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.
We continually review, draft and negotiate all types of easements and rights-of-way on behalf of either the grantee of the easement rights or the owner of the real property. Our practice includes access easements, utility rights-of-way, municipal easements, avigation easements, air rights, easements of light and air, and reciprocal easement agreements.
Phillips Lytle has one of the leading land use and zoning practices in New York State, appearing before hundreds of land use planning and zoning agencies across the state and having participated in major land use litigation. We regularly assist 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 and controversial development matters involving numerous permits and approvals in front of regulatory agencies, sometimes in the face of significant community opposition.
We also have extensive experience in coordinating zoning reviews and Environmental Impact Reviews pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act, the City Environmental Quality Review, the National Environmental Policy Act, cultural resource reviews in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office, and wetland permitting in consultation with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
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Title Insurance is an important component in the closing of real estate sales, acquisitions and mortgage financings – especially in multi-site transactions. We maintain agency or examining counsel relationships with national title insurance companies to facilitate the timely closing of these transactions for our clients. Our expertise in examining titles, reviewing title searches and title insurance reports, reviewing surveys, and identifying and curing title problems is unmatched.