The Firm's substantial Real Estate Practice Group is able to serve our clients in all aspects of commercial real estate law. Our Firm has a particular expertise in complex real estate transactions, construction and development. Armbrust & Brown, PLLC represents owners, developers, investor groups, property managers, pension funds, insurance companies, financial institutions and other lenders, development arms of Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, river authorities, individuals, local, national and foreign companies, municipal utility districts, and property owner associations.
The Firm represents clients in all aspects of real estate, including construction, construction loans, commercial financing, mortgage lending, acquisitions and sales of commercial real estate, leasing, and landlord-tenant matters. Examples of these developments include apartment complexes, hotels, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial sites, manufacturing facilities, mixed-use developments, condominium developments, residential and commercial subdivisions and undeveloped land, leasing and counseling regarding operational issues related to the management of properties, as well as, negotiating loan workouts, debt restructuring and conducting foreclosure sales. We actively assist clients in forming joint ventures, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations for the acquisition and operation of real estate. Many clients ask us to assist in various tax exempt financing and tax credit programs.
In representation of the Firm's clients, the real estate attorneys work closely with tax, environmental, construction and labor law attorneys within the Firm in structuring entities to undertake various real estate activities, analyzing environmental risks and addressing the employment and corporate issues that arise in the course of such undertakings. Armbrust & Brown, PLLC also handles the litigation and arbitration needs of clients in real estate disputes, construction disputes, and condemnation matters, as well as lobbying before local, state and federal governmental and regulatory entities.
Acquisitions and Dispositions
Whether it be manufacturing facilities, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial parks, warehouses, hotels, apartment complexes or unimproved land, a well-seasoned team of real estate attorneys is available to guide you through every aspect of your transaction. Armbrust & Brown, PLLC attorneys have handled the acquisition, development, construction and disposition of literally hundreds of apartment complexes, numerous office buildings, manufacturing facilities, shopping centers, industrial parks, subdivisions and warehouses. The Firm is also actively involved in tax-deferred, like-kind exchanges and Starker Trusts, as well as high-end residential properties, including resort properties.
The Firm has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of design and construction contracts, as well as in litigation and arbitration of construction disputes. Disputes commonly handled by the Firm involve defects in construction, design, and related products; claims for delay; claims for payment; mechanic's lien disputes; payment and performance bond claims; warranty claims; and completion claims. The Firm also has extensive experience in deceptive trade practices, and express and implied warranty claims, which are typically asserted in today's construction and consumer environment. The Firm's construction work involves both public and private contracts and projects, for clients which include owners, developers, municipalities, general contractors, subcontractors, liability insurance carriers and architects. The Firm handles matters located throughout the state, and practices in state and federal courts, and arbitration tribunals.
The Firm has experience in handling creditor and debtor matters in bankruptcy and has extensively represented creditors and debtors in loan restructurings and workouts, as well as judicial and non-judicial foreclosures. In each instance, an attempt is made to bring creativity to a workout. The goal is always a bottom-line approach to develop a win-win situation rather than a Pyrrhic victory in a court room.
The Firm has a long history of representing developers of real estate projects, including shopping centers, apartment complexes, industrial parks, office parks, large mixed-use developments and condominium projects. In these development activities, the Firm has represented clients before various governmental bodies on issues involving zoning, annexation, utility, environmental impact and other regulatory issues. We presently represent one of the state's largest property owners associations, many municipal utility districts, and also appear before numerous governmental and regulatory bodies.
With the increasing concern on liability issues, the Firm has developed considerable expertise in entity formation, encompassing limited liability companies, limited partnerships, multi-tiered partnerships, and Subchapter-S corporations for domestic and international clients. Attention is always paid to the delicate balance of the tax aspects, as well as liability protection, financing and operational issues.
Environmental & Regulatory
The Firm has extensive experience in handling projects which are subject to the Endangered Species Act and other federal environmental legislation. We routinely represent clients in negotiations with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for permits required to complete projects under the jurisdiction of the Endangered Species Act.
An entire panorama of financing is handled by the Firm. From construction loans to mini-permanent and permanent loans, including dealing with complex issues such as equity participation loans, bond financing, governmental lease, participation financing, and usury issues and the structuring of financing through the use of ground leases. Our representation includes both lenders and borrowers, and individuals as well as institutions. The Firm also represents institutional lenders in the documentation of real estate loans for all types of real estate related financing transactions as well as the foreclosure and workout of loans.
The Firm has extensive experience and expertise in sophisticated lease negotiation and drafting. These leases have involved numerous Fortune 500 companies involving leased space as large as several hundred thousand square feet of office space, as well as retail leases in major malls and pad site leases. The Firm also represents landlords in the leasing of retail, office and industrial space.
Legislative and Regulatory
The Firm actively participates in the legislative process both at the state and local levels of government. Members of the Firm have been called on by landowners and political subdivisions to assist in drafting and passage of local ordinances regulating land use, development, and environmental issues. The Firm is a recognized authority on planning, zoning, utility, land use and environmental legislation at the state and local level. We have been successful in representing real estate interests at the state legislature and have helped draft and lobby for favorable legislation affecting public utilities, municipal regulation, and special districts. Through our experience at the State level, the Firm is often called upon to assist in solving political problems at the local level around the State.
Armbrust & Brown, PLLC attorneys have broad experience in litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution matters. Accordingly, attorneys are available to assist with real estate contract disputes, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, construction disputes, and litigation and arbitration matters.
Every area related to the real estate industry such as ad valorem taxation, condemnation, property management contracts, title curative matters and title insurance regulations have all been handled repeatedly by members of Armbrust & Brown, PLLC With the assistance of our tax lawyers, we provide a full range of tax planning including federal income, federal estate, state franchise and ad valorem taxes. We analyze and structure private financings, real estate transactions, securities offerings and the full range of corporate and partnership transactions. We are actively involved in syndications of limited partnerships. We also assist in the formation of non-syndicated partnerships - particularly real estate partnerships involving a few major investors.