Real Estate

At Phillips Lytle, we have more than a century and a half of real estate law experience. As a Full-Service Real Estate Team, we represent sellers, buyers, developers, contractors, brokers, landlords, tenants, lenders, borrowers and title insurance companies. Our highly capable attorneys and paralegals handle virtually every kind of real property-related matter.

Our Real Estate attorneys possess a sound knowledge of real estate laws and have the responsiveness, expertise and experience to move projects to a successful conclusion quickly and cost-effectively, while still maintaining uncompromising standards in the protection of our clients.

Our comprehensive Real Estate Practice includes:

  • Commercial air rights
  • Commercial property sales and purchases
  • Community association development encompassing planned unit developments, cooperatives, condominiums, homeowners’ associations and timeshares – including filings with the New York State Department of Law and all other aspects of public offerings
  • Community association representation (covenant/restriction interpretation and enforcement, assessment collection and lien foreclosures)
  • Development syndications, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures
  • Easements and rights-of-way
  • EB-5 project development, including equity and debt investment joint ventures
  • Eminent domain matters
  • Environmental matters
  • Equity and debt financing
  • General contractor, architect, subcontractor, supply and construction manager agreements
  • Historic, low-income housing, environmental and other tax credits
  • In rem tax foreclosures
  • Land use and zoning
  • Leasing of commercial and mixed-use properties, including industrial, office, hospitality and retail
  • Mechanics’ liens
  • Mortgage financing, including construction lending
  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • Real property assessment tax challenges, as well as representation of municipalities defending assessment challenges
  • Residential mortgages, sales, acquisitions and leases
  • Restructurings and workouts
  • Secured lending
  • Tax-exempt and taxable bond financings
  • Telecommunications
  • Title examinations and policies, as well as claims defense

Phillips Lytle stresses an interdisciplinary approach to matters in these areas and assembles project-specific teams to meet the particular needs of each client and matter. We draw on the expertise of professionals from our Banking & Financial Services, Environment, Corporate, Tax, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, and Litigation Practice Teams, as needed. We have nationally recognized experience across numerous areas, including those involving institutional lenders; corporations; REITs; private developers; public utilities; municipalities; individuals; and others in connection with large and small commercial, industrial, office, professional, retail and residential projects. Our practice also includes national high-volume, high-technology representation in the telecommunications, lending, and foreclosure areas, as well as nationwide multi-location retail leasing and portfolio sales. Our Banking & Financial Services Practice includes all types of commercial and residential lending, including construction, permanent, multi-family mortgage, warehouse, leasehold mortgage and EB-5, as well as lending that involves the Small Business Administration, New York Small Business Development Center, industrial development agencies and other quasi-governmental agencies. Our attorneys work with, and provide successful representation to, dozens of financial institutions each year.

U.S. News | Best Lawyers® | Best Law Firms - 2023

Phillips Lytle is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® with a National Tier 3 ranking for its Real Estate Law practice on the Best Law Firms® 2023 list. Click here to view Phillips Lytle's profile on the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® website.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020

Phillips Lytle is proud to be recognized by Chambers USA© for a sixth year for excellence in real estate law. Click here to view Phillips Lytle's profile on the Chambers USA website.

Chambers GPG 2022 Contributor U.S. Regional Real Estate Badge

Phillips Lytle has contributed to “US Regional Real Estate” in Chambers Global Practice Guide 2022. Click here to read the publication.

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