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DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States

Work Department

Real Estate; Corporate; Finance; Real Estate Finance; Restructuring; Mergers and Acquisitions; Real Estate Development and Planning; Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes; Insurance




Fred Klein helps real estate and finance clients solve problems, structure and close complex real estate transactions and manage risk.

Fred represents offshore, local and national developers and investors, and construction and permanent lenders (including life insurers) on transactions, development projects, and real estate finance.

His clients include owners, operators and developers of office, multifamily, retail, hotels, manufactured housing and student housing in major markets and in more than 30 states. Fred has advised numerous clients on the purchase and sale of distressed debt, and has extensive experience representing borrowers and lenders on loan workouts and disputes. He has also recently assisted several clients in connection with the restructuring of ground leases, and has drafted and negotiated numerous ground leases during the past 30 years. Some of these clients are families that have owned income producing property for several generations, and in those cases, Fred helped either to restructure or reposition the assets, or advise on sales strategies.

Fred has represented: Borrowers and lenders in workouts and restructurings involving complex loan structures; Purchasers and sellers of distressed debt; Landowners, developers and lenders in ground lease and air rights transactions (including ground lease disputes and restructurings), in the District of Columbia and elsewhere; German, Dutch, Italian, Swiss and Japanese investors in both debt and equity transactions; Public entities on real estate investments and transactions, and large corporate occupiers 


American College of Real Estate Lawyers; American College of Mortgage Attorneys; AFIRE (Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate); Board of Regents of Mercersburg Academy; Board of Directors of The National Theatre; Board of Directors of Children’s Law Center; Board of Directors of Urban Ecosystem Restorations, Inc.


J.D., University of Miami; A.B., Duke University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate

(Leading lawyers)

Frederick Klein – DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) is known for its expansive geographic coverage and its wide ranging real estate capabilities, ranging from high-value capital markets and fund formation, significant developments to zoning and construction work. The firm makes extensive use of its AI platform, Kira, to perform due diligence on leases, contracts and other agreements that need to be reviewed as part of a transaction. Boston-based John Sullivan and Barbara Trachtenberg co-vice chair the practice; both recognized for their expertise in equity, debt, hybrid and joint venture transactions. Cara Nelson spends a significant portion of her practice advising foreign pension funds in complex joint ventures, while Bryan Connolly and Thanos Matthai are sought after by leading developers and investors. All three at in the Boston office. In Washington DC, Frederick Klein, Amy Carbins and associate Lauren Rico represent a diverse client base in complex acquisitions, developments and financings.