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Real Estate & Construction

Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating creative solutions to complex real estate transactions and commercial construction disputes, and when necessary, resolving them in state and federal court. Our skilled deal lawyers and construction industry litigators can help get your project moving toward on-budget completion.

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Real Estate & Construction

Building a Strong Foundation

Real estate is often one of a business’s most valuable assets. Thoughtful and pragmatic legal advice helps protect and enhance real estate value for the future.

When searching for a real estate attorney, finding a firm that offers business-focused, practical legal advice is key. At Godfrey & Kahn, we start each relationship by listening to your needs and understanding your objectives, enabling us to provide tailored counsel that helps you achieve your real estate goals.

We pride ourselves on getting deals done by developing creative solutions to complex problems.

Legal Guidance for Real Estate and Construction Industry

Whether you are an investor, lender, developer, property management company, construction contractor, or another type of business, our real estate practice is prepared to meet your needs. Every day we help businesses build buildings, maximize the value of existing real estate, and find the perfect new space.

What’s more, our firm’s collaborative service approach affords us easy access to specialized expertise in corporate and securities law, tax, estate planning, environmental law, and bankruptcy, should the need arise.

Our team is knowledgeable about and ready to assist with:

  • Brownfield redevelopments
  • Closing documents
  • Design and construction documents
  • Due diligence
  • Easement negotiations
  • Equity raises
  • Financing
  • HTC-financed development
  • Joint venture creation
  • Land acquisition
  • Land use and entitlement matters
  • Lease agreements
  • LIHTC-financed development
  • LLC and partnership formation
  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • TIF and municipal development agreements
  • Zoning issues

Resolving Disputes Quickly

Construction disputes are common and tend to delay projects. A skilled construction litigator helps resolve your dispute quickly, enabling you to focus on getting your project back on track and completed on budget.

Commercial construction projects are complex and involve multiple parties from architectural design and financing to the contractors constructing the structure. Whether navigating tax credits, assembling a tract of land, or moving the project through the permitting and approval process, many projects require an element of public-private partnership. With so many parties at the table, opportunities for disputes abound.

With experience representing owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, utilities, lenders, sureties, lienholders, brokers, and insurance companies, our real estate attorneys are experienced in negotiating creative solutions to complex real estate transactions and construction disputes – and, when necessary, resolving them in state and federal court.

Our litigators are prepared to assist you with disputes arising from:

  • Breach of contract
  • Defects and delays
  • Insurance disputes
  • Easements and boundaries
  • Land use and zoning
  • Liens
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
  • Truth-in-Lending issues

At Godfrey & Kahn, our cross-team approach to resolving construction disputes leverages experienced litigators, with support from our firm’s full complement of practices, including attorneys who specialize in real estate law, environmental law, corporate law, white collar criminal defense, and more.

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Office Space Purchases, Sales, Development, and Leasing

Our team guides businesses, developers, lenders, tenants, and others in complex real estate transactions with practical strategies and efficiency. We integrate extensive legal and business experience to help clients reach their office space objectives. Our representative experience includes:

  • Manpower Global Headquarters – Represented the Fortune 500 company as a tenant in a build-to-suit lease of a 280,000-square-foot building, parking structure, and skywalk.
  • Edison Technology Center – Represented a developer in the development, lease, and sale of a 506,000-square-foot office facility for GE Healthcare in Milwaukee County Research Park.
  • Zywave – Represented the insurance technology platform in a build-to-suit lease of space as a tenant in the Mayfair Woods Office Park.
  • Represented a developer in the development and lease of a 200,000-square-foot office building and parking structure in downtown Milwaukee and in the subsequent sale of the development in a syndicated tenancy in common (TIC) transaction.
  • Represented a lender in a historic tax credit renovation of an office building in Schlitz Office Park.
  • Represented a property owner in the leasing of individual office spaces to tenants in an office tower, including law firms, investment banking firms, accounting firms, and many others.

We’re Honored to be Honored

We are honored by awards that reflect our vision for our work. Work-product awards like Best Law Firms and top tier rankings by Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation help us attract and keep quality talent who are often recognized as Best Lawyers. Our people help us attract clients and build a team-oriented culture that's led to Top Workplace awards year after year.

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