We know how important time and budget are to the success of a project. At Phillips Lytle, we drive projects and developments to completion as soon as possible, giving our clients greater return on their investment. We understand that time really is money, and that the sooner you can begin your operations, or put your developments on the market, the better your return will be.
We move projects along more quickly and more economically than other law firms, because we’ve been practicing for more than 180 years. It’s this experience, paired with the strong community ties we’ve forged in both the public and private sectors, that gives us a competitive edge in ensuring your deadline is reached successfully.
We work with in-house development teams as well as outside contractors and consultants. Moreover, our attorneys know which development agencies are best suited for your project, what tax incentives are available, and where to turn for financial assistance. We understand the myriad laws, regulations and ordinances that will confront your project, so we can anticipate trouble spots before they become problems.
At Phillips Lytle, we start by asking questions. We want to understand why you are developing your project. We then customize a Project Development Team comprised of attorneys who specialize in the areas of law your project demands. They look at your venture from start to finish and map out the most efficient route to completion. They then identify potential obstacles and ways to overcome them.
Phillips Lytle’s Project Development Team quickly assembles skilled professionals who offer the specific expertise your project requires. If your venture calls for the acquisition of property, the rezoning of property, the hiring of numerous employees or aggressive tax abatements, we’ll assemble a team of attorneys with expertise in real estate development, land use, and labor or tax, for example. Team members then collaborate to ensure that any legislative, regulatory or political hurdles are cleared. This service keeps your project on course from a legal standpoint and helps ensure that your goals are reached in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Our areas of expertise include:
SPEED TO MARKET
Phillips Lytle has more than 180 years of experience rapidly bringing companies and builders to market. From real estate, tax, and environmental law to land use and zoning, government relations, and commercial finance, we have an extensive knowledge base and a track record of success, which is why companies looking to bring their project to fruition fast and economically choose Phillips Lytle.
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT LAW
Our nationally recognized Real Estate attorneys represent sellers, buyers, property owners, developers, tenants, lenders and borrowers in virtually every type of real property-related matter. Our clients include institutional lenders, large corporations, REITs, private developers, public utilities, municipalities and individuals in connection with large and small commercial, industrial, retail and residential projects.
Our Real Estate attorneys review, draft and negotiate commercial leases for property owners and tenants at companies of all sizes. We have the skills to draft and successfully negotiate agreements that achieve your business goals.
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SALES AND ACQUISITIONS
Phillips Lytle’s Real Estate attorneys draft and negotiate purchase and sale agreements for buyers and sellers of all types of commercial real property. When necessary, we also review and handle title and zoning issues, and work with the firm’s Environmental attorneys to identify and quantify environmental risks. With our proactive approach, we are able to anticipate roadblocks that may stall or slow your project.
CONSTRUCTION AND MORTGAGE LENDING
Our attorneys structure, negotiate and close mortgage transactions on behalf of property owners, developers and lenders. These transactions include construction loans, permanent loans, multi-family financing, affordable housing and tax credit financing, all types of tax-exempt and taxable industrial revenue bonds, the sale and hypothecation of timeshare loans and mortgage warehouse lending, and the workout and restructuring of all types of real estate loans.
TAX ASSESSMENT CHALLENGES, EMINENT DOMAIN AND CONDEMNATION PROCEEDINGS
We represent property owners and municipalities in litigation involving the determination of the fair market value of real property for ad valorem tax purposes, eminent domain and condemnation proceedings. We represent owners of large industrial properties, commercial properties, apartment buildings and parking garages, as well as individual homeowners.
Our attorneys assist developers in selecting the most appropriate business structure for their project. We consider the tax consequences, debt and equity financing plans, and the desired management structure to determine whether a C-corporation, S-corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company, complex shareholder agreement or other entity is most suitable. We also regularly tap our securities law expertise to help our developer clients raise equity.
Phillips Lytle’s Tax attorneys advise and represent clients in all aspects of New York State and federal tax laws, as well as in tax-related matters. We advise clients on the tax issues and consequences associated with mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures, limited liability companies, real estate investments, REITs, S-corporations and financing transactions, including qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation agreements, as well as employee welfare benefits.
Our Environment attorneys are highly experienced in all areas of environmental law, including land use and zoning, brownfields redevelopment, due diligence, impact reviews and compliance with environmental statutes and regulations.
LAND USE & ZONING
We are recognized for our leading Land Use & Zoning Practice. Our attorneys have appeared before hundreds of agencies for important land use approval and litigation matters. We have assisted a variety of clients, from local business owners and developers to FORTUNE 500 companies, with site plan reviews; special, restricted and conditional use permits; area and use variances; rezonings; and cluster and planned unit developments. We expedite complex development matters involving numerous permits or approvals from many regulatory agencies and, when necessary, responsibly address community opposition.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/PUBLIC FINANCE
We help clients capitalize on the most advantageous local, state and federal tax incentive packages available for their development or relocation projects. As a Red Book firm in Public Finance, we offer counseling in all aspects of bond issues and other public finance transactions.
BROWNFIELD TAX CREDITS
One of the key benefits under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program is significant tax credits available to brownfield redevelopers.
We have significant experience in maximizing and capturing the value of available tax credits for remedial costs and other costs related to site redevelopment. We work with our Tax, Environment, and Project Development attorneys to structure the transaction with the goals of achieving the greatest speed to market and maximizing credits.
We have assisted numerous clients from program application through completion of the process to maximize the credits to which they are entitled.
Attorneys at Phillips Lytle join forces with a wide range of key figures in federal, state, municipal and economic development agencies to formulate innovative solutions for our clients’ myriad development and relocation goals. Our close working relationships with these officials keep our attorneys aware of existing or pending legislation, as well as political issues that could impact a client’s plans, enabling us to provide invaluable assistance on time-sensitive projects.
BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES
Attorneys on our Banking & Financial Services Team structure, negotiate and close complex financial transactions on behalf of borrowers and lenders. Our work includes revolving and term credit facilities, asset-based loans, letters of credit, acquisition loans, public and private debt offerings, trade finance and loan restructurings.
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
Phillips Lytle’s Labor & Employment attorneys identify the many state and federal labor and employment laws that apply to your project and then help businesses set up compliance programs. Our services range from assisting with employee handbooks to representing businesses before governmental agencies on labor and employment issues. If a business has a labor or employment issue, our attorneys have the experience to provide whatever assistance is needed.
We assist clients with consular visa proceedings, border issues involving admission to the United States, and litigation of immigration matters at the administrative hearing and federal district court levels. Our Immigration attorneys guide numerous Phillips Lytle clients in preparing and filing all employment-based applications, including H-1B (specialty occupations), L-1 (intracompany transferees) and TN (Trade NAFTA professionals) applications, as well as applications for lawful permanent resident status (green cards).
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE
Over the years, Phillips Lytle has facilitated numerous high-profile development projects. Examples of our work in this area:
In addition to the examples above, our Project Development Team is actively involved in the following: