Real Estate & Land Use

In up markets and down economies, real estate remains an essential asset for businesses of all sizes and in all industries. To help maximize the return on these assets and reduce potential risks, individuals and businesses require legal counsel with a significant body of experience on all sides of real estate transactions and financings.

The real estate group at McGuireWoods handles matters across the United States and abroad, and represents real estate investors, developers and financial institutions, as well Fortune 100 corporations and other businesses for which real estate is a major concern. In particular, we represent tenants, landlords, lenders, syndicators, brokers, entrepreneurs, buyers, sellers, and individual and institutional investors on all sides of real estate transactions, including the acquisition, financing, planning, zoning, construction, leasing and sale of real estate.

Clients and peers alike recognize McGuireWoods and our individual lawyers as among the top practitioners in the field. In editorials summarizing interviews with clients across the country, Chambers USA describes our partners as “very exceptional,” “totally dedicated,” and focused on “looking for solutions to problems.” In its annual list “Best Law Firms,” U.S. News & World Report includes McGuireWoods as a National Tier 1 firm in “Land Use & Zoning Law” and among the top national and local firms in “Real Estate Law.” The publication’s “Best Lawyer” list also includes a number of McGuireWoods lawyers.

In addition to advising clients on traditional real estate matters, financings and dispute resolution, we have developed particular areas of concentration in homeowners associations and condominium law, transactions and leases involving retail tenants and landlords, specialty leasing and leasing litigation, management of multistate portfolio transactions, acquisition and disposition of multifamily housing assets, representation of real estate investment trusts (REITs) and joint ventures, and distressed real estate and workouts.

We work closely with lawyers from other firm practice areas (including corporate, finance, environmental law and tax) to ensure that client real estate matters are handled in a manner consistent with client-specific business objectives and in compliance with all relevant federal and state regulations.



    Well-known international chain of hair dressing salons

    Working in a close relationship with a well-known international chain of hair dressing salons in respect of complex franchise agreements.


    Various owners

    Representation of various owners in connection with design and construction of major hotel projects.


    Various landlords and tenants

    Representation of various landlords and tenants in the leasing of office and retail space throughout Pennsylvania and elsewhere and the resolution of various landlord and tenant disputes.



    Representing a bond underwriter in the sale of recovery zone facility bonds in a mixed-use redevelopment project using NMTCs, and allowing the bond investors to understand the effect of the NMTCs on their bond investment.


    UK listed real estate company

    Representation of a UK listed real estate company for the acquisition of an office building in the centre of Brussels.

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