Real Estate

Calfee’s real estate attorneys represent developers, investors and syndicators, institutional lenders, individuals and corporate clients in connection with matters related to the acquisition, disposition, construction, development, leasing and financing of property assets. In addition to conventional transactions, our practice encompasses the formation of investment syndications, joint ventures and tax-advantaged investment arrangements, the structuring of synthetic leases and tax-deferred exchanges, and the representation of clients in complex multi-site and multi-state transactions.

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  • Commercial, industrial, retail
  • Ground leases
  • Air rights
  • Submerged land


  • Site control and acquisition agreements
  • Construction and architectural programs
  • Planned unit/master development programs
  • Public/private development projects
  • Condominiums and co-operatives
  • Building and zoning code compliance
  • Annexation and eminent domain
  • Tax abatement and governmental participation
  • Conservation easements

Acquisition and Divestiture

  • Purchases and sales
  • Tax-deferred exchanges
  • Sale/leaseback transactions
  • Structuring of acquisition entities
  • Environmental risk management
  • Environmental due diligence/compliance


  • Construction financing
  • Ground lease financing
  • Leveraged lease/loan transactions
  • Synthetic lease transactions
  • Industrial development bonds
  • Tax increment financing
  • Equity syndication/participation
  • Multi-state and international financing