset dispositions and asset sales matters. A further highlight saw the firm act for Brookfield Asset Management on a number of portfolio transactions including the acquisition of a 50% joint venture interest in a $2bn portfolio of multifamily projects across several states. New York-based Karen Kozlowski advises on financing, leasing, loan restructuring and workouts, acquisitions and dispositions, and distressed debt transactions. Cleveland-based Linda Striefsky and Columbus-based Darrel Davison are also recommended. Other clients include Bank of China, United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney and Rouse Properties.

Troutman Sanders advises a domestic and international client base on real estate transactions, development, acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing, and management and operation of properties. A recent highlight saw the firm represent Consolidated Edison on the $1.5bn acquisition of around 20 solar projects nationwide. In another highlight the firm advised Berkadia Commercial Mortgage on around $1bn of acquisition financing for 16 properties from the Beacon multifamily portfolio. Ashanté Smith acted as lender’s counsel to Wells Fargo Bank on its $417m financing for Starwood Property Trust’s acquisition of 28 multifamily affordable housing properties in Florida. A further highlight included a role for Crescent Communities on the planning, acquisition, financing, leasing, capitalization and development of a $280m mixed-use project in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mark Shiembob and Atlanta-based Mark Elliott are also recommended. Jon Lautt joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and Randy Lejuwaan joined in San Diego from Dentons. All named attorneys are based in Richmond unless otherwise stated.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP advises clients on finance, acquisitions, dispositions, development and workout matters. Its client base includes investment funds, investors, pension funds, REITs, developers, government agencies and lenders. A recent highlight included representing 7-Eleven on its $3.3bn acquisition of around 1,110 convenience stores from Sunoco, while the firm also acted for HCA on the divestiture of its hospital operations in Oklahoma. The firm took a lead role for Commercial Metals Company on the $600m acquisition of 33 rebar steel mill and fabrication assets from Gerdau. Los Angeles-based Hushmand Sohaili recently advised Colony Capital on the upsizing of an existing mezzanine loan and preferred equity for the redevelopment of a luxury hotel in Los Angeles. Other key partners include Dallas-based John Bain, Marc Epstein, and Los-Angeles based David Phelps.

Baker & Hostetler LLP advises on acquisitions, development, construction, and the leasing and management of all property types. Key client sectors include healthcare, hospitality, homebuilding, energy, student housing and sports. Cleveland-based Amy Kellogg and M&A specialist Albert Adams continue to advise Big River Steel on the construction and operation of its $1.7bn steel mill manufacturing facility in Osceola, Arkansas. Orlando-based John Melicharek acted for Acron on a $200m joint venture with First Hospitality Group for the ground leasing and development of a Hilton Curio hotel in Chicago. Robert Gebaide, who is also based in Orlando, advised SCG Hotel on its $185m acquisition of the Renaissance Vinoy St Petersburg Resort & Golf Club from affiliates of RLJ Lodging Trust. Atlanta-based Joann Gallagher Jones advised Northside Hospital on the lease of more than 180,000 square feet of office space for its new headquarters in Brookhaven, Georgia, in a deal valued at around $100m. Other clients include Hyatt Corporation, Hard Rock Café, Pulte Home Company and The Milestone Companies. Jacquline Best joined as counsel in Orlando from Broad and Cassel. Sameer Mohan left the firm for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

'Trusted advisor' Baker Botts L.L.P. advises domestic and international clients on commercial real estate developments, joint ventures, acquisitions and sales, financings and leasing transactions. Dallas-based Jeremy Gott recently took a lead role for Hunt Realty on the purchase of more than 2,500 acres of land in Texas for a mixed-use development. Paul Landen, who is based in Houston, advised key client Hines on the redevelopment of The Parks at Walter Reed, a 66-acre land development on the site of a former army medical base. Houston-based Kimberly Schlanger acted for Pinto Realty Partners on the negotiation of a joint venture with Pinpoint Commercial for the development of three multifamily projects in Houston, while San Francisco-based Patricia Stanton advised Hines on a multi-tier joint venture involving the $1.9bn development of a 200-acre site in San Diego, California. New York-based special counsel Brayton Dresser and Dallas-based Stephen Marcus are also recommended.

Baker McKenzie LLP's real estate team advises on development, planning, land use, acquisitions and sales and tax matters. On the finance side the firm deals with cross-border property and portfolio financing transactions, loan portfolios, refinancing, workouts, loan syndications and participations. Its client base includes multinationals, banks, hotels, retail corporations, healthcare providers, construction firms and REITs. Matt Alshouse advised AIP Asset Management on the creation of a $100m pre-development mezzanine loan relating to The Drew Las Vegas resort and casino, while the firm continues to act for high-profile luxury goods retailers on store leases and real estate matters, including Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss and Prada. Another key client is Koch Industries, which the firm advises on a range of real estate issues. Michael Smith heads the practice with support from Kathryn Johnstone, who specialises in commercial leasing and real estate financing. Michael Rechtin left for Seyfarth Shaw LLP. All named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Dickinson Wright PLLC, which provides ‚Äėstrong communication, excellent legal solutions, great research and good contacts‚Äô, has a nationwide practice which advises on real estate finance, acquisitions, development and sales, leasing and litigation. Clients include financial institutions, developers, real estate investors, lenders, multinational corporations, and small and medium-sized businesses. Ohio-based Harlan Robins¬†recently advised Northlight Real Estate Opportunity Fund II on the purchase of a $70m non-performing loan portfolio, while Arizona-based James Patterson took a lead role for the City of Mesa on a $40m downtown redevelopment and revitalization project. Stephen Dawson¬†acted for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA as lender on a $40m loan secured by a leasehold deed of trust on real estate located in downtown Los Angeles. Katheryne Zelenock¬†is noted for her commercial and multifamily mortgage loans experience. Michael Lusardi¬†focuses on buying and selling real estate assets and providing mortgage loans. All named attorneys are based in Michigan unless otherwise stated.

Eversheds Sutherland¬†has ‚Äėa wide and deep experience set within real estate‚Äô,¬†advising domestic and international clients on a range of transactional and finance matters. Its client base includes pension fund advisers, REITs, developers and investors. The firm recently advised Preferred Office Properties on its $66.5m acquisition of the Armour Yards office development in Atlanta, Georgia. Clayton Howell acted for Hines on its $90m development of T3 West Midtown in Atlanta; a deal which involved a joint venture, debt financing and tax incentives. Another highlight included acting for New City on its $164m development of 725 Ponce, an office-over-retail development in Atlanta. James Jordan¬†advises on purchases and sales, lending, development, leasing and joint venture matters, while Robinson Plowden¬†specializes in data center leasing developments. Trent Myers¬†was promoted to partner and Brooke Parris¬†was promoted to counsel. All named attorneys are based in Atlanta.

Fennemore Craig¬†handles development, leasing and sales matters for developers in the healthcare, retail, residential, government and resort sectors. James Bond¬†recently advised CV MainSpring Pima on the $56.5m sale of two office buildings on Native American land; this involved the transfer of long-term ground sublease interests. The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô Steve Good¬†acted for Hannay Real Estate on various projects including the refinancing of a CMBS loan for a commercial office complex, the sale of a commercial office complex, and a 1031 exchange to purchase Bashford Courts in Prescott, Arizona; the aggregate value of these deals was $41m. Another highlight included representing Oryx and its agent Property Income Advisors on the $26m purchase of three office buildings in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area, a deal financed through a CMBS loan. Jay Kramer¬†specialises in acquisitions, infrastructure financing, and loan workouts, restructuring and enforcement. Joseph Chandler¬†departed for Sherman & Howard LLC. All named attorneys are based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Husch Blackwell LLP handles portfolio management, facilities operations, financing, planning and development, sales and dispositions, leasing and environmental real estate matters. Other areas of expertise include tax credits, structuring funds and joint ventures, capital-raising, governance and compliance. Key client sectors include retail, telecoms, sports, housing and community development. Denver-based Kevin Kelley and Jennifer Haynes recently advised National Storage Affiliates on its $1.3bn acquisition of a 112-property portfolio across 17 states and Puerto Rico from Simply Self Storage. Kansas-based Charles Renner represented Hunt Development Group on its $300m bid for a PPP to replace the Heman Marion Sweatt Courthouse. Caroline Hermeling heads the team in St Louis. In the Houston office, Kate David and Mike Stafford joined as partners from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. Joey Lubinski joined as partner from Ballard Spahr LLP. David Fenley left for Dentons and Jason Romero left for real estate investment company Platform Ventures.

Jones Walker LLP¬†handles acquisitions, dispositions, sale‚Äźleasebacks, leases, developments, planning, management and licensing. Key client sectors include oil, gas, energy, retail, hotel and hospitality, manufacturing, mixed-use and affordable housing. The practice was bolstered in November 2018 by a merger with housing boutique Liles & Rushin, LLC, a deal which saw two partners - Kelly Rushin¬†Lewis¬†and Brandon Hughey - and their team join the firm's new office in Birmingham. New Orleans-based Susan Tyler¬†and Keith Colvin¬†served as co-counsel to Carpenter and Company and Woodward Design + Build on the $500m redevelopment of the World Trade Center Building in New Orleans, which will be converted into a Four Seasons Hotel. Another recent highlight saw the firm advise Bank of China on $1.85bn of financing for the construction of a methanol plan in St James Parish, Louisiana. Other clients include Bank of the Ozarks, Lamar Life Master Tenant, Landbridge Development and Mississippi Baptist Health Systems.

‚ÄėSmart, experienced and very responsive‚Äô Loeb & Loeb LLP¬†advises buyers, seller, landlords and tenants on commercial leasing, acquisitions, sales and joint ventures. On the finance side the firm acts for lenders and borrowers on loan origination, CMBS, syndicated credit facilities, loan participations, inter-creditor agreements and mezzanine financing. A recent highlight saw the firm represent the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on a PPP for the $18bn development of the new West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor in Los Angeles. Another highlight included acting for the County of Los Angeles on a PPP with Trammell Crow Company for the construction of a $400m high-rise office building for the County of Los Angeles. ‚ÄėSkilled attorney‚Äô Steven Kornblau , who ‚Äėexcels on both complicated and contentious deals‚Äô, advised Aareal Capital Corporation on a $460m senior mortgage loan secured by the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Kornblau also advised the LA Metro on the $1.5bn redevelopment of the James A Farley Post Office, which will be converted into part of Moynihan Station in New York. Raymond Sanseverino¬†heads the team in New York with support from Nichole Cortese, Kenneth Sold, Kenneth Freeman¬†and Scott Schneider. David Barksdale¬†joined as a partner from Ballard Spahr LLP¬†in the Los Angeles office. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Milbank focuses on the finance side of real estate matters including transactions, debt, preferred equity investments, fund and joint venture structures, construction, bridge and term mortgage loans, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), mezzanine loans, non-performing loan acquisitions and sales. The firm also handles inbound and outbound cross-border transactions in the US, Asia, Europe, Canada and the Middle East. The three-partner team is headed by Kevin O’Shea, who recently advised Eldorado Resorts on its $1.85bn acquisition of Tropicana Entertainment. Another highlight included acting for Sahara on the $600m sale of its controlling 75% stake in the Plaza Hotel in New York. Yaakov Sheinfeld advised a joint venture of TPG Real Estate and Gramercy Property Trust, a publicly traded REIT, on a mortgage and mezzanine financing facility from Acore Capital to acquire single-tenant office buildings across the US. Erwin Dweck has advised Oxford Properties Group on multiple transactions, while other clients include Pacific Investment Management Company, JP Morgan Chase, State General Reserve Fund of the Sultanate of Oman, SL Green Realty and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. All partners are based in New York.

The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable, experienced, and easy to work with‚Äô Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP¬†has a¬†nationwide practice which advises clients on development, finance, acquisitions, zoning and land use, construction, leasing, property management and dispositions. Key client sectors include hospitality, retail, industrial, resort and residential.¬†Duncan Miller¬†acted for Audubon Communities on the financing and purchase of Lenox Park Apartments in Georgia, while the firm also advised Peachtree Hotel Group on its $26.5m acquisition of the Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island. A further highlight included a role for Kramer Real Estate on its acquisition of the Grant Building in Downtown Atlanta. Hospitality practice chair Thomas Gryboski¬†acted for True North Management on its $95.8m acquisition and related financing of three Embassy Suites hotels. Robert Reardon, Andrew Williams¬†and Washington DC-based Elizabeth Karmin¬†are also recommended. Mark Block¬†joined as partner from Seyfarth Shaw LLP¬†and Christina Hassan¬†joined as partner in Washington DC from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP¬†All named attorneys are based in Atlanta unless otherwise stated.

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP¬†handles a variety of real estate work including acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing, management, joint ventures, construction and operational matters. Its client base includes publicly traded, private companies and high net worth families and individuals. Practice chair Douglas Lubelchek¬†- ‚Äėan outstanding attorney and excellent negotiator‚Äô - advised Equity Residential, a publicly traded REIT, on the $416m sale of a mixed-use development in New York. Douglas Ellis¬†recently led for M & J Wilkow on its $142m acquisition of a shopping center in Colorado. Another key mandate from the real estate company saw the firm advise on the $23.5m acquisition of a Pennsylvania shopping center. Darrin Forbes¬†has experience of projects in various asset classes including multifamily apartment projects, office buildings, television studios, shopping centers, manufacturing and warehousing facilities, and large scale mixed-use projects. Avram Feldman¬†specializes in tax planning, joint ventures and acquisitions. All named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP¬†merged with Broad and Cassel in August 2018. The ‚Äėvery talented and friendly‚Äô team has grown by 45 attorneys and 'routinely produces high quality work when time is of the essence‚Äô. Areas of expertise include commercial leasing, development, capital markets and loan portfolio transactions. Nashville-based managing partner Larry Papel¬†recently advised W Hotel on the development and construction of a $114m hotel project in Nashville, Tennessee. Atlanta-based team head¬†Andy Litvak¬†represented PointOne Holdings on the $33.5m sale of Waterford Point, a multifamily property in Lithia Springs, Georgia. Another highlight saw the firm advise Starwood Capital on its acquisition of the $600m Dolphin Affordable Housing portfolio. Other clients include Tavistock Development Company, Hillwood, The Bainbridge Companies and Moncure Holdings.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP provides advice on real estate issues including joint ventures, acquisitions, financing, leasing and development, with the firm's clients including institutional and private equity investors, lenders, borrowers, landlords, tenants, developers and real estate advisors. The firm is adept at handling projects relating to industrial, multifamily and mixed-use properties, shopping centers, medical office buildings and hospital facilities, as well as developments in the energy sector. Austin-based US real estate head Jane Snoddy Smith represented a Melbourne-based developer on a $200m private equity joint venture for the financing and development of an urban multifamily mixed-use tower in Houston, Texas. Austin-based Josh Bernstein recently advised a developer on the acquisition and financing of a mixed-use development acquired via sealed bid auction from the Texas Department of Transportation; the investment is expected to exceed over $500m over several years. The New York team was strengthened by the addition of partners Jill Block and Marc Shapiro from Mayer Brown. Mitchell Lubart in New York is also recommended.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP advises on acquisitions and sales, development, environmental issues, financing, leasing, REIT matters and workouts, while Opportunity Zones - a recent initiative to encourage investment in underdeveloped areas - are a new area of focus for the firm. John Balboni represented Equity Resource Investments on several private equity joint venture transactions with an aggregate value of more than $100m. Ashley Brooks advised Cronin Development on the development, financing and management of the construction of a $500m luxury condominium and two-story restaurant in Boston. Adam Weisenberg is also recommended alongside New York-based real estate finance chair Joseph Philip Forte. The firm took on three partners from Murtha Cullina LLP's affordable housing group - Karen Kepler, John Gahan III and Deirdre Robinson - while Eric Lemont left for an in-house role at a national developer. All named attorneys are based in Boston.

Thompson & Knight LLP provides advice on real estate-related lending, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), leasing, acquisitions, development, and real estate capital markets. A recent highlight saw the firm advise Wells Fargo Bank on a $700m loan to the Howard Hughes Corporation secured by a portfolio of properties in Hawaii, Texas and Maryland. New York-based William O’Connor and associate David Lawrence advised Drever 1401 Elm Street on a $66.7m bridge loan from Starwood Property Mortgage. Another highlight included acting for Spirit MTA REIT on a $165m loan secured by 85 properties in 16 states. Andrew Ingram advised a subsidiary of Billingsley Company on a loan with Freddie Mac relating to the Hudson multifamily development in Texas. Mark Weibel specializes in commercial real estate capital markets advice, including securitizations involving the representation of originators, master servicers and special servicers in the CMBS market. Real estate and banking practice leader Gregg Davis advises clients on a broad range of commercial real estate issues including zoning and entitlements, economic development, government contracts and title insurance coverage. Michelle Vincent Parker was promoted to partner. All partners are based in Dallas unless otherwise stated.

Vinson & Elkins LLP's client base includes banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, developers, consultants, governmental entities and energy and infrastructure companies. In early 2019 the firm secured a major coup in New York with the addition of a large team from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, including partners Wallace Schwartz,  Julia Sanabria and Adam Endick. A recent highlight included advising Goldman Sachs on its acquisition of a $350m solar portfolio from Marina Energy. Practice head Paul Martin represented Woods Capital Management on its acquisition of One AT&T Plaza, an office building in downtown Dallas. Newly promoted partner Prentiss Cutshaw took the lead in advising Hillwood Properties on the leasing of a 200,000 square foot build-to-suit facility at AllianceTexas to Mercedes Benz Financial Services. Another highlight included acting for Transwestern Investment Group on its $2.5bn acquisition of three corporate campuses. Randy Jurgensmeyer has particular experience advising investment funds, institutional investors and individuals in forming joint ventures and carrying out real estate transactions for all asset classes. Russell Oshman is also recommended. Carrie Winkler joined as counsel from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Michael Boulden retired. All named attorneys are based in Dallas.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has a long-established track record of advising on some of the biggest real estate M&A deals in the market, working with clients across the REIT, hospitality and gaming sectors. The New York firm was involved in two of 2018’s biggest deals, acting for Gramercy Property Trust in its $7.6bn acquisition by Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII, and also advising Forest City Realty Trust’s management on its $6.8bn acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management.

WilmerHale focuses on the life sciences, senior living and retail sectors. The firm continues to represent key client Alexandria Real Estate Equities, recently advising on the formation of several joint ventures including the acquisition, development, financing and operation of various office lab and creative office projects across the US. Another highlight included acting for Carpenter & Company on the $1bn One Dalton project, the tallest residential building in Boston. Sean Boulger has recently advised AEW Capital Management on $800m of transactions including joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, and the financing and development of multiple real estate projects nationwide. Keith Barnett acted for for Campanelli Companies on the development and financing of four multifamily apartment projects and industrial spaces, the purchase and sale of various office buildings, and the sale of a life sciences facility; which, when combined, have a total value of around $600m. Paul Jakubowski heads the team, while Douglas Burton and counsel Katelyn O’Brien are also recommended. William O’Reilly retired. All listed partners are based in Boston.

Winston & Strawn¬†advises national developers, lenders, private equity groups, REITs and real estate funds on domestic and international transactions. Areas of expertise include acquisitions, dispositions, development, financing, refinancing and leasing. Texas real estate head¬†Billie Ellis, who is ‚Äėresponsive, thorough and has good understanding of legal options‚Äô, recently advised Freehold Capital on the $50m acquisition and development of multifamily units across the US. Houston-based Douglas Yeager¬†advised key client Stonelake Capital Partners on the $12m purchase of a 246,000 square foot industrial unit in El Paso, Texas. Another highlight for Stonelake Capital Partners included the acquisition and financing of a $115m portfolio with Guardian Life Insurance, while the firm also took a lead role for Long Cove Development on a high-end, lakefront residential community and marina development project at Cedar Creek Lake in Texas. Houston-based Jeffrey Smith¬†specializes in commercial real estate transactions involving shopping centers, industrial properties, apartments and condominiums.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Index of tables

  1. Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  2. Leading lawyers: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading lawyers
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Rising stars

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Clifford Chance Ė Their Voices

Clifford Chance's REIT team in New York brings together a cross-section of lawyers from the real estate, capital markets, M&A, funds, governance, regulatory, finance and tax practices; it has experience in the US and international markets, with notable clients including Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance,¬†Colony NorthStar,¬†ReNew REIT and¬†Corporate Property Associates 17 - Global.¬†REITs practice leader Jay Bernstein,¬†US tax, pensions and employment practice tax head¬†Richard Catalano,¬†Jason Myers,¬†Larry Medvinsky¬†and Clifford Cone¬†acted for CNL Financial Group, a private investment management firm, in both¬†the formation of an externally managed non-traded company, CNL Strategic Capital (the company), and¬†the company's IPO; and co-head of the US capital markets practice¬†Kathleen Werner¬†and Catalano¬†led advice to¬†Corporate Property Associates 17 ‚Äď Global, a¬†publicly held non-traded REIT, on its merger with WP Carey, a¬†large, diversified net-lease REIT.¬†Andrew Epstein¬†and¬†Jake Farquharson¬†are also highly rated;¬†Steven Mastrovich,¬†former managing director of three major investment banks,¬†joined as counsel.

Goodwin's 'team has the depth and breadth to assess and address the complex issues of REIT structuring, operations and qualifications'. It advises both public and private REITs and real estate investment bankers on equity and debt offerings for existing clients, IPOs, M&A transactions and complex joint venture investments. Key clients include LaSalle Hotel Properties, Boston Properties, Brookfield Financial Properties, Gaming & Leisure Properties, Medical Properties Trust and Prologis. The practice acted for LaSalle Hotel Properties, a multi-operator REIT that owns, redevelops and repositions upscale hotels, in its merger agreement with Pebblebrook Hotel Trust; and advised Medical Properties Trust on its high-value joint venture agreement with Primonial Group. It also assisted Gaming and Leisure Properties, a REIT specializing in casino properties, with its simultaneously entering into purchase and sale agreements, and new and amended master leases. Gilbert Menna and Ettore Santucci, who divide their time between Boston and New York, co-chair the firm’s REITs and real estate M&A practice; also highly regarded are New York partner Yoel Kranz and Boston's Marc Lazar.

Hogan Lovells US LLP's 'available and responsive team is one of the most knowledgeable practices in the market when it comes to corporate and securities works for REITs'. It is actively involved in every aspect of the REIT industry, including IPOs, M&A, capital markets, joint ventures and corporate governance. The client list includes Apple Hospitality REIT, Colony Capital, Cousins Properties, Greystar Real Estate Partners, JBG Smith Properties and Kite Realty Group Trust. The team advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, a property developer, investor and manager, on its $4.6bn acquisition of Education Realty Trust, a Memphis-based college housing REIT; and acted for the special committee of the board of directors of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II in its merger with Phillips Edison & Company. Group head David Bonser is 'a business-minded, results-oriented lawyer, who sees the practical as well as the technical side of any matter'; and Prentiss Feagles, is 'the pre-eminent tax lawyer in the REIT space and incredibly skilled in structuring complex transactions'. Other key advisers include Michael McTiernan, Matt Thomson Jr and Stacey McEvoy. Named advisers are in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated; Stuart Barr and Cameron Cosby left for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Latham & Watkins LLP's experience includes conversions of existing corporations and partnerships into REITs; private placements and public offerings of equity, including IPOs, debt and exchangeable securities; mergers, acquisitions and liquidations; and ongoing company representation and REIT compliance issues. Active clients include Digital Realty Trust, Essex Property Trust, Hudson Pacific Properties, InvenTrust Properties, Phillips Edison, Realty Income and Redwood Trust. The team acted for Phillips Edison, a US-based owner and developer of shopping centres, on its sale of real estate assets and the third-party asset management business, to Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT I. The global group is co-chaired by Michael Brody, Julian Kleindorfer and Ana O’Brien. Other experienced advisers are Lewis Kneib, Orange County's William Cernius, San Diego-based Craig Garner and counsel in the Orange Country and Los Angeles offices David Wheeler; Brent Epstein made partner. Named attorneys are in Los Angeles, unless otherwise stated.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP advises on US national and cross-border transactions involving the purchase, sale, construction, financing, development, management and operation of commercial, industrial, retail, lodging and residential projects. Large deal highlights included acting for Brookfield Asset Management (Canada) on the acquisition of Forest City Realty Trust, a REIT that invests in office buildings, shopping centres and apartments, by a Brookfield real estate investment fund. New York-based global capital markets head David Goldschmidt is highly rated for his advice to REITs on IPOs and general corporate matters, including acquisitions. Also key to the group are Los Angeles office real estate head Meryl Chae, West Coast capital markets practice head Gregg Noel, who divides his time between Palo Alto and Los Angeles, and New York's global real estate practice Harvey Uris.

DLA Piper LLP (US) advises on REIT formation, roll-up transactions, IPOs, secondary debt and equity offerings, acquisition and financing transactions, and M&A. The client list includes Black Creek Diversified Property Fund, CNL Healthcare Properties II, KBS Growth & Income REIT, Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust and W PCarey. Recent work includes acting for WP Carey, a publicly traded, net-lease REIT, on its merger agreement with Corporate Property Associates 17 - Global, a publicly held, non-traded REIT. Raleigh office managing partner Robert Bergdolt leads the advice on non-traded, publicly offered REITs and is 'a joy to work with, knows his stuff and has a very practical real-world approach to problem solving'. Robert LeDuc, who splits his time between Minneapolis and Chicago, is co-national REIT tax chair; also key to the group is Kerry Johnson of the New York and Chicago offices, Chicago's Jesse Criz and Greg Hayes, San Diego-based Darryl Steinhause, and Christopher Stambaugh and Carrie Hartley in Raleigh.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is highly regarded for its involvement in all aspects of a REIT’s life cycle, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, internalizations, corporate governance, M&A, dispositions and other exit strategies. The client list boasts Black Creek Industrial REIT IV, Rodin Global Property Trust and Hines Global REIT. Joseph Herz led advice to Rodin Global Property Trust, as corporate and securities counsel, on its $1.25bn continuous IPO of common shares. The names to note are co-chair of the REIT Practice Robert Ivanhoe, who is also global real estate chair, and co-global real estate chair Corey Light in Chicago, along with Bennett Deutsch, Yuta Delarck and tax experts Jennifer Weiss in Boston and Carl Riley. Former group lead Judith Fryer retired from the practice and Alice Connaughton left for Morrison & Foerster LLP's Washington DC office. Advisers mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP's 'responsive and cost-effective team provides solutions'; it assists clients with accessing the capital markets, particularly through REITs, and regularly handles transactional and compliance work for REITs. The practice covers all real estate asset classes, including affordable housing, apartments and hotels, along with mixed-use, office, retail, resort, and student housing real estate. Active clients include Carter Validus, Steadfast Companies and Strategic Capital Management Holdings. In a matter involving a data center portfolio, it acted for longstanding client, Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT, in the $750m sale of 14 properties to an affiliate of Mapletree Investments and Mapletree Industrial Trust. Lauren Prevost and Seth Weiner are highly rated, Aresh Homayoun in Washington DC was promoted to partner, and Mary Katherine Rawls advises on non-traded REITs; former co-group head Heath Linsky left for Morrison & Foerster LLP. The attorneys listed are in Atlanta unless otherwise stated.

Proskauer Rose LLP advises REITs investing in the US and internationally in asset classes such as office, retail, lodging, healthcare and single-family homes as well as data centers, industrial, and self-storage facilities. American Finance Trust, American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust III and New York REIT are clients. New York-based Peter Fass and Steven Lichtenfeld co-head the real estate capital markets group; Lichtenfeld led advice to New York REIT in the approximately $1.72bn sale of a 48% stake in Manhattan's One Worldwide Plaza to SL Green Realty and RXR Realty. In the non-traded space, Fass and Michael Choate in Chicago acted for Healthcare Trust (HT) and American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust III in HT's $120m acquisition of the assets of affiliated non-traded REIT, ARCHT. Leslie Loffman retired from the practice.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's practice covers M&A, investment and joint venture transactions, capital markets and other financings, REIT compliance, fund formation, and corporate governance. The client list includes Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust and KKR Real Estate Finance Trust; in large REIT buyouts, the team acted for global real estate investor Blackstone in the high-value acquisition, by affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII, of Gramercy Property Trust. Other highlights included advising JP Morgan Securities, as financial adviser to diversified net-lease REIT WP Carey, which merged with Corporate Property Associates 17 - Global, a publicly held, non-traded REIT. New York-based Brian Stadler, Gregory Ressa and Edgar Lewandowski are the names to note.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP's Boston-based group advises on REIT formations and conversions, debt and equity offerings, financings, real estate acquisitions, M&A, joint ventures, tax compliance, and sale-leaseback transactions. It regularly provides REIT and tax counsel for the largest public REIT in the country, American Tower Corporation; other clients include Hospitality Properties Trust, Senior Housing Properties Trust and Government Properties Income Trust (GPIT). The team advised GPIT on its merger agreement with Select Income REIT. Louis Monti leads the REIT practice group, Ameek Ashok Ponda directs the tax department, John Steiner co-directs the real estate department and Howard Berkenblit leads the capital markets group. Nicole Rives and Lindsey Getz are also experienced attorneys, David Kaplan is a key of counsel, and Avinash Rao is a highly regarded associate.

Venable LLP 'has excellent knowledge of the relevant laws, a commercial approach and is responsive'. The team stands out for its advice to publicl traded Maryland REITs on Maryland corporate law in relation to IPOs, stock and debt offerings, M&A deals and spin-offs. It also regularly assists boards and board committees of publicly traded REITs with corporate governance; Vornado Realty Trust, Alexandria Real Estate Equities and Hudson Pacific Properties are active clients. Patricia McGowan led advice, as Maryland counsel, to large-cap REIT Invitation Homes on the acquisition of Starwood Waypoint Homes; the combined company became the largest single-family rental company in the US. Sharon Kroupa is 'a superstar who is smart, commercial and experienced'; Christopher Pate is also 'a standout lawyer, who is highly responsive and knowledgeable'; and James Hanks is 'a senior partner who has helped write many of the real estate and corporate laws in place'. Carmen Fonda and Michael Schiffer are also key contacts. All named advisers are in Maryland.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is focused on M&A, private equity, corporate governance, restructurings and joint ventures across the REIT sector. Recent matters include acting for the board of Forest City Realty Trust, a REIT that invests in office buildings, shopping centers and apartments, in its sale to Brookfield Asset Management; and assisting Gramercy Property Trust, a global investor and asset manager of single-tenant properties, with its $7.6bn sale to affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII. New York-based Robin Panovka co-chairs the firm’s real estate and REIT M&A groups; Adam Emmerich is also a key figure.

Ballard Spahr LLP advises public and private REITs on complex corporate, securities, tax, real estate, and bankruptcy law issues. HCP is a longstanding REIT client that invests primarily in real estate serving the US healthcare industry; the team recently advised HCP, as borrower, on a new $2bn unsecured revolving credit facility and a $750m at-the-market equity offering. Charles Moran and Douglas Fox, and Craig Ganz in Phoenix, are experienced advisers. Thomas Bashore II is a notable of counsel. The attorneys recommended are in Baltimore unless otherwise stated.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises some of the world’s largest REITs on high-profile transactions; the team fields lawyers with corporate, real estate, tax, M&A and private equity expertise as well as experience in restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, finance, and litigation. The team advised Seritage Growth Properties, a subsidiary of a publicly traded retail REIT, on refinancing its existing unsecured term loan facility. Lee Parks, Christopher Roman and Steven Rudgayzer in New York are key contacts in the practice group. Also of note, the DC office was strengthened by the arrivals of Stuart Barr and Cameron Cosby from Hogan Lovells US LLP.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is widely respected for its advice to issuer and underwriter clients; the practice is also active in both the property and mortgage REIT sectors. The team assisted Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, a publicly traded REIT that owns upscale, full-service hotels, with its $7.6bn acquisition of LaSalle Hotel Properties. George Howell III, who divides his time between New York and Richmond, and Kendal Sibley advise on the tax aspects of REITs, and David Wright heads the real estate capital markets practice. Other key contacts are Washington DC's Robert Smith, Mark Wickersham and counsel James Davidson. The advisers listed are in Richmond unless otherwise stated.

King & Spalding LLP 'delivers incredible depth and expertise with thoughtful and practical advice'. The team advises across the full spectrum of REIT-related transactions, including public offerings, fund formation, finance deals, M&A involving public and private REITs, asset level and portfolio acquisitions, and exit strategies. Recent work includes acting for publicly traded REIT Columbia Property Trust, as borrower, in a $300m syndicated term loan facility. Spencer Johnson leads the REIT team; also key to the team are Anthony Rothermel, who splits his time between New York and Atlanta, Kathryn Furman, Keith Townsend and tax experts Jonathan Talansky in New York and Wayne Pressgrove. Peter Genz retired from the practice. The advisers listed are in Atlanta unless otherwise stated.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP regularly advises public REITs on their largest and most significant M&A matters; the practice also routinely assists its clients and their boards of directors on governance issues, such as shareholder activism, takeover readiness and fiduciary duty and disclosure issues. Sarkis Jebejian led advice to commercial mortgage REIT Ladder Capital on an unsolicited $1.7bn acquisition proposal from Related Fund Management. Also highly rated are David Fox, Daniel Wolf, Michael Brueck, Scott Berger, Jonathan Schechter and tax specialist Michael Beinus, who divides his time between Los Angeles and New York. The partners named, unless otherwise stated, are in New York.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's REIT practice is led by over 25 lawyers from the securities, finance, tax, M&A, real estate, employee benefits, environmental and labor groups. It advised RAIT Financial Trust, a publicly traded Maryland REIT, on its defense against an activist investor campaign that was threatened by Highland Capital Management and its affiliates. Eric Stern and Justin Chairman in Philadelphia head the team.

Morrison & Foerster LLP's REIT practice is 'commercial in focus and speaks in plain English, yet has very strong technical skills'. It has a strong bench of attorneys, who are experienced in capital markets, M&A, tax, real estate, real estate financing, investment management, and corporate governance. The team assisted longstanding client MedEquities Realty Trust, a REIT that is focused on healthcare properties, with its merger agreement with Omega Healthcare Investors. David Slotkin is 'very experienced and provides excellent legal and practical business advice'; Justin Salon 'takes a holistic approach to serving clients and is very knowledgeable' and the 'excellent' Lauren Bellerjeau 'runs circles around M&A lawyers on the other side'. Alice Connaughton, who advises public, non-traded REITs, was hired from Greenberg Traurig LLP, while Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP's former co-group head Heath Linsky joined in Atlanta. The lawyers recommended are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Paul Hastings LLP advises on equity and debt securities offerings, ongoing disclosure and securities compliance matters, property acquisitions, and corporate transactions within the real estate asset management sector. Yariv Katz advised Citigroup, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BMO Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets, as joint book-running managers, on the follow-on public offering of common stock of Sun Communities, a REIT that operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities. Michael Zuppone, Michael Fitzgerald and Arturo Carrillo are other key advisers. The names listed are in New York.

Vinson & Elkins LLP's 'practice is very knowledgeable, always available and really excels at structuring and problem solving'. It covers regulatory, financial and tax matters, IPOs, offerings of equity and debt securities, restructurings, going-private transactions, and UpREIT and DownREIT partnership structures; the team has also worked on numerous M&A deals involving REITs. It advised the TPG-backed TPG RE Finance Trust on its $233m common stock IPO. The principal advisers are Richmond's Daniel LeBey, New York-based David Freed, Houston's David Oelman and Matthew Strock, and, in Washington DC, tax expert Christopher Mangin Jr, Gregory Cope and Christopher Green.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises REITs on M&A, joint ventures, public and private offerings, follow-on offerings, private debt and equity placements, and the public issuance of debt. The tem advised Brookfield Asset Management and Brookfield Property Partners (BPY) on BPY's $14.4bn acquisition of the approximately 66% of common stock it did not already own in General Growth Properties, a REIT that owns, develops and operates regional shopping malls. Michael Bond, Phillip Rosen and David Herman in New York are the names to note.

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