Indian Nations
Real Estate

Overview | Attorneys &

While important to all of our clients, land is uniquely important to tribes because of the vital link between tribal lands and tribal sovereignty. Godfrey & Kahn's Real Estate Practice Group—including two of its members— are ranked among the top real estate practices in Wisconsin by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Our Real Estate Practice Group works closely with our Indian Nations Law Practice Group to provide integrated counsel to tribes on environmental, public finance, securities, bankruptcy and tax issues that often arise in real estate transactions. The firm has extensive experience representing tribes in connection with:

  • Assistance in adopting policies for acquisitions, including identification of acquisition criteria and due diligence procedures
  • Acquisitions, including handling all related real estate, finance and environmental issues
  • Fee-to-Trust applications to the Secretary of the Interior
  • Applications to the federal government for acquisition of excess government property
  • Establishment of tribal realty offices
  • Drafting of tribal realty ordinances addressing leases for home ownership and economic development, assignments and other forms of occupancy
  • Low income housing tax credits
  • Conservation trusts
  • Subdivision development

The team also represents financial institutions, owners, developers, contractors, construction managers, brokers and others in buying, selling, exchanging, leasing, financing, managing and developing real estate. Our experience includes:

  • The first Act 453 Brownfields redevelopment project in Wisconsin
  • Synthetic lease and multistate securitized financings
  • Anchor tenant power center and strip shopping center retail leasing transactions
  • Office, retail and industrial park developments
  • New market, historic and low income tax credit projects
  • Tenancy-in-Common (TIC) arrangements
  • Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) districts and developments
  • Tax-deferred exchanges